Turkey Says It’s Helping Palestinians Sue Israel in International Criminal Court

‘Israel should account for its actions’ at Gaza’s border fence, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells Turkish media

Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday that Israel should be tried at the International Criminal Court for “massacring” Palestinians in recent clashes on the Gaza border, saying Ankara was actively helping the Palestinian Authority prepare a lawsuit against Israel.

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT. “Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this.”

The Palestinians joined the ICC as a member and signed the Rome statute in 2014, meaning that the Palestinian Authority can sue Israel in The Hague.

“We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken,” he said, according to Turkey’s Hurriyet daily, adding that his country was giving legal aid to the Palestinians.

He said an international commission should investigate the Gaza violence and that “Israel should account for its actions.”

Cavusoglu also urged the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution on Jerusalem, after the United States inaugurated its new embassy in the capital this week.

Turkey on Monday recalled its ambassadors from Israel and the United States in protest of Israel’s handling of the Gaza border riots, which came on the same day as the dedication of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

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