Palestinians submit request to join International Criminal Court
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour submitted on Friday evening to the UN offices in New York the request to join 22 international treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at the Hague. The documents were signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday.
The process of joining the ICC takes 90 days from the moment the documents are submitted.
After submitting the documents, Mansour said that the Palestinian ambassador at The Hague submitted a letter of complaint over alleged Israeli war crimes during last summer’s conflict in Gaza. Mansour’s comments confirm Haaretz’s report on Thursday on the request for an investigation.
Mansour added that the Palestinians are not concerned over the possibility that joining the international tribunal will make them vulnerable to counter-complaints by Israel and others. “We are not afraid of the judgment of the international law,” he told reporters in New York.