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Mike Pompeo opposes the ICC prosecution against ‘Israel’

Pompeo noted that the seven states that are party to the Rome Statute have made formal submissions to the Court that assert that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to proceed with this investigation

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Friday, calling the International Criminal Court (ICC) “a political body, not a judicial institution.” Pompeo said that the case against Israel at the ICC is an illegitimate prosecution.

“This unfortunate reality has been confirmed yet again by the ICC Prosecutor’s attempt to assert jurisdiction over Israel, which like the United States, is not a party to the Rome Statute that created the Court,” Pompeo’s statement reads.

“On April 30, the ICC Prosecutor re-affirmed her attempt to exercise jurisdiction over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza through a new filing to the Court,” Pompeo continued. “As we made clear when the Palestinians purported to join the Rome Statute, we do not believe the Palestinians qualify as a sovereign state, and they, therefore, are not qualified to obtain full membership or participate as a state in international organizations, entities or conferences, including the ICC.”

Pompeo noted that the seven states that are party to the Rome Statute – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Uganda – have made formal submissions to the Court that assert that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to proceed with this investigation.

Source: THE JERUSALEM POST.

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