The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has apparently called for an international fact-finding mission “to investigate ware crimes committes by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and to take necessary measure to prosecute the perpetrators.”
Now, Israel is terrified that Palestine may join the International Criminal Court (ICC), if Palestine does decide to do so “they could file complaints with the court accusing Israel of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious crimes.”
U.N. envoys said Israel might not retaliate harshly against the Palestinians over the vote (of becoming recognized in the U.N.) as long as they do not seek to join the International Criminal Court.
However, Abbas did not mention the ICC in his speech. But Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters after the vote that if Israel continued to build illegal settlements, the Palestinians might pursue the ICC route.
“As long as the Israelis are not committing atrocities, are not building settlements, are not violating international law, then we don’t see any reason to go anywhere,” he said
“If the Israelis continue with such policy – aggression, settlements, assassinations, attacks, confiscations, building walls – violating international law, then we have no other remedy but really to knock those to other places,” Maliki said.
Now, obviously Israel knows its in the wrong here, if they did not believe they were doing anything wrong then they would not be so terrified of the fact that Palestine could potentially join the International Criminal Court, which would essentially expose them of all their war crimes.