Thursday, October 13, 2011

Should Israel fear ICC war crimes prosecutions if Palestine becomes a state?

“Critics of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's U.N. statehood drive have highlighted the pointlessness of the initiative, saying it will bring the Palestinians no closer to their dream of an independent state, and may in fact delay it.
But the move is anything but meaningless.
A General Assembly declaration recognizing a Palestinian state may provide the Palestinians with a powerful weapon to use in its ongoing struggle with Israel: the right to invite the International Criminal Court prosecutor to investigate alleged Israeli crimes against Palestinians, according to legal experts. But it could also expose Palestinian militants to prosecution for launching missile attacks against Israeli towns.”

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