Global outrage about the deaths of nearly 1,900 Palestinians now focuses on the alleged disproportionality of Israel’s attacks. For some, the word “disproportionality” simply means huge, for others excessive, but for an increasing number it is the code word that they hope will trigger a charge of war crimes against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
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Speaking two days ago at a commemoration of the start of the First World War, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said that Israel’s “killing of children and slaughter of civilians” was unjustified and demanded that a political solution be imposed by the international community.”
In parallel with this, senior British lawyers have attempted to initiate an ICC investigation into Israel’s “crimes” in Gaza, including the shelling of homes, hospitals and schools.