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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 01:15:52 PM EST
ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan's bias risks exonerating Israel of genocide in Gaza | Arab News - 10 Dec 2023 |

Khan's clear bias towards Israel strongly suggests he aims to clear Israel of war crimes charges while actively seeking to convict Hamas of them. This strategy is grounded in the court's complementarity principle which could give Israel a get out of court card.

Indeed, in a recent op-ed in The Guardian on November 10th, Khan abandoned the crucial presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of fair trials that presumes a person innocent until proven guilty. He embraced Israeli claims and misinformation regarding Hamas's alleged crimes, including burning and raping Israelis, asserting, "We can't live in a world where executions, burnings, rapes, and killings are normalized or even celebrated."

Khan didn't shy away from passing judgment either, taking the October 7th operation out of its context of resistance against settler-colonialism and framing it as terrorism in the name of Islam. He said, "These are the most un-Islamic acts and cannot be committed in the name of a religion that signifies peace." Khan committed to holding those responsible for organizing and executing the operation accountable. He expressed readiness to collaborate with Israeli authorities and the families of victims in Israel to ensure justice for the victims of Hamas's alleged crimes.

Absolving Israel of genocide?

After his trip to Israel, Khan's office released a statement labelling Hamas as a terrorist organization and condemning their use of hostages as 'human shields'. Khan said he visited Kibbutz Beeri, Kfar Azza, and the Nova Music Festival site in Re'im. He said he witnessed what he called "calculated cruelty," portraying it as one of the most dangerous international crimes that shake humanity's conscience.

The ICC Prosecutor's Double Standards in the Time of an Unfolding Genocide | Opinion Juris |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 01:17:31 PM EST
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