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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 01:31 PM

Netanyahu calls for sanctions over ICC war crimes investigation

Source: The Guardian

Netanyahu calls for sanctions over ICC war crimes investigation

Israeli PM condemns ‘travesty’ after court said it intended to look at alleged incidents

Oliver Holmes in Jerusalem
Tue 21 Jan 2020 14.33 GMT
Last modified on Tue 21 Jan 2020 16.19 GMT

Benjamin Netanyahu has called for sanctions against the international criminal court and people who work for it, a month after its chief prosecutor announced she intended to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes.

“I think that everybody should rise up against this,” the Israeli prime minister said in an interview with Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television network.

“The US government under President Trump has spoken forcefully against the ICC for this travesty, and I urge all your viewers to do the same. To ask for concrete actions, sanctions, against the international court – its officials, its prosecutors, everyone.”

Netanyahu’s calls come months after Washington used a similar tactic to block a separate potential ICC investigation into its troops’ conduct in Afghanistan. It announced in March that it would deny entry to ICC officials, and later revoked a visa held by the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/21/netanyahu-calls-for-sanctions-over-icc-war-crimes-investigation-israel

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