Last month, we complained to Telegraph editors about an article (“ICC will investigate alleged war crimes in Palestinian territories”, Dec. 21st) that failed to note that the ICC will reportedly not only investigate possible Israeli war crimes, but will also investigate Hamas for war crimes as well.
We noted to editors that even the Guardian included this information in their report on the ICC investigation.
Though it took over two weeks for editors to respond to our email, they ultimately did uphold our complaint and addressed our concerns by adding the following two paragraphs to the article.
In addition, there is a reasonable basis and evidence to support claims of war crimes against Palestinian armed groups, including Hamas.
Section 94 of Bensouda’s report states ‘there is a reasonable basis to believe that members of Hamas and Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes of: initially directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects. Using protected persons as shields. Wilfully depriving protected persons of the rights of a fair trial. Wilful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, and/or outrages upon personal dignity.’