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France “supports the ICC” whose prosecutor requests warrants against leaders of Israel and Hamas

France “supports the ICC” whose prosecutor requests warrants against leaders of Israel and Hamas
France “supports the ICC” whose prosecutor requests warrants against leaders of Israel and Hamas

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan, requested arrest warrants in particular against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but also against three senior Hamas leaders, including Ismaïl Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar.
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Unlike the United States, Paris published a press release on Tuesday night in which it underlined its attachment to the independence of the international institution.

France “supports the International Criminal Court” whose prosecutor requested arrest warrants against Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, indicated the Quai d’Orsay on the night of Tuesday May 21. “France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence, and the fight against impunity in all situations”wrote French diplomacy in a press release regarding these arrest warrants.

“On October 7, France condemned the anti-Semitic massacres perpetrated by Hamas. This terrorist group claimed responsibility for barbaric attacks against civilians, accompanied by acts of torture and sexual violence which it itself documented, including by broadcasting and celebrating them., continues Paris. About Israel, “France has been warning for many months about the imperative of strict compliance with international humanitarian law and in particular about the unacceptable nature of civilian losses in the Gaza Strip and insufficient humanitarian access”, adds the press release. And to emphasize that a “sustainable political solution” is the “only” way to “restore a horizon of peace”.

Crimes such as “deliberately starving civilians”

ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said Monday he had requested arrest warrants against Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for crimes including “deliberately starving civilians”, “intentional homicide” And “extermination and/or murder” in connection with the Israeli operation in Gaza. Karim Khan also requested warrants against three senior Hamas leaders – Ismaïl Haniyeh, Mohammed Deif and Yahya Sinwar – for notably “extermination”, “rape and other forms of sexual violence” And “hostage-taking as a war crime”.

If Paris supports the ICC, American President Joe Biden defended Israel in the face of international justice, deeming the request for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders “scandalous”. His head of diplomacy, Antony Blinken, declared that the magistrate’s approach was “a shame”.

In France, several leaders of the left welcomed the ICC’s announcement on Monday.

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