The first submission to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by Palestine is due to be made on Thursday 25 June. The file will focus on Israel’s breaches of international law and will be submitted to ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.
The file, which will be submitted this coming Thursday to the ICC chief prosecutor, will be a general overview of Palestine’s case against Israel. Further details of specific incidents will then be presented if Bensouda decides to proceed with an investigation, said Palestinian Foreign Ministry official Ammar Hijazi.
Palestine officially joined the ICC on April 1 after negotiations with Israel failed to alter Israel’s illegal settlement expansion policy in the West Bank of Palestine.
This move comes as part of Palestine’s push to gain justice for Israeli crimes perpetrated against Palestinians and Palestinian territory, including Israeli violations of international law during the 2014 assault on the barricaded Gaza Strip which left over 2100 Palestinians dead and over 11,100 injured.
According to Jerusalem Post, Israel Law Center Shurat Hadin will however be seeking to bar Bensouda from dealing with this case due to her alleged ‘bias’ against Israel. The NGO said that her decision to recognize Palestine as a state ‘without debate’, as well as a request Bensouda reiterated for Israel’s full cooperation, showed that she was not completely impartial.
A press briefing will be held by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti on June 24 on behalf of the Higher National Committee for the ICC.