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ICC Says Israel Likely Committed War Crimes During Gaza Flotilla Raid




The Israeli army committed war crimes during a raid on an aid flotilla heading to the Gaza Strip, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, said.

Bensouda said on Thursday that although crimes were committed, the culprits would not be prosecuted.

She said  “no case will be opened on the 2010 raid, as the matter was not of `sufficient gravity’ to merit the court’s intervention.”

Ten people, all Turkish citizens, including one who held dual U.S. citizenship, were killed during the raid, which put an immense strain on Turkey’s relations with Israel.

The Gaza Strip had been under tight blockade imposed by Israel, and at times Egypt, for the past eight years.

The flotilla was using the Comoros flag.

As that country was a party to the Rome Statute that set up the world’s only permanent court for war crimes, the case was able to come under investigation by the prosecutor.

Turkey and Israel are not part of the international court, which has over 120 member states.

Bensouda said ” have concluded that there is reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court were committed on one of the vessels.

“However, the court can only open cases into incidents that carry sufficient gravity.’’

Meanwhile, Comoros has the right to request ICC judges to review Bensouda’s decision.

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  1. Stan Squires

    November 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that Fatou Bensouda is a disgrace to all of Africa for her support of Israeli aggression against Palestine. In 1997 Nelson Mandela made a speech in Pretoria and said that South Africa will not be completely free until Palestine is free from Israeli apartheid.He was a good supporter of the Palestinian People in their fight against Israeli apartheid.The international criminal court in the Hague is completely useless because of its support of Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian People Fatou Bensouda is a lackey of Israel and should be condemned.People like her in all African countries are a problem.
    The People on the Mavi Marmara were heroic in their fight against Israeli aggression.One of the People that was on the Mavi Marmara lives here in BC,Canada. his name is Kevin Neish and I heard him speaking several times.He plans on going to Gaza again in the near future.

  2. jake ro

    November 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Sorry stan—you are on your own here cos both palestanians ans isrealis are both breaking the war crime law.palestanians are also carrying out war crimes in egypt as we speak.if south african wants to be in shacklex cos of palestanian s, so be it for them, but , both countries are breaking the law equally.

  3. khaleesi

    November 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I am disgusted with the IDF and have been for years. It’s a shame that there’s so much money and politics tied to Israel. If any Muslim nation did even a fraction of what they’ve done, they’d be branded a terrorist state

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