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The Possibility of the ICJ and the ICC Taking Action in the Wake of Israel’s Operation «Cast Lead» in the Gaza Strip

A Jurisdiction and Admissibility Analysis


Oded Friedmann

Israel’s Operation «Cast Lead» in Gaza differed from prior armed confrontations between Israel and Hamas both in terms of its death toll and destruction. Following the Operation, numerous members of the international community and non-governmental organizations severely criticized the conduct of both sides during the conflict, calling upon the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and, mainly, the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate international law violations alleged against Hamas and, to a greater extent, Israel. This book provides an in-depth analysis of whether Israel or Israelis could face a legal reckoning before the ICJ and ICC, based on the serious allegations made against the conduct of the Israeli Defense Forces during the Gaza armed conflict. The analysis focuses solely on jurisdiction and admissibility issues, and does not weigh in on the veracity or legal accuracy of the allegations.


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Art. Article ASP Assembly of States Parties CCW Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons EU European Union ICC International Criminal Court ICJ International Court of Justice ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross ICTR International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ICTY International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia IDF Israel Defense Forces MAG Military Advocate General’s Corps MPCID Military Police Criminal Investigation Division PCIJ Permanent Court of International Justice PLO Palestine Liberation Organization UN United Nations UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organi- zation US United States WHO World Health Organization

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