Fri 24 May 2024 8:44 am - Jerusalem Time

Today, ICJ issues its decision regarding the request for a ceasefire in Gaza

The International Court of Justice, the highest judicial body of the United Nations, announced that it will issue its decision today, Friday, regarding South Africa’s request to order Israel to cease fire in Gaza.

Pretoria wants the court to order Israel to "immediately" stop all military operations in Gaza, including the city of Rafah, where it began ground operations on May 7, despite the opposition of the international community.

South Africa had asked the court to urge Israel to immediately withdraw its forces and stop its military attack in the Rafah area, and to immediately take all effective measures to ensure unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza.

It also asked the court to issue an order to Israel to allow UN officials and organizations providing humanitarian aid, as well as journalists and investigators, to enter the Strip without hindrance.

She added that Israel has so far been ignoring and violating the orders previously issued by the court.

In January, the International Court of Justice called on Israel to avoid any act that would lead to genocide, and to facilitate humanitarian access to Gaza.

A few weeks later, South Africa requested new measures, pointing to Israel's announcement of its intention to launch an attack on Rafah, but the court rejected this request.

At the beginning of March, South Africa again asked the court to impose new emergency measures on Israel. In the same month, the court ordered Israel to ensure the arrival of “urgent humanitarian aid” to Gaza in light of “a famine that has begun to spread” in the besieged Strip.

Recently, countries including Libya, Egypt, and Turkey announced their intention to formally intervene to support South Africa’s lawsuit in the “genocide” case filed against Israel in the International Court of Justice due to its ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

The International Court of Justice hearings come within the framework of an ongoing case in which Israel is also accused of committing acts of genocide against our people.

It should be noted that the rulings and orders of the International Court of Justice are binding and cannot be appealed. Although the court has no way to enforce its rulings, issuing an order against a country may harm its reputation on the international stage and set a legal precedent.

On the sixth of this month, the occupation forces began a military operation in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and called on citizens and those displaced to the eastern areas of the city (Al-Shoka, Al-Salam neighborhoods, Al-Jeneina, and Tabba Zaraa) to go to the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip.

Israel forced more than 900,000 citizens to forcibly displace from the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, to other areas during the past two weeks, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), and after eastern Rafah, the military occupation operation expanded to affect other areas of the city, with continued Intense artillery and missile bombardment, on land, in the air and at sea.

On the 5th of May, the occupation forces completely closed the Kerem Shalom crossing, southeast of the city of Rafah, and prevented the entry of humanitarian and medical aid. On the 7th of the same month, the occupation forces occupied the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, and stopped the flow of aid to the Gaza Strip. Both crossings are still closed to this day.

Since the beginning of the aggression on the Gaza Strip, the city of Rafah has witnessed a large displacement movement of citizens from various cities in the Strip, with the number of citizens there reaching about 1.5 million. With the start of the military operation in Rafah, 600,000 of them were forced to flee again to other areas.


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Today, ICJ issues its decision regarding the request for a ceasefire in Gaza