Israeli Victims of October 7 Attack Urge International Criminal Court to Investigate Hamas | World News

Feb14,2024



Ben Gurion Airport/The Hague: israeli survivors of 7 October attack And relatives of the victims are stepping up efforts to get it International Criminal Court the prosecutor will investigate Hamas' crime as part of the investigation into the attack and Israel's response in Gaza,
“We want to make sure the world takes action and stop their freedom from being hindered,” Udi Goren, a cousin of Tal Hammy, 41, who was kidnapped on October 7, said of the leaders of the Palestinian group Hamas. Hammy's death was later confirmed, with his body still in storage in Gaza.
Israeli survivors of the October 7 Hamas attack and families of victims want the court to target Hamas leaders with arrest warrants.
“We want to make sure that Hamas leaders are detained or they cannot leave Qatar and that will put pressure on them to release the hostages,” Goren said, speaking at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport.
Goren was among a group of about 100 family members of hostages who were preparing to fly to the ICC headquarters in The Hague.
Israel is not a member of the ICC and does not recognize its jurisdiction.
But prosecutor Karim Khan reaffirmed to Reuters this week that the court has jurisdiction over the October 7 events and that they are part of the court's investigation. He declined to comment further on the ongoing investigation.
Families of Israeli hostages who took photographs of their missing loved ones as they prepared to fly to The Hague will file the latest in several so-called Article 15 communications on behalf of Israeli victims.
These legal filings are meant to provide information to prosecutors and are part of a broader effort to get the ICC to take action against Hamas leaders.
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Signaling that the ICC investigation is moving forward, lawyer Yael Vias Gvirsman, who represents another group of Israeli victims, told Reuters that a handful of his clients testified directly to ICC investigators in The Hague last week Was.
“This was an important next step for the investigation,” said Vias Gvirsman, who represents 42 of the 200 Israeli victims. “Investigators spent very long hours with victims to hear personal accounts from key witnesses at many of the crime scenes of the October 7 attacks.” Kept sitting till.” Different families in ICC.
On October 7, Hamas launched a cross-border attack on southern Israel, killing 1,200 Israelis and taking about 240 hostage, according to Israeli data.
This sparked an ongoing Israeli military offensive into Gaza, which has devastated much of the densely populated strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea and killed more than 28,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials.
The ICC case is separate from the genocide case initiated against Israel at the Hague-based International Court of Justice or the World Court.
The World Court is a United Nations court that deals with disputes between states while the ICC is a treaty-based criminal court that focuses on individual criminal responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The Palestinian territories were accepted as ICC members in 2015, giving the court jurisdiction over atrocity crimes committed by anyone in the territory and by Palestinians in Israeli territory.



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