the ICC prosecutor justifies himself

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LUIS ACOSTA / AFP Arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Hamas: the ICC prosecutor justifies himself (Photo by Karim Khan, ICC prosecutor)

LUIS ACOSTA / AFP

Arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Hamas: the ICC prosecutor justifies himself (Photo by Karim Khan, ICC prosecutor)

INTRENATIONAL – “No one is allowed to commit war crimes or crimes against humanity”declared the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan in an interview this Sunday, May 26, a few days after requesting arrest warrants against the Israeli Prime Minister and Hamas leaders.

Karim Khan came under fire after calling for arrest warrants against Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

US President Joe Biden said there could be no “no equivalence between Israel and Hamas”. “Our job is not to make friends”said the ICC prosecutor in an interview with the British newspaper the Sunday Times published on Sunday.

“We cannot have double standards”

“We must emphasize the equal value of every child, every woman, every civilian in an increasingly polarized world”, continued Karim Khan who is British. “ We cannot have double standards”he added, assuring that “the world is watching the situation” in Gaza and Israel. For Latin America, Africa, Asia, it is “a point of crystallization”.

“Are powerful states sincere when they say there is a set of laws or is this rules-based system nonsense, a mere tool of NATO and a post-colonial world ? »he questioned.

The 54-year-old prosecutor denies any equivalence between Israel “with its democracy and its supreme court”and Hamas. “Israel has every right to protect its population and recover the hostages”said Karim Khan. “But no one has the right to commit war crimes or crimes against humanity”.

“The whole picture is revealing”

The prosecutor discusses the situation in the Gaza Strip, “the fact that the water was cut off, (…) that people queuing for food were targeted”. “It’s the whole pattern that’s revealing. We analyzed it objectively and rationally”he defended.

The Hamas attack led to the deaths of more than 1,170 people on the Israeli side, the majority of them civilians killed on October 7, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli figures. Additionally, 252 people were taken as hostages on October 7, of whom 38 died according to the Israeli army.

Nearly 36,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war, according to data from the Health Ministry of the Hamas-led Gaza government.

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