Criticism of the criminal court – Biden: “Israel is not committing genocide”

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US President Joe Biden calls the actions of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, “outrageous” after he applied for an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Joav Gallant and the entire leadership of the Islamist . terrorist organization Hamas. Israel and Hamas should not be treated equally, Biden said.

The US leader on Monday rejected accusations against Israel’s leadership that it is committing genocide against Palestinians in the fight against Hamas in the Gaza Strip at an event honoring Jewish contributions to American history, culture and science. “Contrary to the International Court of Justice’s allegations against Israel, this is not genocide,” Biden said. “We reject that. We stand with Israel.”

Criticism from Austria: ‘Strange decision’
Netanyahu himself responded sharply to the accusations. He called chief prosecutor Khan “one of the great anti-Semites of modern times” and accused him of “callously adding fuel to the fire of anti-Semitism raging around the world.” Even Benny Gantz, minister in Israel’s war cabinet, recently called Netanyahu, who sharply criticized the accusations, “a crime of historic proportions.” “Drawing parallels between the leaders of a democratic country determined to defend itself against despicable terror and the leaders of a bloodthirsty terrorist organization is a profound perversion of justice and a blatant moral bankruptcy,” Gantz said.

There was also criticism from Austria. Chancellor Karl Nehammer responded to the request of the chief prosecutor in The Hague with the following words: “We respect the independence of the Court. It is incomprehensible that the leaders of the terrorist organization Hamas, whose stated goal is the destruction of the State of Israel, should be mentioned in the same breath as the democratically elected representatives of that same State.”

Clooney recommended an application for an arrest warrant
From a purely legal point of view, the application for an arrest warrant means nothing. Judges must decide this now. Chief prosecutor Khan was advised in his decision by a panel of experts, including Lebanese-born Amal Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney.

Source: Krone

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