Officers and rights teams welcome ‘landmark’ ICC ruling that it has jurisdiction within the occupied Palestinian territories.
Palestinian rights teams have welcomed the Worldwide Felony Court docket’s ruling that it has jurisdiction over the scenario within the occupied Palestinian territories and referred to as on the courtroom’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to take swift motion.
Friday’s ruling opens the way in which for the ICC to research alleged battle crimes dedicated within the 2014 Israeli-Palestinian battle within the besieged Gaza Strip by each the Israeli military and Palestinian armed factions.
The 50-day battle, which devastated the coastal enclave and left 2,251 lifeless on the Palestinian facet, principally civilians, and 74 on the Israeli facet, principally troopers, has already been the topic of a five-year preliminary ICC probe and a string of important studies.
Bensouda mentioned in December 2019 there was “an affordable foundation to imagine that battle crimes have been or are being dedicated within the West Financial institution, together with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”.
She named the Israeli military and armed Palestinian teams equivalent to Hamas as doable perpetrators and requested judges to rule on whether or not the scenario fell below the courtroom’s jurisdiction, earlier than a proper investigation could be opened. Friday’s ruling clears the way in which for Bensouda to research alleged atrocities.
A number of Palestinian rights teams praised the ICC’s “landmark choice”, and careworn that rapid motion have to be taken by Bensouda with a view to “guarantee justice and accountability for Palestinian victims”.
“A critically necessary step in the direction of guaranteeing the rule of legislation, the choice additionally marks an necessary step in the direction of ending impunity, whereas guaranteeing the dignity of the Palestinian folks,” learn an announcement by rights teams Al-Haq, Al Mezan Heart for Human Rights, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and Al Dameer Affiliation for Human Rights.
We welcome the @IntlCrimCourt‘s choice affirming jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Israel’s apartheid regime has killed over 3,600 Palestinians for the reason that ICC began its preliminary examination of the scenario in Palestine.
— BDS motion (@BDSmovement) February 5, 2021
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion additionally welcomed the ICC ruling, and referred to as on the physique to “cease dragging its toes, resist strain from the US, Israel and Western international locations, and instantly do its job”.
“Palestinians can’t afford any extra crimes and struggling,” BDS mentioned in an announcement. “Justice delayed is justice denied. The ICC should maintain Israel accountable for its many years of crimes towards the Palestinian folks.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday denounced the courtroom ruling as “anti-Semitic” and “perversion of justice” and resolved to battle it. Israel, which isn’t a member of the courtroom, has rejected its jurisdiction.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh praised the ICC ruling as a “victory for justice and humanity” and Palestinian Overseas Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki described Friday as an “historic day”.
A Hamas official in Gaza welcomed the ruling and mentioned it didn’t worry investigation.
“Hamas resistance and the resistance of the Palestinian folks is reliable and in line with Worldwide Humanitarian legislation,” mentioned spokesman Hazem Qassem.
Diana Buttu, a global lawyer and former authorized adviser to the Palestine Liberation Group (PLO), mentioned the Palestinians nonetheless confronted many hurdles.
“The street to precise justice is a protracted one, for the ICC will undoubtedly face political strain to not proceed,” Buttu mentioned.