Bahar: Taking Israel to the ICJ best response to Palmer report

[ 05/09/2011 – 11:43 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Bahar welcomed Turkey’s decision to take Israel to the International Court of Justice, saying it was the best response to the Palmer report which was biased to Israel.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Bahar called on the ICJ to stand for “justice and equity”, adding that the court faces “a real test” in the light of the Palmer report, which he said was politically motivated.

Bahar also called on the Arabs and Muslims to take a stance in support of Turkey’s decision and one which defends the Palestinians in international forums amid “Zionist aggression”.

He lauded Turkey for defending the Palestinians’ rights and major causes which he said Israel wants to extinguish as the world community remains silent over Israel’s racist practices against the Palestinians.

He also called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, and other Arab and Muslim groups in international organizations and UN bodies to unify positions on the same pattern as Turkey in a way that would ensure an end to the siege on Gaza.

Turkey has decided to challenge Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip with the ICJ after a UN investigation panel into a Gaza aid flotilla attack ruled the siege as legal. The report likewise legitimized Israel’s lethal interception of the flotilla but said that Israel used excessive force in doing so.

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