Internet split after learning Amal Clooney assisted in arrest warrants sought for Israeli, Hamas leaders

While some are praising the human rights lawyer and apologising for criticising her silence on Palestine, others are calling her out for 'two side-ism'.
21 May, 2024

Noted human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is trending on social media after it was revealed that she assisted the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in evaluating evidence of suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Israel and Gaza.

In case you missed it — the ICC’s prosecutor Karim Khan said on Monday he had requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his defence chief and three Hamas leaders over alleged war crimes. Khan said in a statement issued after over seven months of fighting in Gaza that he had “reasonable grounds” to believe that the five men “bear criminal responsibility” for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Khan also thanked Clooney for being part of a panel of international law experts who provided evidence review and legal analysis.

The internet has since had mixed reviews, primarily because many were criticising Clooney for her silence on Israel’s aggression in Gaza. Now, however, some people are apologising to the lawyer, believing that she could not speak on the matter because she was involved with the proceedings. British-American journalist Mehdi Hassan said, “much of Twitter owes poor Amal Clooney a massive apology”.

American actor John Cusack defended those who had earlier wanted Clooney to take a stance, stating: “It’s fair people wanted her to take a stance and great that she has proven to be on the only side a human rights advocate could be on”.

But some X (formerly Twitter) users highlighted that Clooney was the exception, not the rule in sparing those who remained quiet on the plight of Palestine.

Others maintained that the nature of her job meant she could not “rage at every development” and supporting Palestine on her social media accounts would have undermined her role in the case.

However, many believe that Clooney is not owed any apologies because the ICC prosecutor sought the arrest of three Hamas leaders. Clooney, in her statement also stated that crimes were “committed in Palestine and by Palestinian nationals”. One user was “disappointed by Amal Clooney’s disgraceful attitude towards Palestinian human rights”.

Meanwhile, others criticised her “two side-ism” in the face of the disproportionate suffering faced by the people of Gaza at the hands of Israel. To put it into perspective, over 35,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 7, whereas 1,200 Israelis were killed and 134 were taken hostage by Hamas. Moreover, according to, the head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees said that 800,000 people had been “forced to flee” Gaza’s far-southern city of Rafah since Israel began military operations there this month.

An Instagram user said that Clooney was “still cancelled” because she “accused Palestinians of committing sexual war crimes — when Palestinians were raped in horrific, unimaginable ways”.

Another netizen underscored that Clooney could have used her platform better, as she had over 140,000 followers on Instagram and was on the cover of Time magazine.

However, perhaps the most important reminder among all the noise about Amal Clooney’s involvement in the case and whether she should be absolved came from an X user who simply said: “A reminder that Palestinians continue to be murdered by Israel while we discuss Amal Clooney”.

It is always important to hold public figures — especially those who are literal human rights lawyers — accountable, but the most important thing is to not detract from the issue. The real highlight is that the arrest warrants have been sought for Israeli leaders.


MA May 21, 2024 03:50pm
On toll of 35000 deaths of Palestine and 100% devastation consuming more than 7 months of horrific air, ground and sea bombardment arrest warrants are sought against perpetrators of human catastrophe ,yet how much time it will take to their actual arrest and how long it t will take when they will be meted to their fate.
Justice for all May 21, 2024 04:54pm
Whoever involved in war crime in Gaza and Israel should be brought to justice under ICC court of law.
Hamid Ali Tabatabai May 21, 2024 11:30pm
If all sides are criticizing you then youre doing something right
Cornelia shentu May 21, 2024 11:35pm
I admire Amal Clooney because she is doing important things to help the trapped Palestinians in Gaza when many other brave people have been harrassed for voicing their opinions.
Haroon Temueri May 22, 2024 12:07am
How can an aggrieved and a victim be guilty violation of human rights
Gurpreet Singh May 22, 2024 01:00am
Netenyahu & Sinwar are both criminals who are doing great disservice to their own people (let alone humanity) in order to achieve their selfish motives. Lock them both for good and throw away the key in the pacific ocean.
Yakub May 23, 2024 01:42pm
Every Sane person will support ICC report against the Israel president and his cabinet. Well done for taking bold decision.
jsav12 May 23, 2024 05:31pm
It is naïve to say that Hamas leaders are innocent of any war crimes when there is evidence that Israeli hostages were abused. Any arrest warrants issued have legitimacy only when all abuse is highlighted else it will be dismissed by the rest of the world. Hope something comes out of this and Israel's atrocities are brought to an end.