The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) recent ruling on jurisdiction over Palestinian affairs has sparked joy among Palestinians and anger among Israelis.
The International Criminal Court ruled that it also has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories. In doing so, the judges cleared the way for investigative proceedings into war crimes that may have been committed there.
Earlier, the Palestinian Authority had asked the court to investigate Israeli military actions in the 2014 war against Palestinian resistance fighters in the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision in a statement, saying the Hague ruling on the jurisdiction of the occupied Palestinian territories within the 1967 borders is a historic day for the principle of holding Israel accountable and punishing it.
The Palestinian ministry announced that it was ready to cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation.
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) also welcomed the ruling in The Hague, calling it a fundamental decision.
Balcki Jara, senior adviser for international justice at Human Rights Watch, said, “This ruling finally gives victims of crimes real hope for justice after half a century of impunity.
Jara added, “It is time for Israelis and Palestinians to be brought to justice for the greatest abuses – whether war crimes committed during the conflict or the expansion of illegal settlements.
The ruling of the International Criminal Court angered the Prime Minister of the Israeli regime Benjamin Netanyahu and he responded to the ruling of this court, saying that the International Criminal Court has once again proven that it is a political institution, a judicial institution.
The U.S. State Department also expressed concern about the verdict in The Hague.
At the same time, the Palestinian people, who had repeatedly complained about Israeli atrocities, considered it a historic day and an important judicial achievement.
Back in late December 2019, Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court, announced the tribunal’s efforts to investigate Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza and the West Bank.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV