ICJ Calls for Halt on Rafah Attacks in Gaza

(VitalNews.org) – The International Court of Justice has ordered an immediate halt to the attacks that are currently being perpetrated in Rafah. The Israeli military has pushed forward with an operation to attack Rafah despite heavy pushback from multiple countries and organizations; now the attacks are being recognized as potentially genocidal.

An application to the International Criminal Court has submitted arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu, his defense minister, and Hamas leaders. Following this, Spain, Norway, and Ireland stated they would all recognize Palestine as a state.

The United States has found itself in the middle, saying that they would not back the warrants for their arrests, but the ICJ ruling would undermine any effort to present the case as being “in bad faith.”

Nawaf Salam, the court’s president, said, “The state of Israel shall immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

Important data, with the help of accumulating evidence, will help to prove whether or not Israel is committing genocide and how they are conducting the war. However, Israel continues to claim that they are not violating any rules and that their attacks against Hamas are justified under the right of self-defense.

This ruling would also affect the United States’ support for Israel as they look into the complicated relationship with the Biden Administration. This could make Washington look as if they don’t put international law first and instead protect their allies at any cost with no hardline. The controversial handling of the situation also puts tremendous pressure on the officials involved.

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