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Israelis could face trial in the Hague if Palestinian statehood recognized at UN, experts warn

HAARETZ.com

September 7, 2011 | 6:50 pm

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo by Vincent van Zeijst (Wikipedia)

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo by Vincent van Zeijst (Wikipedia)

Recognition of a Palestinian state could, in theory, lead to Israeli officials being dragged repeatedly before the International Criminal Court in the Hague for claims regarding its settlement policies in the West Bank, legal experts say.

According to the statute of the court, the direct or indirect transfer of an occupier’s population into occupied territory constitutes a war crime.

“The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in the Hague is a complementary jurisdiction, meaning that the court will not intervene in cases when a war crime complaint is being investigated by Israel and those responsible are prosecuted,” explained Prof. Robbie Sabel, a former legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry and an expert in international law.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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