International Criminal Court Claims Jurisdiction Over War Crimes in Palestine; Christians Think International Oversight Can Result in a More Just Government

Header photo shows the ICC headquarters in the Netherlands. (Hypergio, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled it has jurisdiction to hear certain criminal cases in Palestinian territory. The Human Rights Watch applauded the move, saying it might finally bring justice for Palestinian victims.

Jonathan Kuttab, a human rights lawyer on the board of Bethlehem Bible College, says the ICC deals with war crimes. “Crimes like apartheid, crimes like gross violations of human rights – in the past, this used to be dealt with on an ad hoc basis, like the Rwanda trial, the Yugoslavia trial. But it became a permanent court. And many people think this is a wonderful thing. Because it’s a control on the excesses of governments and armies and individuals.”

Controversy

Kuttab acknowledges the controversy of international authorities overseeing government activity. “It’s a tricky question. And I understand that Christians have different points of view on this issue of how far can we be involved.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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