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ICC to launch full investigation into Israeli war criminals

Palestinians and human rights groups hail International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision to open an official probe

There will be few days for the Prosecutor to open an official investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories; the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, December 21, 2019, has chosen to announce a request from the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Criminal Court to render a judgment on the territorial jurisdiction of the occupied Palestinian territories; In preparation for opening a criminal investigation into the Israeli crimes on the Palestinian territories.

This step is the first way to hold Israeli war criminals accountable for the crimes resulting from the continuing Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and the confiscation of Palestinian land and private property; however, the fear remains that the United States and the occupying Power will resort to pressure and threaten judges and prosecutors in the Criminal Court. To dissuade her from continuing to open the criminal investigation, or to use the powers of the United States of America by submitting a request through the Security Council to postpone the court's consideration of the case for one year.

In the same context, it should be emphasized that the State of Palestine deposited the instrument of accession to the International Criminal Court as a State Party, which entered into force on 1 April 2015. In general, the State of Palestine handed over to the Office of the Prosecutor basic complaints in three files: Settlement and settler attacks, the issue of Palestinian prisoners and Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip in 2014.

In practice, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber must decide on the matter, as the Prosecutor's request is confirmation of territorial jurisdiction; that is, all crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, are crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court”.

In this context, it must be emphasized that "all international law charters and international legal bodies related to this subject have recognized that the occupied territories are the territory of the occupied Palestinian State, a regional sphere on which the sovereign is the Palestinian people alone and no one else.

The court's decision will lead to an official investigation that will lead ultimately to "the prosecution that threatens current and former Israeli political and military officials in more than 100 countries, which will put an end to the Israeli war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories".

Abd Alatyf Khader / Palestinian lawyer specialized in occupation and wall of apartheid matter