To the chagrin of Israel, the magistrate of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, obtained that her court be competent to investigate in the territories Palestinians, and in particular in Gaza, on complaints following the 2014 war.
“Purely and simply anti-Semitism.” It is with fury that Benjamin Netanyahu , the Israeli Prime Minister, greeted the announcement on Friday by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to declare itself competent over the events in the occupied Palestinian territories, which could lead to a war crimes investigation. This decision, applauded by the Palestinian Authority, is largely due to Fatou Bensouda, ICC attorney general for eight years.
Fatou Bensouda’s last fight
This former Gambian lawyer pushed for the court to take over from a five-year preliminary investigation into the actions carried out during the Israeli operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. According to the UN, 1,163 Palestinians, including 795 civilians and 230 children were killed there.
This fight for Bensouda, 60, will be her last in The Hague since the magistrate will leave her post in June. Until then, it risks drawing the wrath of the Jewish state, which is not a member of the ICC and rather points to the crimes committed by Hamas.
But this mother of two, criticized for the wobbly case against former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, is used to attacks. Since her office’s decision to open an investigation against the United States for war crimes in Afghanistan, she has been visa banned and sanctioned by Washington.