Press TV reports: The Palestinian Authority has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
Acting Palestinian Justice Minister Ali Khashan sent a brief letter to the court on Jan. 21, in which he recognized the authority of the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal. The court made the letter public Tuesday, APTN reported.
On Monday, the office of the International Criminal Court, ICC, said that the ICC has begun a “preliminary analysis” of alleged crimes committed by Israelis during the recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a small group of foreign correspondents in a meeting at the court that he has received 150 separate communications calling for war crimes investigations over the Gaza conflict.
“Ali Khashan gave the letter to my office,” said the prosecutor.
“My work now is to analyze if this is in accordance with the law,” he said, adding that he would not hastily decide on the issue.
Moreno-Ocampo needs to now determine whether “the Palestinian Authority has the power under international law to recognize the court” — whether the Palestinians should be considered by the court as having sovereign status.
The use of controversial chemical white phosphorous shells, indiscriminate firing during the offensive in the densely-populated coastal sliver, the shelling of a UN school turned refugee camp, as well as the question as to whether other Israeli military tactics were in breach of humanitarian laws are among the issues Tel Aviv has been charged with.
Human Rights Watch has called for an international investigation into allegations of war crimes by Israel.
The Arab League (AL) also made an appeal to the UN General Assembly last week to “form an international committee to investigate Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip and to set up a criminal court to try Israeli war criminals.”
More than 1330 people, a large number of them civilians, were killed and 5450 others were injured in the Israeli war on Gaza.
Israeli warplanes continue air strikes in southern Gaza Strip despite announcing a ceasefire and allegedly ending the 23-day war.
On Monday, One Palestinian civilian was killed and four others were injured in an Israeli air strike in southern Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, Israeli warplanes attacked the northern Gazan town of Jabaliya.