Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has said that the crimes committed by the Israeli authorities are well documented and action could be taken in the international courts against those responsible. He was speaking to members of the International Union of Jurists who are visiting the Gaza Strip. Mr. Haniyeh expressed his thanks and appreciation to the organisation for its support of the Palestinian people and its defence of their rights.
"We have followed, with appreciation, the proceedings that are being held in Turkey where Israeli leaders are being tried in absentia," he said, "especially for committing massacres in Gaza and the Mavi Marmara massacre." Such legal action, he pointed out, represents a "victory" for the Palestinian people. Saying that the blood of those Turkish citizens killed by the Israeli commandos on board the freedom flotilla in 2010 is a "responsibility around our necks", the Prime Minister emphasised the "close relationship" that binds the people of Palestine and Turkey.
Mr. Haniyeh stressed the importance of the legal and judicial routes towards justice, adding that the Palestinians are looking to submit documented evidence of Israeli crimes to the international courts for the prosecution of those accused of committing them.