Hague criminal court has no jurisdiction over Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Army’s top lawyer says

It’s like Nazi Germany saying that there was no need for Nuremberg and that the German legal system was enough to judge the criminals.


Israel and the United States began what looks like a coordinated legal attack against the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tuesday. The Israel Defense Forces military advocate general, Maj. Gen. Sharon Afek, and the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, Paul Ney, claimed that the court has no jurisdiction to deal with their military conduct.

Afek said that the court has no authority over issues that concern Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, while Ney accused it of an erroneous analysis of allegations against the U.S. military and also criticized its attitude toward Israel.

The two spoke on the first day of the IDF International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict, which is taking place in Herzliya this week.

Afek said the Israeli army’s position is that “The International Criminal Court in The Hague has no jurisdiction to discuss matters concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” He added that “Israel is a law-abiding county, with an independent and strong judicial system, and there is no reason for its actions to be scrutinized by the ICC.”



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