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Palestine Journalists Syndicate to prosecute Israel in ICC

May 18, 2018 at 4:55 am

Thousands of Gazans attend funeral of Palestinian journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein, who was shot by Israeli snipers while covering mass protests near Gaza’s eastern border [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, PJS announced Thursday its decision to file a legal case in the International Criminal Court, ICC and some European courts against Israeli officials and institutions directly involved in crimes against Palestinian media.

The syndicate said in a statement that a committee from various Palestinian media outlets will be formed to complete the legal files that will be sent to international courts.

According to the statement, the killing of the Palestinian journalists, Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein and the injury of about 90 journalists by the Israeli army forces in Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2018 will be at the top of the files.

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The statement said the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) confirmed its support for the syndicate’s efforts and steps to prosecute Israeli officials who commit crimes against Palestinian journalists and bring them before international justice.

“IFJ supports the Palestinian Syndicate’s efforts to go to all regional and international forums to request field protection for Palestinian journalists during hot events” it said.