PA again turns to ICC against Israel

Palestinian Authority “foreign ministry” demands ICC prosecute IDF soldiers who killed terrorist in Tulkarm.

Dalit Halevi,

ICC building in The Hague
ICC building in The Hague
Reuters

The Palestinian Authority’s “foreign ministry” on Tuesday appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and demanded that it prosecute IDF soldiers who killed a terrorist from Tulkarm.

In an official statement, the PA bureau strongly condemned what it called the "criminal executions" and accused the IDF of "the deliberate murder of the young Palestinian man who was described as having special needs."

It called on the ICC to open a serious investigation into the "ongoing crimes of occupation."

The PA officially joined the ICC on April 1, 2015, and immediately filed a series of legal complaints with the court. In addition to claiming that Israel committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war, it also claimed that Israeli “settlements” are “an ongoing war crime”.

The PA has had standing at the court since the UN General Assembly recognized the "state of Palestine" as a non-member observer in 2012.

In September, it called on the ICC to launch an official investigation into "the ongoing crimes of the Israeli occupation and the settlers."

The bureau at the time specifically criticized “settler break-ins” to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and their religious worshiping on the Temple Mount. It described the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount as "a very dangerous escalation against the Al-Aqsa Mosque."




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