Palestine: Abbas says murder of journalist will be referred to ICC

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Palestinian president says he will immediately refer the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqla to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a speech at a remembrance service attended by thousands of people, Mahmoud Abbas declared that Israel was ‘fully responsible’ for her death. She was shot while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank. Al Jazeera said Abu Aqla was killed by Israeli troops. Israel said she might have been shot by Palestinian gunmen. The United Nations, United States and European Union have called for an independent and transparent investigation. … There was no immediate response from the ICC or the Israeli government, which does not recognise the court’s authority and has refused to co-operate with an investigation into possible war crimes in the occupied territories.” [editor’s note: Since the murder occurred on Palestinian, not Israeli, soil, it’s within ICC’s jurisdiction, Israeli “recognition” or no – TLK] (05/12/22)