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Creation of a Special Tribunal to try Israeli War Criminals

February 7, 2009

To:  President and Member States of United Nations General Assembly

PETITION

To President and Member States of United Nations General Assembly

The Creation of a Special Tribunal to try Israeli War Criminals

Recalling that Israel was created by virtue of a General Assembly
Resolution in 1947 against the wishes of the indigenous population of
Palestine;

Recalling that the creation of Israel was achieved through the
ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population, which resulted in the
creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, and that more than half of
the population of 1.5 millions of the Palestinian Occupied Territory
called the Gaza Strip are Palestinian refugees who have become, with
the other civilian population, victims of the recent Israeli aggression
on the Gaza Strip;

Noting that the UN Human Rights Council, in its ninth Special
Session, has adopted on 12 January 2009, a resolution “on the grave
violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
including the recent aggression of the occupied Gaza Strip” in which it
“strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli military operation which had
resulted in massive violations of human rights of the Palestinian
people and systematic destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure”;
and “decided to dispatch an urgent independent international
fact-finding mission to investigate all violations of international
human rights law and international humanitarian law by the occupying
power against the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied
Palestinian Territory”(United Nations Press Release of 12 January 2009,
Human Rights Council, ROUNDUP);

Recalling that Israel has in the past refused to cooperate with
similar fact-finding commissions or even give them visas to enter;

Recalling Article 22 of the Charter of the United Nations

Recalling further the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of
Justice of 9th July 2004 on the Legal Consequences of the Construction
of a Wall by Israel, the occupying power, in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, in which the Court emphasized the special responsibility of
the General Assembly for the Question of Palestine;

The undersigned NGOs and individuals

Call upon the General Assembly to create a special international
tribunal to try Israel, its political and military leaders, for such
crimes in violation of international law, human rights law and
international humanitarian law in the Palestinian Occupied Territory of
which they may be charged.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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