Palestine formally joins the International Criminal Court

Palestine formally joins the International Criminal Court

The PFU hope that Palestine’s membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will facilitate the protection and expansion of farmers’ rights within the region.

On April 1, 2015, the ICC welcomed Palestine as the 123rd state party to its founding Rome Statute. The ICC acts as an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Membership allows for impartial international proceedings concerning the illegal seizure of Palestinian agricultural land in the West Bank and Gaza, and the unsolicited razing of agricultural land across the region.

A 2011 report compiled jointly by the economy ministry and the independent think-tank Applied Research Institute Jerusalem stated that 620,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem cultivate 64,000 dunams of land, whereas 4,000,000 Palestinians cultivated just 100,000 dunams.

The PFU welcome the potential for a legal examination of Israeli settlements by the ICC and encourages our supporters to work towards this end. We hope that justice will finally be delivered to Palestinian farmers dispossessed of land.