YWCA of Palestine would like to share a statement by the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, which they are a member of, on the visit of the delegation from the ICC:
We, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325 welcome the visit of the delegation of the ICC
Prosecutor’s Office as a step in the right direction. But we are deeply disappointed that the purpose of this
visit was restricted to preliminary examination, while Palestinian victims of Israeli war crimes, including
women, continue to suffer and urgently await justice and an end to Israel’s impunity.
We do not understand the decision to exclude the Gaza Strip from this visit, when Gaza has been the site
of the most war crimes and where women have been most systematically impacted by Israeli collective
punishment policies, a prolonged imposed siege and a severe humanitarian deterioration resulting from
Israeli military aggressions.
We are further disappointed that women who have been systematically impacted, and their women’s
organizations, have been excluded from the delegation’s agenda.
We call upon all future delegations of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office to include on their agenda meetings with
women’s organizations and women who have experienced direct and indirect impacts of Israeli crimes.
We, the Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325, have seen in UNSCR 1325, 2242, and other UN
Resolutions a commitment to hold the Israeli perpetrators accountable for their war crimes.
We look to the ICC as the most important mechanism to end impunity for all war crimes committed, finally
bringing justice for the Palestinian people. Yet, we are very concerned that the preliminary examinations
will be an endless process.
Therefore, we urge, Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the ICC, to conclude the preliminary
examination and move to investigations into Israeli war crimes, bringing justice to Palestinians.
We have paid the price of non-accountability and impunity of Israeli war crimes for too long.
“Delaying justice is justice denied.”
Palestinian Women Coalition of UNSCR 1325
October 11, 2016