The attorney general of the International Criminal Court (CPI), Karim Khanarrived this Thursday at Israel at the request of the families of the victims of the conflict with Hamas, with whom he will hold meetings. It has not been confirmed, however, if he will meet with local authorities since the country maintains its distance from the organization and has been critical of its actions in the past. “They have no faith in this international court,” the official commented weeks ago.
The visit is not of an investigative nature, so evidence of the massacres committed on October 7 will not be collected, but rather “it represents an important opportunity to express solidarity with all victims” and survivors, indicated from the ICC.
Israel expressed, in the past, its discontent with the ICC, precisely after this body began an investigation in 2021 for possible war crimes committed since June 2014 in Palestinian territories, which includes not only Hamas terrorists and other militias. regional navies but also to the Defense Forces.
The Executive considered this decision “anti-Semitic” and did not subscribe to the Rome Statute or adhere to the Court as a member state.
Despite their discontent, given that this process has not yet concluded and does not have a deadline, said file “extends to the escalation of hostilities and violence of the attacks that took place on October 7,” explained from the Court and They added that there is already a team “focused on collecting, preserving and analyzing information and communications from key stakeholders in relation to relevant incidents” that are being committed in the territories.
On the other hand, they tried to reassure all interested parties by mentioning that “a significant volume of information and evidence has been collected,” even despite Israel’s denial of access to carry out these tasks.
“We have jurisdiction over any crime covered by the Rome Statute, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed by Palestinians in Israel, and we also have jurisdiction over any crime committed by Israeli forces in Palestine,” Khan added.
Among the main voices that promoted the request against Israel, the Palestinian National Authority (ANP), which appeared in The Hague last October and urged the Prosecutor to accelerate the investigation due to the “serious humanitarian situation” in the Strip. Also, South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros and Djibouti They urged the official to advance the investigations into the current events.
For their part, weeks ago, a group of relatives of Hamas victims also traveled to the headquarters of the Court although, in this case, to ask for action against the terrorists, precisely, arrest warrants against senior militia leaders to limit their travel possibilities and facilitate their arrest if they do so.
Along with his visit to Israel, Khan will travel to the city of Ramallahin the West Bank, and will meet with “senior Palestinian officials.”
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)