ICC's Israel war crimes probe halted

2012-04-03 21:44

The Hague - The International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Tuesday he would hold off on a preliminary probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories until the UN rules on Palestinian statehood.

"The office [of the prosecutor] has assessed that it is for the relevant bodies at the UN or the Assembly of State Parties to make a legal determination whether Palestine qualifies as a state for the purpose of acceding to the Rome Statute", the court's founding treaty, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The Palestinian Authority in January 2009 accepted the Hague-based court's jurisdiction, asking ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to launch a war crimes investigation against Israel following the Gaza war in December 2008 - January 2009.

It wanted Moreno-Ocampo to look into "acts committed on the territory of Palestine" going as far back as July 2002.

Moreno-Ocampo's office then opened a preliminary probe to see if there were grounds to proceed with an investigation.

Tuesday's statement said the court's reach was not based on a principle of universal jurisdiction and it could open investigations only if asked to do so by either the UN Security Council or by a recognised state.

Palestine does not have full UN membership.

  • Deen - 2012-04-03 22:22

    Nauseating injustice

      Jaba - 2012-04-04 06:26

      The utter chutzpah of the PA and their terrorist friends have been put in their place. Excellent news! The operation "left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to Gaza officials" Why use numbers from "Gaza Officials"? When you match names to bodies, you prove that 2/3s of the 1300 were combatants. When compared to other conflicts these numbers prove that the IDF is an excellent army. In Iraq, the US and UK killed 2 civlians for each combatant. Obama's CIA drones kill 10 civilians for each combatant. But it is really not important. According to International Law, the sole responsibility for the civilian deaths is Hamas that attacked the IDF from behind civilians. If anything, Israel is negligent in not arresting the Hamas and executing them for war crimes.

      Deen - 2012-04-04 07:34

      Spin all you want. One knows the general news24 reader is unconscionable bigot. However, to those of us who still know the difference between the simple matter of right and wrong well, we can only bear with the oppressed. Clearly, this site is a haven for those who support oppressors

      Jaba - 2012-04-04 08:09

      I’m not spinning - it is you that has spun. You may be, but the western world is not stupid. One can not fire 10000 missiles at Israeli civilians, then cry victim. When Israel, after repeated warnings to desist, sent in their army only to find Hams cowards without uniforms hiding and firing from amongst their civilians, civilian casualties were predictable. It's time the UN and the so called civil rights crowd investigated Hamas.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-04 08:29

      Deen, ""Clearly, this site is a haven for those who support oppressors"" You should have seen this site last year, with the ones showing support for this psychopath gaddafi, and today with the ones supporting this MASS MURDERER assad, Yes, plenty support for OPPRESSORS !!!! I am glad that you know the diffrrence, of what is right and what is wrong !!

  • Fred - 2012-04-03 22:33

    In any event, it's a misguided and uninformed idea.

  • Koos - 2012-04-04 01:18

    The name Palestine refers to a region of the eastern Mediterranean coast from the sea to the Jordan valley and from the southern Negev desert to the Galilee lake region in the north. The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs. The Philistines reached the southern coast of Israel in several waves. One group arrived in the pre-patriarchal period and settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they came into conflict with Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Another group, coming from Crete after being repulsed from an attempted invasion of Egypt by Rameses III in 1194 BCE, seized the southern coastal area, where they founded five settlements (Gaza, Ascalon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gat). In the Persian and Greek periods, foreign settlers – chiefly from the Mediterranean islands – overran the Philistine districts. cont....

  • Koos - 2012-04-04 01:19

    From the fifth century BC, following the historian Herodotus, Greeks called the eastern coast of the Mediterranean “the Philistine Syria” using the Greek language form of the name. In AD 135, after putting down the Bar Kochba revolt, the second major Jewish revolt against Rome, the Emperor Hadrian wanted to blot out the name of the Roman “Provincia Judaea” and so renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina”, the Latin version of the Greek name and the first use of the name as an administrative unit. The name “Provincia Syria Palaestina” was later shortened to Palaestina, from which the modern, anglicized “Palestine” is derived. This remained the situation until the end of the fourth century, when in the wake of a general imperial reorganization Palestine became three Palestines: First, Second, and Third. This configuration is believed to have persisted into the seventh century, the time of the Persian and Muslim conquests. The Christian Crusaders employed the word Palestine to refer to the general region of the “three Palestines.” After the fall of the crusader kingdom, Palestine was no longer an official designation. The name, however, continued to be used informally for the lands on both sides of the Jordan River. The Ottoman Turks, who were non-Arabs but religious Muslims, ruled the area for 400 years (1517-1917). Under Ottoman rule, the Palestine region was attached administratively to the province of Damascus and ruled from Istanbul. cont...

  • Koos - 2012-04-04 01:20

    The name Palestine was revived after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I and applied to the territory in this region that was placed under the British Mandate for Palestine. The name “Falastin” that Arabs today use for “Palestine” is not an Arabic name. It is the Arab pronunciation of the Roman “Palaestina”. Quoting Golda Meir: •The British chose to call the land they mandated Palestine, and the Arabs picked it up as their nation’s supposed ancient name, though they couldn’t even pronounce it correctly and turned it into Falastin a fictional entity. [In an article by Sarah Honig, Jerusalem Post, November 25, 1995]

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-04 11:03

    The UN will never be allowed to threaten Israels position, to do so would bring the entire lie the the founding of Israel into the light and the US which is effectively run by Jewish money can not afford to be found complicit in its dealings on behalf of Israel.

      Fred - 2012-04-04 15:30

      Clearly you know little about the troubled relationship between the US and UN, and you're an ignorant racist.

      Fred - 2012-04-04 23:40

      A colony of the UN. What on earth are you talking about now. More weirdness from you Patrick.

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