Al Jazeera announced Saturday that it deliberate to file a warfare crimes grievance with the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) towards Israel after the loss of life of Al Jazeera information photographer Samer Abu Daqqa in Gaza in a Friday drone strike, which has been alleged to have been carried out by the Israeli Protection Forces (IDF).
Within the announcement, Al Jazeera said it has shaped a authorized working group to place collectively a whole case file to share with ICC prosecutor Karim Khan. The outlet went on to allege that Israel and the IDF have repeatedly attacked members of the press in Gaza all through the present Israel-Hamas war. The announcement concluded, alleging that Daqqa’s killing violated Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which states that the focusing on of civilians is a warfare crime. Beneath Article 79 of the Geneva Convention, journalists “engaged in harmful skilled missions” in warfare zones are seen as civilians, extending the identical protections to journalists and civilians native to a battle zone below the Rome Statute.
Israel has but to reply to Al Jazeera’s assertion. Israel is not a member of the ICC and has beforehand denied the court docket has jurisdiction in Gaza. Nevertheless, the ICC found in 2021, that Palestine is a state celebration to the Rome Statute, so the court docket does have jurisdiction in Gaza. Israel has additionally beforehand claimed that it “can’t assure” journalists’ security and that Hamas uses journalism as a “cowl for terrorism” in Gaza.
The Israel-Hamas warfare, which began on October 7 after Hamas launched an assault on Israel, has been one of many deadliest for journalists since 1992, according to the Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ). Based on the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate (PJS), over 70 journalists and information media workers have been killed since October 7. The CPJ estimated that 64 journalists have been killed, with 13 injured, 3 lacking and 19 arrested. The CPJ beforehand raised concerns over the climbing journalist loss of life toll in October shortly after Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah was killed by an Israeli airstrike.
There have been a number of accusations of warfare crimes dedicated by the IDF in addition to Hamas all through the present battle. The Gaza Well being Ministry released its newest loss of life toll Saturday, alleging that not less than 19,088 have been killed in Gaza to this point. Israel has alleged the loss of life toll amongst Israelis has reached over 1,000. Final week, the UN Basic Meeting voted in favor of a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.