Issue 33

Issue 332021-07-05T09:45:53+00:00

The International Criminal Court’s Jurisdiction to include Crimes of the Israeli Occupation: A Bold Step to Hold Criminals Accountable and Achieve Justice

By: Prof. Badria A. Al-Awadi

In a remarkable development, the International Criminal Court, on February 5, 2021, decided by a majority of its judges that its regional jurisdiction in Palestine includes the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, which paves the way for criminal investigations of war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation, including targeting civilians in successive wars, settlements, displacing Palestinians, confiscating their lands, and so on.
In its decision, the Court affirmed that the State of Palestine acceded in 2015 to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which was established in 2002, and that the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are occupied Palestinian territories. The Court considered that the decision “is not determining whether Palestine fulfilled the requirements …

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