COSATU supports ICC decision to probe war crime charges against Israel
8 February 2021
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the long-overdue decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday the 4th of February 2021, that clears the way for the international tribunal to investigate allegations against Israel, of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of apartheid in occupied Palestinian territories as a long-overdue step toward justice.
This decision comes six years after Palestine joined the ICC. Since then, the Palestinians have pushed for an investigation. Israel, which is not a member of the ICC, has accused the court of inappropriately wading into political issues.
The Palestinians have asked the court to look into Israeli actions during its 2014 war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem. This investigation will focus on examining Israel’s actions and exploring alleged crimes committed by all sides, including Hamas (a militant Islamic Palestinian nationalist movement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that is dedicated to the establishment of an independent Islamic state in historical Palestine).
Whilst this process could still be a protracted and lengthy one, we are particularly encouraged by this step forward which will hopefully finally reveal the daily atrocities and human rights violations of Palestinians by the Israeli occupying forces.