Jerusalem24 – After the International Criminal Court’s decision to allow Attorney General Fatou Bensouda to open an investigation into Israel’s crimes against the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, Israel decided to take steps against the court. A new bill prohibits any institution from providing information to the ICC prosecutor, and punishes anyone with imprisonment of up to 5 years.
She explained that the law will include a law on businessmen, judicial businessmen before the court.
Israeli Channel 7 reported that that the bill “Civil Service Protection Act”, which is based off of the US Civil Service Protection Act, known as the “Hague Invasion” law. This gives the president long-term powers to do anything to release an American citizen who was arrested or tried by the International Criminal Court, including the use of force.
The bill intends to create a legal safety net for Israeli soldiers and senior state officials who may be tried abroad.
According to the draft law, any Israeli entity, citizen, company, or authority is prohibited from cooperating with the court without special permission. Conducting an investigation on Israeli territory, and even providing financial assistance and confidential information to the court.
In addition to that, the government will act with whatever means at its disposal, to release any person detained in connection with the activities of the Hague Tribunal, and will even bear the costs of protecting a citizen, soldier, public servant, or elected official of the court.
Penalties will also be imposed on members of the court, such as a prohibition on possessing property in Israel, bans on entry and residence in Israel, and restrictions on foreign entities assisting the court.