ICC told to investigate soldier who shot terrorist

A delegation of the Palestinian National Council has met with representatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to complain over the IDF soldier who shot a wounded terrorist in Hevron two weeks ago, according to the Hamas paper Palestine.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) joined the ICC in April 2015, as part of a series of unilateral steps to join world treaties taken in breach of the 1994 Oslo Accords that formed the PA, and since then it has raised a number of issues at The Hague in a request that they be investigated.

It has also raised the issue of "extrajudicial executions," a term the PA uses to delegitimize the self-defense of Israeli citizens and soldiers who shoot Arab terrorists in the act of attacking during the current Arab terror wave, which began last September and which has already claimed the lives of 34 victims.

One of the delegation members claimed that "the Israeli justice system is biased and provides defense for murderers and those committing executions in the field."

This claim is being used by the PA to justify its request to have the ICC get involved in an investigation.

A previous meeting between the Palestinian delegation and ICC representatives was held on March 19 in Jordan, where the sides discussed the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria as well as Operation Protective Edge in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Both issues were presented by the Palestinians as "war crimes."

In the case of the soldier who shot the wounded terrorist in Hevron, the incident came just minutes after the Arab terrorist together with an accomplice stabbed and wounded another soldier. 

The soldier has argued he shot the terrorist over concerns he was moving to detonate a bomb belt that was thought to be hidden under his unseasonably thick coat. That version of events, according to which concerns of a bomb belt had not been ruled out, was vindicated by a Magen David Adom investigative committee as well as an IDF investigation.

The soldier remains on trial in a military court on charges of manslaughter.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210404

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