Breaking: ICC expands its Jurisdiction to include occupied Palestine, enrages Israel
The International Criminal Court has announced that it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories illegally occupied by Israel since 1967. This decision will allow the ICC to investigate potential war crimes carried out by Israel for the first time.
On February, 5 2021, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, headquartered in The Hague, published a ruling, establishing its jurisdiction in Palestine. This jurisdictional ruling from the ICC’s pre Trial Chamber one establishes that Palestine’s West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East al-Quds, which Israel has been illegally occupying since 1967, are indeed in the scope of the ICC’s territorial jurisdiction, and therefore it can proceed with investigating potential war crimes committed by Israel.
In 2019, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had already established through a preliminary investigation that the situation in Palestine did indeed meet the Rome statutes criteria for an investigation. However, before proceeding, she sought the court’s opinion on whether the Palestinian territories fell under the ICC’s jurisdiction.
In 2012, Palestine achieved non member observer state status at the United Nations, and then acceded to the statute in 2015.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court in 1998. It was formed with the objective of holding individuals accountable for violating international law, specifically war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and the crime of aggression.
123 countries are state parties to the Rome Statute.
However, Sudan, Russia Israel and the United States, despite signing the treaty, informed the UN Under Secretary General that they intended to no longer become a party to the Treaty.
Of course the United States and Israel would have good reason to, if they ratified the treaty, most likely, every single US president and Israeli Prime Minister would be convicted of war crimes and genocide going back at least several decades, including a majority of their cabinets.