The Court explains that this doesn’t mean to open now an investigation. It means that they will check the facts to see if there are grounds to open an investigation that would include the battle in Gaza last summer who ended with more than 2,200 Palestinian and 70 Israelis killed. The ICC probe will examine the actions of all parties.
Sweden has recognised Palestine as a State. Palestinian authorities said that the decision is “courageous” and “historic”. Israel reacted with anger, defining the move as a “miserable decision”.
When I wrote the post “Back to the worst” I couldn’t imagine the situation in Gaza would be so bloody as it has been and it continues being. In just 25 days, 1,499 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians, and there are 7,000 wounded. The Israeli army have attacked a UN shelter, adducing that nearby there were militants launching an attack against them. So the UN blue banner is not longer a safe haven for the 200,000 internal displaced people trapped in the strip.
More than 530 Palestinians, mostly civilians, is the provisional death toll of the Israeli offensive on Gaza while Hamas rocket attacks have claimed the lives of 20 Israelis (18 soldiers and 2 civilians). There are already at least 84,000 displaced people in Gaza.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is back to its worst days, with the Israeli army on the verge to a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip after nights of aerial bombings that have caused at least 75 deaths and Hamas launching rockets against Israeli territory from Gaza.
“Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare”, the courage “to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity”, said the Pope to Simon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican