Jewish Leaders Decry ICC Investigation

New York, NY

. . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

"We strongly object to the decision by the out-going International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to begin an investigation in cases brought by the Palestinian Authority. The ICC’s effort to intrude into matters outside its mandate undermine its credibility and legitimacy, and cast significant doubt on its future as an unbiased judicial forum.

It is irrefutable that the ICC does not have jurisdiction in any dispute between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. As an interim governing body, and not a state, the Palestinian Authority does not have standing before the ICC and therefore cannot bring cases for it to adjudicate. For the ICC to claim otherwise reflects the demonstrated anti-Israel bias of out-going Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who is seeking to use the ICC to single out the Jewish State for discriminatory treatment. Her zealousness in pursuing this endeavor is underscored by the fact that her successor, Karim Khan, will take her place in June. Bensouda’s insistence on denying Khan the opportunity to make this decision clearly shows that she is politically motivated and unfit to serve in a role that is meant to be neutral.

By continuing these efforts to weaponize a judicial institution for political purposes, the Palestinian Authority inflames existing tensions and obstructs the path to peace. The only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is direct, bilateral negotiations between the two parties involved. We call on the international community to speak out in forceful objection to this disgraceful action by the ICC.”

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