Tue 21 May 2024 7:00 am - Jerusalem Time

Biden: What the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip is not genocide

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States does not consider what the Israeli army is doing to be genocide, stressing his rejection of the accusations of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, regarding the Israeli occupation.

 Biden said in a speech at the White House, commenting on the killing of civilians in the Gaza Strip: “What is happening is not genocide.”

He added that the United States rejects the accusations brought against the Israeli leadership by the International Criminal Court.

Yesterday evening, the White House said in a statement, “President Biden described the International Criminal Court’s request and the attempt to arrest Israeli leaders as [outrageous], and affirms the support and support of Israel always.”

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, announced in a statement today, Monday, that he had submitted requests to issue arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant, on charges of committing war crimes, in addition to his request to issue arrest warrants against the leaders of the Hamas movement, headed by Yahya Al-Sinwar, head of the International Criminal Court. Movement in the Gaza Strip.

Khan said: “Based on the evidence collected and examined by my office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, and Yoav Galant, Defense Minister of Israel, bear criminal responsibility for the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of The State of Palestine in the Gaza Strip as of October 8, 2023.”

He continued by explaining: “My office argues that the war crimes alleged in these requests were committed in the context of an international armed conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a non-international armed conflict between Israel and Hamas (as well as other Palestinian armed groups) taking place in parallel. We argue that the crimes against humanity that were charged The accusation that they were committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the Palestinian civilian population pursuant to state policy and that these crimes continue, in our assessment, to this day,” based on evidence “proving that Israel deliberately and systematically deprived the civilian population of all areas of Gaza of materials.” which are indispensable for their human survival.”

The arrest warrant issued by the International Court of Justice obligates all 123 signatory states of the Rome Convention, from which the court derives its authority, to arrest the person against whom the arrest warrant was issued upon his arrival on their territory.


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Biden: What the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip is not genocide