Could A New Palestinian State Bring Israel To The ICC?
AFP - If Palestine achieves UN "non-member observer status" on Thursday, it could open the door for the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes committed during the decades-long Israel-Palestinian conflict.
While the possibility of swift prosecutions of Israelis is slim, the spectre of such cases being brought before the ICC has overshadowed the Palestinians' bid.
Based in The Hague, the ICC can prosecute those guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed since July 1, 2002, when its founding treaty, the Rome Statute, came into force.
And the court can only pursue an individual if crimes were committed on the territory of a state party -- one that signed and ratified the Rome Statute -- or by a citizen of such a state.