Sun 07 Jan 2024 7:40 pm - Jerusalem Time

Good luck with the International Court of Justice

Who sees the continuation of the useless war; Whoever sees the extent of killing and destruction in Gaza; Who wants to end the suffering of more than a million people? He must hope, at least in his heart, that next Thursday, the International Court of Justice in The Hague will issue a public interim order to stop the war. It is not easy for an Israeli to support an order against his country, and this could lead to punitive steps being taken against him, but is there another way to stop the war?

It is not easy for your country to be sued by a country that knows its regimes of injustice and evil, and whose leader was a moral role model throughout the world. It is not easy to be prosecuted in South Africa, and it is not easy to be accused of genocide committed by a country founded on the ruins of the largest genocide in the world.

It is not easy to ignore the suspicions hovering over Israel that it is committing the most horrific crimes against humanity and against international law. They are no longer talking about occupation, but about apartheid, transfer, ethnic cleansing, genocide, and what is more dangerous. It seems that today there is no other country in the world accused of these charges.

These charges cannot be refuted by anything, not even anti-Semitism, even if some of them are exaggerated and untrue. The indifference with which these charges are received in Israel, and going so far as to accuse the victim, is perhaps the best way to deny and reject, but this is not enough to clear Israel's name, reform, or heal..

More than 20 thousand dead within 3 months, including thousands of boys and children, massive destruction of entire provinces, which can only raise suspicion of genocide. Preposterous statements by key figures regarding the need to “cleanse” Gaza of its population, or eliminate them, raise strong suspicions of intent to carry out ethnic cleansing. Israel must be judged on both counts.

Israel did not fight this war to commit genocide, I have no doubt about that, but it is committing it, in practice, even if unintentionally. Every day that passes in this war, with hundreds of deaths, every day, this doubt increases. In The Hague, they need to prove prior intent, and they may not find it. Does this exonerate Israel?

The suspicion of planning ethnic cleansing, which the International Court of Justice will not currently examine, is well established. Here the intention is clear and public. Israel's defense of itself that central ministers do not represent the government is ridiculous. There is no doubt that anyone takes this seriously. If Bezalel Smotrich, who is calling for the transfer, does not represent the government, then why is he present in it? If Benjamin Netanyahu does not fire Itamar Ben Gvir, how can he be innocent of the accusation?

But in addition to all of this, it is the atmosphere prevailing in Israel that should worry us more than what is happening in The Hague. The prevailing hostile spirit indicates that the commission of war crimes has been given broad legitimacy. Ethnic cleansing in Gaza, and later in the West Bank, is the subject of the “for and against” debate, and the mass killing of Gazans is not at all discussed in Israeli public discourse.

The Gaza problem was created by Israel in 1948. It expelled hundreds of thousands of people to the Strip, in a complete process of ethnic cleansing of the south of the country. Ask Yigal Allon. Israel has never admitted its responsibility for this. Now, ministers are calling for an end to the task in the sector as well. The disgusting manner of the next day's discussion, based on what Israel will and will not do in Gaza, proves that the spirit of 1948 is not dead. This is what Israel did then, and what it wants to do again.

Whether the International Court of Justice decides that what is happening in Gaza is sufficient to accuse Israel of committing genocide or other war crimes, from a moral point of view, the answer is already known.


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