Israeli Group to Sue Palestinians in Hague over Terror Ties – Lazar Berman
(dailyalert.org, Apr. 8, 2014)
As PA officials threaten to apply for membership in the International Criminal Court and UN agencies if there is no progress in peace talks with Israel, an Israel-based law center is preparing indictments against Palestinian officials for potential prosecution in the ICC. Shurat HaDin, which pursues legal action on behalf of terror victims, prepared a series of indictments alleging that senior Fatah and Hamas officials, including Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, are liable for terrorism against Israeli civilians.
“The Palestinians will have one tool when the negotiations will break down…using lawfare against Israel,” said Shurat HaDin founder Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. “The main threat of this legal lawsuit is going to the ICC and indicting Israel for war crimes.” Since the Israeli government withdrew from the ICC in 2002, it cannot bring a suit in the court. NGOs like Shurat HaDin, however, do enjoy standing in the ICC. (Times of Israel)