۳۰ تیر ۱۴۰۳ |۱۳ محرم ۱۴۴۶ | Jul 20, 2024
Meeting

The specialized meeting "The Role of Humanitarian Law in Gaza from the Perspective of International Law and Islamic Humanitarian Law" was held at the Iranian Parliament’s Islamic Research Center in Qom with professors from the seminary and university.

Hawzah News Agency- Shia cleric Hujjat al-Islam Majid Masoudi, a member of the faculty of the University of Religions and Denominations, said in this meeting that the armed and continuous attacks of the Zionist regime on the residential area of Gaza are a gross violation of the international law of humanitarian rights and said,” This regime is committing a diverse set of breach of fundamental international humanitarian rights by blindly attacking this region on a wide scale, including the destruction of hospitals, educational and cultural centers, and urban infrastructures, and have committed crimes on a wide scale by displacing people and committing genocide crimes.”

The faculty member of the University of Religions further noted that according to Article 25 of the Hauge Convention, it is forbidden to attack or bomb defenseless cities, villages, or buildings.

He continued to say that Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that any type of damage to property belonging to private individuals or the government or any type of public property by the occupying power is prohibited unless such destruction is necessary for military operations. According to Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the destruction of property that cannot be justified by military necessity and has been carried out on a large scale, therefore, according to the provisions of the International Criminal Court, the aforementioned acts are serious violations and can be prosecuted as war crimes.

A member of the faculty of the University of Religions and Denominations went on to say that based on this, the leaders of the recent war in Gaza can be found to violate the fundamental principles and rules of humanitarian rights, and they can be tried as war criminals according to Article 8 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Masoudi continued,” The News Department of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs emphasized in a report that the Zionist regime's army has violated the principles of humanitarian rights, especially the principles of necessity and proportionality.”

This university professor also stated that an example of the violation of the principle of proportionality can be seen in the October 31 operation of the Zionist regime to the Jabalia camp. This regime announced that the mentioned attack was carried out to assassinate a Hamas official who was involved in the October 7 attack against the Zionist regime. However, the amount of damage inflicted on Israel was less than the damage of this regime's attack on the Jabalia camp to assassinate the commander of Hamas, because in the recent attack, in addition to targeting a senior member of Hamas, a significant number of civilians were killed and their property was seriously damaged which is a war crime and can reach the level of a crime against humanity.

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