The Jerusalem Institute of Justice, an Israeli human rights organization, announced Wednesday that it plans to appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to indict Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh for committing war crimes against the children of Gaza, as well as taking advantage of Gaza’s children for military purposes.
According to the appeal, to be submitted on September 13, Haniyeh is not only guilty of not preventing human rights’ violations against the children of Gaza by Hamas, but has actually actively encouraged, and in some cases, funded activity aimed at ensuring that the children of Gaza will grow to join Hamas’ military.
“The implementation of this murderous ideology, lead by Haniyeh, brings about destructive ramifications, which include physical harm and even death being brought upon the children, as a result of their [joining the ranks of Hamas], read a statement by the NGO, adding that in addition to encouraging children to join Hamas, the organization is also stripping Gaza’s children of any possible better future for them,” the Institute said in a statement.
Jerusalem Institute of Justice CEO Flavia Sevald said: “We are talking about two central war crimes: The first – taking advantage of children under the age of 15 for military purposes… and second – the consistent use of children as human shields and military targets.”
According to Sevald, it was the Palestinian Authority that opened the door to personal indictments against political figures when it started going after Israeli citizens at the ICC. “In actuality, she said, “the real criminals are the leaders of Hamas, and they are the ones who need to answer for their despicable actions.”
Written by Yona Schnitzer/TPS