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What will war crimes inquiry in Palestinian territories achieve?

International Criminal Court seeks to open investigation into war crimes committed by Israel and Palestine.

After nearly five years of preliminary examinations, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced there is enough evidence to investigate alleged war crimes by Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Palestine referred the case shortly after joining the court in 2015.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor is asking judges to first establish what territory the investigation would cover.

Palestinian leaders welcomed the announcement, but Israel and the United States criticised the decision as political.

So will there be a full investigation? And what can it achieve?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Toby Cadman – international human rights lawyer

Robbie Sabel – professor of international law at Hebrew University and former legal adviser to Israel’s foreign ministry

Ali Abunimah – cofounder of Electronic Intifada, an independent online news publication focusing on Palestine