The Palestinians now have a regular habit of ceremonially issuing complaints to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli leaders and military commanders regarding virtually everything Israel does. These are clearly a series of public relations exercises as part of their “lawfare” against Israel. In fact, they are trying to politicize the international court and turn it into their own “backyard tribunal” to hassle Israeli political and military officials.
In a recent unprecedented and uncalled-for determination by one of the court’s pre-trial chambers more than a month ago, the ICC ordered a campaign of outreach to Palestinian victims “within or outside of Palestine” to assist their communication and interaction with the court. The aim is also “to better understand their rights, to assist the court in fulfilling its role and to better advance the interests of justice and protect the rights of victims” (paragraph 12 of the decision).
The decision presents such outreach activities as an attempt aimed to “clearly indicate the general parameters of the Court’s jurisdiction in relation to the situation in Palestine.”
Does the court even have jurisdiction?