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The Jerusalem Post highlighted B’nai B’rith International’s condemnation of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor’s request that the pre-trial chamber of the ICC approve arrest warrants for the prime minister and defense minister of Israel, in its coverage of this issue.

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Jewish and pro-Israel interest groups made scathing statements condemning International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Karim Khan’s issuance of arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Monday for alleged crimes against humanity during the war in Gaza.


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JFNA said that the announcements of Netanyahu and Gallant’s warrants, which were issued at the same time as those Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Ismail Haniyeh, and Mohammed Deif, created the an equivalence between Israel’s defense against the October 7 Massacre to the “genocidal terrorist organization that perpetrated that attack.”

B’nai B’rith International, American Jewish Committee, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee also condemned the “equivalence” between the two leaderships.


AJC and B’nai B’rith argued that the ICC had no jurisdiction to pursue the warrants. The legal forum doesn’t have jurisdiction over Israel, just like the US and other states that are not a party to it. AJC also argued that the Palestinian territories are not a state, and no other mechanisms in the Rome Statute had been triggered to allow the court to consider the case. AJC also noted that Israel has an independent judiciary capable of addressing any alleged illegal acts.

B’nai B’rith said the pre-trial chamber should reject the prosecutor’s request, and world leaders should denounce misuse of the court. AIPAC called for the sanctions against the ICC and called for other countries not to comply with ICC warrants.

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