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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks Denouncing The International Criminal Court Prosecutor For Seeking Arrest Warrants For Israeli Leaders

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the announcement from ICC prosecutor seeking arrest warrants for Israeli leaders equivalent to warrants sought for the leaders of Hamas. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

I would like to begin with a statement about the ICC prosecutor’s announcement from earlier this morning.

The ICC prosecutor’s decision seeking arrest warrants for Israeli leaders alongside Hamas terrorists is not only profoundly unfair, but it is reprehensible.

As disappointing as the ICC’s decision is, it comes as no surprise because for decades and decades the ICC has shown it harbors deep biases against Israel. This decision suggesting an equivalency between Israel and Hamas is another glaring example of that bias against Israel.

As I have said many times, there has never been – and there never can be – any equivalency between Israel’s right to defend itself against terror and Hamas’s barbarity. The ICC’s decision seeking warrants against Israeli leaders is not only shameful, but also fails to follow protocol and process in a country where it has zero jurisdiction.

I fiercely oppose the ICC’s decision. And I will work with President Biden and members on all sides to keep support for Israel strong and unwavering.