Amal Clooney, wife of actor George Clooney, was among the experts who advised the International Criminal Court (ICC) in seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar over alleged war crimes. 

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, asked Clooney, 46, to assist him with evaluating evidence of suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Gaza Strip, where Israeli military forces have been operating since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas.

“I agreed and joined a panel of international legal experts to undertake this task,” Clooney, an attorney, said in a lengthy statement on the Clooney Foundation for Justice website. 

 The ICC determined it has jurisdiction over crimes committed by Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, its top political leader Ismail Haniyeh and its military commander Mohammed Deif, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.


Amal Clooney speaking at an event

Attorney Amal Clooney listens during a panel discussion on media freedom, Sept. 25, 2019, at the United Nations headquarters. Amal Clooney is one of the legal experts who recommended that the world’s top war crimes court seek arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leaders of the militant Hamas group, Clooney announced Monday.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

“We unanimously conclude that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including hostage-taking, murder and crimes of sexual violence,” Clooney wrote of the panel’s determination.

She cited Israeli war crimes of “starvation as a method of warfare, murder, persecution and extermination.”


Yahya Silwar

Head of Hamas terrorist group Yahya Sinwar (C) attends a meeting in Gaza City on April 30, 2022. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

“As a human rights lawyer, I will never accept that one child’s life has less value than another’s. I do not accept that any conflict should be beyond the reach of the law, nor that any perpetrator should be above the law,” she wrote.

“So I support the historic step that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has taken to bring justice to victims of atrocities in Israel and Palestine,” Clooney added. 

Clooney is married to actor George Clooney, who is a well-known supporter of President Biden. The Biden campaign enlisted George Clooney, as well as actress Julia Roberts and former President Obama for a star-studded fundraiser in Los Angeles next month. 

George Clooney will appear in social media posts and digital ads in support of President Biden.

Amal Clooney was joined on the panel by legal experts in international humanitarian and criminal law. Two members are former judges at criminal tribunals at The Hauge. 

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking out against the ICC

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks out against the ICC’s announcement to pursue an arrest warrant against him over alleged war crimes in Gaza. (Government Press Office)

Meanwhile, Netanyahu called the ICC’s decision the latest example of “what the new antisemitism looks like.” 


“It is directed against the IDF soldiers, who are fighting with extraordinary heroism against the vile Hamas murderers who attacked us with terrible cruelty on Oct. 7,” Netanyahu said in an English-language statement.

“What a travesty of justice! What a disgrace!” he said. 

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