"The existing security reality in which fields and forests in Israel are being burned every day by activists from a terrorist organization is unacceptable. It is not acceptable that senior figures in Hamas accuse Israel of war crimes while they use [their] civilian population, particularly children, as a human shield for their terrorist activities – which are repeatedly directed at the citizens of Israel. As a result, we are calling on the International Criminal Court in The Hague to bring them to justice," Darshan-Leitner was quoted as saying by the Haaretz newspaper.
According to the news outlet, the farmers claim that the leadership of Hamas, a Sunni-Islamist organization in control of the Palestinian enclave, has violated the ICC's Rome Statute by burning their fields with these balloons, attacking the Israeli border and using children in combat.
The farmers are also planning to stage a rally in front of the ICC's building, holding photos of the devastated fields. A total of 50,000 individuals worldwide have reportedly signed the complaint drafted by Shurat HaDin.
Since late March, when Palestinians launched weekly protest campaigns at the Gaza border, the long-existing tensions in the region have escalated. Hamas-led militants have recently started releasing incendiary balloons across the border into the southern part of Israel to cause fires.