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Thursday, November 8, 2012
[Archives](Audio) Prof. Sabel: Palestinian State Would Not Join International Criminal Court To Avoid Exposing Palestinians To Prosecution

(Audio) Prof. Sabel: Palestinian State Would Not Join International Criminal
Court To Avoid Exposing Palestinians To Prosecution

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 25 September 2011

For the audio:

http://youtu.be/4q_eSQKF74M

Hebrew University International Law Professor Robbie Sabel
(Former Legal Adviser Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
On Israel Radio Middle East Magazine 25 September 2011

Question: Would a Palestinian state join the International Criminal Court?

Answer: Doubtful. Because the moment a state joins, assume Palestine joins,
this means that every Palestinian citizens who carries out a war crime in
the future can expect to be subject to the authority of the court. For this
reason, by the way, Lebanon didnít join, Syria didnít join, Egypt didnít
join, nor Saudi Arabia. Why? Because they donít want their citizens to be
subject to it. Since shooting at civilians is considered a war crime I donít
assume that the Hamas partner of the PA would be so happy with joining the
Court.

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