Israel’s Arrest of Issawi is a War Crime, says Foreign Minister

RAMALLAH, April 14, 2013 (WAFA) – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Maliki, in a statement Sunday, considered the Israeli government’s continued arrest of striking prisoner Samer al-Issawi without charge or trial and its refusal to release him immediately a war crime in accordance with the international law.

Samer Issawi has been striking for about six months now and might lose his life at any moment.

Al-Maliki said that the Israeli intransigence in dealing with Issawi’s case proves their disregard for the lives of the Palestinian people and the lives of prisoners under administrative detention in Israeli jails.

The Israeli acceptance to release Issawi only if he agrees to be deported to Gaza or anywhere outside his home in Jerusalem  affirms that there is no justification for his arrest in the first place, said al-Maliki.

He added that deporting Issawi out of Jerusalem aims to empty Jerusalem of its residents through its deporting policy, which is considered a violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Al-Maliki stressed that Issawi’s file will be one of the first files to be submitted to the International Criminal Court to prosecute the responsible Israeli officials in the event the decision was made to go to that court.

He called on all the democratic forces in Israel to launch a campaign for the release of Issawi, stressing that he expects all human rights organizations and democratic governments to promptly pressure Israel to release Issawi before it is too late.

Source: WAFA News