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World Court Bemoans Biden and Netanyahu

by Oui Fri May 24th, 2024 at 05:51:17 PM EST

World Court Bemoans Biden and Netanyahu

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Joe Biden and Bibi Netanyahu are in contempt of the World Court ... the clarity of their decisions leaves no room for war ... abide by the rules of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the UN Charter. Repeat offenders of war crimes, the worst of the worse .... They should know better. End impunity for the most powerful military human kind has brought forward.

Top UN court orders Israel to stop Rafah offensive | BBC News |

The UN's top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), has issued a dramatic ruling, ordering Israel to "immediately halt its military offensive in Rafah".

It acted in support of a South African application last week which sought a number of measures against Israel, accusing it of stepping up what it says is a genocide.

Presiding judge Nawaf Salam said the situation in Gaza had deteriorated since the court last ordered Israel to take steps to improve it.

Israel has vehemently denied the allegation and signalled it would ignore any order to halt its operation.

Reading the court's ruling on Friday, Nawaf Salam said "Israel must immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate" which could bring about "the physical destruction" of the Palestinians - alluding to what constitutes genocide under international law.

Israel, he added, must also allow unimpeded access to Gaza to any UN body investigating allegations of genocide.

The ruling also reiterated a requirement for Israel to enable "unhindered provision at scale" of basic services and humanitarian aid for Gaza.

"The humanitarian situation [in Gaza] is now to be characterised as disastrous," the ruling said.

Israeli government spokesperson David Mencer called the ruling "public suicide", adding "there is no power in the world that will push us" to that.

And war cabinet minister Benny Gantz said Israel would continue its offensive "wherever and whenever necessary - including in Rafah".

Meanwhile, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, hailed the ruling and called for Israel to abide by it.

"We expect that resolutions of the ICJ be implemented without hesitation," he said. "That's mandatory. And Israel is party to the convention."

French president, 5 Arab foreign ministers to meet over situation in Gaza Strip

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday an upcoming meeting that includes French President Emmanuel Macron and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Jordan.

In a statement, the ministry said: "Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed Friday to the French capital, Paris, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron to participate in a ministerial meeting that includes the foreign ministers of Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE."

The visit comes "within the framework of the French side's keenness to communicate and coordinate with Arab ministers to push for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip," it said.

The visit will also witness "discussions on international and regional efforts aimed at finding a serious political horizon to end the crisis and support the implementation of the two-state solution."

Months ago, Paris witnessed meetings that brought together the mediators of the Gaza negotiations, Egypt, Qatar, and the United States, to discuss a way for reaching a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.


At least 35,800 Palestinians have been killed, the vast majority of whom have been women and children, and 80,200 others injured since last October following an attack by the Palestinian group Hamas.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine.

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 09:33:27 PM EST
one weekend, separate accommodations
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 12:23:51 AM EST
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