Berlin: The demand to arrest the leaders of Israel and Hamas gives a false image of equivalence

Germany assessed that requests by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue arrest warrants for the leaders of Israel and Hamas on suspicion of having committed war crimes give a "false impression of equivalence".

"The simultaneous filing of an arrest warrant for the leader of Hamas on the one hand and two Israeli officials on the other gave a false impression of equivalence," said a statement from the spokesman of the German Foreign Ministry, recalling that on October 7 "Hamas committed a barbaric massacre ” in the communities of the south of Israel.

"Hamas continues to hold Israeli hostages in unspeakable conditions, attack Israel with rockets and use the civilian population of Gaza as human shields. The Israeli government has the right and duty to protect and defend its people," the announcement states, and assesses that in this context, "it is clear that international humanitarian law is being applied."

The ICC's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, said earlier today that arrest warrants had been filed against Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant on charges of "causing extermination, inciting famine as a method of war, including denying humanitarian aid and deliberately targeting civilians in the conflict." ".

In addition, today the court requested the arrest of the leaders of Hamas - Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh.

The three are accused of "extermination, murder, hostage taking, rape and sexual assault".

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