In an Israel TV2 report, it was reported by a close Abbas associate that the Palestinians Authority has collected names and photographs of hundreds of Israeli soldiers in order to have them charged by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
The Palestinian Authority is in the process of collecting the details of various Israeli soldiers in order to take them to the International Criminal Court in 2017, a prominent Palestinian journalist said Sunday, according to Israel’s Channel 2.
Nasser Laham, who is a close confidant of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the details include the names and photos of “hundreds” of IDF officers.
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“In 2017, we’ll go to The Hague. We have hundreds of pages of names of IDF officers,” he said, according to Channel 2. Every pilot and every officer and every soldier — we have his photo, we have his name, and we are waiting for him at The Hague.”
Laham was quoted as saying: “I told my people in a live broadcast — in suits and ties we will take the Israelis to The Hague, we will handcuff them. Don’t use violence, don’t explode. This is a war without bullets. Just wait, give us another chance.”
The ICC, which sits in The Hague in the Netherlands, is the world’s first independent court set up in 2002 to investigate genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But it can only probe alleged crimes in countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, or accepts the Hague-based court’s jurisdiction for a certain time period, or through a referral by the UN Security Council.
While 123 countries have now ratified the Rome Statute, Israel and the United States have not.
After the 2014 Gaza conflict, the Palestinians formally asked the ICC last year to investigate the Jewish state, which has not signed up to the ICC, for alleged war crimes.
Israel vehemently opposes any ICC investigation but officials have said they will cooperate with the body to convince it of the competence of the state’s own courts.
Late last year it was reported that Israel decided to change its policy and begin talks with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda regarding the preliminary investigation into the conflict.
Israel’s decision to be in contact with Bensouda was reportedly only to clarify its position that the ICC does not hold any authority to hear Palestinian complaints on the matter.
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