World Israel: international justice opens the first investigation into the crimes of the war in Gaza

21:45  03 march  2021
21:45  03 march  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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It is a decision which should cause much ink to flow and not please everyone . The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into alleged crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories . An initiative to which Israel is firmly opposed and against which it had already risen up in early February, when the ICC declared itself competent to judge these facts.

ICC President Fatou Bensouda previously said there was a "reasonable basis" to believe that crimes were committed by members of the Israeli forces, Israeli authorities, Hamas and armed groups Palestinians during the 2014 Gaza War .

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"Today, I confirm the opening by the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation into the situation in Palestine," Fatou Bensouda said in an statement. He added: “The investigation will focus on crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court which have been committed in the situation since June 13, 2014.” “Any investigation that the Office will ultimately undertake will be conducted in full independence and impartiality and objectivity, without fear or bias, ”adds Fatou Bensouda.

A decision hailed by the Palestinians, criticized by Israel

"The crimes committed by the leaders of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people, which are continuous, systematic and widespread crimes make the investigation necessary and urgent", s 'is delighted the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in a statement, after the announcement of the ICC.

"This is a political decision by a prosecutor at the end of his term (...) which turns the court into an instrument in the hands of extremists and anti-Semitic organizations," said in a statement the head of Israeli diplomacy, Gabi Ashkenazi, shortly after the announcement of the court in The Hague.

Unlike Palestine, Israel is not a member of the Hague-based ICC and has vehemently opposed any investigation. In December 2019, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she wanted a full investigation after a five-year preliminary investigation, while asking the ICC to determine whether its scope extended to the Palestinian territories.

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