Dutch activists occupy entrance to ICC to protest Netanyahu

Dutch authorities have briefly detained 19 activists who occupied the entrance to the International Criminal Court on Monday, denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Israel’s actions during the war with Hamas.

Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group took over a bridge in front of The Hague-based court just after noon, carrying a banner that read “Netanyahu is a war criminal.”

The Dutch branch of the activist group, which was originally set up to campaign against climate change, has staged several other pro-Palestinian actions since Hamas terrorists rampaged through Israel on October 7, killing some 1,400 people.

An ICC spokesperson says the demonstration did not disturb the court’s normal activities.

Police release the 19 following a brief detention, and they join a small pro-Palestinian protest outside the ICC’s grounds.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in the Middle East to meet with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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