Israeli Victims Go to ICC to File Charges Against Hamas

( – Family members and released hostages who were taken during Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 went to The Hague on February 14 to file official complaints with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Hamas. They included a 1,000-page brief which documents the alleged crimes of the Palestinian authority and infamous terror organization.

The people were with an organization called Hostages And Missing Families Forum. A statement from the organization said they were there to “demand justice.” They said that October 7 marked “a second holocaust” and called Hamas “human monsters” while suggesting they’re the ideological heirs of the Nazis.

They suggested that Hamas needs to be “wiped out” along with their genocidal mania. The organization hosted a rally outside the courts. Several hundred people attended despite a cold, rainy day. Surviving hostages and families of those still missing took turns addressing the crowd.

The ICC is the proper venue for the suit as it allows individuals or organizations to pursue justice by demanding international law be upheld and enforced. Israel is defending itself in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against allegations brought by South Africa that it is engaged in a genocide against the Palestinian people.

The ICJ resolves disputes between nations exclusively.

Israel is not signed on to the Rome Statute granting the ICC authority over its behavior, however the court does have the ability to issue rulings over non-state organizations like Hamas. If it finds Hamas guilty of war crimes, it could restrict travel by its financiers and leaders, or issue arrest warrants.

The U.S. Congress is currently debating whether or not it wants to continue to fund the war; a new $95 billion ask is in the latest bill to emerge from the Senate which includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $14.1 billion for Israel and $9.5 billion for Gaza. The measure was separated from a previous border bill that attempted to bind the border issue to international aid. That bill was defeated in a 49-50 vote after conservatives refused to accept its border provisions.

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