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Israel and Hamas in a row after ICC request for arrest warrant


The ICC prosecutor believes it is reasonable to believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is guilty of war crimes. Photo: Tatan Syuflana / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 20.05.2024 18:19:37

Crime and justice: Chief Factor Karim Khan has asked for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Khan wants the same for three Hamas leaders.

According to Khan, it is reasonable to believe that they are behind war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and in Israel. A panel will now make a decision on the matter, according to the report CNN.

The three Hamas leaders are Mohamed Deif, head of Hamas’s armed wing, Ismail Haniyeh, who is the political leader of the movement, and Yahya Sinwar, Hamas’s supreme leader in the Gaza Strip.

Both Israel and Hamas oppose the attempted arrest warrant. Both believe it is very unfair that they are placed in the same booth as the other party.

– They include malnutrition, dehydration, profound suffering and an increasing number of deaths among the Palestinian population, including infants, other children and women.

The evidence collected by the prosecutor’s office “shows that Israel has knowingly and willfully deprived the civilian population of Gaza of essentials.”

The country will set up a committee to fight the petition, and Foreign Minister Israel Katz will contact other foreign ministers in the hope that they will not enforce a possible arrest warrant.

Since the October 7 Hamas attack, at least 35,562 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Authority for Health.

The information about those killed has not been confirmed by independent sources, but is considered credible by the UN and aid organisations.

He talks about conversations with Israeli families and accounts of how much pain they have had. He describes the attack as “calculated cruelty”

– My office believes there are reasonable grounds to believe that Sinwar, Deif and Haniyeh are criminally responsible for the killing of hundreds of Israeli civilians in attacks carried out by Hamas, particularly its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, and other armed groups, says Khan.

– There is also reasonable reason to believe that hostages taken from Israel have been held in inhumane conditions, and that some have been subjected to sexual violence, including rape, while they have been held captive.

– His decision equates victim and executioner and encourages the occupier to continue the war of extermination, says the militant group in a statement broadcast on the al-Aqsa TV station.

For the past three years, the International Criminal Court has been investigating Israel’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, and later also Hamas’s operations.

According to Netanyahu, BBC recently called it a “scandal of historic proportions” that senior Israeli leaders risked an ICC arrest warrant.

In a statement Khan says that Israel has used starvation as a method in the war. He also believes that Israel has carried out targeted attacks and collective punishment against the civilian population, and that the disastrous consequences of this are widely known.

The country’s foreign minister believes it is a shame of historic proportions that Netanyahu and Gallant are mentioned in the same breath as “the abominable” Hamas leaders.

Regarding the Hamas attack, Khan writes that he has personally seen the devastation from the attacks and the deep impact they have had, especially on the relatives.

Hamas also objects to Prosecutor Khan cutting them and Israel off with one comb.


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