Since the end of March 2018, Palestinians in Gaza have engaged in a popular, largely peaceful, resistance struggle known as the Great Return March. Following their tradition of resistance, Gazans are contesting Israel’s illegal blockade and asking for basic human rights. Every protest has been met with violence by Israeli forces, who continue to kill and injure civilians. The Israeli government has rationalized its violence, which oftentimes amounts to genocidal massacres, by defining all Gazans as terrorists and legitimate targets. Denied their rights, Gazans are left largely helpless, as Israel continues to isolate Gaza from the outside world.
The Electronic Intifada (EI) estimates that some 180 Palestinians have been killed, while 24,000 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces, since the demonstrations began. In a recent report, EI summarizes the findings of rights organizations, giving an overview of Israel’s deliberate targeting of Gazans.
With no way to fulfill their right to effective legal remedy from Israel, the occupying power, “the only legal options currently available to Palestinians in Gaza are limited to international judicial mechanisms,” Adalah and Al Mezan state.
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has warned Israeli leaders that the shooting of unarmed Palestinians along the Gaza boundary could be considered a crime under international law within the court’s jurisdiction.
Palestinian and international nongovernmental organizations have called on the International Criminal Court to “urgently” open an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes.
The situation in Palestine has been under preliminary examination by the prosecutor’s office since 2015.
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