ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Netanyahu

Karim Khan, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, accuses Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant of numerous crimes including “starvation as a method of war” and “deliberately targeting civilians.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2018. (Kremlin.ru, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

By John Queally
Common Dreams

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday announced he has “formally applied” for arrest warrants for the top political and military leaders of Hamas as well as the Israeli government on “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” charges related to the Oct. 7 attack by Palestinian militants and the brutal assault on the people of Gaza that Israel unleashed in response. 

In a world exclusive carried by CNN, the ICC’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan told correspondent Christiana Amanpour that arrest warrants are being sought for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for their role “in the crimes of causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, [and] deliberately targeting civilians in conflict.”

“Nobody is above the law,” said Khan.

Khan and his team also announced the charges formally in a statement as well as a video address.

“Israel, like all States, has a right to take action to defend its population,” said Khan in his statement. “That right, however, does not absolve Israel or any State of its obligation to comply with international humanitarian law. Notwithstanding any military goals they may have, the means Israel chose to achieve them in Gaza—namely, intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population—are criminal.”

In Khan’s application, the official “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” alleged—based on “evidence collected and examined” by his office—include:

  • Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(b)(xxv) of the Statute;
  • Wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health contrary to article 8(2)(a)(iii), or cruel treatment as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Wilful killing contrary to article 8(2)(a)(i), or Murder as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population as a war crime contrary to articles 8(2)(b)(i), or 8(2)(e)(i);
  • Extermination and/or murder contrary to articles 7(1)(b) and 7(1)(a), including in the context of deaths caused by starvation, as a crime against humanity;
  • Persecution as a crime against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(h);
  • Other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(k).

“There’s no spinning this one: Israel’s President and Minister of Defense are formally accused at the ICC of ‘exterminating’ Palestinians in the course of a starvation campaign,” said Alonso Gurmendi, a lecturer on international relations at Kings College, London, in response to the announcement.

Beatrice Fihn, former head of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolition Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and an expert on international law, called the development “absolutely massive.”

“The Prime Minister of Israel is a war criminal,” Fihn said on social media, “and the impact of this will be very significant for all western countries that sell weapons to Israel.”

In addition to the Israeli officials, Khan also announced arrest warrant applications for three Palestinian leaders: Yahya Sinwar, head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (“Hamas”) in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri (also known Deif), Commander-in-Chief of the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military arm), and Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau based in Doha, Qatar.

Also based on “evidence collected,” Khan’s specific charges against the Hamas officials include:

  • Extermination as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(b) of the Rome Statute;
  • Murder as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(a), and as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Taking hostages as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(iii);
  • Rape and other acts of sexual violence as crimes against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(g), and also as war crimes pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(vi) in the context of captivity;
  • Torture as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(f), and also as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity;
  • Other inhumane acts as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(l)(k), in the context of captivity;
  • Cruel treatment as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity; and
  • Outrages upon personal dignity as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(ii), in the context of captivity.

Khan alleged in his statement that Sinwar, Deif, and Haniyeh are each “criminally responsible for the killing of hundreds of Israeli civilians in attacks perpetrated by Hamas (in particular its military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades) and other armed groups on 7 October 2023 and the taking of at least 245 hostages.”

Watch Amanpour’s interview with Khan:

Khan emphasized that the charges against both Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the case were based on documented evidence and that the charges simply follow on the mandates set by international law and legal standards that must be administered equally, regardless of the identity of the alleged perpetrator.

“Let us today be clear on one core issue: if we do not demonstrate our willingness to apply the law equally, if it is seen as being applied selectively, we will be creating the conditions for its collapse,” Khan said. “In doing so, we will be loosening the remaining bonds that hold us together, the stabilizing connections between all communities and individuals, the safety net to which all victims look in times of suffering. This is the true risk we face in this moment.”

“Now, more than ever,” he continued, “we must collectively demonstrate that international humanitarian law, the foundational baseline for human conduct during conflict, applies to all individuals and applies equally across the situations addressed by my Office and the Court. This is how we will prove, tangibly, that the lives of all human beings have equal value.”

The application for the warrants by Khan does not mean they have been issued, a determination that will be made by the panel of ICC judges who oversee such decisions for the court.

Heidi Matthews, assistant professor at Harvard Law School with a focus on the law of war, said Monday “will go down in the history of international law” because of what Khan and his team have done.

Citing the Rome Statute, Matthews explained that the Pre-Trial Chamber at the ICC “must now consider the prosecutor’s evidence to assess whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have committed the alleged crimes.”

Jon Queally is managing editor of Common Dreams

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47 comments for “ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Netanyahu

  1. May 21, 2024 at 13:53

    The International Criminal Court should be seeking arrest warrants for those who peddled the “40 Babies Beheaded!!!” military-intelligence-media engineered psychological operation (quickly and thoroughly discredited as a complete lie). The 40 Babies Beheaded!!! story alone qualifies as a crime deserving of major prison sentences. The fact that the audacious deception was carried out adds to the theory October 7 and the mass murder nightmare which followed were parts of a covert operation having escalation of war in the Middle East as its #1 primary objective.

  2. Anothu-real Henry
    May 21, 2024 at 13:11

    The paid fact checkers includes obnoxious pseudonyms that reply with all the interest of someone invested, while most online are doing it to be socializing amicably. A man-behind-the-mirror cyberwarfare, the platformed relation. This all courtesy of the previous tech revolution’s messes which were never cleaned up, fake accounts problem etc. Those are more useful today not less in order to implement the collectivism which btw existed prior to the recent attack Oct 7th. With fake account, anyone could join in, better to be paid of course but as easy to try as is a fake account easy to create, exactly the goal at the time in that industry. Capitalists should clean up previous messes. There just one media, comprised of many types forms of medium instantiations with too little competition overall.

    For example, NPR tried to deflect away from Netanyahu evidence-based ICJ indictments by suddenly needing to opt toward a different president, that some other nation government’s corruption should be most central of the West’s condemnations. That Zelensky is an equivalent case to Netanyahu, as if Ukraine is being invaded by poor brown people. And quietly, a long list of signatured commitments against enforcement of the warrants is being collected. Barely a vignette of perturbation easily dealt with under a mediative collectivism. That’s a quick take, might have been an improvisation.

    Reality is since it became clear (or clear to me) that oligarchy wants brown peoples of the world, especially poor browns like Gazans to be deemed natural enemies, Ukraine is being bore down harder out of this Western neglect. Trump derailment of last year’s border deal meant aid was delayed, the other House speaker was removed, all this same time. Proves how poorly a second world military instability is being dealt with in the current world rules-based order, you know gives ole Putin a win.

    This is disgusting, to prefer poor brown people as enemies, neglect a symmetrical matter, not in my name. Gazans are poor brown people, universities are student factories more likely owned by their endowments, rather than in control of them. Sorry about that, you may believe you’re going to be making real gains, they’ll undo those gains by investing again etc, when attention is put elsewhere, a narcissist reflection in a colored puddle. Tough is love.

  3. anon
    May 21, 2024 at 06:20

    Our media in the Rules Based West is heavily censored and anything we see is but a pale reflection of the real Gaza Genocide.
    Russian, Chinese and Iranian media are banned. Al Jazeera and Tik Tok are being suppressed to appease Zionist interests. There is an army of paid “fact checkers” in the burgeoning censorship industrial complex to sanitise anything embarrassing.

    But the remainder of the world, 89% of humanity, are able to see what is going on despite all the censorship and all the hasbara, and they do not like what they see. Israel’s hypocritical western accomplices and cheerleaders are reviled and despised as never before.

    The Zionists are so arrogant and have been granted impunity for so long, that they film themselves committing atrocities and put it on the internet for all the world to see.

    A Zionist soldier shoots a Palestinian woman in front of her 5 children at close range, killing her. When asked why he shot her, he just grins and says he is “cleansing” the area.

    Zionist troops film themselves looting and vandalising destroyed homes, stealing valuables and women’s underwear, and defecating over the furniture, a favourite Zionist party trick.

    Seven Palestinian men with a horse drawn cart are collecting the bodies of murdered civilians for burial. A Zionist thug bombs the party, killing them all, then laughs and says, “pity about the horse.”

    Zionist troops film themselves stealing medical anaesthetics from aid lorries while children are having their limbs amputated without anaesthetics.

    Rabid Zionist settler filth take very young children to attack aid lorries, encouraging them to cut open sacks of flour and rice and throw them on the ground.

    These are just a few examples of many hundreds. This is not shown on the state controlled BBC or the rest of the lying western corporate media, but the rest of the world is seeing this, and drawing the correct conclusions.

    • Jack Lomax
      May 21, 2024 at 19:32

      Indeed! And it is a rare moment in history when the face of a true and proven psychopath is shown to the world for what he is .Zionism is of course also systematized psychopathy.

  4. Soda Popinski
    May 20, 2024 at 18:41

    Hate to be a pessimist, but sometimes regarding Israel/US it’s actually being a realist. This is the most important part of the article, unfortunately only included very late:

    “The application for the warrants by Khan does not mean they have been issued, a determination that will be made by the panel of ICC judges who oversee such decisions for the court.”

    So basically nothing of real substance has happened yet. As we’ve seen thousands of times with Biden, Assange’s case, etc., words are meaningless, only actions matter. I’m especially dubious considered it’s Khan doing this, and Clooney is involved after her months of silence. Perhaps they included a legally technical “out”. Again–don’t know if I’m being a pessimist or realist here, I hope the former. Guess we’ll see.

  5. Janet
    May 20, 2024 at 18:31

    It should be impossible for the US and Israel to deny the charge that Israel is starving the Palestinians given the fact that the US felt it had to build a floating pier, protected by armed US soldiers, to get supplies into Gaza. If the land crossings were open, they wouldn’t need the sea route. Then there’s the video footage of the IDF “soldiers” shooting civilians as they run towards the food drops, and the footage of the rabid illegal settlers stopping food trucks and destroying food supplies. This is a society that is inhumane, deranged, and depraved, not to mention criminal. Israel is a bane on human society, repeating tactics the Nazis used in WW2 towards the Russians, whereby they starved captured Russian soldiers instead of feeding them.

  6. John Sinclair
    May 20, 2024 at 16:45

    From UNSC Resolution 242, passed Nov. 22, 1967 hxxp://unscr.com/en/resolutions/242

    “Expressing its continuing concern with the grave situation in the Middle East,
    Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and
    lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security,
    Emphasising further that all Member States in their acceptance of the Charter of the United Nations have
    undertaken a commitment to act in accordance with Article 2 of the Charter,
    1. Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace
    in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
    (i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
    (ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty,”
    Gaza is not within Israel’s recognized borders, and is a part of the “territories occupied in the recent conflict”. As such, Israel is (still) in violation of this UNSC resolution, which the UN Charter says that all members must obey.

    Israel still illegally occupies territories. Israel is still in a state of “belligerency” with Lebanon and Syria. Egypt is complaining that Israel is in blatant violation of its deal. Israel still occupies the territory of Lebanon and Syria, and appears to show no respect for their sovereignty considering the number of explosions from American High Explosives.

    Israel would appear to be still in violation of this UNSC resolution, here in the next millennia. But having the people who are illegally occupied resist this all these years later, that’s considered a war crime?

    Obviously the ‘world’ says that the inmates of the world’s largest open air prison must accept the convictions that they never received and the sentences that were never given to them and serve out their life sentences without any complaint. And of course, teach their children to do the same with the life sentences that they received for the crime of being born. Just sit tight for another 75 or 100 years, and please don’t show any sign of objection and resistance as this may prejudice your (non-existent) appeal. Eventually, we will ‘normalize’ you into complete non-existence. Just be patient.

    • Francis (Frank) Lee
      May 21, 2024 at 11:08

      ”Just be patient ok?” But just how many souls are going to die in the interim.

  7. anon
    May 20, 2024 at 16:03

    Oy vey! It’s anti semitic!! It’s anudder shoah!!! Oy vey!!!!

  8. Kathleen
    May 20, 2024 at 15:56

    It probably doesn’t matter, as Genocide Joe will no doubt oppose it with whatever agency must actually provide the warrants.

  9. Michael McNulty
    May 20, 2024 at 15:26

    Netanyahu and other Zionists stand on both sides of the genocide argument depending whether they’re applying it to themselves or to the Palestinians and it’s a glaring contradiction. They say there are Palestinians still alive so not enough have died so it can’t be called a genocide, yet claim it was genocide against the Jews in WWII when not only did they survive it but they’re now spread across the world.

    If what the Nazis did to the Jews was genocide then what Israel is doing to the Palestinians is genocide.

  10. mgr
    May 20, 2024 at 13:26

    This certainly changes the game. Whether it has a direct effect on Israel’s actions or not, it certainly removes any cover from the Western nations who are complicit in supporting and enabling Israel’s genocide. Of course, the Biden administration can choose to ignore them too but the bullshit excuses they have been giving until now fall apart.

    I think all the Western powers, including the US and Germany, stand on the legal edge of being accused of complicity in genocide. What will they do now? If they decide to thumb their nose at international law on genocide. They simply isolate themselves from the larger world even further and, I would hope, open themselves up to arrest warrants on themselves.

    In any case, the Biden admin and whatever administration follows is now legally on the hook for their actions, their nonsense humanitarian-PR pier not withstanding. We shall see. Though this is only the start, seems like the world is changing under our feet. And fuck their international rules (our rules, our orders) based order.

    • Tony Bruno
      May 20, 2024 at 21:49

      From what I have read over the last 40 years on the Middle East is that the real reason the USA supports Israel is simply that they need a base from which they can control the surrounding Arab countries. Hence, the 1948 creation of Israel by the British and American Imperialists with atomic weapons!
      Regardless, I agree with most of what you stated and hope that world leaders reset their moral humanitarian direction and not simply follow major Imperialist countries only on economic grounds.

      • mgr
        May 21, 2024 at 08:49

        Tony: Thank you, yes. I have seen that too. It seems once again to be a matter of prioritizing brutal power over humanity and sacrificing moral authority in the process. Moral authority is real power. It’s also the power to create rather than destroy. I cannot remember the last time the US actually created something but its current actions in supporting Israel’s genocide are so egregious that any scrap of moral authority is now gone. It doesn’t come back. This is quickly becoming true as well for the vassal states that have blindly followed it.

        Moral authority can seem soft and weak but without it you can’t do anything of value. An empire falls by its own hands and the Western slide will only speed up from here. That’s a tragedy for everyone especially for the people. Western states in particular are currently being led by the most incompetent, self-serving pipsqueaks that I have ever seen. And, I’ve seen quite a few.

  11. bardamu
    May 20, 2024 at 13:08

    Well, that is good news, though of course it cannot be more than the start of a response. International courts, unions of nations, and an enforcement of human rights must act outside the directives of the United States and NATO.

    May empire unravel.

  12. Carolyn/Cookie out west
    May 20, 2024 at 12:44

    What about arrest warrants for our U.S. presidents and all the wars abroad? proxy, clandestine, heralded, or whatever…as with what is happening in Ukraine, thousands of young killed….no talk of negotiation…In addition to the Middle East,…the ICC ought to look elsewhere as well…including what happened in Afghanistan, Iraq, Latin America…

  13. hetro
    May 20, 2024 at 12:33

    Rape, torture, and cruel treatment applied to Hamas have been disputed for some time now, so what is the evidence on which these charges are based? This decision seems influenced by a need to appear impartial in going after Netanyahu et al. The emphasis on “applying the law equally” seems peculiar, and unnecessary, suggesting an overly defensive posture from the Court, whereas Israeli crimes have been demonstrated repeatedly and clearly.

    • Bob Martin
      May 20, 2024 at 15:08

      Exactly my thoughts.

    • d4l3d
      May 20, 2024 at 18:34

      Not to mention the exposure of the leaders of the oppressed while the massacres continue for the sake of appearances. The ICC may have made itself unwitting complicit.

  14. Francis (Frank) Lee
    May 20, 2024 at 11:29

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer chap – NOT!

  15. Maure C Briggs
    May 20, 2024 at 11:22

    Does the ICC actually have any power, tho ? Should be ONLY Netanyahu… the Palestinians are an oppressed people and have been fighting the Nakba for 79 years…

    • Piotr Berman
      May 20, 2024 at 15:01

      Individual governments can endorse, plus sanctions with unanimous consent of 5 permanent UNSC members.

    • Bob Martin
      May 20, 2024 at 15:11

      Agree. The Palestinians have a right to resist occupation. The only way to end Palestinian violence is to give them a state with total control over their destiny. As long as they are oppressed they have the absolute right by international law and by coming sense to use all means to resist.

  16. vinnieoh
    May 20, 2024 at 11:08

    Much more realistic and appropriate to charge with war crimes and crimes against humanity than alleging genocide. The latter charge, though over time may prove true, is too easily refuted in the moment.

  17. Drew Hunkins
    May 20, 2024 at 10:32

    The false equivalency in charging both Bibi and the Hamas leaders is grotesque and sickening. Giant joke.

    A beleaguered population, oppressed and suffering under 80 years of a rolling ethnic cleansing decide to finally fight back and they get lumped in with the sadistic Zionist sociopaths.

    • Tim N
      May 20, 2024 at 13:01

      Yes, you’re right, and I see they’re being charged with rapes and torture. It is indeed more false equivalency, likely to make liberal Zionists like Bernie Sanders happy. What cowards.

      • Bob Martin
        May 20, 2024 at 15:12


      • Piotr Berman
        May 20, 2024 at 18:40

        Zionists on Twitter are not happy at all, and neither are the recipients of AIPAC+ money. Then again, professional Zionists and their paid friends are happy only when praising and awarding each other, otherwise there is always a crisis, an unjust treatment of Israel etc.

    • Sam
      May 20, 2024 at 19:10

      Not only that, but the facts show that Israel murdered more Israelis than Hamas did. Israeli helicopters bombed their own citizens in their cars and then burned them without finding out who they were.
      But it’s great that Netanyahu has been officially declared a war criminal and maybe those Zionist genocide deniers will finally shut their mouths.
      Plus there is no Hamas in the West Bank and they too need to be charged. Anyone see the article on this in the NYT? Finally.

  18. Randal Marlin
    May 20, 2024 at 10:27

    All of this leads to the further question of U.S. complicity, considering the supplies of munitions that the U.S. provided.
    Having just finished reading President Joe Biden’s commencement address to the graduating seniors at Morehouse College Sunday (thanks to Heather Cox Richardson), I got a wonderful sense of hope. The rhetoric was truly inspiring. I would like, though, to see CN, or someone, do a fact-check on this speech. My sense is that the the factual situation is at odds with the rhetoric, but some aspects remain to be played out.

    • Tim N
      May 20, 2024 at 13:08

      You were inspired by Genocide Joe’s address? To college students? My God, how naive can one be? Yet you want it “fact-checked.” Why? What would be the point? It was a pack of ill-conceived cynical lies, I can guarantee you that. I think maybe you understand, at some level, that Biden is a sick, stupid old liar. He hasn’t changed; in fact he’s even senile on top of the cynical stupidity and criminality at this point.

      • Bob Martin
        May 20, 2024 at 15:13

        Hear, hear!

      • Piotr Berman
        May 20, 2024 at 18:44

        There is a thin line between the effects of trolling and snarking, so I would give Randal benefits of the doubt. To me, it is a snark, “the factual situation is at odds with the rethoric” is actually funny. To me at least.

      • Adam Gorelick
        May 20, 2024 at 19:45

        Torture, Rape, Cruel Treatment, Outages Upon Human Dignity and other Inhuman Acts in the context of captivity ? Regarding Hamas, it seems extremely unclear what the basis is for these claims. The ‘mass rape’ accusations, much to the chagrin of NYT and other corporate publications, lack so much as a particle of supporting evidence. Those hostages once held by Hamas, who have spoken publicly, reported little ill-treatment. In one instance, an Israeli woman felt moved to write a thank you note to her former captors, expressing gratitude for how they made her daughter, aged five, ‘Feel like the Princess of Gaza.’ By contrast, everything ticks off affirmatively for Israel. Though, given the well known corruption of Khan and the ICC and the United States’ leverage over it, it remains dubious what concrete impact the charges against the apartheid state can have. After all, the international court issued an inconsequential warrant for Vladimir Putin, based upon specious claims of kidnapping and abuse of Ukrainian children per, no doubt, American pressure. But, as with the ICJ ruling, this at least sets a precedent that helps bolster credibility of condemnation throughout the world.

      • Adam Gorelick
        May 20, 2024 at 19:48

        Other than admonishing walls for bumping into him, Biden is the same racist, morally bankrupt mediocrity he always was.

      • Randal Marlin
        May 20, 2024 at 21:19

        Did you read the address? Do you understand “some aspects remain to be played out?” Biden facilitates lying (as with Nordstream and the presentation by his representative to the UN Security Council) but he was not lying when he promised that one way or other the pipeline would come to an end.
        Name-calling is not generally a good path to enlightenment. Maybe you could substantiate the accusation of “sick, stupid old liar,” bearing in mind that as traditionally conceived the lie is a statement the liar makes, knowing it to be false, and with intention to deceive.
        Just provide me with one clear case.
        If we get a repeat of what’s already happened so far in Gaza, then I grant you your objection, and allow that I was naive.

        • Michael G
          May 21, 2024 at 11:16

          “The pandemic robbed you of so much. Some of you lost loved ones — mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, who were — aren’t able to be here to celebrate with you today — today.”
          -Joe Biden
          Morehouse Commencement address
          The “pandemic” didn’t rob us of so much. Fauci’s funding of “gain of function” (weaponization) research at Wuhan robbed us of so much. Along with people like gates, and big pharma.

          “We’re delivering affordable high-speed Internet so no child has to sit in their parents’ car or do their homework in a parking lot outside of McDonald’s.”
          Current average internet cost is between $20-$300 a month. That’s from Google. The average of those two numbers is $160 a month. Minimum wage is still $7.25/hr. “Tipped” minimum wage is $2.13/hr. You can pay people under the age of 20 $4.25/hr. I have had to work for minimum wage at times in my life. 40 hours of the hardest work you’ll do in your life gets you $250 a week. Average rent in the US from Apartments.com is $1,713/month. Free internet isn’t affordable.

          “Instead of forcing you to prove you’re 10 times better, we’re breaking down doors so you have 100 times more opportunities: good-paying jobs you can raise a family on in your neighborhood — (applause); capital to start small business and loans to buy homes; health insurance, prescriptions drugs, housing that’s more affordable and accessible.”
          -Joe Biden
          “Goldman Sachs economists said in March last year that as many as 300 million full time jobs could be lost globally by the rise of generative AI, with white collar workers likely to be the most at risk”
          First thing up on the search “job loss due to AI”

          “I want to say this very clearly. I support peaceful, nonviolent protest.”
          -Joe Biden
          You can go back on this website for the last month and find out that’s a lie, many times over.

          “That’s why I’ve called for an immediate ceasefire — an immediate ceasefire to stop the fighting”
          -Joe Biden
          By words, not actions, therefore a lie. Doctrine is what a politician says, policy is what a politician does.

          • Randal Marlin
            May 22, 2024 at 14:47

            Thanks for these comments.
            “Calling for an immediate ceasefire” is precisely what needs to be interpreted in the light of what unfolds. So far, so not good.

    • Michael G
      May 20, 2024 at 19:46

      I just read Biden’s commencement address. Made me physically ill.
      Read that Heather Cox Richardson story, that made me a little queasy also.
      Found a tweet by Max Blumenthal laughing at her for publicly stating the biggest story of the last 10 years was the spread of Russian disinformation. So she’s a paid for tool of the establishment.
      There’s no question of U.S. complicity, Max pinned the State Department down on that four months ago on the day the ICJ found it was plausible Israel was committing genocide.
      And anybody inspired by whatever comes out of a politician’s pie hole these days has to be looked at askance.

  19. Vera Gottlieb
    May 20, 2024 at 10:14

    Clearly NAZI TACTICS…

  20. forceOfHabit
    May 20, 2024 at 10:13

    A first step on a long, long road to justice.

  21. Drew Hunkins
    May 20, 2024 at 10:06

    Not to come off as too cynical, but an arrest warrant for Bibi will go absolutely nowhere. He and Israel are Teflon.

    The ONLY thing Tel Aviv will react to or respond to or that will have any sort of discernible effect on its conduct is, sadly, force and violence. The past 75+ years should have taught us all that.

    • Martin
      May 20, 2024 at 12:14

      it might have an effect on the weapons trade, student protests, … etc. it might restore some of the credibility of the icc after the fiasco of issuing an arrest warrant for evacuating children from a war zone.

      • Voltaria Voltaire
        May 20, 2024 at 14:47

        Martin, let’s hope. And PERSIST towards the ideal when it does not fully materialize in the desired and most ideal fashion.

    • Mark A
      May 20, 2024 at 12:25

      Nobody’s physically scared of the IDF or Israelis, but there air force using American weapons, is the game changer it seems. So, the American taxpayer is vital for this vile entity to continue existing.

    • Tim N
      May 20, 2024 at 13:09

      All true. It’s especially cynical to charge Hamas leaders with the same crimes.

    • Selina Sweet
      May 20, 2024 at 14:32

      Naming accurately what is – Netanyahu as maker of war crimes – releases creative energy. For it pins down in words a reality that mirrors those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear have been seeing and hearing and knowing for months. It draws a line. Just as a threshold marks one reality from another. It puts a stark hole in the fabric of denial. The blended energy of all of us seers and namers of such crimes called intentional starvation is powerful today and tomorrow. Here on out the denialists who protest will simply dig themselves into a lie too big for anyone to deny. How heartening to hear a judgment that carries so much justice potential. Many still have feet solidly on the ground and stand for the best in humanity.

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