NJA rebukes ICC’s request to arrest Israeli leaders

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) unequivocally condemns the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) recent decision to seek arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence Minister Yoav Gallant. This action equates the leadership of a democratic state with the terrorist organisation Hamas, a parallel that is both despicable and fundamentally flawed.

NJA Managing Director Steve Winston slammed the decision, stating, “This is a disgraceful and absurd action by the ICC. By targeting Israeli leaders, the ICC is undermining the principles of justice it claims to uphold. The real focus should be on the Hamas leadership, who are the true perpetrators of war crimes and terrorism. This decision not only endangers Israel but also sets a dangerous precedent for all nations fighting terrorism.”

Since October 7, Israel has been engaged in a defensive war against Hamas, a brutal terrorist group responsible for heinous atrocities against Israelis. These terrorists have not only committed unspeakable acts of violence but also cynically use their own people as human shields.

The ICC prosecutor’s decision is a shameful attempt to deny Israel the right to defend itself and secure the release of hostages held by Hamas. The IDF operates in accordance with international law, taking unprecedented measures to facilitate humanitarian aid, while Hamas’s leadership continues to inflict suffering on both Israelis and Palestinians.

The NJA welcomes comments from Andrew Mitchell MP immediately after the ICC’s announcement, “As we have said from the outset, we do not think the ICC has jurisdiction in this case. The UK has not yet recognised Palestine as a state, and Israel is not a State Party to the Rome Statute.”

The real criminals deserving of international ire are the leaders of Hamas. Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh, who together with their collaborators, are responsible for extermination, murder, hostage-taking, rape, and sexual assault. These actions constitute genuine crimes against humanity, and it is these individuals who should be the focus of international justice.

The ICC’s misguided decision not only undermines Israel’s right to self-defence but also emboldens terrorist organisations worldwide. By drawing a false equivalence between Israel and Hamas, the ICC is inadvertently supporting a narrative that excuses terrorism and punishes those who fight to protect their citizens.

The NJA stands in solidarity with the Israeli leadership and denounces the ICC’s politicised actions. The NJA calls on the international community to reject this baseless and dangerous decision.

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