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US House of Representatives passes bill to punish International Criminal Court in response to Netanyahu arrest warrant



US House of Representatives passes bill to punish International Criminal Court in response to Netanyahu arrest warrant

On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives, with the support of almost all Republicans and about a fifth of Democrats, approved a bill requiring the International Criminal Court to be punished for seeking to issue a warrant. judgment against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The law is considered a “message” because it is unlikely to pass the Senate and President Joe Biden could veto it.

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a largely symbolic bill calling for punishment at the International Criminal Court, in response to a request for an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan. .

In May, Khan sought to issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Galant, as well as three Hamas leaders, Yahya Sinwar, Ismail Haniyeh and Muhammad al-Deif, on suspicion of committing ” war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”. » in the ongoing war between the two sides in the Gaza Strip.


The Anti-Impostor Court Act, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives with the support of nearly all Republicans and about a fifth of Democrats, would prevent ICC officials linked to the case to enter the United States, cancel their visas and restrict any real estate transactions for them.

In this context, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, said in a statement: “The United States stands firmly with Israel and refuses to allow international bureaucrats to issue arrest warrants baseless against Israeli leaders, accused of having committed false crimes. »

This law is considered a “message” because it is unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, and even if it did, it could still be vetoed by the president Joe Biden, who said he “strongly opposed” the decision. .

It is the responsibility of the 124 member states of the International Criminal Court to decide whether to implement any judicial decision issued by it. Neither Israel nor the United States are members of the court.

Although the White House criticized the Criminal Court and Biden called the request for arrest warrants against Netanyahu “shameful,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the week last that sanctions were not “the right approach”.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller confirmed the policy Tuesday when he told reporters before the bill passed the House of Representatives: “Our position as an administration is that we do not support not the sanctions. We do not believe they are appropriate at this time. .”

Netanyahu expressed disappointment over the Biden administration’s refusal to impose punitive measures against the International Criminal Court.

France 24/AFP



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