The head of the General Administration of the United Nations and its specialized organizations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Omar Awadalla said that, under the guidance of President Mahmoud Abbas, Foreign Affairs had sent a letter to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court explaining the crime of forced deportation of Sheikh Jarrah's families and asking her to include it in her investigation of war crimes in the Palestinian territories.
In a telephone call with Wafa, Awadallah added that forced deportation and associated war crimes and crimes against humanity fell within the Rome Charter.
He recalled that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Riad al-Maliki, had sent letters to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Geneva, the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing and the Special Rapporteur on displacement and forced deportation on the crime of forced deportation of Sheikh Jarrah's residents.
Awadallah explained that the coming days would see a movement in United Nations institutions to hold Israel accountable the occupying Power for its violations in Jerusalem, to stop the forced deportation of Sheikh Jarrah and to work with the international community to put in place mechanisms to stop all violations.
Prime Minister Mohamed Ashteh, at the Government meeting yesterday, announced that, under the guidance of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Government would bring the issue of ethnic cleansing by the occupation authorities against the original landowners of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem to the International Criminal Court as a war crime under the Rome Charter.