Palestine asks ICC to probe Israel rights violations linked to settlements

Kristopher Nichols
May 23, 2018

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki will submit a referral to the International Criminal Court on the Israeli crimes and violations of the Palestinian peoples' rights. "As such we view this step as advancing the prospects of peace".

The State of Palestine formally became a member of the ICC in April 2015, giving the court jurisdiction over crimes committed in the territory since June 13, 2014 - including the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.

It is the eighth time a state party to the court has directly referred a situation to her, she said, warning that a direct referral "does not automatically lead to the opening of an investigation".

Israel, which came under intense global scrutiny over its handling of violence on the border on Monday and Tuesday, has accused Hamas of using the several weeks of mass protests as a cover for launching terror attacks against Israeli troops and civilians.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has signaled that she will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to launch an investigation into alleged crimes by Israel in the Palestinian territories.

He said Gaza is facing a major human and health care disaster due to the high numbers of injured Palestinians by Israeli fire during the rallies known as the "Great March of Return".

Israel says it has investigated actions by its forces in the Gaza conflict and has opened a number of investigations into the latest Gaza violence as well.

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"The ICC lacks jurisdiction over the Israeli-Palestinian issue, since Israel is not a member of the court and because the Palestinian Authority is not a state", the Israeli ministry added in a statement.

We call on the global community to assume its legal, human and moral responsibilities to put an end to the decades-long Palestinian suffering by guaranteeing the rights of the Palestinian people under worldwide law and global humanitarian law.

While the ICC can indict suspects, it has no police force and has to rely on cooperation from member states to enforce arrest warrants. Israel also captured Gaza in the 1967 war.

"In response to the brutal Israeli blockade, for seven years, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has carried out non-violent direct actions aimed at raising global awareness and putting pressure on the worldwide community to end it". In late 2016, the United Nations.

Israel has been building settler units across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem (al-Quds), since 1967, when it occupied the territory during an all-out war. Israel captured both territories from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war.

"By taking this step, the State of Palestine is seeking justice and redress, not revenge".

"We will not allow injustice to be Palestine's destiny", he said.

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