Abbas files war crimes complaint against Israel at ICC

Palestinian source says Hamas, Islamic Jihad officials willing to risk prosecution should Israel be investigated

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has asked to the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel for war crimes allegedly committed during the 50-day war with Hamas and other Gaza terror groups last summer.

In the request delivered to the Dutch Embassy Thursday morning, Abbas asked the court in The Hague to investigate Israel retroactively for war crimes starting from June 13, 2014 — a day after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by a Hamas cell in the West Bank, an unnamed NGO worker told Haaretz.

The petition to the court was submitted after Abbas signed the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, on Wednesday evening, and filed a request to become a member state. That request will be processed over the coming weeks.

Earlier on Thursday, the Palestinians submitted letters of accession to 20 international treaties, including the Rome Statute, to Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, James W. Rawley, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported..

A day earlier, the UN Security Council rejected a resolution calling for Palestinian statehood and Israel’s withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

Israeli analysts have highlighted a long and highly complex process ahead before the ICC could move to file indictments against Israeli figures for alleged war crimes…

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  • I can just imagine the knots the ICC will tie itself into over this in order not to offend Muslims.

    • Yes, that is exactly what Abbas and Co are expecting – that the PC anti-Israel bias will work its usual wonders in the institution called ICC. Objectivity, truth and fairness are no longer supreme values in our world – so why should the legal profession be any different. Even in Israel, many judges are left wing activists. Same in the US, where the issue of Obama’s legality (to give one shocking example) was never even received in the courts. So the PLO’s lawfare gamble is not such a long shot…

    • Minicapt

      Umm … no knots necessary …


  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hamas and Islamic Jihad willing to risk prosecution? Come on now. No way will they be Abbas’s fall guys. And since Abbas had formed the unity government prior to the war, he could find himself in deep shit.

    • Minicapt

      What fall guys? They have assurances from their ‘friends’ that any such investigations will be directed against Israel; it is not possible, under international guidances, to conceive of reasons to investigate anything possibly attributable to the Pally Arabs.


  • Unless they deal with Palestinian rocket fire into Israel, the ICC is just another kangaroo court.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The ICC is usually the court of the victors against the losers. Until there are winners and losers they won’t touch most claims.

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    Hamas and all their terror command center should be blame for what ever happened to their civilians , they set the fire to Israel,by killing 3 teens from Israel and Israel react with bombing their terror hidden caves.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Okay Israel.
    Your turn.
    Tit for tat.
    You could go back decades further than just the 50 day war.