Amal Clooney assists ICC in pursuing arrest warrants for ‘Israeli’, Hamas leaders

Palestine

Published: 2024-05-21 14:58

Last Updated: 2024-06-24 16:55


Editor: Hana Afram

Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney, the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer, announced Monday that she assisted the International Criminal Court (ICC) in evaluating evidence that led to the decision to request arrest warrants for senior leaders in Israeli Occupation and Hamas.

The warrants include the arrest of “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Israeli” Minister of Defence Yoav Gallant, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, Al-Qassem Brigades leader Mohammed Deif, and Hamas’ political leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Clooney had previously faced widespread criticism for her silence regarding the humanitarian crisis occurring in Gaza, labeling her a "disappointment."

In a statement published on the website of the “Clooney Foundation for Justice,” which she co-founded with her husband, American actor George Clooney, she revealed that Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan asked her to join an expert committee “to assess evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and Gaza,” according to France 24.

This statement coincided with the day when Karim Khan announced his intention to seek arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant on charges including “starvation,” “willful killing,” and “genocide and/or murder.”

While Hamas, Israeli Occupation, and the US criticized the ICC’s decision, experts wrote that they “unanimously agree that the Chief Prosecutor’s work has been rigorous, fair, and based on law and facts.”

- Social media responses -

When the ICC report revealed Clooney's name on the list of legal experts, there was an outpour of varying responses on social media.

 

 

 

 

Clooney emphasized that her approach is not to provide “running commentary” on her work, which had to remain secret due to the delicate legal nature of her work.

“I served on this panel because I believe in the rule of law and the need to protect civilian lives. The law that protects civilians in war was developed more than 100 years ago and it applies in every country in the world regardless of the reasons for a conflict,” she affirmed.