ICC Prosecutor says escalation of violence could constitute a crime under Rome Statute

Bensouda announced in March she will be investigating possible war crimes in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem24 – The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court voiced concern at the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians and says “crimes” may have been committed.

“I note with great concern the escalation of violence in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as in and around Gaza, and the possible commission of crimes under the [ICC’s guiding] Rome Statute,” Fatou Bensouda says on Twitter.

Bensouda announced on March 3 that she was opening an investigation into actions committed by Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since 2014. Israel says the court doesn’t have jurisdiction to investigate the matter.

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