The International Criminal Court decides that its jurisdiction includes the Palestinian territories


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The International Criminal Court has ruled that the Palestinian territories fall within its jurisdiction, paving the way for it to investigate alleged “war crimes”.

The Attorney General, Fatou Bensouda, had expressed her belief that there is support for allegations of “war crimes” in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

The Israeli Prime Minister condemned the court’s decision, and the United States expressed “serious concerns” about it. On the other hand, the Palestinian Authority described the day of the decision as “historic.”

The International Criminal Court clarified that it “does not settle a border dispute under international law nor prejudice the issue of any future borders,” but rather “for the sole purpose of determining the scope of the court’s territorial jurisdiction.”

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