Palestinians not in rush to take Israel to int'l justice: official

Palestinians not in rush to take Israel to int
# 05 December 2012 19:15 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Palestinian leadership is not in a hurry to take Israel to the international justice, a Palestinian official said Wednesday, nearly a week after the United Nations recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We are not in a rush regarding going to the International Criminal Court (ICC)," said Wasel Abu Yousef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee. "This needs thorough study concerning legal and administrative questions while taking into consideration all opinions around it."

Abu Yousef noted that the Palestinian leadership has formed a committee to look into technical and legal actions the Palestinians can take after the UN upgraded the status of Palestine.

His remarks came after a local rights group urged the Palestinian National Authority to file a suit against Israel in the ICC over the blockade it imposed on the Gaza Strip in 2007.

"Gaza siege is a war crime against humanity," the Gaza-based Al- Dameer Association for Human Rights said in a statement.

The association accused Eitan Dangot, head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, a body that administers the Defense Ministry's policies and directives in the West Bank, of "being in charge of drawing the policy of siege against the Gaza Strip."

In recent years, Israel relaxed the blockade in several occasions, allowing more flow of goods into the Hamas-controlled coastal enclave.