Responding to the Biden administration\u0026#039;s opposition to the International Criminal Court\u0026#039;s investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes in Palestine, Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Wednesday defended the probe while reminding the administration that \u0022no one is above the law.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0022It isn\u0026#039;t unfair to investigate a country for committing war crimes when it has actually, like, committed war crimes.\u0022—Juan Cole,\u0026nbsp;Informed CommentOn Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. \u0022firmly opposes\u0022 the ICC investigation while vowing to \u0022continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.\u0022 In addition to alleged Israeli crimes, the probe will also examine war crimes allegedly committed by the militant Palestinian resistance group Hamas.\u0026nbsp;State Department spokesperson Ned Price asserted the same day that the ICC—of which neither Israel nor the U.S. are member states—has \u0022no jurisdiction over this matter.\u0022\u0026nbsp;However, Tlaib (D-Mich.) issued a scathing rebuke of the administration\u0026#039;s position, tweeting \u0022no one is above the law\u0022 and that the ICC \u0022has the authority and duty to independently and impartially investigate and deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and war crimes in Palestine and Israel.\u0022\u0022The U.S. should not interfere with its ability to do so,\u0022 insisted Tlaib, the first Palestinian American elected to Congress.\u0026nbsp;No one is above the law. The @IntlCrimCourt has the authority and duty to independently \u0026amp; impartially investigate and deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and war crimes in Palestine and Israel. The U.S. should not interfere with its ability to do so. https://t.co/HgTvbDA9u5— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 4, 2021On Wednesday, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda\u0026nbsp;confirmed\u0026nbsp;the decision, announced early last month, to launch a formal investigation of \u0022the situation in Palestine,\u0022 including\u0026nbsp;three major wars\u0026nbsp;in Gaza that killed thousands of people—most of them civilians.\u0026nbsp;Bensouda\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;on Wednesday that the court\u0026#039;s decision \u0022followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years,\u0022 while vowing her office \u0022will take the same principled, non-partisan approach that it has adopted in all situations.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel\u0026#039;s far-right prime minister, called Bensouda\u0026#039;s announcement \u0022absurd\u0022 and—in a tactic often employed in attempts to delegitimize criticism of Israeli policies and actions—\u0022undiluted anti-Semitism.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Palestine advocates, however, welcomed the ICC probe, while condemning U.S. opposition to it.By \u0022Palestinian Situation,\u0022 do you mean Palestinians\u0026#039; rightful resistance to Israel\u0026#039;s extremely cruel \u0026amp; inhumane occupation of Palestine \u0026amp; apartheid against the Palestinian people?? Because that seems a whole lot more \u0022unfair\u0022 than the @IntlCrimCourt just doing their job. https://t.co/QfsoiuNsUX— CODEPINK (@codepink) March 4, 2021Defending war criminals - how do you sleep at night?— Shuja Rabbani (@ShujaRabbani) March 4, 2021\u0022Blinken is flat out wrong on every point he makes,\u0022 wrote Middle East expert Juan Cole. \u0022The ICC is not investigating crimes on Israeli soil, but in the Palestinian occupied territories. Since Palestine as a permanent U.N. observer state is a member of the ICC and invited the court into its territory, the International Criminal Court has every right to investigate violations of the Rome Statute that took place in those territories.\u0022\u0022The ICC is not treating Israel unfairly,\u0022 asserted Cole. \u0022It will also look at Hamas violations. Moreover, it isn\u0026#039;t unfair to investigate a country for committing war crimes when it has actually, like, committed war crimes.\u0022\u0022Blinken already let the crown prince of Saudi Arabia off without sanctions for murdering Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi,\u0022 he added. \u0022Now he is running interference for Netanyahu. He is quickly becoming the face of American hypocrisy, which only wants sanctions on Russians and Iranians who are rivals but never on officials from countries that talk nice about the U.S.\u0022Last year, the ICC also\u0026nbsp;approved\u0026nbsp;a probe of U.S. war crimes, including unlawful killing and torture, in Afghanistan. The Trump administration retaliated by sanctioning ICC prosecutors Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko.