Is ICC about to slam the door on justice for Palestine?

“A group of Palestinian, regional and international human rights groups stated in March, marking the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return: “Being the longest unresolved question to fall under the responsibility of the UN, Palestine has … become a litmus test for the efficacy of the international system as a whole.”
Will the International Criminal Court and its chief prosecutor pass the test? Or will Israeli impunity win out again?”

Kia Ora Gaza

A Palestinian man walks across the rubble of his home destroyed during Israel’s 51-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, al-Shujaiyeh, Gaza City, April 2015. Ashraf Amra APA]

By Maureen Clare, Electronic Intifada, 11 December 2019

In the decade since Palestinians first petitioned the International Criminal Court, around 3,500 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Around 800 were children.

Israel has expanded its settlement colonies in the West Bank, encouraged by a Trump administration that has put Washington’s seal of approval on war crimes only tacitly endorsed by previous US governments.

That tacit support has been more than symbolic.

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, signed a $38 billion military aid pact with Israel – the “single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history” by the State Department’s admission.

All that to secure Israel’s military occupation, now…

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