Tag: ICC

US aid to Palestinians may be cut over ICC move

The Palestinians could lose annual US aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court which they joined this month over American and Israeli protests, a senior US Republican senator said on Monday.   Lindsey Graham, part of a seven-member delegation of senators visiting Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, said existing […]

Come to Jerusalem Instead of ICC

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday urged Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to renew peace talks instead of pursuing efforts at the International Criminal Court (ICC) or United Nations.   “There is no other way than direct negotiations. Unilateral steps will not solve the conflict, but just give more power to the extremists,” Rivlin […]

As threatened ICC prosecution looms, IDF strives to prove independence of military justice

Commanders and soldiers from the IDF’s Givati Brigade struck first.   The objective was not Rafah, Shejaiya, or Khan Yunis, but determining the line where IDF operational commanders end and IDF lawyers’ authority becomes dominant.   With International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s Friday decision to open a preliminary probe into war crimes allegations from […]

Palestinians seeking ICC investigation of Arafat’s death

The Palestinians want the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into the death of Yasser Arafat, a senior Fatah official announced on Sunday.   Jamal Muheissen, member of the Fatah Central Committee, claimed that Israel was responsible for the death of Arafat, who died in November 2004.   “This file will be presented […]

Who will investigate, and what?

Baruch’s comments are based on the fact that one of the criteria for filing a claim against a state at The Hague is the inability to investigate suspicions. If judicial institutions do so thoroughly, there is no justification for the involvement of the ICC and its chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Another level on which Israel […]

UN says alarmed by ‘downward spiral’ of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is alarmed that Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in a downward spiral of actions and counter actions and calls on both sides not to exacerbate existing divisions, a senior UN official said on Thursday.   Israel is withholding critical tax revenue and seeking ways to prosecute Palestinian leaders for war crimes […]

Abbas in Turkey vows to return to Security Council with renewed statehood bid

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday that the Palestinians would become full members of the International Criminal Court as of April 1.   Abbas made the announcement during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.   Abbas said that the Palestinians would soon go back to the UN […]

Jimmy Carter: ICC should pursue war crimes investigation against Israel, Hamas

Former US president Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that the International Criminal Court should probe both Israel and Hamas for possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.   In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Nobel laureate said that such an investigation would be “good for both sides.”   “I think it might […]

Will ICC membership help or hinder the Palestinians’ cause?

Palestinian leaders say they are pursuing a new strategy to put pressure on Israel after decades of armed struggle and on-and-off peace talks failed to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They describe it as “internationalising” the issue.   Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, and other international agreements after […]

Palestinians gain observer status at ICC Assembly of State Parties

The International Criminal Court’s organizational body of 122 nations in New York on Monday unanimously recognized Palestine as an observer state for the first time, a move which Palestinians hailed as an important step in achieving their final goal of formal membership.   Palestinians want to sue Israel for war crimes before the ICC, but […]