Thursday, April 08, 2021

We see no ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC)  was set up in 2002 to try humanity’s worst crimes where local courts were unwilling or unable to step in.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said there was a “reasonable basis” to believe crimes were committed by both sides – by the Israeli military, Hamas – which has controlled Gaza since 2007 – and other Palestinian armed groups. Bensouda has said her probe will cover the situation since 2014 in the besieged Gaza Strip, the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. ICC prosecutors, who named groups on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides as possible perpetrators,  giving them a month to inform the court if they were conducting their own investigations of the alleged crimes and want an ICC inquiry deferred while that is continuing.

Hamas has welcomed the ICC probe and argued that its attacks on Israel were justified acts of “resistance”.

The Palestinian Authority also voiced its willingness to cooperate with the ICC.

“We sent the response to the ICC,” said Omar Awadallah, a senior official in the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. “Full cooperation with the ICC will continue from the State of Palestine, as a member state of the court, to achieve justice for the victims of the Palestinian people and hold Israel accountable for its crimes,” Awadallah said.

Israel will not recognise the authority of the tribunal. Israel would not cooperate with the inquiry.  The ICC “has no powers to initiate an investigation against Israel.” Israel would not directly engage with the ICC. 

Netanyahu accused the court of “hypocrisy” for targeting Israeli troops who “fight with high moral conduct against terrorists”.

Israel to tell ICC it does not recognise court’s authority | ICC News | Al Jazeera

No comments: