ICC elects Palestinian official to advisory committee for selecting judges

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has elected Palestinian official Ahmad Mohammad Barak bin Hamad to an advisory committee for selecting judges. The move comes on the backdrop of an announcement earlier this month by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda that she is nearing a decision on whether to launch a formal probe into alleged war crimes by the Israel Defense Forces as well as Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip.

Bin Hamad’s election is being construed as an example of growing acceptance of the Palestinian Authority as a legitimate actor within world bodies, a trend that is vehemently opposed by Israel and the United States.
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