Mohandas Gandhi

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A shell fired by the Israeli military explodes in the northern Gaza Strip during fighting in 2009. Groups such as Amnesty International believe the white smoke from the blast suggests it was loaded with white phosphorus, which would constitute a war crime. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)
The International Criminal Court prosecutor has rejected a bid by the Palestinian authority to clear the way for the permanent war crimes tribunal to investigate the Gaza conflict that began in December 2008.

The long-awaited written ruling by Luis Moreno-Ocampo also is a setback to the campaign by Palestinians’ for international recognition as an independent state.
The Palestinian Authority unilaterally recognized the court’s jurisdiction in January 2009 and prosecutors have been mulling ever since whether to accept that recognition, the first step in a process that could have finished with Israel being investigated for possible war crimes.
Under the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, only internationally recognized states can join the court. Prosecutors listened to lawyers supporting the Palestinian bid and Israel’s rejection of it before reaching Tuesday’s decision.
In a statement, the prosecutor said it is up to “relevant bodies at the United Nations” or the group of nations that makes up the court to determine whether Palestinians can sign up to the Rome Statute.
The court can only launch investigations if asked by the UN Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.
Amnesty International and other groups accused Israel of committing war crimes by killing civilians and firing white phosphorus munitions in densely populated areas, among other actions, during the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas militants that erupted late in 2008. Human Rights Watch called for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes by both Israel and Hamas.
Israel launched its three-week offensive with the aim of ending years of Hamas rocket fire at southern Israel. It left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to Gaza officials. Thirteen Israelis were killed, including three civilians.
NGO Monitor, an Israeli watchdog that focuses on non-governmental organizations critical of Israel, hailed the ruling as “a strong rebuke” to rights groups that had lobbied on behalf of the Palestinian bid.
"International arenas are routinely hijacked for political purposes, but today’s decision was markedly different," said Anne Herzberg, legal adviser for NGO Monitor.

More from the Washington Post:

In a statement, the prosecutor said it is up to “relevant bodies at the United Nations” or the group of nations that makes up the court to determine whether Palestinians can sign up to the Rome Statute.
The court can only launch investigations if asked by the U.N. Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.
“The bottom line is that the ICC has no jurisdiction. We knew that and we said as much since the beginning,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.
“If the (Palestinian Authority) has any grievance, the proper way to deal with it, is to talk to Israel and try to sort this out directly. Resorting to the ICC or to the UN or to any far away institution … that’s just a waste of time,” he said.
Shawan Jabarin, director of al-Haq, a Palestinian rights group which has lobbied to prosecute Israeli officials abroad, expressed disappointment.
 “There’s no domestic remedy for Palestinians to seek justice here. There’s nothing before Palestinians except to search for justice outside. The most important body for us was the ICC,” Jabarin said.
[…]
Palestinians trying to sue Israel’s military for deaths and damages suffered during the conflict have faced difficult obstacles in the Jewish state: court fees of sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to be lodged before their cases will be heard, travel restrictions that leave them unable to leave the territory to testify, and security problems that make it impossible for Israeli experts to enter Gaza to look at forensic evidence.

Today in: Reasons why the U.N. and the ICC are inefficient and why recognition of a Palestinian state is vital. Israel refuses to recognize the ICC and its proper jurisdiction, despite the court’s weaknesses, because it would be formally charged as being complicit in committing war crimes against Palestinians and Israel can’t have that. The Palestinians have no way of seeking a redress for their grievances and the international community’s complete and utter failure to pressure Israel to concede to a peace settlement has very real consequences. The international community has been totally complacent while Israel continues its human rights abuses against the Palestinians when the world’s countries are more than capable of ushering in a peace settlement and finally putting an end to the violence that extends beyond the borders of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

A shell fired by the Israeli military explodes in the northern Gaza Strip during fighting in 2009. Groups such as Amnesty International believe the white smoke from the blast suggests it was loaded with white phosphorus, which would constitute a war crime. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

The International Criminal Court prosecutor has rejected a bid by the Palestinian authority to clear the way for the permanent war crimes tribunal to investigate the Gaza conflict that began in December 2008.

The long-awaited written ruling by Luis Moreno-Ocampo also is a setback to the campaign by Palestinians’ for international recognition as an independent state.

The Palestinian Authority unilaterally recognized the court’s jurisdiction in January 2009 and prosecutors have been mulling ever since whether to accept that recognition, the first step in a process that could have finished with Israel being investigated for possible war crimes.

Under the court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, only internationally recognized states can join the court. Prosecutors listened to lawyers supporting the Palestinian bid and Israel’s rejection of it before reaching Tuesday’s decision.

In a statement, the prosecutor said it is up to “relevant bodies at the United Nations” or the group of nations that makes up the court to determine whether Palestinians can sign up to the Rome Statute.

The court can only launch investigations if asked by the UN Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.

Amnesty International and other groups accused Israel of committing war crimes by killing civilians and firing white phosphorus munitions in densely populated areas, among other actions, during the conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas militants that erupted late in 2008. Human Rights Watch called for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes by both Israel and Hamas.

Israel launched its three-week offensive with the aim of ending years of Hamas rocket fire at southern Israel. It left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians, according to Gaza officials. Thirteen Israelis were killed, including three civilians.

NGO Monitor, an Israeli watchdog that focuses on non-governmental organizations critical of Israel, hailed the ruling as “a strong rebuke” to rights groups that had lobbied on behalf of the Palestinian bid.

"International arenas are routinely hijacked for political purposes, but today’s decision was markedly different," said Anne Herzberg, legal adviser for NGO Monitor.

More from the Washington Post:

In a statement, the prosecutor said it is up to “relevant bodies at the United Nations” or the group of nations that makes up the court to determine whether Palestinians can sign up to the Rome Statute.

The court can only launch investigations if asked by the U.N. Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.

“The bottom line is that the ICC has no jurisdiction. We knew that and we said as much since the beginning,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

“If the (Palestinian Authority) has any grievance, the proper way to deal with it, is to talk to Israel and try to sort this out directly. Resorting to the ICC or to the UN or to any far away institution … that’s just a waste of time,” he said.

Shawan Jabarin, director of al-Haq, a Palestinian rights group which has lobbied to prosecute Israeli officials abroad, expressed disappointment.

“There’s no domestic remedy for Palestinians to seek justice here. There’s nothing before Palestinians except to search for justice outside. The most important body for us was the ICC,” Jabarin said.

[…]

Palestinians trying to sue Israel’s military for deaths and damages suffered during the conflict have faced difficult obstacles in the Jewish state: court fees of sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars to be lodged before their cases will be heard, travel restrictions that leave them unable to leave the territory to testify, and security problems that make it impossible for Israeli experts to enter Gaza to look at forensic evidence.

Today in: Reasons why the U.N. and the ICC are inefficient and why recognition of a Palestinian state is vital. Israel refuses to recognize the ICC and its proper jurisdiction, despite the court’s weaknesses, because it would be formally charged as being complicit in committing war crimes against Palestinians and Israel can’t have that. The Palestinians have no way of seeking a redress for their grievances and the international community’s complete and utter failure to pressure Israel to concede to a peace settlement has very real consequences. The international community has been totally complacent while Israel continues its human rights abuses against the Palestinians when the world’s countries are more than capable of ushering in a peace settlement and finally putting an end to the violence that extends beyond the borders of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

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