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“What’s happening in Gaza is not genocide”: Joe Biden defends Israel, slams ICC’s warrant against Netanyahu

“What’s happening in Gaza is not genocide. We reject that,” said United States President Joe Biden while defending Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Defence Yoav Gallant who is facing an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Gaza.

Biden, who is also facing a lawsuit for complicity in genocide, issued a strongly-worded statement saying that the ICC warrants were “outrageous”.

In January, the International Court of Justice ruled there was a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza, ordering Israel to take a series of provisional measures, including preventing any genocidal acts from taking place. A UN expert report also accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza Strip.

“Let me be clear, we reject the ICC’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders,” Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House on Monday.

Over 35,000 Palestinians have been confirmed killed by Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza, excluding over 10,000 people missing or stuck under the rubbles, most of them presumed dead. Israel government and zionist groups have obstructed aid entry to Gaza, where people and children have starved to death.

The ICC prosecutor outlined specific charges against Netanyahu and Gallant, including “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare” and “extermination”, although he said his full investigation was ongoing.

Khan also applied for arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders – Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri (also known as Deif) and Ismail Haniyeh – for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including extermination and murder, the taking of captives, torture, rape and other acts of sexual violence.

The US and Israel are not a member of the ICC.

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