Israel reacts angrily to ICC decision to weigh war crimes charges in Marmara raid

By ARIK BENDER
July 16, 2015 21:32

 
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Israeli officials on Thursday reacted angrily to the International Criminal Court's decision to order its prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full criminal investigation into 2010 Mavi Maramara flotilla war crimes allegations against IDF personnel only 7 months after Bensouda had closed the file.

"Israel strongly condemns the judges' request," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "This is an event in which Israel acted in self-defense and in accordance with international law."

"The incident was investigated by a Supreme Court justice in Israel and the investigation was monitored by international observers as well as by a panel acting on the authority of the UN secretary-general," the ministry said.

"Instead of dealing with things for which it was established - like investigating mass atrocities - it is unclear why the ICC insists on devoting its resources in unnecessarily dealing with complaints that are rooted in cynical, political motives," the ministry said. "Israel expects the original decision to remain in place."

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