ICJ Case Fallback: Criminal Accusations Fly Against Israeli President At Davos

On Friday, January 19th, Israeli President Isaac Herzog faced criminal complaints during the 54th round of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, confirmed by Swiss prosecutors.

The complaints come amid the ongoing case of South Africa against the state of Israel, accusing it of attempting genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

According to Reuters, the office of the Swiss Attorney General said the immunity of the President is still in question. It also didn’t reveal more information about the complaints, either their number or what any of them entails.

In Davos, the Israeli President dismissed the allegations in the ICJ case referring to them as “atrocious” and “preposterous.”

According to international law, if the nature of crimes filed against the Israeli President is serious enough, they could transcend borders and even revoke immunity, which happens particularly in cases involving crimes against humanity.

Herzog, only days after the October 7th attack, said that the response to the Hamas attack would include “an entire nation” until Israel breaks “their backbone,” explicitly declaring an intentional genocide.

Additionally, in Davos, he showed up wearing a yellow ribbon that belongs to a campaign calling for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza.

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