IDF experts say West Bank hospital raid may breach international law.

January 31, 2024
1 min read

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may have violated international law during a raid on a hospital in the West Bank, according to experts. The IDF members disguised themselves as doctors and patients to infiltrate the hospital and killed three Palestinian men, whom both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed as members. Several experts pointed to elements of the Rome Statute and the rules of customary international humanitarian law that the IDF may have violated. These include pretending to have protected status and attacking combatants who are incapacitated by injury or sickness. The International Criminal Court has the authority to determine whether international law was violated in the raid. However, countries such as the United States, China, India, and Russia did not sign the Rome Statute and are not party to the ICC. In this case, it is unclear whether the IDF used disguises to gain access to the hospital or to gain the confidence of their targets. The ICC can exercise jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Israel is not a member of the ICC and rejects its jurisdiction, but the ICC prosecutor has previously investigated Israel’s actions towards Palestinians.

Don't Miss