UN / COI OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

Preview Language:   Original
25-Oct-2023 00:02:51
The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, Navi Pillay, said that there are “clear indications that international crimes have been committed” in the current conflict. UNIFEED

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: UN / COI OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
TRT: 02:51
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

SHOTLIST:

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

25 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. Med shot, journalists in the audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel:
“There are clear indications that international crimes have been committed. So accordingly in line with our mandate, we began collecting evidence of war crimes committed by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups and by Israeli security forces, and we issued a call for submissions later last week.”
5. Wide shot, briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel:
“I assure you that we intend to continue pursuing the fulfilment of our mandate, including in relation to making recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility.”
7. Med shot, journalists in the audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay, Chair, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel:
“International law has clear obligations on every state whether they exercising self defense, or hostile warfare to protect civilians, and I fear that this is not happening. Civilians are being targeted and civilian objects, structures are being damaged, irreparably, so it's a huge concern and we are going to be looking into this, expanding on this.”
9. Med shot, journalist asking question
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Sidoti, Member, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel:
“As Gaza is concerned, the law of armed conflict applies. That does mean that the State of Israel has the obligation to defend its citizens. But it means that it must be done in accordance with international law, and the principles of necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, discrimination, precaution and so forth. And it's those principles and the observance of those principles that becomes the critical question. And that's the question that we are going to have to examine in the investigation that, as our chair has indicated, we've already announced.”
11. Wide shot, briefing room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Sidoti, Member, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel:
“Is it possible to conduct the kind of military operation that Israel is conducting in Gaza and still comply with international law? That is a live question, we don't have conclusions, we need to investigate. But that is really the fundamental question that confronts the international system at the moment. Israel has an obligation to defend its citizens, no doubt about that. But is it possible to do that in the way in which it is being done and still comply with international law? That's the question.”
13. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:

The Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, Navi Pillay, said that there are “clear indications that international crimes have been committed” in the current conflict.

Briefing journalists in New York today (25 Oct), Pillay added, “So accordingly in line with our mandate, we began collecting evidence of war crimes committed by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups and by Israeli security forces, and we issued a call for submissions later last week.”

Pillay also said, “I assure you that we intend to continue pursuing the fulfilment of our mandate, including in relation to making recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility.”

The Commission's Chair noted, “International law has clear obligations on every state whether they exercising self defense, or hostile warfare to protect civilians, and I fear that this is not happening. Civilians are being targeted and civilian objects, structures are being damaged, irreparably, so it's a huge concern and we are going to be looking into this, expanding on this.”

Another member of the Commission, Chris Sidoti, noted that the law of armed conflict applies in this case.

Sidoti added, “That does mean that the State of Israel has the obligation to defend its citizens. But it means that it must be done in accordance with international law, and the principles of necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, discrimination, precaution and so forth. And it's those principles and the observance of those principles that becomes the critical question. And that's the question that we are going to have to examine in the investigation that, as our chair has indicated, we've already announced.”

The expert concluded, “Is it possible to conduct the kind of military operation that Israel is conducting in Gaza and still comply with international law? That is a live question, we don't have conclusions, we need to investigate. But that is really the fundamental question that confronts the international system at the moment. Israel has an obligation to defend its citizens, no doubt about that. But is it possible to do that in the way in which it is being done and still comply with international law? That's the question.”
Series
Category
Geographic Subjects
Creator
UNIFEED
Alternate Title
unifeed231025d
Asset ID
3125515