Arab League hails ICC report on jurisdiction over Palestinian territories

The Arab League welcomed on Wednesday a recent International Criminal Court (ICC) report to probe possible “war crimes” in the Palestinian territories, which falls within its jurisdiction.

In a statement, the Arab League said the ICC report is “significant” because it meant the ICC has geographic jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories including the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

The pan-Arab body said the Israeli forces continue to annex more Palestinian occupied lands as the world is busy with fighting the novel coronavirus.

The report came after ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that the preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine “has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met.”

She also requested the court to investigate the parameters of its jurisdiction over the occupied territory, amidst highly politicized legal controversy.

Palestine joined the ICC in January 2015. Under the Rome Statute, Palestine should enjoy sovereignty over its territories including East Jerusalem along the 1967 borders.