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Colombia president calls for Netanyahu's arrest

May 13, 2024 at 10:47 am

Colombian President Gustavo Petro delivers a speech during a military ceremony at the Jose Maria Cordova Military School in Bogota, on December 15, 2023 [RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images]

Colombian President Gustavo Petro urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Netanyahu will not stop the genocide,” Petro said in a post on X, suggesting the need for an “international arrest warrant from the ICC.”

He also proposed that the United Nations Security Council consider establishing a peacekeeping force in Gaza.

In response, Netanyahu replied to Petro saying: “Israel will not be lectured by an antisemitic supporter of Hamas, a genocidal terrorist organization that massacred, raped, mutilated and burned alive 1,200 innocent people on October 7. Shame on you President Petro!”

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In a heated exchange, Petro responded to Netanyahu, saying: “Mr. Netanyahu, history will remember you as a participant in genocide.”

“Dropping bombs on thousands of innocent children, women and elderly people does not make you a hero. You remain alongside those who killed millions of Jews in Europe.”

“A genocide is a genocide regardless of religion. Try to stop the massacre at least,” Petro added.