isn’t any genocide in Gaza – Biden

23 isn’t any genocide in Gaza – Biden

US President Joe Biden has rejected any notion that Israel’s ongoing navy operation in Gaza may very well be described as genocide, and reiterated Washington’s assist for West Jerusalem’s push to eradicate Hamas as he hosted a Jewish American Heritage month occasion on the White Home.

On Monday, ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Protection Minister Yoav Gallant – in addition to Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, and Ismail Haniyeh – of “warfare crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity.” Talking on the White Home later within the day, President Biden condemned the ICC transfer in addition to separate allegations by the UN’s Worldwide Courtroom of Justice that Israel’s actions in Gaza may very well be genocidal.

“Let me be clear, opposite to allegations in opposition to Israel made by the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice, what’s taking place shouldn’t be genocide. We reject that,” Biden mentioned.

On October 7, Hamas fighters carried out an incursion into Israel, which resulted in about 1,200 folks being killed and 250 taken hostage. The Israeli authorities responded by launching a large-scale navy operation in Gaza, which in keeping with the Palestinian enclave’s well being ministry, killed over 35,000 folks and left virtually 80,000 others wounded. Israel has vowed to proceed the offensive till Hamas is totally eradicated.

“We stand with Israel to take out Sinwar and the remainder of the butchers of Hamas,” Biden mentioned on Monday. “We would like Hamas defeated. We’ve labored with Israel to make that occur.”

Again in January, an interim ruling by the ICJ, the UN’s prime court docket in The Hague, ordered Israel to take steps to stop genocide and enhance humanitarian circumstances for Gaza’s inhabitants. The lawsuit, filed by South Africa late final 12 months, accuses West Jerusalem of committing systematic warfare crimes within the Palestinian area. Eire introduced in March that it could assist Pretoria’s case, calling Israel’s actions in Gaza a “blatant violation of worldwide humanitarian legislation on a mass scale.” Final week, Egypt additionally known as on Israel to “adjust to its obligations because the occupying energy.”

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