Palestinians to submit first file to ICC in efforts to charge Israel with war crimes

File to be submitted next week reported “statistical”; Israel to present domestic report on Operation Protective Edge to UN Human Rights Council next week; Last UN shelter in Gaza Strip closed



The Palestinian Authority notified that it intends to submit its first file next week to the International Criminal Court in The Hague pursuing war crimes against the State of Israel during Operation Protective Edge. The file will be submitted on June 25 to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation to the Palestinian accusations in June 2014, the Palestinians joining the ICC on April 1.

Palestinian Foreign Ministry official Amma Hijazi stated on the submission that the file is “general” and “only statistical.. it certainly draws a grim picture of what Israel is doing and why we think that there are reasonable grounds… for the prosecutor to start her investigations.”

The move comes after Israel released its government-sanctioned detailed report on Operation Protective Edge this week, the report submitted to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council and to be presented on June 29.

And in other news on Thursday, the United Nations closed its last shelter for displaced Gazans in the Gaza Strip at the Bahrain School. According to the UNRWA, “Some 30 families left the shelter of the Bahrain school where up to 1,100 displaced people had been living.” According to UNRWA, between $800-$1,000 were given to each family for accommodations in the coming months.