Israel And Hamas Denounce ICC Prosecutor’s Request For Arrest Warrants

Israeli and Hamas officials have denounced the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants against their leaders over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the seven-month conflict in Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz called the chief prosecutor’s decision “a historic disgrace that will be remembered forever” while former military chief and member of Israel’s War Cabinet Benny Gantz said “the prosecutor’s position to apply for arrest warrants is in itself a crime of historic proportion to be remembered for generations.”

Hamas accused the prosecutor of trying to “equate the victim with the executioner” and criticized the court for seeking the arrests of only two Israeli leaders saying it should seek warrants for other Israeli leaders as well.

The latest war between Israel and Hamas began on Oct. 7 when militants from Gaza crossed into Israel killing some 1,200 people mostly civiliansand taking 250 others hostage. The Israeli offensive has killed over 35,000 Palestinians at least half of them women and children according to the latest estimates by Gaza health officials and has also triggered a humanitarian crisis in Gaza displacing roughly 80% of the population and leaving hundreds of thousands of people on the brink of starvation according to U.N. officials.