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Abu-Ghazaleh: The International Court of Justice Decision is a Crucial Step Toward the Palestinian Cause

Abu-Ghazaleh: The International Court of Justice Decision is a Crucial Step Toward the Palestinian Cause

AMMAN – HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, founder
and chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global) has issued a detailed
reading on the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the
legal application filed by the Republic of South Africa instituting proceedings
against the Zionist entity concerning its violations in the Gaza Strip of
obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime
of Genocide. 

The decision included six orders against
Israeli occupation stipulating that it shall take all measures to prevent the
commission of all genocide acts in Gaza, to prevent and punish the direct and
public incitement to commit genocide in relation to the Palestinians in the
Gaza Strip, and shall take immediate and effective measures to enable the
provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to
address the adverse conditions of life that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh highly praised the
Court’s decision, saying, ‘This is one of the most important decisions in the
history of the Palestinian cause, since it is independent, binding and demands
specific measures,” noting that such measures aim to change the stance and
behavior of ‘Israel’ and to stop the genocide it is committing, which, in fact
is an order to stop the its war of aggression against Gaza.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh added that the Court’s
decision to ‘stop the Israeli “aggression”, not just  the “fighting” affirms that it’s addressing
the Zionist enemy as the aggressor and the one that commits genocide; also
indicating that the acceptance of the lawsuit by a majority of 15 out of 17 judges
while rejecting Israel's request to dismiss the case is an explicit recognition
of the occurrence of the ‘genocide’.

“The US and UK-backed claim of Israel’s
right of self-defense doesn’t apply to occupiers or genocide perpetrators,” Dr.
Abu-Ghazaleh noted, adding that “The Zionist Occupation doesn’t have to defend
itself, as all it has to do is to end its occupation and the problem will be

“Committing acts of genocide is not
self-defense as claimed by Israel and those who support it. It is also unfair
to ask people under occupation to stop their fight since it means to deprive
them of their right to resist occupation.”

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh further pointed out that
the Court’s decision declares that anyone who backs the aggression is complicit
in Israel’s genocide crimes, and that all countries are requested to respect
this decision, otherwise, they will be considered  partners in the crime. “Israel has
consistently ignored UN resolutions thanks to the protection of the United
States. For the first time, America is incapable of protecting “Israel’ from
facing accusations at this international court of law.”

Additionally, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh applauded
the Court’s decision since it clarified that killing by military means is just
one of the condemned  genocide acts, that
adds to  killing through starvation,
blockade, deprivation of medical care, water, among other basic needs and
services, noting that the Court ordered ‘Israel’ to take all measures to
prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide.

“The ICJ’s decisions are binding and
obligatory for all, and are not subject to appeal. However, they may require
support from the United Nations Security Council to enforce a ceasefire
resolution under the UN Charter (Chapter 14). It is unlikely that the United
States will be able to use the 'veto power' unless it does not want to be
perceived as endorsing genocide or defying the ICJ, which is considered one of
the pillars of the United Nations,” Abu-Ghazaleh said.

On the other hand, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh
believes that the International Court of Justice excelled when it set up a
system to follow up the implementation of the decision, and to compel ‘Israel’
to submit a report to the Court on all measures taken to give effect to the
Order within one month as from the date of its issuance.

In addition, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh commended
the Court’s resort to consider testimonies from impartial UN organizations
rather than just the parties’ claims. He pointed out that the allegations
against UN agencies, especially  UNRWA,
seek to establish a UN genocide regime against Palestinians by depriving them
of the protection and the basic requirements of life.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh also mentioned that the
President of the International Court of Justice is an American judge, whose
ability and integrity has previously been acknowledged by the US attributed to
her membership in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

Moreover, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed
appreciation to UNRWA's independence and humanity, saying that the enemy’s
incitement to boycott the UNRWA was intended to create countermeasures for the
genocide it is carrying out.

He continued by denouncing the accusation
made by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, that the
International Court of Justice is anti-semitic, pointing out that such an
accusation is merely a miserable repetition of Netanyahu's persistent
allegations. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh explained that the Israeli responses and the
attack on the Court demonstrate that the ICJ’s decisions serve the interest of
the Palestinians, who were referred to as "human animals" by Israeli
occupation ministers in an effort to dehumanize the Palestinians.

Furthermore, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stressed
that Netanyahu's declaration that ‘Israel’ must develop its domestic armaments
industry in response to the Court’s decision indicates his concern that other
countries would stop supplying it with weapons out of fear of the Court's
sanctions. He went on to say that Netanyahu's claim that the Court has never
asked a ceasefire, and accordingly it will continue its aggression in line with
its own interests, means that he ignores the sovereignty of the Court and the
legally binding decisions and measures it imposes.

Moreover, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh stressed that
Netanyahu's political future will be the first victim of these decisions, since
he engages in actions that are worse than those committed by the Nazis,
indicating that "the real enemies of Israel are from within the entity

According to Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, one of the
outcomes of these decisions and the resistance's steadfastness is the start of
Israel's internal collapse as a colonial and genocidal force, adding that the
Court’s decision and justice and the capabilities of the legal team of South
Africa managed to grant the Palestinians the ICJ’s decisions to halt the
genocide not just the stop of military aggression. He pointed out that these
issued preliminary measures will be followed by thorough investigations to
prove the crime of genocide, noting that once the final court decision is
released, the enemy shall be held accountable for all the damages caused,
including casualties, injuries, demolishing of buildings and infrastructure.

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