The ICC is nothing short of an international sharia court. Not only is the ICC tied to the very anti-Israel United Nations. But the question has to be asked: What international law is the reference point that it uses? Sharia? Palestinian Authority leaders have more than once referred Israel to the International Criminal Court for so-called war crimes. Talk about gall. And now this, which, in light of the way the ICC has acted up to now, is no surprise. Like the UN, the ICC is essentially at this point an instrument of the “Palestinian” jihad. The Trump administration was right to withdraw from it.
“ICC elects Palestinian official to advisory committee for selecting judges,” by Victor Cabrera, Media Line, December 19, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has elected Palestinian official Ahmad Mohammad Barak bin Hamad to an advisory committee for selecting judges. The move comes on the backdrop of an announcement earlier this month by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she is nearing a decision on whether to launch a formal probe into alleged war crimes by the Israel Defense Forces as well as Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip.
Bin Hamad’s election is being construed as an example of growing acceptance of the Palestinian Authority as a legitimate actor within world bodies, a trend that is vehemently opposed by Israel and the United States.
“The prosecutor accepted Palestine’s inclusion [into the ICC] on the basis of the [2012 United Nations General Assembly] resolution giving the PA the status of non-member observer state,” Robbie Sabel, Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explained to The Media Line. “The UNGA has no [legal] authority to recognize entities as full states so they were very careful to just give the Palestinians that designation.
“Israel disputes this,” he elaborated, “on the grounds that the territory of Palestine is not clearly defined or entirely recognized by the international community. The ICC prosecutor nevertheless allowed Palestine to accede to the Rome Statute,” the treaty that established the tribunal at The Hague in the Netherlands and to which Israel, in turn, is not a party.
“The appointment [of bin Hamad] will increase the Palestinians’ status within the organization as members wishing to sway the nomination of judges will see that it’s worthwhile to get the attention of the official from Palestine,” Prof. Sabel asserted.
“Palestine is a responsible international actor that has taken seriously its membership in the organizations and treaties onto which it has signed,” Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), contended to The Media Line….
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