Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambri Abdul Kadir believes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try cases of actions against Palestine, but Malaysia cannot do this as it is not a signatory to the Rome Statute.
“Regarding the issue of bringing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the ICC, I would like to clarify that the issue related to Palestine has, in fact, already been submitted for consideration to the ICC,” the newspaper quotes Malay Mail words of the head of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry.
According to the provisions of the Rome Statute, an international criminal case can only be referred to the ICC by three parties: either the countries party to the Rome Statute, of which Malaysia is not a member, or the UN, or on the initiative of the ICC prosecutor, Zambri Abdul Kadir answered when asked why the government does not insist on tougher measures against the Israeli Prime Minister.
“As a result of pre-trial proceedings, the ICC prosecutor announced in March 2021 the start of an investigation into the situation in Palestine and alleged crimes committed by Israel since June 13, 2014 (in the summer of that year, the Israeli military Operation Protective Edge was carried out against the radical Palestinian movement Hamas – TASS note ) without specifying a statute of limitations. Therefore, the situation in Palestine is still being investigated by the ICC,” said the Malaysian Foreign Minister.
The situation in the Middle East deteriorated sharply after the infiltration of Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel on October 7. Radicals called this attack a response to the actions of the Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Israel announced a complete blockade of Gaza and began striking the strip and certain areas of Lebanon and Syria. Clashes also occur in the West Bank.