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ICC Prosecutor: ‘Smear campaigns’ won’t stop probe into Israel war crimes

May 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

ICC’s Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on 8 February 2016 [Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr]

The International Criminal Court has responded to Israeli criticisms over the prosecutor’s decision to probe Israeli war crimes allegedly committed in the occupied West Bank, besieged Gaza and occupied East Jerusalem.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was quoted on the court’s official Twitter account as saying that “misinformation and smear campaigns do not change facts about the conduct of my Office’s work concerning the situation in Palestine.”

“Fact: my office is executing its mandate concerning Palestine situation with utmost professionalism, independence & objectivity in strict conformity with the Rome Statute. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is simply misled & unfounded.”

In January 2020, the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber invited amicus curiae (friends of the court) submissions on whether Palestine is a state that can transfer criminal jurisdiction over its territory to the Hague.

READ: What you need to know about the ICC Investigation of war crimes in occupied Palestine