Action against war crimes



To: The Office of the Prosecutor,
International Criminal Court
PO Box 19519
2500CM, The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 70 515 85 15 or
Fax: +31 70 515 85 55
e-mail address: pio@icc-cpi.int

July, 26, 2006

Dear Sir or Madam,

I understand that under the Rome Statute members of the Public may refer to your attention alleged major war crimes for investigation and possible prosecution.

I note that under the Rome Statute you are empowered to consider such crimes. I further note that the very existence of your court helps to prevent such crimes by serving notice that these cannot in future be carried out with total impunity.

I note that the Rome Statute directs your consideration to "the most serious crimes of international concern," and that Article 8 of the above Statute stipulates: "The Court shall have jurisdiction in respect of war crimes in particular when committed as part of a plan or policy or as part of a large-scale commission of such crimes."Furthermore that 'for the purposes of this Statute, "war crimes" means ...(iv) 'Extensive destruction ... not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly." And that furthermore "other serious violations" include "intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives,"

I further note that these actions are, as the Statute requires, part of a "plan". Israeli military authorities have publicly stated this, saying their plan requires many more days or weeks of continuing military action and destruction. Their plan has already resulted in what the Lebanese government have called a 'catastrophe' inflicted on their civilian population, one that is continuing to create havoc and grave suffering, driving hundreds of thousands from their homes, destroying much of the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon.

I am therefore convinced that these crimes meet the requirements for action of the Rome Statute. I thus urgently ask that you immediately initiate research with a view to seeing if a prosecution is called for, into the current devastating bombing and shelling of the state of Lebanon, including of its roads and road traffic, power stations, airports and sea ports, bridges and homes, by the political and military leadership of the State of Israel.

We are hopeful that your immediate action will help to deter further war crimes and will bring about immediate cessation of the current demolition, murder and destruction in Lebanon and Palestine, and will be a deterrence to future war crimes.


Sincerely,

Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.
P.O.Box, 1085,
Halifax, NS.
Canada, B3J 2X1


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