ICC Referral AU

We invite Australians to sign this letter.

11 March 2024

Office of the Prosecutor
International Criminal Court
The Hague
The Netherlands

Dear Prosecutor,

We, the undersigned, urgently appeal to the International Criminal Court to accelerate its investigation into the serious allegations outlined in the Article 15 communique submitted on March 04, 2024.

The plausibility of Israel's actions amounting to genocide has been affirmed by the International Court of Justice. However, these actions persist unabated, exacerbated by ongoing arms sales to Israel from key suppliers.

Australia's significant involvement in intelligence sharing through the Pine Gap facility, its crucial role in the global supply chain for Israeli defence manufacturing, and its recent awarding of a $917 million contract to Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, provide credible evidence of the individuals named in the communique facilitating the bombing of Gaza.

Over the past 5 months, the named individuals have consistently demonstrated unwavering support for Israel, disregarding calls from the United Nations to reinstate funding for UNRWA and impose an arms embargo. Additionally, Australian law presents a barrier to domestic investigation, as Attorney General consent is necessary, and the Office of the Special Investigator, responsible for probing war crimes, operates under the Attorney General's jurisdiction and lacks the necessary scope.

Halting the plausible genocide perpetrated by Israel requires urgent investigations not only into Israeli leaders but also into those who aid, abet, or contribute to these crimes. Despite criticism from the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, and the international legal community, Israeli leaders persist in their actions with impunity.

Hence, we urge the International Criminal Court to expedite its investigation into the individuals named in the Article 15 communique. Their complicity in supporting Israel's actions, amid mounting evidence of severe violations of international law, must be thoroughly and urgently scrutinised.