Israel acknowledges Gaza preliminary hearing in ICC

Israel decides to open talks with prosecutor of International Criminal Court over Gaza preliminary hearing

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Israel settles on reversing its policy of unilaterally discarding violations committed purposefully against Palestinians, and opens up to negotiations with the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague over the Gaza preliminary examination that the ICC is overseeing.

The Palestinian government submitted its first batch of evidence regarding war crimes committed by Israeli army to the ICC, attempting to speed up the inquiry into alleged abuses committed during Israel’s war on Gaza summer of 2014.

After meeting with the court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al Maliki said, “Palestine is a test for the credibility of international mechanisms ... a test the world cannot afford to fail. Palestine has decided to seek justice, not vengeance,” Maliki said.

Maliki has submitted files on three cases - the Gaza war, Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian lands and mistreatment of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.  

Bensouda then told the Associated Press on May 13 that Israel should provide her with detailed information regarding the 2014 Gaza war crimes, and if they fail to do so, then she will have to make up a decision based solely on information she has received from Palestinian human rights activists.

She said she might be “forced to just go with just one side of the story,” emphasising that she still hopes Israel would cooperate.

After signing the court’s founding treaty last December, the Palestinian Authority officially joined the ICC in April.

Israel can be brought before the court even though it is not a member of the ICC.

The 2014 war on Gaza saw over 2,100 Palestinians killed, most of whom were civilians, as well as the death of 67 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians. 16,245 homes were destroyed due to the war that continued for 50 days before a cease-fire put an end to it last August .

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks failed to reach their objectives due to the lack of Israel’s commitment to the issue. The Palestinian official sought a coalition in response to Israel’s continuous illegal settlement building on Palestinian ground which is the main trigger to the ongoing conflicts between Palestine and Israel.

TRTWorld and agencies