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On April 29, more than 180 Palestinian, regional and international human rights organizations wrote to the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague demanding an investigation into the situation in Palestine.

After a preliminary investigation launched in 2015, Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Prosecutor General, approved in late 2019 the opening of an investigation into war crimes committed in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. For the Palestinians, this decision was an important step in their fight for accountability and justice.

Before launching this investigation, however, the prosecutor had requested a preliminary examination of the concept of "sovereign state" concerning the Palestinian territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem). The ICC preliminary chamber is, there by, due to issue a ruling by the end of April.

The signatories of this letter expressed their concern over the potential impact of the contributions sent by certain states during this procedure, including contributions from European states which are not representative of the positions of European civil society organizations.

Led by a Palestinian coalition of more than 200 Palestinian civil society organizations, the signatories of this letter called for an end to the prevailing impunity in the Palestinian territories and for the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity (including crimes against civilian health workers, journalists and children) so that they would finally be held accountable for their actions.

(Check out the complete letter with list of signatories)