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Amal Clooney Helped ICC Request Arrest Warrants of Israeli, Hamas Leaders

Amal Clooney's involvement included an extensive process of evidence review and legal analysis, culminating in the determination of war crimes committed by both Israeli and Hamas leaders.

Renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney played a pivotal role in evaluating evidence that led the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Clooney, known for her extensive work in international law, was approached by the ICC prosecutor more than four months ago to join a panel of legal and academic experts in assessing evidence from the Israel-Gaza conflict.

In a statement, Clooney emphasized the importance of upholding the law in conflicts, stating that no child’s life should be considered less valuable than another’s. The unanimous legal findings of the expert panel concluded that the ICC has jurisdiction over crimes committed in Palestine, including those by Palestinian nationals.

ICC’s Decision and Response

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, announced the decision to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. The warrants are based on allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the seven-month war in Gaza.

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The move by the ICC has drawn condemnation from Israeli leaders, with Netanyahu labeling it as a “travesty of justice” and asserting Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas. Similarly, US President Joe Biden expressed opposition to the ICC’s decision, emphasizing that there is no equivalence between Israel and Hamas.

Evidence Review and Legal Analysis

Amal Clooney’s involvement included an extensive process of evidence review and legal analysis, culminating in the determination of war crimes committed by both Israeli and Hamas leaders. The panel of international law experts concluded that leaders from both sides were responsible for actions constituting war crimes, including murder, hostage-taking, and crimes of sexual violence.

Despite opposition from the US and Israel, the ICC’s decision marks a significant development in holding individuals accountable for atrocities committed during conflicts, underscoring the importance of international law in addressing global human rights violations.