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Abbas appoints committee to oversee ICC cases

Feb. 7, 2015 6:52 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2015 9:59 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday ordered the formation of a committee to oversee cases to lodge with the

International Criminal Court, in a move likely to further anger Israel.

Palestine formally joined the ICC last month, in a move that will enable them to submit war crimes and crimes against humanity complaints against Israel.

The new committee will be headed by chief negotiator Saeb Erakat and include various figures from the Palestinian political scene, universities and human rights organizations, said the official Wafa news agency.

The committee "will identify and prepare the documents and records that the state of Palestine will present to the ICC," the agency said, citing Abbas.

The presidential decree that created the committee indicated that its members would be as follows:

1. Saeb Erekat

2. Mahmoud Ismail

3. Hanan Ashrawi

4. Nabil Shaath

5. Jamil Shihada

6. Ahmad Majdalani

7. Wassel Abu Youssef

8. Amal Hamad

9. Qais Abu Laila

10. Mustafa al-Barghouthi

11. Bassam al-Salhi

12. Zuheira Kamal

13. Hasan al-Awri

14. Majdi al-Khaldi

15. Amin Maqboul

16. Shawqi al-Ayasa

17. Ghassan al-Khatib

18. Ghazi Hamad

19. Khalida Jarrar

20. Muhammad Hourani

21. Mamdouh al-Aker

22. Raji al-Sourani

23. Issam Younis

24. Shawan Jabarin

25. Jad Ishaq

26. Raja Shihada

27. Muhammad Hussein al-Seifi

28. Usama Saad

29. Muhammad al-Nahhal

30. Abd al-Rahman Abu al-Nasser

31. Khalil Abu Shammaleh

32. Salah Abu Raqabeh

On Jan. 16, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, including during last year's Gaza war.

About 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed during the 50-day conflict in July and August.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the prosecutor's decision, calling it "scandalous" and "absurd."

Ma'an staff contributed to this report.
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