The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor applies for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Gallant, and top Hamas leaders, charging them with war crimes and crimes against humanity from the October 7 attacks and ensuing Gaza conflict.

By Jordan Atwood, Nation of Change

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced a formal application for arrest warrants targeting both Israeli and Hamas leaders on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. This unprecedented move follows the October 7 attack by Palestinian militants and the brutal Israeli assault on Gaza in response, marking a significant moment in international law and justice.

THE HAGUE, HOLLAND. July 19, 2017. The International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague, Netherlands. New building designed by the Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. It's a global supreme criminal tribunal.

The announcement comes in the wake of a devastating conflict that began on October 7, when Palestinian militants launched an attack on Israel, prompting a severe military response from the Israeli government. The conflict has resulted in significant loss of life and widespread destruction, particularly in Gaza.

The ICC, established to prosecute individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, has jurisdiction over Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank. This is due to the Palestinian leaders’ formal agreement to be bound by the court’s founding principles in 2015.

Charges Against Israeli Leaders

ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan has specifically named Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in the application for arrest warrants. The charges against them include:

• Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare: Accused under article 8(2)(b)(xxv) of the Rome Statute.

• Wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health: Contrary to article 8(2)(a)(iii).

• Wilful killing: Contravening article 8(2)(a)(i).

• Intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population: Violating articles 8(2)(b)(i).

• Extermination and/or murder: Under articles 7(1)(b) and 7(1)(a), including deaths caused by starvation.

• Persecution: As a crime against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(h).

• Other inhumane acts: As crimes against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(k).

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