A petition signed by over sixty left-wing politicians from Europe and Latin America demanded on Tuesday that the International Criminal Court (ICC) look into claims that the Israeli regime committed genocide in the Gaza Strip, 39 days after it began a bloody war against the residents of the tightly-blockaded Palestinian enclave.
“We will not stand by and let genocide happen with our quiet and cooperation. Ione Belarra, Spain’s minister for social rights, introduced the program and stated, “If you don’t stop brutality in time, it drags you along with it,” according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.
A number of Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Military Affairs Yoav Galant, and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, were mentioned in the petition to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
After the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, carried out the unexpected Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying force in reaction to the Israeli regime’s decades-long persecution and destruction of Palestinians, Israel declared war on Gaza on October 7.
The health ministry in Gaza reports that over 29,000 Palestinians have been injured and 11,255 Palestinians have died as a result of Israeli strikes. Among them are 4,630 women and 3,130 children.
The petition stresses that the ICC has enough evidence to launch arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Galant, as it also calls for an end to “occupation, apartheid and the expansion of the colonial project of Israel.”
It was signed by Belarra, along with dozens of other prominent leftist politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn from the UK’s Labour Party, Manon Aubry from France’s Insoumise, Joana Mortagua of Portugal’s Left Bloc, and Peter Mertens of the Workers Party of Belgium.