ICC Launches Deeply Unfair Probe of Israel
March 4, 2021
Posted by: Karen Stiller, Middle East Project Director
The San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) joins the Biden Administration and others in expressing great concern about the deeply unfair probe launched this week by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
At a time when alarming human rights violations are occurring across the world, including genocide, ethnic cleansing and state-sponsored murder and incarceration of journalists, this decision underscores the ICC’s bias and unhealthy obsession with the democratic and Jewish State of Israel. It also reflects poorly on the ICC’s ability to fulfill its critically important mission to hold accountable perpetrators of the “gravest crimes of concern to the international community.”
JCRC applauds Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who “firmly opposes” the ICC’s move. We echo the statement released by the U.S. Department of State: “We have serious concerns about the ICC’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel. The United States has always taken the position that the court’s jurisdiction should be reserved for countries that consent to it, or that are referred by the UN Security Council.”
Combined with decades of unfair singling out of Israel by the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Commission, this probe further harms the ICC’s reputation and is an abrogation of its legal and moral duties. International bodies should instead be focused on bringing Israelis and Palestinians together and creating conditions for peace and a shared future.
The ICC announced this week plans to formally investigate Israel for alleged war crimes against Palestinians, continuing the court’s unhealthy obsession with the Jewish state. According to an ICC statement, the investigation will cover a time period starting in 2014, shortly before the Gaza War, to now.
For More Information
- The Role of the International Criminal Court (Council on Foreign Relations)
- ICC Will Investigate Accusations of War Crimes in Israeli-Occupied Territories (New York Times)
- Opinion: The Real Victims of the International Criminal Court's Obsession With Israel (Haaretz)
- Netanyahu: We will fight ICC’s perversion of justice (Jerusalem Post)
- Statement by former Ambassador Dennis Ross (Twitter)
Statements by National Jewish Organizations