Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

Israel says it will not cooperate with an ICC probe into potential war crimes in the Palestinian territories. The ICC is expected to focus on: ▪️ illegal Israeli settlements ▪️ 2014 Gaza war: 2,100+ Palestinians killed ▪️2018 Gaza protests: at least 189 killed (30+ children)

Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction Photo

Israel won’t cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate it for alleged war crimes against the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Thursday.

The government will inform ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she has no authority to open an investigation against Israel, according to the statement. The decision not to cooperate with the probe was made at a meeting with senior officials including Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit.

Israel has challenged the ICC’s jurisdiction on the ground that it is not a member state and the Palestinian Authority, which sought the investigation, is also not a state.

The tribunal, however, has ruled that its jurisdiction applies to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war that the Palestinians claim for a future independent state.

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