Anderson welcomes Palestinian membership of ICC

Sinn Féin Martina Anderson has welcomed the beginning of Palestine’s official membership of the International Criminal Court.

Speaking as Palestine became a full member today, Ms Anderson, chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;

“Palestine’s membership of the International Criminal Court, which officially began today is a welcome development.

“It means the International Criminal Court, which is based at the Hague, will now have jurisdiction over any and all war crimes committed by anyone on Palestinian territory, without a referral from the UN Security Council.

“In practical terms, this means that Israeli citizens could be tried for actions carried out on Palestinian land.

“The fact that Palestine now have full membership of the International Criminal Court, despite the objections and obstacles from Israel, is an indication of the international community’s attitude towards Palestine.

“This must now be followed by action so that the Palestinian people can avail of the protection of the International Criminal Court.

“Hopefully this development is a further step towards full international recognition of Palestinian statehood.”