19 demonstrators were held by Dutch officials after they occupied the International Criminal Court’s entrance on Monday and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his country’s behavior during the battle with Hamas.
Extinction Rebellion activists occupied a bridge in front of a courthouse in The Hague shortly after noon, holding a sign that read: “Netanyahu is a war criminal.” The Dutch chapter of the activist group, which was founded to fight climate change, has staged a number of other pro-Palestinian actions since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.
The protest, according to an ICC spokesperson, did not obstruct regular court business.
The 19 were briefly detained by police before being freed, at which point they joined a small pro-Palestinian demonstration outside the ICC’s grounds. As Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrived in the region to meet with both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a demonstration broke out.