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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