#International Criminal Court

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, leaves the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) after a vote on the dissolution of the Knesset, in Jerusalem. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in December 2019 that she wanted to start a full probe
  • Palestine is a state party to the court, having joined in 2015, but Israel is not a member
  • Israel occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War of 1967,

.Hague, Netherlands
Palestine is a state party to the International Criminal Court while Israel and the US are not (Photo Credit: Twitter @IntlCrimCourt)

  • Israel PM Netanyahu denounced the ICC and called it a "political body"
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that Israel shall not be bound by the decison as it is not a member of the ICC
  • ICC clarified that the verdict was not about the status of Palestine's statehood 

The International Criminal Court gave its first-ever verdict in 2003. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • On Thursday, the ICC found  Dominic Ongwen of war crimes
  •  In another case, Former Democratic Republic of Congo militia leader Germain Katanga was sentenced to 12 years
  • Congolese rebel warlord Bosco Ntaganda received a 30-year jail term from the ICC in 2019