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The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened a digital platform to enable people to submit complaints online to the ICC with the option to add pictures and videos that show the crimes of the Israeli occupiers against them for the court to consider them and to take a stance against Israel. Those with information relevant to current events in Israel and Palestine are asked to provide submissions. Information submitted under this portal should relate to alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC, namely War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, or Aggression.

Anyone can submit information through the portal. You do not necessarily need to be a victim or witness of the alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC listed above. Information can also be submitted collectively or through an organization (for example an NGO, your masjid, a church), as long as there is an identifiable sender.

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Examples: War Crimes – Article 8 of the Rome Statute

Wilful Killing

  • Israel’s targeting of the “Shaban family home, killing all six members, two parents and their children
  • HRW and Amnesty International have said that Israeli strikes that killed a journalist and injured six others in southern Lebanon were likely a direct attack on civilians and must be investigated as a war crime.

Torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments

  • Severe psychological suffering inflicted on Palestinians who, every night, without electricity, fear for their life as bombings continue
  • Torture of detained Palestinians
  • IDF soldiers stripping Palestinian men and parading them in the streets of Gaza

Wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health

  • Combined effect of the partial blockade, the total block of Gaza and the war on the mental health of children: “children who survive wars do not emerge unscathed and can pay a high price psychologically, emotionally, or behaviourally”, including “symptoms of anxiety, depression and trauma”.
  • These traumas can go as far as “lack of interest in everyday life” and “nightmares are frequently experienced”, as well as bed-wetting.
  • In 2022, concerns were raised on the ability of children to cope with this situation and the rising number of suicidal thoughts.
  • While these patterns have been noticed and documented after the May 2021 Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip but before the one that arose on 7 October, they are still relevant for the purpose of this material. Indeed, this attack is far more devastating than the precedent, as the Palestinian death toll continues to increase.

Extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly

  • “Israeli raids have destroyed thousands of housing units, and private and public properties”

Compelling a prisoner of war or other protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power

Wilfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial

  • Palestinians detained are denied the rights of fair and regular trial

Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement

  • Unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement
  • Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been forced to relocate due to Israel’s indiscriminate bombing

Taking of hostages

  • Palestinians who are captured in both Gaza and the West Bank are essentially Israeli hostages

Intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities

  • Entire families targeted and under the rubble: “[t]he Abou Dan family was holed up at home, in the Bureij camp in the center of the enclave. Everyone kept checking their phones to make sure that no message had been sent from the Israeli army telling them to evacuate their home. “There was no warning shot, no text message, nothing. All of a sudden, a bomb fell, then two,” said Ahmed Abou Dan over the phone”.

Intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives

  • “Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes, destroying two houses in Beit Lahiya owned by the Nsair and Al-Bes families. They also targeted residential areas in Jabaliya, Al-Tawam, Al-Amoudi, and Al-Karama neighborhoods
  • Destruction of the Supreme Court of Gaza, Mosques, the central archive of the Gaza municipality with documents over 100 years old, media buildings

Intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, as long as they are entitled to the protection given to civilians or civilian objects under the international law of armed conflict

  • Killing of UNRWA employees

Intentionally launching an attack in the knowledge that such attack will cause incidental loss of life or injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects or widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall military advantage anticipated

  • The Israeli army has launched “intense shelling by filed artillery and naval vessels in Gaza District, targeting residential neighborhoods”

Intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not military objectives

  • “The Israeli bombardment has rendered the Beit Hanoun hospital inoperative and damaged Al-Shifa hospital’s neonatal unit.”

Declaring that no quarter will be given

  • All the places where Hamas is deployed, hiding in and operating from we will turn them into rubble. I say to the residents of Gaza: Leave now because we will operate forcefully everywhere

Intentionally directing attacks against buildings, material, medical units and transport, and personnel using the distinctive emblems of the Geneva Conventions in conformity with international law

  • “Israel “directly targeted a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance in northern Gaza” on Wednesday, killing paramedics Khalil Al-Sharif, Yasser Al-Masri and Ahmed Dahman”

Employing asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and all analogous liquids, materials or devices

  • ​​Israel’s use of White Phosphorus on densely populated civilian areas

Employing weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare which are of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering or which are inherently indiscriminate in violation of the international law of armed conflict, provided that such weapons, projectiles and material and methods of warfare are the subject of a comprehensive prohibition and are included in an annex to this Statute, by an amendment in accordance with the relevant provisions set forth in articles 121 and 123

  • Israel’s use of White Phosphorus on densely populated civilian areas

Intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival

  • Israel’s Siege on Gaza, restricting the flow of people and goods, including food, water, and medical supplies

Examples: Crimes Against Humanity – Article 7 of the Rome Statute



  • “Extermination” includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population;
  • Israel’s siege on Gaza restricting food, water, medicine, electricity, and fuel


“Enslavement” means the exercise of any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over a person and includes the exercise of such power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children;

Deportation of forcible transfer of the population

“Deportation or forcible transfer of population” means forced displacement of the persons concerned by expulsion or other coercive acts from the area in which they are lawfully present, without grounds permitted under international law;

Israel’s evacuation order for 1.1 Million Palestinians to move from Northern Gaza to Southern Gaza

Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;

Israel’s arbitrary detention of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank


“Torture” means the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, upon a person in the custody or under the control of the accused; except that torture shall not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to, lawful sanctions;

The torture of those detained by Israeli forces

Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity

“Forced pregnancy” means the unlawful confinement of a woman forcibly made pregnant, with the intent of affecting the ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of international law. This definition shall not in any way be interpreted as affecting national laws relating to pregnancy;

The rape of Israeli prisoners, both male and female, adults and children

Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court

“Persecution” means the intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights contrary to international law by reason of the identity of the group or collectivity;

Israeli persecution is based primarily on Anti-Muslim Racism as well as Anti-Palestinian racism

Enforced disappearance of persons

“Enforced disappearance of persons” means the arrest, detention or abduction of persons by, or with the authorization, support or acquiescence of, a State or a political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge that deprivation of freedom or to give information on the fate or whereabouts of those persons, with the intention of removing them from the protection of the law for a prolonged period of time.

Israel’s kidnapping of Palestinians in the West Bank

The crime of apartheid

“The crime of apartheid” means inhumane acts of a character similar to those referred to in paragraph 1, committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime;

Countless UN human rights experts, international human rights organizations, Palestinian civil society, and Israeli human rights organizations have found that by imposing a system of oppression and domination against Palestinians, Israel is committing apartheid in contravention of international law

Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

Palestinian captives in Gaza stripped and paraded on the street in Gaza

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is a "claim"?

A “claim” is an official submission of an abuse which falls under the categories under which the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction. These categories are; War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, Aggression.

Who can submit a claim?

Anyone can submit information using the provided electronic portal. You do not need to be a victim or witness of the alleged crime(s). Please keep submissions to the accepted categories (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression). An organization can submit, but there has to be an identifiable sender.

What type of information can I submit?

Information should relate to alleged crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, viz. war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide or aggression. The submission may (but does not necessarily need to) include information about a specific incident or a set of incidents, a specific crime or a set of crimes, the place and time of any such incidents or crimes and details on the alleged perpetrator and victims. The submission form prompts you for relevant information.

Can we submit for other people?

Yes, but please have the evidence in support.

Are their special requirements for Family, Medical, or NGO submissions?

No, there are no special requirements. Make sure there is one person they will communicate with.

Can we submit things that happened in 1948, 1967 etc.?

Please keep submissions to recent violations. The office will accept submissions that are concerned with events post June 13, 2014.

How can I submit a claim?

Please submit electronically using the <Submit> form on this page. Please write in English or French, but if that is not possible, then you can submit in Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish. Include as much detailed information as possible, and you can attach documents or videos in support.

How long will I have to wait for a response?

Your submission is made direct to the offices of the prosecutor of the court. You will receive and acknowledgement of submission which you should keep. While the court will send you information when your claim has been initially investigated, there is no time-frame provided as to how much time that will take.

What can I do if my claim is rejected?

You will receive communications from the office. If you have more information which you can submit, then the case will be re-evaluated.

Can I submit additional information to my initial submission?

Yes. Keep the acknowledgement you receive after the submission which will allow you to add more information towards it.

I have submitted but did not receive any response.

There may be several reasons for not receiving a response, but most likely; 1) your communication did not contain information on crimes and was screened out as general correspondence, or 2) your communication continues to be assessed.

Does the volume of a communication increase the chances of it being investigated?

No. Quality over quantity is the way to go.

Can someone else inquire about my communication?

No. Communications are confidential. Your identity is protected from any third party, and, the OTP will neither confirm, nor deny the receipt of any communications from you. You can however make it public if you choose to

How will my information be treated?

Confidential. If it is needed to disclose any information you submit, you will be asked for your consent. The court will try to maintain confidentiality & protection.

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If you continue to have problems submitting , please email for assistance only (do not send claims).

You can submit your printed information by snail-mail addressed to the Office of the Prosecutor, Information & Evidence Unit, Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague, The Netherlands.

  1. Al-Haq, “Palestinian Organizations Call from the International Community to Stop Israel’s Reprisal against Palestinian Civilians”, 8 October 2023, available:
  3. The Guardian, “Gaza diary: ‘We survived another night. Every inch of my body aches- lack of sleep is torture’”, 13 October 2023, available at:
  4.  Indlieb Farazi Saber, “How the Israel, blockade affect mental health of Palestinian children” (Al-Jazeera), 12 October 2023, available at:
  5.  Indlieb Farazi Saber, “How the Israel, blockade affect mental health of Palestinian children” (Al-Jazeera), 12 October 2023, available at:
  6.  Save the Children, “Trapped: The impact of 15 years of blockage on the mental health of Gaza’s children’, p.18, 22, available at
  7.  Al-Haq, “Urgent Action: Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Call on Third States to Urgently Intervene to Protect the Palestinian People Against Genocide”, 13 October 2023, available at:
  8.  Al-Haq, “Days 5-6: Following Genocidal Statements, Israel Escalates Attacks on Gaza’s Civilian Population Through Killing, Starvation and Cutting Off Vital Supplies”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  9.  Al-Haq, “Urgent: Israel’s Evacuation Order to 1,1 Million Palestinians in Gaza is Direct Forcible Transfer, Urgent Intervention is Needed”, 13 October 2023, available at:
  10.  Al-Haq, “Days 5-6: Following Genocidal Statements, Israel Escalates Attacks on Gaza’s Civilian Population Through Killing, Starvation and Cutting Off Vital Supplies”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  11.  Clothilde Mraffko, “In Gaza, entire families destroyed by Israeli bombing: “My son, my niece and another child are still under the rubble’ (Le Monde), 12 October 2023, available at:
  12.  Al-Haq, “Days 5-6: Following Genocidal Statements, Israel Escalates Attacks on Gaza’s Civilian Population Through Killing, Starvation and Cutting Off Vital Supplies”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  13.  United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “Hostilities in the Gaza Strip and Israel-Flash update #7”, 13 October 2023, available at:
  14.  Al-Haq, “Days 5-6: Following Genocidal Statements, Israel Escalates Attacks on Gaza’s Civilian Population Through Killing, Starvation and Cutting Off Vital Supplies”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  15.  France 24, “Gaza hospitals overwhelmed by air strikes and siege: doctors”, 10 October 2023, available at:
  16.  Prime Minister of Israel, X, 7 October 2023, available at: Prime Minister of Israel sur X : “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening: “This morning, on Shabbat and a holiday, Hamas invaded Israeli territory and murdered innocent citizens including children and the elderly. Hamas has started a brutal and evil war.”″ / X (
  17.  Abeer Salman, Kareem Khadder and Ruba Alhenawi, “4 Palestinian paramedics killed Wenesday in strikes and shelling on Gaza” (CNN), 11 October 2023, available at:
  18.  Human Rights Watch, “Israel: White Phosphorus Used in Gaza, Lebanon”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  19.  Human Rights Watch, “Israel: White Phosphorus Used in Gaza, Lebanon”, 12 October 2023, available at:
  20.  Al-Haq, “Urgent: Israel Announces Total Warfare on Gaza’s Civilian Population, Employing Starvation as a Weapon”, 9 October 2023, available at:
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