A delegation from the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court at The Hague is due to arrive in Israel on June 27 as part of a preliminary examination into whether war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed in the Palestinian territories, according to senior Palestinian sources.
The Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court said, “The office, as per normal practice, is considering a visit to the region during the course of its preliminary examination.”
If the prosecution does decide to launch an investigation, it is possible they will not just investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes, but also actions committed by the Palestinians.
A senior Israeli official who is dealing with the matter said such a visit is a routine part of conducting such preliminary examinations. Israel’s position is that “Palestine is not a state and therefore the court has no authority to consider the Palestinian complaint.”