The announcement of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, is set to take place on April 30 concerning the court’s potential investigation targeting Israel for possible “war crimes” it allegedly committed and the question of whether the international court has jurisdiction in the Palestinian territories.
Against this background, NGO Monitor published a report that analyzes the claims submitted by various NGOs. The claims put forth are said to be based on unreliable and biased sources and thereby highly inaccurate from a legal standpoint; a deviation from the jurisdiction of the ICC; erasing and inventing historical facts; and ignoring Palestinian terrorism.
At least 50 briefs were filed to the ICC, some of which were submitted by NGOs leading the demonization campaign against Israel, and others were even funded by European governments. Some of the NGOs involved that filed false allegations include the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Haq, Al Mezan and Al-Dameer. The PCHR, Al-Haq and Al-Dameer have established ties with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group.
Other groups involved in the egregious campaign wrongfully targeting Israel are the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), which is also linked to the PFLP; the Legal Representation of Persecution Victims; American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a pro-BDS organization; FIDH; the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL); and the Popular Conference for Palestinians Abroad.
The NGO Monitor report was published in an online event that took place last Wednesday (April 22). The event included distinguished participants such as Colonel Richard Kemp, the former Commander of British Troops in Afghanistan, and Anne Herzberg, the Legal Advisor of NGO Monitor who leads the organization’s activity at the Hague.
Herzberg stated that, “These organizations have decisive influence on the decisions of the ICC and their activity could not take place without the extensive funding they receive from European governments such as Switzerland, Holland, Sweden and the European Union (EU). The chances are high that we will see the same flawed arguments and reports of additional organizations quoted in the prosecutor’s legal opinion on April 30.”
About a month ago, NGO Monitor along with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Palestinian Media Watch and the Lawfare Project, submitted a document to the ICC providing a detailed argument why the international court does not possess legal jurisdiction to operate in the Palestinian territories.