ICC Opens Door to Prosecute Israel, Hamas for War Crimes | Here's What That Could Mean



“The court established to prevent atrocities like the Nazi Holocaust against the Jewish people is now targeting the one state of the Jewish people,” said Netanyahu. “It claims that when democratic Israel defends itself against terrorists who murder our children, rocket our cities, we’re committing another war crime.”

Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qasem applauded the ruling, but did not comment on the possibility that its own leaders could be charged with war crimes.

“Hamas considers this an important step towards justice for our Palestinian people,” said Qasem. “The most important steps remain: taking practical measures on the ground to hold the Israeli war criminals accountable and punish them for their crimes and everything they have done against our unarmed people.”

In the US, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said the Biden Administration “has serious concerns about the ICC’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel.”

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