Colombia urges ICC arrest warrant for Netanyahu

AFP , Saturday 11 May 2024

Colombian President Gustavo Petro called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, warning that the Israeli PM will not "stop the genocide" in Gaza while urging the Security Council to consider establishing peacekeepers in the war-torn territory.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaks during a popular assembly in Cali, Colombia, on May 10, 2024. AFP


The outspoken leftist leader last week announced his country was severing diplomatic ties with Israel over its brutal war on Gaza.

"Netanyahu will not stop the genocide. That implies an international arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court," Petro wrote on X on Friday.

He added that the UN Security Council "must begin to consider the establishment of a peacekeeping force in the territory of Gaza."

Colombia has joined Bolivia, Belize and South Africa in severing or suspending ties with Israel. Several other countries have recalled diplomats.

Israel's seven-month war has killed at least 34,943 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Last week Netanyahu said on X that the ICC was "contemplating issuing arrest warrants against senior Israeli government and military officials as war criminals."

"This would be an outrage of historic proportions," he said.

The ICC is the world's only independent court set up to probe the gravest offenses by individual suspects, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It has previously issued warrants for national leaders -- most recently Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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