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Palestine calls on ICC to prosecute Israel minister for incitement

June 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan, 2 November 2017 [Avi1111/Wikipedia]

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs today called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan for inciting against those flying kites in the Gaza Strip.

Erdan yesterday called for Palestinians who launch kites from Gaza to be assassinated.

In a press statement, the ministry condemned the Israeli official’s statements and described them as “terrorist and racist”.

The comments were made by “war criminals and murderers who must be held accountable by the International Criminal Court,” the Palestinian ministry added.

Erdan wrote on Twitter: “It’s inconceivable that there are people who think that these kids are playing.”

Israel minister: Assassinate Palestinians who launch kites

The Israeli minister added: “We need to return to preventative assassinations. Those who send the kites and Hamas commanders must be a target for preventative killings.”

Palestinians started launching kites during peaceful protests to mark 70 years since the Nakba, when nearly a million Palestinians were forced out of their homes to make way for the formation of the state of Israel.

Since then, Israel has committed a bloody massacre in Gaza, killed at least 123 Palestinians and injuring over 14,000.