In Human Rights, International, Middle East

Yesterday, after seven months of Israeli genocide, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, finally announced that he would seek arrest warrants for Israel’s Prime Minister and Defence Minister.

Khan, a British barrister, was elected to be the ICC’s prosecutor in early 2021. At the time, The Economist reported that then-Prime Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson, was “cock-a-hoop” about Khan’s victory.

Johnson, of course, is fanatically pro-Israel. He’s also a fire-breathing neocon. Therefore, his ecstasy over Khan’s election was a very bad sign for those of us who care about international law.

Following Khan’s announcement yesterday, I spoke with author and political commentator Yves Engler about the extremely limited scope of the charges Khan has brought against Benjamin Netanyahu and Yoav Gallant.

In my interview with Yves, I argued that Khan is doing the bare minimum to respond to vehement demands for prosecutorial action from around the world. In my view, Khan cannot be trusted to prosecute Netanyahu and Gallant vigorously.

Far from proving his prosecutorial independence, Khan’s minimalist indictments simply confirm that he’s a tool of Western imperialism.

You can watch and listen to my discussion with Yves here:

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