Australian PM silent on 'shameful' ICC war crimes claims against Israeli leaders

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called out after he dodged questions on the contentious ICC decision while Opposition Leader rallies around Middle East ally.

Australian PM silent on 'shameful' ICC war crimes claims against Israeli leaders
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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has avoided commenting on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) request for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders, sparking criticism from political opponents.

On Tuesday, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton expressed his support for The United States' strong condemnation of the ICC’s actions.

The ICC's Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan announced the court’s intent to seek arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, accusing them of severe war crimes, including “starvation of civilians as a method of warfare” and “willful murder.” Khan also targeted three key Hamas leaders with arrest warrants.

In response, President Biden called the ICC’s decision “outrageous” and asserted that there is “no equivalence” between Israel and Hamas.

"We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security,” he stated, reaffirming the United States’ staunch support for Israel.

Despite Australia’s close ties with Israel and its designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation, Albanese avoided commenting on the ICC’s charges.

“I don't comment on court processes in Australia, let alone court processes globally which Australia is not a party,” he remarked.

Ironically, during the same press conference, he voiced his opinion on the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, indicating a selective approach to international legal matters.

Peter Dutton criticised Albanese’s silence, suggesting it could harm international relationships. He argued that Australia should unequivocally back Biden's position.

“The Prime Minister squibbed it today when he was asked about this issue,” he said.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, also condemned the ICC’s actions, labeling them as “shameful” and highlighting Hamas’s history of violence. Meanwhile, Netanyahu vehemently rejected the ICC’s assertions, calling the comparisons a “complete distortion of reality.”

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  • By Avi Yemini

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