Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was “clear evidence” of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors on Tuesday to push for an investigation.
Malki has stated that there is “clear evidence” of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors on Tuesday to push for an investigation.
A senior Israeli official said any ICC legal action against Israel over the Gaza conflict would prompt an Israeli counter-suit at the ICC against the Palestinians.
Israel nor the Palestinians are members of the ICC so the court would have no jurisdiction over Gaza at this time. This could be granted in a U.N. Security Council resolution, but Israel’s allies would have the power to veto any such proposal.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki visited The Hague shortly after Israel and the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza entered a 72-hour truce mediated by Egypt.
Israel and the Palestinians traded accusations of war crimes during the Israeli military onslaught into Gaza, during which Hamas kept up rocket fire into the Jewish state, while defending their own actions as consistent with international law.
Last week, the United Nations launched an inquiry into human rights violations and crimes alleged to have been committed by Israel during the offensive given the far higher toll of civilian death and physical destruction on the Palestinian side.