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On the issuance of arrest warrants by the Public Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court against a number of leaders of the Zionist occupation

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has followed what was issued today of arrest warrants by the Public Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against only two war criminals of the Zionist entity, Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant, who were proven to be involved in committing the crimes of genocide, aggression, and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people.

The arrest and detention warrants against the aforementioned occupation leaders came seven months late, during which the Israeli occupation committed thousands of crimes against Palestinian civilians, including children, women, doctors, and journalists, and destroyed private and public property, mosques, churches, and hospitals.

The Public Prosecutor was required to issue arrest and detention orders against all officials from the occupation leaders who gave orders, and soldiers who participated in committing crimes in accordance with Articles 25, 27, and 28 of the Rome Statute, which emphasized the individual criminal responsibility of every official, commander, or any person who ordered, instigated, committed, aided or assisted the commission of such crimes, or failed to take measures to prevent them.

The Hamas movement strongly denounces the attempts of the ICC’s Public Prosecutor to equate the victim with the executioner by issuing arrest warrants against a number of Palestinian resistance leaders, without a legal basis, in violation of the international conventions and resolutions that gave the Palestinian people and all the peoples of the world under occupation the right to resist the occupation in all forms, including armed resistance, especially the United Nations Charter, as stipulated in Article 51.

Hamas demands the Public Prosecutor to issue arrest and detention orders against all war criminals, including occupation leaders, officers, and soldiers who were involved in the crimes against the Palestinian people. It also demands the cancellation of all arrest warrants issued against leaders of the Palestinian resistance for violating UN conventions and resolutions.

Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas
May 20, 2024
Official website – Hamas movement