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Israel hopes Germany, other ICC members will help stave off Palestinian investigation

By Dan Williams and Stephanie van den Berg

 

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FILE PHOTO: Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda attends the trial for Malian Islamist militant Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud at the ICC (International Criminal Court) in the Hague, the Netherlands July 8,2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/Pool

 

JERUSALEM/THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Israel's prime minister on Sunday hailed what he called efforts by friendly states to stop the International Criminal Court opening an investigation into alleged war crimes against Palestinians.

 

The court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in December there was enough evidence for an investigation into thousands of killings - but asked the court to rule on whether it had the jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories.

 

Brazil, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic and Australia have asked the court over the past two weeks to let them file "amicus brief" opinions on the case, ICC records show.

 

Some, including Germany, said they would argue the court's jurisdiction did not extend to the Palestinian territories.

 

Brazil said it would argue that the Israeli-Palestinian crisis should be resolved through political dialogue, not a court ruling.

 

Netanyahu told his cabinet countries had responded to Israeli lobbying over the case.

 

"We are struggling against this (proceeding) and, at our side, I must say, are many friends around the world (which) joined the U.S. in a steadfast stand alongside Israel."

 

The Palestinians were accepted as an ICC member in 2015 after they signed the court's founding Rome Statute, based on their United Nations "observer state" status.

 

Israel and the United States, neither of them ICC members, dispute the court's jurisdiction in the absence of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza or East Jerusalem.

 

The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, representing 57 Muslim states, asked to file a brief, arguing that the Palestinians have sovereignty over the Palestinian territories.

 

The Palestinian Bar Association, the International Commission of Jurists and other legal and human rights organisation have also asked to filed briefs with the court to say it does have jurisdiction in this case.

 

U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking stalled in 2014. A new U.S. peace plan, unveiled by President Donald Trump last month, envisaged Israel keeping East Jerusalem and swathes of West Bank land, and was rejected by the Palestinians.

 

(Editing by Andrew Heavens)

 

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2 minutes ago, Pedrogaz said:

AS some have already said. It is shocking that Israelis who went through a holocaust are now inflicting such oppression on the Palestinians. Investigate them and tell the world of their crimes.

How about the Chinese oppression of their Uigar Muslims ?

Should every Country be investigated or just Israel ?

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11 minutes ago, abrahamzvi said:

Do you know the saying about the victim becoming a culprit? Further, if, as Israel maintains, no war crimes have been committed, why is it so much against an investigation????

When I saw your name before reading your post I thought you were going to fight me. ha ha.

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*Awaiting Dexter to mention colonialism and apartheid *

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3 minutes ago, ChouDoufu said:

i'm not concerned about whataboutism.  i'm concerned about what MY country is responsible for.

 

i'm concerned that my tax dollars are going to support an apartheid regime with an illicit nukular weapons program, guilty of ethnic cleansing, torture, cyberwarfare, extrajudicial assasinations, etc.

 

i'm concerned that what little respect my country still has internationally is squandered on protecting this regime with our united nations veto.

 Well said. ChouDouFu for Israeli prime minister. He'd get my vote.

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6 minutes ago, ChouDoufu said:

i'm not concerned about whataboutism.  i'm concerned about what MY country is responsible for.

 

i'm concerned that my tax dollars are going to support an apartheid regime with an illicit nukular weapons program, guilty of ethnic cleansing, torture, cyberwarfare, extrajudicial assasinations, etc.

 

i'm concerned that what little respect my country still has internationally is squandered on protecting this regime with our united nations veto.

When the USA assassinated that Iranian guy last month , did you get legal permission first ?

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