Palestinian teen accuses Israel in The Hague


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian girl filed a complaint against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

Amira Alqerem, 15, of Gaza charges that Israel’s military killed her father and teenage brother and sister in January, the French news agency AFP reported. She was seriously injured in the attack during Israel’s 3 1/2-week military offensive in Gaza that began in late December.

Alqerem filed her complaint Monday in the prosecutor’s office in The Hague.

"I am doing this for all the children of Gaza," she said through an interpreter, according to AFP. "I want to do something to change the situation."

The court has said that it already is investigating alleged crimes committed by Israel during Operation Cast Lead, AFP reported. Some 360 individuals and nongovernmental organizations have filed complaints against Israel.

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