If state actors and legal institutions fail to hold Israel to account for its war crimes, it will further undermine a set of laws that are increasingly viewed as applicable only to the weak, not the powerful.
While Israeli attacks on Gaza stopped following the ceasefire, Palestinians are facing mass arrests in Sheikh Jarrah and other areas.
The UN is calling on Israel to allow its staff and aid into Gaza as more than 50,000 internally displaced Palestinians seek shelter at UN facilities and with host families after Israeli bombardment leaves more than 200 civilians dead.
Reporters sans Frontieres calls upon the International Criminal Court to determine whether Israeli air strikes on a Gaza building housing media outlets constituted a war crime.
More than 180 prominent Israelis, including 10 Israel Prize laureates, have signed a letter advising the International Criminal Court to work with human rights groups, not the state.
The report released just weeks after the International Criminal Court's prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that she would formally investigate war crimes in the Israeli-occupied areas of West Bank and Gaza. Israel's foreign ministry rejected the claims.
A report, focusing on 18 countries where the UN said it has obtained verified information, lists 52 parties “credibly suspected” of responsibility “for patterns of rape or other forms of sexual violence” in conflicts.
Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo last year imposed sanctions and refused visas for the outgoing prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, after she launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by US military personnel in Afghanistan.
After six years of painstaking investigation, the ICC is finally moving to probe Israeli violations of human rights and international law, which could lead to the prosecution of both Israelis and Palestinians.
Palestinians have welcomed the move which ICC says will be an independent and impartial probe into Israeli military actions in Gaza, Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and armed militant groups, “without fear or favour.”
The new prosecutor's first tasks will include deciding the next steps on the probe into war crimes in Afghanistan and the hugely contentious investigation into the 2014 Israel-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.
The International Criminal Court made a historic decision to allow its prosecutor to investigate Israeli actions in occupied Palestinian territories.
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