Democracy Now - February 8, 2021

The International Criminal Court has ruled it has the authority to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories. Israel and the United States criticized the decision. Israel is not a member of the ICC, but the Palestinians joined the court in 2015. Israel has argued the court has no jurisdiction over the Occupied Territories because Palestine is not an independent state. But the ICC judges rejected that argument. The ruling comes two years after the ICC’s chief prosecutor found that, quote, “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,” unquote. On Saturday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the ICC’s decision.