International lawyer and businessperson Mehmet İhsan Kalkan has applied for an investigation to be launched against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. This application comes in response to the attacks in Gaza that have led to the deaths of Palestinian children, women, the elderly, and civilians, allegedly ordered by Netanyahu.
Israeli warplanes struck the el-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip last Tuesday, resulting in the loss of over 500 lives and many injuries. Mourning periods were declared in Palestine and Turkey, and protests against Israel’s actions erupted worldwide. The attack on the hospital, along with Israel’s violation of international law, sparked outrage. International lawyer and businessman Mehmet İhsan Kalkan took a significant step by initiating this application, marking the first concrete action to bring Netanyahu to trial at the International Criminal Court. Attacks on civilians from both sides are unacceptable.
“An Incident that Troubles Human Conscience”
Expressing his concern about recent developments that have unsettled the world, Lawyer Kalkan stated, “We are dealing with a problem that has been ongoing for many years. The whole world knows that there is no easy solution to this problem, but nothing is impossible. I believe that peace will come sooner or later. The indiscriminate targeting of civilians, women, children, and patients in recent attacks, as well as previous attacks, is unacceptable in terms of humanity, morality, and legality. These attacks trouble the conscience of humanity and have caused global outrage. Therefore, the United Nations must fulfill its peacekeeping mission, immediately declare a ceasefire, and bring the parties to the table to initiate a solution-oriented process.”
“The Future of the World Is at Stake”
Lawyer Kalkan emphasized that the world has not remained silent in the face of recent events: “Important reactions have been voiced, and some heads of state have expressed their support, but more concrete reactions are needed. All necessary steps must be taken within the framework of international law; otherwise, such actions will undermine the rule of international law and threaten the future and peace of the world. The International Criminal Court is an essential institution, especially concerning international law, war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and aggression crimes. Even though Israel has not signed the document granting this court jurisdiction, sanctions can be imposed. For example, a warrant for the arrest of Sudan’s president was issued despite Sudan not being a member, and an investigation was initiated concerning events involving Muslims in Myanmar. Therefore, the International Criminal Court has the authority to initiate investigations, take action, and make decisions independently. Some developments are occurring in this regard, and we have taken this step to make it more concrete.”
“No One Has the Right to Commit Crimes Recklessly”
Lawyer Kalkan reported that he filed a complaint against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the International Criminal Court and explained his intentions. He said, “I want to send a clear message to the world. I have taken this step to leave a peaceful world for future generations in terms of global security and the future. Additionally, I believe that demonstrating the deterrence power of the International Criminal Court is extremely important because, in this world, no one has the right to commit crimes recklessly and without restraint, regardless of their position. Everyone must abide by international law. Sooner or later, justice must prevail; it is essential for the future and peace of the world. Our world needs peace, not war. Unfortunately, many conflicts are occurring around us, and the world must find balance. We must all work together for world peace. Hopefully, we can leave a peaceful and secure world for future generations.