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From Hacking to Surveillance, Israel Waged “War” on ICC Prosecutors

HeadlineMay 29, 2024

A joint investigation by The Guardian and the Israeli news outlet +972 has revealed Israel has run an almost decadelong secret “war” against the International Criminal Court in an attempt to derail the court from filing war crimes charges against Israeli officials. The report details how Israel surveilled, hacked, smeared and threatened top ICC officials, including the current chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, and his predecessor, Fatou Bensouda. The news outlets report the former head of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, personally threatened Bensouda, telling her, “You should help us and let us take care of you. You don’t want to be getting into things that could compromise your security or that of your family.” Despite the threats by Israel, the ICC’s Karim Khan announced earlier this month that he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three leaders of Hamas.

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