ICC to Probe Alleged War Crimes in Palestinian Territories

TEL AVIV—The Intercontinental Criminal Court prosecutor reported she is opening an investigation into probable war…

TEL AVIV—The Intercontinental Criminal Court prosecutor reported she is opening an investigation into probable war crimes dedicated in the Palestinian territories because 2014, a shift welcomed by the Palestinian Authority and condemned by Israel.

Fatou Bensouda’s

announcement Wednesday comes right after the courtroom last month ruled that it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes, a verdict that was turned down by Israel and questioned by the U.S.

Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor for the Intercontinental Criminal Court, attended a demo in The Hague in 2019.


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Ms. Bensouda, who will be changed as prosecutor in June, didn’t specify exactly which events her workplace would look into. Earlier statements from the prosecutor’s workplace reveal that it would involve alleged war crimes dedicated by Israel and the Palestinian Islamist team Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, all through a bloody conflict between the two sides about the summer months of 2014. The investigation is also envisioned to take a look at irrespective of whether the building of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Lender and East Jerusalem constitute war crimes.

Israeli Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu

criticized the prosecutor’s shift, calling it “undiluted anti-Semitism.”

“Without any jurisdiction, it decided that our courageous troopers, who get each individual precaution to keep away from civilian casualties towards the worst terrorists in the environment who deliberately goal civilians, it is our troopers who are war criminals,” he reported.

The conclusion to open a official investigation could outcome in the issue of worldwide arrest warrants for senior Israeli and Palestinian figures. Israeli officials are concerned that senior army figures, both equally previous and present-day, some of whom are now politicians, could locate on their own targets of the investigation.

“We will absolutely again IDF troopers and commanders, all of whom will continue on to scrupulously and faithfully fulfill their duty,” Israeli Protection Minister

Benny Gantz


Palestinian officials applauded the conclusion.

“This is a lengthy-awaited stage that serves Palestine’s tireless pursuit of justice and accountability, which are indispensable pillars of the peace the Palestinian persons look for and should have,” the Palestinian international ministry reported.

Hamas also welcomed the investigation.

“We think about this a courageous conclusion an crucial stage for recognizing justice,” a Hamas spokesman reported.

The Palestinian Authority joined the ICC in 2015 and because then has pushed for an investigation into Israel, which is not a member of the courtroom.

Israel has argued that because there is not a sovereign Palestinian state, the ICC has no jurisdiction about lands Israel considers to be disputed. Israeli officials experienced hoped that Ms. Bensouda would hold off a conclusion on opening an investigation, leaving it to her successor.

It is not very clear how her successor, British lawyer

Karim Khan,

will continue with the investigation, or how lengthy it would get offered the issues induced by Covid-19. Authorized industry experts in Israel say it could get several years.

“How the Business will set priorities regarding the investigation will be decided in owing time, in mild of the operational difficulties we confront from the pandemic, the limited methods we have accessible to us and our present-day heavy workload,” Ms. Bensouda reported.

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Appeared in the March four, 2021, print version as ‘Israel, Palestinians Confront War Probes.’