Wednesday, May 22, 2024

ICJ dismisses Nicaragua’s plea seeking to halt Germany’s arms export to Israel

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The International Court of Justice ruled against issuing emergency orders to stop Germany’s weapon export to Israel.

Nicaragua had filed a petition at the World Court seeking emergency action against Germany for its complicity in Israel’s genocidal war. 

It was argued during the two days-hearing that Germany had violated the 1948 Genocide Convention and international law by supplying Israel with arms, while being aware of the risk of genocide.

“The court, by 15 votes to one, finds that the circumstances as they now present themselves to the court are not such as to require [the] exercise of its power under article 41 of the stature to indicate provisional measures,” ICJ President and Lebanese judge Nawaf Salam said while pronouncing the verdict.

Though the court dismissed the plea, the judges added they remain deeply concerned about the alarming conditions in Gaza, particularly in view of the prolonged and widespread deprivation of food and other basic necessities to which they have been subjected as acknowledged by the court in its order of March 28, 2024.

Germany’s counsel denied the accusations made by Nicaragua, saying the case was rushed, based on loose evidence and should be rejected for lack of jurisdiction.

Germany is one of Israel’s biggest military suppliers, with an export worth 326.5 million euros ($353.7m) in equipment and weapons in 2023, according to Economy Ministry data.

Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 34,488 Palestinians and injured 77643 since October 7.

Israel’s war has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba. 

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