War Crimes Trials for Israelis for Gaza? Almost impossible
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has no jurisdiction to investigate in the Gaza Strip, as it is not a state. Though the Palestinian Authority has been functioning as an interim sovereign polity since 1993, it was forced out of Gaza last year by Hamas after the Islamists won an election.
And while Israel has not signed the Rome Statute that enshrined the ICC, it can still be investigated, but that would require a U.N. Security Council mandate. Any such proposal would probably be vetoed
by Israel's ally, the United States.
This is a difficult question. How
can a fair trial be held for real
war crimes without convicting
people simply for being Jewish?
Most proponents of Israeli war crimes
trials blissfully ignore Arab war crimes.
""International calls to investigate Israel over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip prompted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday to promise military personnel state protection from foreign prosecution.
"The commanders and soldiers sent to Gaza should know they are safe from various tribunals and Israel will assist them on this front and defend them, just as they protected us with their bodies during the
Gaza operation," Olmert said.
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