Thursday, June 13, 2024

Spain to join genocide case against Israel at ICJ

Spain will join South Africa in its Gaza genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced on Thursday.

After Ireland, Spain is the second European nation to join the case, which has other participants including Chile and Mexico.

“We made this decision in light of the continuation of the military operation in Gaza,” Albares said during a press conference.

“We also observe with enormous concern the regional extension of the conflict,” he added.

Albares emphasised that Spain took this decision to not only “let peace return to Gaza and the Middle East,” but also due to its commitment to international law.

The South African government filed the petition against Israel before the ICJ on December 29 last year, accusing it of “genocidal acts” in its military campaign in Gaza.

Public hearings on the plea were held on January 11 and 12, after which the ICJ called on Israel to avoid actions that could lead to genocide and to facilitate humanitarian access to Gaza.

A few weeks later, South Africa requested additional measures in response to Israel’s announced intention to attack Rafah, but the court rejected this request.

Countries including Libya, Egypt, and Turkiye have recently announced their willingness to support the genocide case against Israel in the ICJ.

Although the rulings and orders of the ICJ are binding and cannot be appealed, the court has no enforcement mechanism.

However, an order against any country can tarnish its international reputation and set a legal precedent.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 36,586 Palestinians have been killed, and 83,074 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.


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