The fifth and final session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine drew to a close in Brussels last week. Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire, alongside fellow Tribunal judges, issued a call to action for civil society to hold Israel accountable to its international commitments and end crimes against Palestine. The judges also demanded the International Criminal Court investigate Israel for crimes against humanity.
Additionally, the two-day tribunal resulted in a call for the United Nations General Assembly to reconstitute the UN Special Committee against Apartheid. This Committee, similar to the Committee that convened in post-apartheid South Africa, would examine the possibility of Israeli apartheid against the Palestinian people. The Tribunal further recommended the establishment of an international committee of former political prisoners who would campaign on behalf of Palestinian political prisoners.
Since 2009, the Tribunal has held five separate sessions to examine international responsibility in the Palestinian occupation. The Tribunal has openly condemned Israel for its policies towards Palestine, as well as the United States for its military, diplomatic and financial support to Israel. The Tribunal has also strongly criticized the United Nations for its lack of concrete action against Israel.
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