Amal Clooney Plays Key Role In ICC Arrest Warrants For Netanyahu And Hamas Leaders

Diana E.

Lebanese- British barrister Amal Clooney is among the ICC experts who approved the arrest warrants for war crimes against Israeli officials, including PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders, including Yahya Sinwar.

Amal, an expert on human rights law and wife to actor George Clooney, was part of a UK-based group of lawyers advising ICC prosecutor Karim Khan and was included in their unanimous approval of the warrant applications in a report published Monday.


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Karim Khan announced that Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant are being targeted for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza. Israeli officials are accused of having systematically deprived civilians of essential supplies, and attacks on aid workers have further exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh are being pursued for their roles in the October 7 attacks on southern Israel relating to crimes.

In a statement, Khan said that all the actions “demand accountability.”

The warrant applications, which still must be reviewed and issued by ICC judges, mark a significant shift as the court targets a leader from one of the U.S.’s closest allies for the first time.

Khan emphasized that the evidence collected indicates “reasonable grounds to believe” that Netanyahu and Gallant are responsible for crimes including the starvation of civilians and the intentional targeting of civilian populations.

Shortly after the news broke, Khan said he was “grateful for the advice” given to him by a panel of experts, which included Clooney.




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