The EU opens the door to reprisals if Israel does not comply with the orders of the International Court of Justice

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The European Union’s foreign ministers have agreed to summon Israel within the framework of the Association Council to ensure compliance with the orders of the International Court of Justice.

The European Union agreed on Monday to convene Israel within the framework of the Association Council to ensure compliance with the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), opening the door for retaliatory measures against Tel Aviv after the bombing of a displaced persons camp in Ráfah despite orders to end their attacks.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michelcondemned this latest Israeli attack and took the opportunity to “remind” Israel that the Association Agreement signed with the EU “is based on respect for human rights and international law.”

“It is terrible to see how innocent Palestinian civilians were killed in the latest attack. There is no safe area for internally displaced persons in Rafah,” Michel complained, referring to the bombing for which Israel has acknowledged responsibility.

Following the Israeli army’s bombardment of a displaced persons camp in Rafah, which left 45 dead just a few days after the International Court of Justice ruling, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Joseph Borrellhas confirmed that the 27 have asked him to convene Israel for a session of the Association Council and to consider measures against Israel if the country does not continue to implement the rulings of the International Court of Justice.

After the meeting with EU foreign ministers, the head of community diplomacy pointed out that the measure has met with the necessary unanimity and will serve to meet Tel Aviv’s obligations in the Association Council or to strengthen the application of the ICJ guarantee measures.

At the end of the meeting, the Irish Foreign Minister said, Michael Martinhas confirmed that the 27 have decided to convene the Association Council to convey to Israel its “grave concerns” about the situation in Gaza and raise the need to comply with the precautionary measures imposed by the ICJ.

He said Monday’s meeting saw “for the first time” an “important debate” on the use of sanctions against Israel if the country continues to turn a deaf ear to the measures demanded by the international court.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Albareshas supported the EU in examining “the instruments at its disposal” to support international legality and compliance with the rulings of the International Court of Justice.

Be that as it may, the minister first urged to repeat the call for Israel to comply with the orders of the International Court of Justice, calling on Benjamin Netanyahu’s executive to comply with the sentences. “We hope that the sentences will be carried out, otherwise we will analyze together with the Member States what we can do,” he said at a press conference after the meeting with his European counterparts.

Protest in Brussels

Representatives of humanitarian organizations placed a red ribbon in front of community institutions in Brussels on Monday to represent the “red lines” Israel crossed in Gaza and to call for sanctions from European leaders.

A dozen members of humanitarian associations such as Oxfam, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, World Vision, Plan International or International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) have placed a red ribbon in front of the European Union buildings to protest against the actions of Israel in Gaza, which they say violates international law.

Source: EITB

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