High Court petition claims reasonableness law will expose IDF officers to international probes

File - The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
File - The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Channel 13 reports that a petition has been filed to the High Court of Justice urging it to strike down the reasonableness law passed by the Knesset on Monday on the grounds that it will expose IDF officers to criminal prosecution by international legal bodies.

The petition claims that security chiefs could face prosecution “as a result of the damage to the independence of the law enforcement system in Israel.”

Israel has long maintained that bodies like the International Criminal Court have no legal standing to adjudicate alleged crimes by Israel against the Palestinians because it has its own independent judicial system. Critics of the overhaul assert that the government intends to use it to remove the last remaining check on efforts to permanently expand Israel’s presence in the West Bank at the expense of Palestinians living there.

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