The ICC and international laws

The ICC and international laws
Columnist Mohamed al Hammadi - Jusoor Post

The decision of the International Criminal Court, which was announced by ICC prosecutor Karim Khan on May 20, was a new shock to Israel, the West, and Hamas, when he announced the issuance of arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Galant, the head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, and its head in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, along with others.


Although the decision was not a surprise to the international community and the world, the reaction of Western countries and the United States to the decision was shock! The American and Western rejection of the resolution, as well as the prosecutor’s revelation of pressure on him from Western countries regarding the issuance of any resolution affecting Israel and the attempt to remove any danger from it, was surprising and brings us back to the repeated behavior of the West in trying to place Israel and some Israeli officials above international law and above accountability, although its condemnation is clear once the international law that the West itself established and applied for years is applied to countries and heads of state.


It seems that the real goal of these laws is other than what is declared, and this is what Khan revealed during a television interview when he mentioned the ways of pressuring him not to take any decision against Israel: “I’ve had some elected leaders speak to me, and be very blunt... ‘This court is built for Africa and for thugs like Putin.’”


The question that has been raised after this exciting statement: Are all international laws subject to this Western vision? Were all international laws and organizations established for Africa, perhaps Asia, and the rest of the world, with the exception of the West and its friends and allies? Are double standards the basis and not the exception in Western dealings with world issues?