Amal Clooney Advised In ICC Proceeding

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Amal Clooney, well-known for her work as a human rights lawyer, has sparked controversy yet again. This time, not for defending the vulnerable and oppressed but for advising the International Criminal Court in seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.

Clooney, wife of Hollywood actor George Clooney, joined a panel of international legal experts tasked with evaluating evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Gaza Strip. This comes in the wake of an attack by Hamas on October 7th, which has led to ongoing conflict and destruction in the region.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, specifically requested Clooney’s assistance in this matter. In a statement on her foundation’s website, Clooney stated that she “agreed to join the panel.” However, her involvement has sparked outrage among those who see this as a politically motivated decision.

The panel, which also includes former judges from criminal tribunals at The Hague, has determined that Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. They also concluded that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant are also guilty of these crimes.

Many on the right are calling foul and accusing Clooney and the panel of being biased against Israel. They argue that the ICC should not have jurisdiction over a conflict that is still ongoing and that the decision is an attack on the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

This controversy has only been fueled by the fact that Clooney’s husband, George Clooney, is a well-known supporter of President Biden. He and other celebrities, like Julia Roberts and former President Obama, are participating in a fundraiser for Biden’s campaign.

Netanyahu himself has condemned the ICC’s decision, calling it an example of “the new antisemitism.” He argues that IDF soldiers are fighting against “vile Hamas murderers” and that this decision is a “travesty of justice” and a “disgrace.”

Critics see this as yet another example of Hollywood elitism and biased political activism. They argue that Clooney’s involvement in this issue is just another example of Hollywood’s liberal bias and an attempt to sway public opinion.