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Biden Denies Israel’s Genocide in Gaza, Criticizes ICC’s Arrest Warrant Request Against Netanyahu

Washington: U.S. President Joe Biden firmly denied accusations that Israel’s military actions in Gaza amount to genocide, terming the request from the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders as “outrageous”.

During a celebration for Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House, US President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing situation in Gaza, categorically rejecting claims of genocide and condemning the International Criminal Court’s move for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders.

“Contrary to allegations against Israel by the International Court of Justice, what’s happening is not genocide. We reject that,” stated President Biden firmly, emphasizing that there is no equivalence between Israel and Hamas.

“We reject that, we reject the ICC’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders. Whenever these warrants may apply, there is no equivalence between Israel and Hamas”, he added.

Biden’s remarks came in response to ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s recent application for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three Hamas leaders, citing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In his statement, Karim Khan pointed to the significant loss of life and destruction in Gaza since October 7, implicating Israeli and Hamas leaders for their roles in the conflict. However, Biden firmly rebuffed these allegations, asserting that Israel’s actions do not amount to genocide.

It is worth noting that relentless Israeli attacks in Gaza have killed 35,562 Palestinians and wounded 79,652 others in Gaza since October 7 of last year. The relentless air and ground attacks have left the enclave in ruins, triggering mass internal displacement and severe shortages of essential supplies.

According to the UN’s humanitarian office, 40 percent of Gaza’s population, or over 900,000 Palestinians, have been forcibly displaced in the last two weeks.

The International Court of Justice had previously ordered Israel to ensure that its forces refrain from committing acts of genocide and take measures to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, following a trial initiated in January.

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