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Hamas charged with war crimes by released Israeli hostages and hostage families at The Hague

1,000 pages of evidence of Hamas genocide and war crimes presented to ICC

People hold banners and Israeli flags on the day representatives of families of hostages taken by Hamas on October 7 are expected to hold a press conference, after submitting legal filings to the International Criminal Court which is investigating potential war crimes committed by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Israel and by Israel in the Gaza Strip, in The Hague, Netherlands, February 14, 2024. (Photo: REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw)

One hundred representatives of relatives of Israeli hostages, as well as former hostages, filed a war crime complaint against the Hamas terror group at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Wednesday.

The file includes “1,000 pages of evidence about genocide, kidnapping, crimes of sexual violence, torture and other charges,” according to the Hostage Families’ headquarters.

“We came to demand justice. On the 7th of October, we went through a second Holocaust. These human monsters are the heirs of Hitler, Eichmann and Goebbels,” the organization stated.

“They must be wiped out, and the notion of collective death which they spread must be eliminated. History will not repeat itself, we are taking our fate into our hands and demanding the justice that we are owed.”

The complaint has been prepared over four months and demands arrest warrants be issued against the Hamas leadership for the atrocities committed in southern Israel border communities on Oct. 7.

The Israeli lawsuit comes in response to the claim of genocide filed by South Africa against Israel. The International Court of Justice ordered the State of Israel to take several measures to ensure the rights of the Palestinians in Gaza but did not specifically order it to stop the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of people rallied outside the courthouse in The Hague on Wednesday to show their support for the hostage families. Despite rainy weather, the protesters demanded the return of all Israeli hostages, holding signs written in Hebrew, English and Dutch.

“Today is Valentine’s Day, and my husband Ohad – the love of my life and the father of my daughters – is still in captivity,” Raz Ben Ami, who was released from Hamas captivity last November, told Ynet News.

“We have been married for 28 years. He proposed to me 10,950 times, and every morning I said yes. I think about him every day and every night.”

Dr. Sheli Aviv Yeni, head of the legal team, said outside the court: “Hamas’ crimes, which include genocide, kidnappings, enforced disappearances, torture and sexual violence, cannot and should remain unpunished.”

“Hamas-ISIS terrorists documented the atrocities they committed and did not distinguish between children, women and men – Jews, Bedouins, and Thais,” said Nadav Rudaif, son of Lior Rudaif who is still being held hostage.

“They kidnapped, murdered, raped, dismembered, and destroyed everything in their path, and if that wasn’t horrible enough they celebrated the massacre in the streets of Gaza and handed out candy on the blood of innocent civilians. I appeal to you again, citizens of the free and Western world – wake up!”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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