An Israeli lawyer, Mordechai Tzivin, has filed charges in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Abbas and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on the grounds of committing crimes against humanity.
The case is the first of its kinds against the Palestinian political leadership. The move comes in the wake of threats by the PA to bring charges against Israel in the ICC, especially after Palestine became a UN observer state.
The Israeli newspaper "Maarev" reported that the lawyer wrote in his request to the ICC, "I have reliable information that confirms Mahmoud Abbas, along with senior officials in the PA and Hamas, have committed "war crimes and crimes against humanity. Therefore, I ask the court to open an investigation".