The ICJ demands that Israel avoid genocide and stop preventing aid access to Gaza


For its part, the United States hopes that Israel will not invade Rafa, at least until it has been able to propose “alternatives” at the meetings in Washington, where the Israelis agreed to reschedule after cancelled.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court of the UN, indicated this on Thursday additional precautions to Israel and prevent your army from committing genocide against the Palestinians Loop or prevent “by any action whatsoever, the delivery of humanitarian help urgently”.

The ICJ warned that civilians “no longer simply face the risk of famine,” as the Court had warned on January 26 when it asked Israel urgent measures to prevent genocide, but that “famine is already upon us” and “the catastrophic living conditions of Palestinians in Gaza have deteriorated even further.”

The court requires Israel to take “all necessary and effective measures,” in cooperation with the UN, to ensure the “unhindered and large-scale” delivery by all concerned of basic services and humanitarian aid, including food, water, electricity, fuel . shelter, clothing, hygiene and sanitation facilities, medical supplies and care.

This means, the ICJ added, “increasing the capacity and number of land border crossings and keeping them open for as long as necessary” to alleviate the situation of the civilian population in the Strip.

Israel must “immediately ensure that its military does not commit acts that violate the rights of Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, including preventing, by any action, the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid,” the court added as an additional precaution.

From this order, the Israeli government has one month to submit a report to the Court on the measures taken to implement these interim measures.

USA The US hopes that Israel will not invade Rafah until it can propose “alternatives”.

The US government hopes that Israel will not invade Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, until it can at least propose “alternatives” at the meetings in Washington, where the Israelis have agreed to a new deal, after they were cancelled.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in a call with reporters Thursday that both governments are still seeking dates for these meetings, but that he hopes Israel will not enter Rafah sooner.

“We hope to get a better idea of ​​what they think about Rafah, in more specific terms, and also have the opportunity to share with them some of our ideas on viable alternatives to major ground operations,” he noted.

“We are now talking about moving that meeting on Rafah with the Prime Minister’s office (Benjamin Netanyahu) and our Israeli counterparts. We are now working to fix the date,” he said.

A delegation led by Israel’s National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi and Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer – from Netanyahu’s inner circle – was due to be in Washington this week for meetings on Rafah.

However, Netanyahu canceled the visit after the United States allowed it on Monday abstinence The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for one Stop the fire in the Gaza Strip.

Source: EITB


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