Despite Israel’s opposition to the court docket, Israeli families of these killed and kidnapped on October seventh made an attraction to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, requesting that the court docket order an investigation into the killings and abductions.
Yael Vias Gvirsman, a global lawyer based mostly in Tel Aviv, filed a so-called “article 15 communication” with the ICC prosecutor on behalf of the families of over 34 victims of the Hamas attacks, together with hostages, lacking individuals, and folks killed.
Israel rejects the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is headquartered in The Hague.
The submission calls on ICC prosecutor Karim Khan to focus his inquiry on Hamas’s actions in southern Israel on October 7, significantly the pressured disappearances that the court docket considers to be a criminal offense towards humanity.
Any claimed crimes falling below its purview which are dedicated by Palestinians on Israeli territory or on Palestinian territory are already the topic of an ongoing investigation by the International Criminal Court.
After the Palestinian authorities enrolled within the court docket in 2015 and had been granted UN observer state standing, ICC judges determined in 2021 that the court docket has jurisdiction.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister on the time, referred to the ruling as a “perversion of justice”.
Being a court docket of final resort, the ICC can solely intervene if one among its 124 member states refuses or is unable to carry prices towards these accused of crimes towards humanity, conflict crimes, and genocide.
(With company inputs)