ADL Welcomes International Criminal Court Finding That It Has No Jurisdiction Over Claims Against Israel

New York, NY, April 3, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called "correct and appropriate," the International Criminal Court's (ICC) announcement that the Court has no jurisdiction over claims by representatives of the Palestinian Authority against Israel because "Palestine" does not qualify as a state, and thus is not under the jurisdiction of the ICC.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC issued this long-awaited decision in response to a January 2009 attempt by an official in the Palestinian Authority to have the "Government of Palestine" accept the jurisdiction of the ICC, and requesting the ICC investigate "acts committed (by Israel) on the territory of Palestine since 1 July 2002."

"The ICC properly concluded that it cannot exercise jurisdiction over Palestine because it does not have the status of a state as required by the treaty establishing the Court," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "There is one path to internationally recognized statehood for the Palestinians and that is through bilateral negotiations with Israel. This is the clearly stated position of the international community, as articulated by the Quartet.

"We once again urge the Palestinian Authority to stop looking for ways to evade its obligations to engage in direct negotiations with Israel and instead to immediately commence those negotiations," said Mr. Foxman.

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