M’sia playing active role to bring Israel to justice

KUALA LUMPUR: The government, through Wisma Putra, is playing an active role in calling for the international community to bring the issue of Israel’s atrocities to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Dewan Negara was told.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Mohamad Alamin said although Malaysia was not a member of the Rome Statute of the ICC, it could support the international community to bring Israel to justice for atrocities against the Palestinian people.

“The role (of Malaysia) includes working on an ad-hoc basis with the ICC Public Prosecutor’s Office to support its investigation, in addition to helping in terms of providing legal documents or facilitating the presence of voluntary witnesses who can support the case when it is presented to the ICC later,” Bernama quoted him as saying in response to Senator Datuk Noraini Idris.

Mohamad said the government had also submitted a written statement of Malaysia’s view as required by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the effects of Israel’s brutality against Palestine.

“We will also submit an oral submission to appear at the ICJ on Feb 19 next year.

“This is one of Malaysia’s commitments to fight for the rights of the Palestinian people and support the call by the international community to bring Israel to justice,” he said.

Israel resumed attacks on the Gaza Strip last Friday after a week-long humanitarian truce with Hamas ended.

At least 15,899 Palestinians have been killed and 42,000 injured in the air and ground attacks by Israel.

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