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Letter to Prosecutor Bensouda Re: Situation in Palestine: Sheikh Jarrah – Communication from Legal Scholars & Advocates
23، May 2021

 

Ms. Fatou Bensouda,

Prosecutor

Office of the Prosecutor International Criminal Court

Oude Waalsdorperweg 10

The Hague,

The Netherlands

11 May 2021

Re: Situation in Palestine: Sheikh Jarrah – Communication from Legal Scholars & Advocates

Dear Prosecutor Bensouda,

The world is watching as a war crime unfolds in front of our very eyes, and as those who are entrusted with the upkeep of international law take no meaningful action.

Palestinian families are being forcibly transferred from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem and their property appropriated by Jewish settlers with the full support and backing of the Israeli State, its judiciary and armed forces. Israel has unlawfully annexed East Jerusalem into its jurisdiction and works systematically to drive the Palestinian residents out of the area. What is now occurring is the latest in a series of gross injustices that together may be construed as a continuation of the Nakba of 1948, and the Naksa of 1967, rendering millions of Palestinian people refugees. For many of the families now being forcibly transferred from Sheikh Jarrah, this is their second and third forced displacement.

The international community has an obligation to uphold the law, and to protect refugees and displaced people, and communities living under military occupation. The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC now plays an important role in this process.

Therefore, we call on you to use all means at your disposal to put an end to this crime: to publicly condemn these forced evictions and put the Israeli authorities and the perpetrators on notice that they may be investigated and prosecuted, to forestall any further displacement of the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and to ensure a process of restoration of their land and homes. We add our voices to those of the 500 Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah and the 191 supporting organisations who wrote to you on 22 April 2021. We call on you to urgently investigate this case within the overall investigation into related war crimes and crimes against humanity in Palestine, including forcible transfer, unlawful appropriation of property, crimes of apartheid, and other inhumane acts arising from these forced evictions.

Yours sincerely,

Suzanne Adely, President-Elect, National Lawyers Guild, United States

Yasmine Ahmed, UK Director, Human Rights Watch, United Kingdom

Dania Majid, President, Arab Canadian Lawyers Association, Canada

Raji Sourani, Director, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Palestine

Dr. Susan Power, Head of Legal Research and Advocacy, Al-Haq, Palestine

Rebecca Riddell, Co-Director, Human Rights & Privatization Project, New York University School of Law, United States

Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn, Director, Global Legal Action Network, United Kingdom

Aonghus Kelly, Executive Director, Irish Rule of Law International, Ireland

Prof. Em. Eric David, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Em. George Bisharat, University of California Hastings College of the Law, United States

Prof. Em. Jan Pronk, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands

Prof. Em. John Dugard, Leiden University; former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine

Prof. Em. Paul De Waart, VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Prof. Em. Richard Falk, Princeton University; former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine

Prof. Alessandro Tesauro, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza di Palermo, Italy

Prof. Antony Anghie, National University of Singapore & University of Utah, United States

Prof. Aslı Bâli, UCLA School of Law, United States

Prof. Babe Howell, CUNY School of Law, United States

Prof. Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom

Prof. Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY School of Law, United States

Prof. Chantal Meloni, University of Milan, Italy

Prof. Colin Harvey, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Prof. Cyra Akila Choudhury, Florida International University, United States

Prof. E. Tendayi Achiume, UCLA School of Law, United States

Prof. Eyal Weizman, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Prof. Faisal Bhabha, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

Prof. Geertrui Van Overwalle, University of Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Kathleen Cavanaugh, University of Chicago, United States

Prof. Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, Former Vice-Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the Netherlands

Prof. Lisa Hajjar, University of California - Santa Barbara, United States

Prof. Louise Mallinder, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Prof. Lynn Welchman, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Prof. Mandy Turner, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Prof. Marco Brigaglia, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Prof. Neve Gordon, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Prof. Obiora Okafor, York University, Canada

Prof. Radha D'Souza, School of Law, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Prof. Ray Murphy, NUI Galway, Ireland

Prof. Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Prof. Stephen Loffredo, CUNY School of Law, United States

Prof. Steven Zeidman, CUNY School of Law, United States

Prof. Tally Kritzman-Amir, Boston University School of Law, United States

Prof. Tarek Z. Ismail, CUNY School of Law, United States

Prof. Vasuki Nesiah, The Gallatin School, NYU, United States

Associate Prof. Amar Bhatia, Osgoode Law, York University, Canada

Associate Prof. Brenna Bhandar, Allard Law Faculty, UBC, Canada

Associate Prof. Charisa Smith, City University of New York School of Law, United States

Associate Prof. Jeena Shah, CUNY School of Law, United States

Associate Prof. John Whitlow, CUNY School of Law, United States

Associate Prof. Julia Hernández, CUNY School of Law, United States

Associate Prof. Laura Betancur-Restrepo, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Associate Prof. Liam Thornton, School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland

Associate Prof. Nadia Ahmad, Barry University, United States

Associate Prof. Noura Erakat, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, United States

Associate Prof. Richard Collins, School of Law, University College Dublin, Ireland

Associate Prof. Vidya Kumar, Leicester University, United Kingdom

Dr. Adil Hasan Khan, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Dr. Adrian Smith, York University, Canada

Dr. Ali Hammoudi, NUS, Singapore

Dr. Alice Panepinto, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Dr. Amin Sharifi Isaloo, University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Amina Adanan, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Dr. Ardi Imseis, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

Dr. Brendan Browne, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Carola Lingaas, VID Specialized University, Norway

Dr. Catherine Connolly, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Catriona Drew, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Christiane Wilke, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Christina Lienen, Cornerstone Barristers, United Kingdom

Dr. Clare Patton, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Dr. Clíodhna Murphy, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Dr. Dina M Sidd, New York University, United States

Dr. Edel Hughes, NUI Galway, Ireland

Dr. Emilio Dabed, York University, Canada

Dr. Erika Biagini, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Frederiek de Vlaming, Amsterdam Centre for International Law, the Netherlands

Dr. Gene Carolan, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Giulia Pinzauti, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Dr. Hadeel Abu Hussein, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Dr. Hadeel Alsana, PHR-I, Israel

Dr. Hana Asfour, Independent Researcher, United Kingdom

Dr. Hasret Cetinkaya, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Dr. Illan rua Wall, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Dr. Ioannis Kalpouzos, Boston University School of Law, United States

Dr. Itamar Mann, The University of Haifa Law School, Israel

Dr. Iza Hussin, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Dr. James Gallen, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Jeff Handmaker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Dr. John Reynolds, NUI Maynooth, Ireland

Dr. Joseph Powderly, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Dr. Joshua Curtis, University of Adelaide, Australia

Dr. Karin Loevy, NYU, United States

Dr. Kevin Hearty, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Dr. Letizia Palumbo, Ca’ Foscari University Venice, Italy

Dr. Lex Takkenberg, ARDD, Austria

Dr. Lino Agbalaka, Lawyer, Germany

Dr. Luigi Daniele, Nottingham Law School, NTU, United Kingdom

Dr. Luis Eslava, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Dr. Manoj Dias-Abey, School of Law, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr. Marco Longobardo, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Dr. Mariagiulia Giuffré, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom

Dr. Markus Gunneflo, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Mazen Masri, City, University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Michael Fakhri, University of Oregon School of Law, United States

Dr. Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Michelle Farrell, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Michiel Bot, Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands

Dr. Mo Afshary, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Dr. Nathan Derejko, University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights Centre, United Kingdom

Dr. Nicola Perugini, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr. Nikolaos van Dam, Ambassador (retired), the Netherlands

Dr. Nimer Sultany, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Noemi Magugliani, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Dr. Paola Rivetti, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Paolo Cuttitta, Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, France

Dr. Rachel Killean, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Dr. Ralph Wilde, Faculty of Laws, University College London, United Kingdom

Dr. Rob Faure Walker, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Dr. Sadia Saeed, University of San Francisco, United States

Dr. Samia Bano, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Silvia Gagliardi, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Sultan Doughan, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, Boston University, United States

Dr. Tanzil Chowdhury, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Tomaso Ferrando, Faculty of Law & Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Dr. Triestino Mariniello, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Dr. Umut Özsu, Carleton University, Canada

Dr. Usha Natarajan, Edward W Said Fellow, Columbia University, United States

Dr. Valentina Azarova, Manchester International Law Centre, United Kingdom

Dr. Vanja Hamzić, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Dr. Victoria Mason, Murdoch University, Australia

Dr. Yasmine Nahlawi, Legal Consultant, United Kingdom

Dr. Yonit Percival, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Abby Hamdan, Hamdan Lawyers, Australia

Abid Islam, Abbott solicitors, United Kingdom

Abida Huda, Barrister, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Akriti Gaur, Independent legal researcher and lawyer, India

Al-Ifran Hossain Mollah, Senior Lecturer in Law, Independent University, Bangladesh

Alessandra Spadaro, Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Alia Azmi, In-house Counsel, United Kingdom

Amanda Munoz de Toro, Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid, Greece

Ambar Kahrod, LL.M, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Amber Smith, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

Amean Elgadhy, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Anamika Misra, PhD Candidate, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Anas Tanwir, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India, India

Annahita Moradi, Barrister, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Asma Jaber, Harvard Law School, United States

Asma Nizami, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Ata Hindi, Research Fellow in International Law, Institute of Law at Birzeit University, Palestine

Azka Fakhre Alam, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Bethany Shiner, Middlesex University London and University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Calyssa Zellars, Esq., Chief Counsel for Impact Litigation, the Decarceration Collective, United States

Carly A. Krakow, PhD Candidate, Department of Law, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Carolyn Edgerton, Independent Consultant, the Netherlands

Charoula Melliou, Attorney-at-Law, Greece

Claire Raissian, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Clémentine Faget, MSF, France

Costanza Pizzo, Università Ca'Foscari, Italy

Diana Buttu, Lawyer, Private Practice, Palestine

Dimitri Lascaris, Lawyer, Green Left Canada, Canada

Eeman Talha, LL.M, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

Émilie Max, Researcher, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland

Enas Alsaffadi, Human Rights Attorney, New York, United States

Evelien Wauters, KU Leuven, Belgium

Faisal Saleem Rahman, Senator, Senate of Pakistan, Pakistan

Faiza Mukith, Head of Legal, Islamophobia Response Unit, MEND, United Kingdom

Favour Offia, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Fiammetta Bonfigli, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil

Francesca Feruglio, Human Rights Researcher, Italy

Francesca P Albanese, Affiliate Scholar, Georgetown University (ISIM), Italy

Gary Daly, Gary Daly and Company Solicitors, Ireland

Genevieve Zingg, Specialist in Human Rights and International Law, Canada

Ghislain Poissonnier, Magistrate, France

Giovanni Fassina, European Legal Support Center, the Netherlands

Gizem Ulic Karaagacli, Legal Consultant, Germany

Guglielmo Leoni, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Hadi Enayat, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Hugh Macleod, Barrister, MSt, Visiting Lecturer, The University of Law, United Kingdom

Inessa Hadjivayanis, Legal Adviser at SOAS University of London, United Kingdom, and Advocate at the High Court of Zanzibar, Tanzania

James Bhandary-Alexander, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School, United States

Jamil Dakwar, International Human Rights Lawyer and Lecturer, United States

Jawahar Raja, Advocate, India

Jelena Kalik, Hamdan Lawyers, Australia

Jenny Boylan, LL.M, Ireland

Jessica Boulet, Legal consultant, United States

Jindan-Karena Mann, PhD Researcher, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Joya Al Daccache, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Judit Villena Rodó, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Karen Nawar, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Katherine McDonnell, Independent Consultant, Ireland

Keelin Barry, NUI Galway, Ireland

Khalid Mansoor, Senior Civil Judge, Pakistan

Laiba Sikandar, LLB University of London, Pakistan

Lama Almoayed, Human Rights Advocate, New Zealand

Lamis J. Deek, Global Justice Human & Rights Law Center, United States

Lauranne Duffaut, Human Rights Lawyer, Mali

Lizaveta Tarasevich, PhD Candidate, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Lotte van Diepen, Attorney-at-Law, the Netherlands

Lucia Kula, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

Maha Abdallah, Legal Researcher and Human Rights Advocate, Palestine

Majid Mahmood, Solicitor Advocate, United Kingdom

Manal Hazzan, Human Rights Advocate, Israel

Marco Ragusa, Università degli studi di Palermo, Italy

Marya Farah, Lawyer/Human Rights Advocate, United States

Matthew Moriarty, Barrister, United Kingdom

Mehmood Ali Khan, Barrister, Peshawar High Court, Pakistan

Mehwish Jabin, Solicitor and a member of Muslim Lawyer Action Group, United Kingdom

Mona Sabella, Human Rights Advocate, Palestine

Muhammad Mamoon Khan, University of London, Pakistan

Muhammad Shoaib, Human Rights fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Pakistan

Nada Ahmed, Ulster University, United Kingdom

Nessma Bashi, Legal Fellow, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, United States

Owen Kai Combey, Hardiman PhD Researcher, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Pearce Clancy, PhD Candidate, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland

Rachel Francis, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Ramsha Khalid Malik, Lawyer, Pakistan

Rania Muhareb, NUI Galway, Ireland

Rawan Arraf, Principal Lawyer, Australian Centre for International Justice, Australia

Rehab Jaffer, Garden Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Renuka Joshi, Queen Mary University of London, India

Rizvan Mussa, Solicitor, United Kingdom

Rudolph Spurling, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Ruqayyah Siddiqui, Masters of Law, City Law School, United Kingdom

Salma Waheedi, Harvard Law School, United States

Samah Saleh, An-Najah National University, Palestine

Sara Saleh, Human Rights Campaigner, Australia

Shafaq Qayyum, University of London, Pakistan

Shaharbano Sohail, The Institute of Legal Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan

Shaila Pal, King's College London, United Kingdom

Shatha Abdulsamad, American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sheru Abdulhusein, Lawyer, Canada

Shivangi Misra, Feminist Alliance for International Action, Canada

Shreshtha Das, Independent Researcher, India

Sima Aljallad, Visiting Professional, ICC, Palestine

Sofia Khalid, University of London, United Kingdom

Sue Willman, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Summi Ullah Afzal, Corporate Lawyer at Shifa International Hospitals Ltd., Pakistan

Tessa Lambrich, Lawyer, Germany

Thamina Kabir, Lawyer, United Kingdom

Thomas Becker, Senior Supervisor, University Network for Human Rights, United States

Turkan Akbas, Solicitor, United Kingdom

Vanina Trojan, Human Rights Advocate, Italy

Waleed Riaz Qazi, University of London, Pakistan

Walid Madhoun, Private Practice, Canada

Weihui Wang, Protection Advocate, Singapore

Yasmin Hoque, AL-HQ Law Consultancy, United Kingdom

Zaha Hassan, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States

Zainab Zaeem-Sattar, Associate Solicitor, Muslim Lawyers Action Group, United Kingdom

Zeenat Islam, Barrister, One Pump Court Chambers, United Kingdom

Zeina Jallad, Columbia University, New York, United States