Start A Petition

Palestine Has Joined the International Criminal Court. Will Israel Face War-Crime Charges?

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Israel, Palestine, Israeli war crimes, UNSC, peace talks, government, Obama administration, politics, freedoms, congress, Netanyahu )

- 1360 days ago -
On Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered on a two-year-old threat to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move was a direct response to the UNSC's rejection of a resolution to set a one-year deadline for peace talks with ...


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 2:37 pm
*On Wednesday, Abbas ratified the Rome Statute—which governs the International Criminal Court—thereby opening Palestinian Authority territory to ICC investigations. The Hague-based court has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.*
*Palestinians request membership of ICC*
*“The one who should fear the International Criminal Court at the Hague is the Palestinian Authority, which is in a unity government with Hamas, a declared terrorist organization like ISIS that commits war crimes,”*
*Tthe Palestinian move “will badly damagerelationswith the very people with whom they ultimately have to make peace”*
*Palestinians sign request to join International Criminal Court *

Evelyn B (61)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 3:57 pm
Thanks for posting this, Carrie.

Palestine is well aware that they also face investigation under this process, but in the overall balance, they are ready to face such examination under international law. This has been clearly stated by the PA and Hamas. At least this is a court that will not endorse "shoot first on suspicion, maybe investigate later", nor will it approve collective punishment measures ...

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 4:20 pm
The ICC would more likely than not refuse the case anyway. palestinian sympathy doesn't extend to law bodies.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 4:33 pm
Shared on twittersphere

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 5:17 pm
I doubt it

Carrie B (306)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:00 pm

Israeli forces have killed scores of Palestinian civilians in attacks targeting houses full of families which in some cases have amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International has disclosed in a new report on the latest Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.
Families under the Rubble: Israeli attacks on inhabited homes details eight cases where residential family homes in Gaza were attacked by Israeli forces without warning during Operation Protective Edge in July and August 2014, causing the deaths of at least 104 civilians including 62 children. The report reveals a pattern of frequent Israeli attacks using large aerial bombs to level civilian homes, sometimes killing entire families.
“Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
“The report exposes a pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee.”
The report contains numerous accounts from survivors who describe the horror of frantically digging through the rubble and dust of their destroyed homes in search of the bodies of children and loved ones.
In several of the cases documented in the report, possible military targets were identified by Amnesty International. However the devastation to civilian lives and property caused in all cases was clearly disproportionate to the military advantages gained by launching the attacks.
“Even if a fighter had been present in one of these residential homes, it would not absolve Israel of its obligation to take every feasible precaution to protect the lives of civilians caught up in the fighting. The repeated, disproportionate attacks on homes indicate that Israel’s current military tactics are deeply flawed and fundamentally at odds with the principles of international humanitarian law,” said Philip Luther.
In the single deadliest attack documented in the report, 36 members of four families including 18 children were killed when the three-storey al-Dali building, was struck. Israel has not announced why the building was targeted, but Amnesty International has identified possible military targets within the building.
The second deadliest attack appears to have targeted a member of the al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, who was outside the Abu Jame’ family home. The house was completely levelled killing 25 civilians including 19 children. Regardless of the intended targets, both of these attacks constitute grossly disproportionate attacks and under international law, they should have been cancelled or postponed as soon as it was evident that so many civilians were present in the house.
Israeli officials have failed to give any justification for carrying out these attacks. In some of the cases in this report Amnesty International has not been able to identify any possible military target. In those cases it appears that the attacks directly and deliberately targeted civilians or civilian objects, which would constitute war crimes.
In all of the cases researched by Amnesty International no prior warning was given to residents of the homes which were attacked. If it had been given, excessive loss of civilian lives could clearly have been avoided.
“It is tragic to think that these civilian deaths could have been prevented. The onus is on Israeli officials to explain why they chose to deliberately flatten entire homes full of civilians, when they had a clear legal obligation to minimize harm to civilians and the means of doing so,” said Philip Luther.
The report highlights the catastrophic consequences of Israel’s attacks on homes, which have shattered the lives of entire families. Some of the homes attacked were overflowing with relatives who had fled other areas of Gaza in search of safety.
Survivors of an attack on the al-Hallaq family home described horrifying scenes of strewn body parts amid the dust and chaos after three missiles struck the house.
Khalil Abed Hassan Ammar, a doctor with the Palestinian Medical Council and a resident in the building said: “It was terrifying we couldn’t save anyone…. All of the kids were burnt, I couldn’t tell which were mine and which were the neighbours’…We carried whoever we were able to the ambulance… I only recognized Ibrahim my eldest child, when I saw the shoes he was wearing…I had bought them for him two days before.”
Ayman Haniyeh, one of the neighbours, described the trauma of trying to search for survivors:
“All I can remember are the bits and pieces I saw of bodies, teeth, head, arms, insides, everything scattered and spread,” he said. One survivor of the same attack described hugging a bag full of the “shreds” of her son’s body.
Israel has so far failed to even acknowledge any of the attacks detailed in the report and has not responded to Amnesty International’s requests for explanations of why each of these attacks took place.
At least 18,000 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable during the conflict. More than 1,500 Palestinian civilians including 519 children were killed in Israeli attacks carried out during the latest Gaza conflict. Palestinian armed groups also committed war crimes, firing thousands of indiscriminate rockets into Israel killing six civilians including one child.
“What is crucial now is that there is accountability for any violations of international humanitarian law that have been committed. The Israeli authorities must provide answers. The international community must take urgent steps to end the perpetual cycle of serious violations and complete impunity,” said Philip Luther.
Given the failure of Israeli and Palestinian authorities to independently and impartially investigate allegations of war crimes, it is imperative that the international community support the involvement of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Amnesty International is renewing its calls on Israel and the Palestinian authorities to accede to the Rome Statute and grant the ICC the authority to investigate crimes committed in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The organization is also calling for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Israel and the OPT to the ICC so that the prosecutor can investigate allegations of crimes under international law by all parties.
Israel has continued to deny access to Gaza for international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and the organization has been forced to conduct its research for this report remotely, supported by two fieldworkers based in Gaza. Israel has also announced that it will not co-operate with the Commission of Inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council.
“Failing to allow independent human rights monitors into Gaza smacks of a deliberately orchestrated attempt to cover up violations or hide from international scrutiny. Israel must cooperate fully with the UN Commission of Inquiry and grant international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International immediate access to Gaza to prove its commitment to human rights,” said Philip Luther.

Israel’s Deadly Attacks on Gaza Schools Constitute War Crimes: Human Rights Watch:

Israel’s military attacks on United Nations schools in Gaza that were sheltering thousands of displaced people slaughtered dozens of civilians “in violation of the laws of war,” Human Rights Watch declared in a report released Thursday.

The humanitarian organization investigated three separate attacks on such schools that occurred in late July and early August, which together killed 45 people, 17 of them children. “Israel has offered no convincing explanation for these attacks on schools where people had gone for protection and the resulting carnage,” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch.

On July 24, Israel shelled a UN elementary school in Beit Hanoun, killing 13 people, including six children, and wounding dozens, the report states. Fifty-eight-year-old witness Jamal Abu ‘Owda described to Human Rights Watch seeing, in the aftermath, “shredded bodies, a mix of everything, boys, men, girls, women, a mix of different faces and bodies.” Witnesses testify that at least four successive shells hit the school courtyard, in addition to more shelling just outside the compound, contradicting the Israeli military’s claim that “a single errant mortar” hit the “empty” courtyard, the report notes.

On July 30, another Israeli attack on a UN girls’ elementary school in Jabalya, which was sheltering over 3,200 people, killed 20 people, three of them children. “The Israeli military said that Palestinian fighters had fired mortars ‘from the vicinity’ of the school, but provided no information to support that claim,” notes the report. “In any event, the use of high-explosive, heavy-artillery shells so near a shelter filled with civilians constitutes an indiscriminate attack.”

On August 3, an Israeli missile struck immediately outside a UN boy’s school in Rafah, killing 12 people, 8 of them children, and wounding dozens. Offering no evidence, the Israeli military claimed the strike targeted Islamic Jihad members. But the report notes that Israeli military offered no explanation for “why it attacked the men in front of a school sheltering thousands of displaced people rather than before they arrived or after they drove away.”

While the Israeli military claims to have launched an investigation of itself to “examine exceptional incidents” during the bombardment of Gaza, the Human Rights Watch report notes, “Previous inquiries by the Israeli military of alleged war crimes committed by its forces have not met international standards for credible, impartial and independent investigations.” The report urges rigorous investigations of the assaults on UN schools and other Israeli attacks on civilians by the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

In seven weeks of military bombardment on the besieged Gaza strip, commencing in early July, Israel killed at least 2,145 Palestinians, 578 of them children and 102 of them elderly, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry. Furthermore, Israel wounded at least 11, 100, including 3,374 children. Officials of numerous international institutions and organizations, including the United Nations, have stated that Israel likely violated human rights law.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:03 pm
Amnesty International is a laughing stock around the world.

S J (130)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 8:00 pm
I hope so, but will it come true? see what happened in th UN?

P A (117)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:55 am
Congratulations no your New Year's Resolution Carrie - I tried to give you another star but the computer won't let me yet!

I hope all those who commit war crimes may be made to face justice, but I doubt it somehow .

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:56 am
Unfortunately not likely

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 4:38 am
TRY to have a HAPPY New Year, Carrie, dear. Cheers! And don't flatter yourself, you're not the only uninformed hater on these threads.

the palestinians are not a state, and never will be according to their plan.

Kathryn M (108)
Friday January 2, 2015, 6:01 am
Thank you, Carrie!!!!!!!

Freya H (358)
Friday January 2, 2015, 11:28 am
I hope so. The Palestinians are fare more sinned against than sinning.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 11:50 am
I do not believe Amnesty International! If Israel faces this, so do a whole lot of others!

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 11:51 am
Noted & shared

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:06 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this info, Carrie. Although it seems very good that this was done, I wonder why it wasn't done sooner. The timing is interesting.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:17 pm
palestinians can't be tried for war crimes because they're not a state. Israel can sue for peace.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:19 pm
Who ...? Israel - or the ZIONISTS ... (which are ruling the whole planet)

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:21 pm
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. Or is it just another anti-Semitic mouth off??

Lynn Squance (235)
Friday January 2, 2015, 1:31 pm
I heard about the UN Security Council's rejection of a resolution to set a one-year deadline for peace talks with Israel, followed by the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank by the end of 2017 on the news. It was rejected by the US and I believe Russia, probably for slightly different reasons. No one nation should have veto power on anything, including the US, but that has been the way of things since the formation of the UN, the only way these powers (US, China, Russia) would join. The petulant children were going to take their toys home and not play if they didn't get their way. Bibi has his claws deep in US flesh and seems to dictate actions.

Having said that, Abbas has acknowledged that in joining the ICC, they also are open to investigation, and there will be investigations because of Hamas' actions against Israel. Two wrongs do not make a right! And as my mother always reminded me, it takes TWO to tangle! Israel keeps taking and taking and taking in the West Bank and Gaza . . . taking Palestinian land and resources. Give it back! Negotiate in good faith, Israel and Palestinian Authority.

Hey, Baby Bush and Chickenhawk Cheney et al should be tried at the ICC for crimes against humaniity. But the lack of this action should have no bearing on any others.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 2, 2015, 2:13 pm
Nothing would surprise me in this troublesome case, not even if Ms Bensouda would suddenly disappear or fall ill.
The step has been taken, precisely as predicted and long pre-announced by Abbas, so any surprises now, speaking of "sudden move" and "not expected" must have either notlistened or not taken him seriously.
Well, he just proved differently.
The door for negotations had been closed quite some time ago, you can't close an already closed door.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 2:52 pm
palestine has APPLIED to the ICC.

Janet B (0)
Friday January 2, 2015, 7:08 pm
Hope so!

Panchali Yapa (26)
Friday January 2, 2015, 7:17 pm
Thank you
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in US Politics & Gov't

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.