What’s the timetable look like? What happens if Israel doesn’t cooperate? Here’s what Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s decision to look into the behavior of Israel and Hamas means, and what happens next
Mar. 4, 2021
A month after the International Criminal Court ruled that it has jurisdiction in territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced her decision to open an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas since June 13, 2014.
The decision was expected since Bensouda had already determined, through a preliminary examination, that there were reasonable grounds for opening an investigation. In order to move ahead, she first wanted to make sure she had authorization to operate in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.