NEWS: Sanders Statement on ICC Seeking Arrest Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders

WASHINGTON, May 20 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today released the following statement on the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to seek arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders relating to the Israel-Gaza conflict:

In the last several years, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for political leaders who violate international law and engage in war crimes and crimes against humanity. That includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose illegal invasion of Ukraine initiated the most destructive war in Europe since World War II; Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader who started the horrific war in Gaza by launching a terrorist attack against Israel, which killed 1,200 innocent men, women, and children; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in response, has waged an unprecedented war of destruction against the entire Palestinian people, which has killed or injured over 5 percent of the population.

The ICC prosecutor is right to take these actions. These arrest warrants may or may not be carried out, but it is imperative that the global community uphold international law. Without these standards of decency and morality, this planet may rapidly descend into anarchy, never-ending wars, and barbarism.