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Israel's rejection of the ICC war crimes investigation is about politics, not justice

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Israel has opted to reject, rather than defer, the International Criminal Court's investigation into war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. The decision comes after months of the settler-colonial state lobbying world leaders to oppose the ICC decision, even as the Israeli government took its own measures and precautions to protect individuals who might face prosecution.

Last month, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appealed to European leaders to support "peace" through direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine, saying that the ICC and UN Human Rights Council "are counterproductive for peace and undermine the chances of an agreement." In effect, any entity that is slightly critical of Israel is "counterproductive to peace" and the only peace that the international community should support, according to Rivlin, is colonial dispossession of the Palestinians, where "peace" exists because there are no longer any people to make peace with.

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