Abbas Begins New 3-day Visit to Egypt

06 Sep
9:56 PM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a new three-day visit to Cairo this weekend, is scheduled to attend a meeting with foreign ministers of the Arab League. In addition, a delegation of Palestinian lawyers is set to engage in conference, next week, to discuss Israeli war crimes committed during its recent offensive on the Gaza Strip.Jamal Shobaki, Palestinian ambassador to Egypt and also serving as an envoy to the Arab League, told reporters on Friday that the foreign ministers of the Arab League member states will dedicate a special session for discussion of the latest developments in Palestine, during the meeting.

In light of the devastating Israeli assault over the months of July and August, this year, President Abbas plans to meet with Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi, and to discuss with regional foreign ministers the situation in the Gaza Strip, as well as the Palestinian Authority (PA) initiative to call for the end of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to Ma’an News Agency.

See: imemc.org/article/69044 for background info.

In related news, lawyer Hussein Shabana told Ma’an that Palestinian lawyers would attend a conference on Sept. 11 and 12, to discuss the recent Israeli atrocities, and would return to Palestine with recommendations and reports for presentation to the PA.

A delegation of lawyers is to then meet in the Gaza Strip, on Sept. 13, to document potential Israeli war crimes during the assault, Shabana said.

Furthermore, lawyers will meet with legal experts from Egypt and Latin American to discuss the possibility of the PA joining the International Criminal Court.

Hamas and other Palestinian factions have signed a document urging PLO leadership to join the ICC, ‘but so far there hasn’t been any official move,’ Shabana said.

Over 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the offensive, most of whom were civilians, including women, children (nearly 600), elderly, sick and disabled.

See: 08/27/14 Ministry of Health: “2145 Palestinians, Including 578 Children, Killed In Israel’s Aggression”

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