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Bensouda announces that Palestinians could also face war crimes

In the most recent news of the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, chief prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, announced that in addition to the investigation of Israeli war crimes, the ICC will also be looking into crimes committed by the Palestinian side of the conflict. Although the investigation is in the preliminary stages, Bensouda made this fact very clear in her interview with the Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz. She stated that all accused crimes would be examined, “independently and impartially without fear or favour.” This is significant because it seemed that, when the Palestinians joined the ICC last month, they were certain the Israelis would be investigated and charged with war crimes; however, the Palestinian’s joining of the ICC may backfire and ultimately cause members of their own community to be indicted by the ICC. In addition, this recent development represents another example of how the ICC is continuing to remain as impartial and fair as possible without being influenced by the agendas of outside countries.

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