CAIRO // Arab League chief Nabil Al Arabi on Thursday called for a special criminal court to be set up for Israel, as he condemned an announcement that it will never return the Golan Heights.
Delegates to the 22-member Arab bloc based in Cairo passed a resolution denouncing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge that the occupied Golan Heights would remain in Israel’s hands “forever”.
Israel occupied the Golan during the 1967 Middle East war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the international community.
Mr Netanyahu called for a cabinet meeting in the Golan on Sunday – where he made the pledge – amid fears Israel could come under pressure to return the area as part of a future peace deal for Syria.
Israel was acting like “a country that is above the law and accountability”, Mr Al Arabi said at the meeting.
He demanded “a special criminal court for the Palestinian cause” along the lines of international tribunals set up to try ex-officials of “the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Sierra Leone”.
The UAE also reiterated Syria’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights during the meeting.
Charge d’affaires in Cairo, Khalifa Saif Al Tenaiji called on the international community to pressure Israel into withdrawing from all occupied Arab territories, and demanded that Israel rescind its decision to claim the Golan Heights.
He referred to Israel’s continuous escalation and crimes against the unarmed Palestinian people and its violation of the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque and other Islamic and Christian sacred places.
“The Israeli acts represent a flagrant violation of the principles of international laws and conventions and international legitimacy,” he said.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Cairo and delegate to the Arab League, Ahmed Qattan, said Israel as trying to profit from the conflict in Syria.
“The Zionist entity is exploiting the years of crisis in Syria,” he said.
With Syria suspended from the League, its 21 other members on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution condemning Israel and asking the UN Security Council to force Israel to submit to international law and UN resolutions.
The text of the resolution referred to Mr Netanyahu’s “aggressive statements” on Sunday and “Israel’s repeated attempts to impose the status quo in order to annex” the Golan.
* Agence France-Presse, additional reporting from Wam
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