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PA Demands Israel Face ICC Over Gaza Border Riots

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22 May 2018 (All day)
PA Demands Israel Face ICC Over Gaza Border Riots
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki met with International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda at The Hague on Tuesday and demanded that Israel be brought before the court on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for measures it took in recent weeks to contain riots on the Gaza border. The PA’s accusations also pertain to increased building of housing units in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem as well as military actions Israel took during the rocket war Hamas launched against it in 2014.

Israel's Foreign Ministry responded with a statement that it views the PA’s actions "with great severity...and as a cynical process with no legal basis." The statement continued by saying that "The PA continues to exploit the ICC for problematic political purposes in place of acting to advance the diplomatic peace process…it is preposterous that the Palestinians are doing this when they continue incitement to terror and to use women and children as human shields as camouflage for their violent attempts to harm the security of the citizens of Israel."

Abbas Remains in Hospital with Lung Infection
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas remained in Istishari Hospital in Ramallah Tuesday, with a statement from the PA declaring that he is suffering from a lung infection. “After carrying out the necessary medical checks and x-rays, it became clear that [he has] pneumonia [affecting] his right lung. The necessary treatment started to be administered,” hospital director Dr. Saed al-Sarahneh told PA TV. "He is now responding to the treatment quickly and is recovering."

Jibril Rajoub, a senior official in Abbas' Fatah party, told PA TV  that "There is a consensus among doctors that the president is out of the danger area and he is well, but he will stay a few more days (in hospital) upon doctors advice."

BDS Movement Suffers Another Defeat
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat Tuesday morning when the International Air Force Commanders Conference got started in Herzliya, bringing together senior military officers from dozens of countries around the world, as well as leaders from the global aerospace industry. “The conference reflects the military cooperation between the commanders of the air forces and the IDF as well as serves as a bridge for cooperation and a place for strengthening diplomatic relations,” an Israeli Air Force spokesperson said.

IAF Commander: Israel First to Use F-35 in Combat
Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin made a stunning announcement Tuesday morning, informing the world during a speech before colleagues and international media that Israel has already utilized the F-35 Adir combat aircraft, making it the first air force in the world to do so. “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It had become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts,” he said.

Today's video shows a recent symposium at Tel Aviv University on Israel's defense industry

 

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