Ten human rights groups based in Israel are urging the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to visit Palestine and move forward with the investigation opened by his predecessor last year after a years-long preliminary examination.

Karim Khan, the court’s chief prosecutor, said earlier this month that he aimed to visit Palestine in 2023.

His remark during the court’s assembly of state parties came amid criticism that his office has stalled the Palestine investigation despite the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In a letter to Khan, the groups based in Israel state that crimes within the tribunal’s jurisdiction “have been and are being committed.”

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