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

Dan Williams and Stephanie van den Berg – Reuters Feb 16, 2020

Demonstrators carry an injured Palestinian during clashes along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israeli-occupied territories, east of Gaza City on September 28, 2018. Click to enlarge

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 January there was enough evidence for an investigation into reports of more than 200 killings and thousands of injuries. She has 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.

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6 responses to “Israel hopes Germany, other ICC members will help stave off Palestinian investigation”

  1. Typical, worming their way out of responsibility for crimes. When will it ever stop?

  2. Israel is a pariah state
    we wish America would wake up and bomb the shit out a them

  3. The rules had been set by saint rabbies in the Holy Talmud.
    Baba Kamma 113a, last paragraph (http://halakhah.com/babakamma/babakamma_113.html):

    as it was taught: ‘Where a suit arises between an Israelite and a heathen, if you can justify the former according to the laws of Israel, justify him and say: ‘This is our law’; so also if you can justify him by the laws of the heathens justify him and say [to the other party:] ‘This is your law’; but if this can not be done, we use subterfuges to circumvent him.

  4. It is so unfortunate that Israel like an octopus has it’s tentacles all over much the planet to thwart any legal action enabling the Palestinians to just breath. The aim of the Likud is to eradicate physically the Palestinians enabling a clear spread and final takeover of their land. Quite disgusting and I imagine what frustrations the Palestinians must feel. Personally I don’t blame any violent actions ( although I do not condone it ) of the Palestinians towards the Israelis. It is understandable and a natural response of a subjugated people being destroyed. Just imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. We would never hear the end of it. Unfortunately most potentially understanding Jews as well as Gentile Zionists are overwhelmed either with blinding Religious Hubris or End Times Prophesy.

  5. A poster should read: IF THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION WAS LOCATED ANYWHERE ELSE THE JEWS AND THE ADL WOULD BE SUPPORTING THEM HAND OVER FIST.

  6. SIX MILLION JEWS
    I used to believe what i read in the newspapers and would watch TV news all the time.
    My awakening was a slow process. i would think, if it was ‘nt true it would not be on TV.
    What got to me was the most hateful series of institutional racism ever in a TV series
    entitled ” The Nazi Hunters” it was a racist bunch of jews who 75 years after w w 2 are still looking for German soldiers etc, to drag through jewish courts, how evil and disgusting is this ?
    I then discovered that the Ann Frank story was made up by her dad, this was followed up by finding out
    the jews shrunken heads story, jews skin used as chair backs wallets and lampshades, furniture made from jewish bones and ground up jewish bodies boiled down and used to lubricate the Berlin Trams was all one long croc of shit.
    I used to beleive in the Holocaust and think it was real, 6 million jews and stuff, i feel such a fool now
    and am angry i was lied to.
    10 years ago in work most beieved in the Jewish holocaust, but discussing it yesterday almost no one did,
    and there was real anger that aswe have people living rough on the streets, the jews want us to put up huge holocaust memorials, let them pay for them out of the money they rob from us
    or better still put them up in palestine, sorry israel