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Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

3/3/2021 10:05:00 PM

Why Israel fears the ICC war crimes investigation

Analysis: officials recognise there is a real risk of prosecution over the deadly 2014 conflict

.It was one of the deadliest conflicts between the two sides in decades. On the Palestinian side, more than 2,100 people – including civilians – were killed during 50 days of fighting. On the Israeli side, 67 Israeli soldiers and five civilians were killed.

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Read moreIf this conflict was different from previous wars, however, it was in the immediate recognition by some Israeli officials that there was a serious risk of investigation by the ICC that could ultimately lead to Israeli soldiers and politicians in the chain of command being investigated for war crimes.

That realisation prompted the Israeli military to quickly launch investigations by its military advocate’s department into some of the most controversial incidents in the conflict – a move that some critics suggested was designed to show that Israel had in effect investigated allegations even though it is not party to the international court.

The reality, however, is that the issue never went away – for reasons of both international politics and jurisprudence.One year later, with the Middle East process moribund – and with memories of the conflict still raw – thePalestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, became a signatory to the ICC

and the Rome statute governing it, over Israeli objections that no Palestinian sovereign state existed and it was ineligible to join.Part of the motivation for joining the ICC was the Palestinian Authority’s desire to “internationalise” a failed peace process long dominated by Washington. But the move marked a determination to pursue Israel in the court – not just for the 2014 war, but also for Israel’s continued policy of settlement-building and occupation.

In recent years Palestinians have won a series of victories, which began with the court’s key ruling that Palestinians had enough attributes of statehood to be a signatory and enter a complaint.Then camethe court’s ruling on 5 February that it had jurisdiction in the matter

, opening the way for the announcement of Wednesday’s investigation.While that decision has been described by Israel’s prime minister as “antisemitic”, what is clear is that the prosecutor’s office seems determined to examine alleged crimes on both sides including by

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Hamas.And while the investigation and any trials that might follow could take years, the impact is already being felt.Within hours of the announcement, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz was reporting Israeli plans to brief hundreds of senior security officials, past and present, over the risk of their exposure to prosecution. The country may warn them not to travel abroad once the investigation is launched over risk of arrest.

Among those who could be at risk, according to Haaretz, is Israel’s defence minister and leader of the Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, who was military chief of staff in 2014. And if there is a wider risk for Israel, it is that the broad framing of the probe will allow an investigation of other alleged crimes including Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories.

As Matthew Cannock, the head of Amnesty International’s centre for international justice, put it: “This is a momentous breakthrough for justice after decades of non-accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity.“The ICC investigation provides the first genuine prospect for thousands of victims of crimes under international law to gain long overdue access to justice, truth and reparations.

“It is also a historic opportunity to finally put an end to the pervasive impunity that has driven serious violations in the occupiedfor more than half a century.” Read more: The Guardian »

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Any unbiased independent decent human being not that there are many of these at The Guardian would find Israel’s actions completely in reasonable self defence londoncatz1990 Guilty as hell? Israel has already started blackmailing, threatening ICC judges!! Typical Mafia's criminal actions!! Which it's been doing it since the Zionists have their 1st conference to STEAL PALESTINE AND DESTROY THE MIDDLE EAST!!

Israel has been the most RUTHLESS COLONIZATION!! It's the time to END IT AND RETURN ALL PALESTINE FOR PALESTINIANS!! No one in ME wants such criminals among them! ME disgrace each other by saying you are an Israeli/ rather than you are a shet!! heikalh ،😂😂😂😂😂🤔🤔 Israel doesn't abide by laws it is a country that follows it's whim in other words the law of the jungle. It's stolen other people's land aided & supported by nations who have had a notorious reputation of International theft & occupation. Now they must follow International laws.

ICC: Palestine is a sovereign state. Vaccines: Palestine isn’t a sovereign state, Israel is responsible for vaccination. It would be interesting to see the case of someone like Gantz being arrested in Europe and Israeli commandos rescuing him like in Entebbe operation. “While that decision has been described by Israel’s prime minister as “antisemitic”” Good lord, even the Israel PM doesn’t know the difference between the state of Israel and the Jewish people.

Is this comical or what , Israel fights for survival yet atrocities China Russia Myanmar Egypt Syria Iran West Papua etc go on regardless 'Pure antisemitism' - Netanyahu is shitting it It must be a long list. Because they are guilty? Erm... because it’s been committing war crimes for decades? Because they are guilty, perhaps? Israel icc