Israel Considers Preventing Entry of ICC Investigators

Israel Considers Preventing Entry of ICC Investigators

The International Criminal Court (ICC)is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. It has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Israel is considering preventing the entry of officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in response to the chief prosecutor’s decision to investigate its possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, local media reported.

Israel Hayom reported on Monday that representatives from the Israeli ministries of foreign affairs and justice and the national security council have discussed practical ways to respond to the ICC chief prosecutor’s decision.

The paper said representatives from the three ministers met on Sunday in the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the possibility of preventing the entry of ICC staff into Israel.

According to the paper, Israel is considering taking steps similar to the ones taken by the US administration, which refuses to grant entry visas for ICC employees in response to the court’s intention to investigate American soldiers who participated in the war in Afghanistan.

Netanyahu is to transfer all deliberations on the matter to the Israeli security cabinet and impose a gag order on it to prevent the disclosure of Israel’s future actions on the issue, the paper said.

On Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced her intention to open a full investigation into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, including during the Great March of Return staged by nonviolent Palestinian protesters near the Gaza border fence.

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