International Criminal Court Delegation Visits Israel for ‘Outreach,’ Not War Probe
JNS.org – A delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague arrived in Israel Wednesday for a five-day educational and outreach visit, which it said was not an attempt to gather material for suits against the Jewish state.
According to a statement by the organization, the delegation “will not engage in evidence-collection in relation to any alleged crimes; neither will the delegation undertake site visits, or assess the adequacy of the respective legal systems to deal with crimes that fall within ICC jurisdiction.”
Its purpose in visiting is to raise awareness and “address any misconceptions about the ICC.”
The delegation will travel throughout the country and hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Its members will also meet with United Nations agencies and participate in two events at academic institutions.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened an investigation into alleged war crimes by both Israel and the Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in the summer of 2014.
Bensouda’s office said that the “preliminary examination of the situation is on-going and is following its normal course,” but the visit to Israel “is not linked to any findings regarding any issue, nor will any announcement be made in that regard.”