‘Our Responsibility’ – Spain Joins South Africa in ICJ Genocide Case against Israel

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares. (Photo: Sicherheitskonferenz, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Spain expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, including limited access to aid and infrastructure destruction.

Spain submitted a Declaration of Intervention to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday in the genocide case initiated by South Africa against Israel.

“This intervention is motivated by our responsibility as a State party to the Genocide Convention and our firm commitment to international law,” the Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This move aligns with other countries such as Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba, with several others like Ireland, Belgium, and Chile expected to join.

“We seek to contribute to bringing peace back to Gaza and the Middle East,” the ministry added.

‘Stopping the Atrocities’ – Cuba Joins South Africa in ICJ Genocide Case against Israel

Spain emphasized the necessity of a two-state solution to achieve lasting peace and stability for both Palestinians and Israelis.

It also expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, including limited access to aid and infrastructure destruction.

“We urge the ICJ to address the obligation to prevent genocide and ensure compliance with the Court’s binding precautionary measures,” it said.

Palestinian State

On May 28, Norway, Ireland and Spain officially recognized the State of Palestine and established full diplomatic relations with it.

Before the Spanish government approved a decree officially recognizing the State of Palestine on Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the recognition is “a matter of historical justice”.

“The only route towards establishing peace is the establishment of a Palestinian state, living side by side with the state of Israel,” he said.

Sanchez also stressed the immediate need to end the unprecedented crisis in Gaza, open crossings, and called for a permanent ceasefire and the entry of humanitarian aid.

Plausible Risk of Genocide

On December 29, the South African government brought the case against Israel before the ICJ, accusing it of “genocidal acts” in its military campaign in Gaza.

Public hearings on South Africa’s request were held on January 11 and 12.

In January, the ICJ called on Israel to avoid actions that could lead to genocide and to facilitate humanitarian access to Gaza. 

‘Historical Justice’ – Norway, Spain, Ireland Officially Recognize Palestine

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.

At the beginning of March, South Africa renewed its request for emergency measures against Israel. 

Later that month, the court ordered Israel to ensure the delivery of “urgent humanitarian aid” to Gaza, in light of “a famine that has begun to spread” in the war-torn Strip.

Ongoing Genocide

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 37,765 Palestinians have been killed, and 86,429 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

GAZA LIVE BLOG: Israel Targets Gaza Civil Defense | Massacres in Shejaya, Nuseirat | One Israeli Soldier Killed – Day 266

The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children. 

The Israeli aggression 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.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’. 

(PC, Anadolu)

(The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501(c)3 organization, thus, all donations are tax deductible.)
Our Vision For Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders & Intellectuals Speak Out

1 Comment

  1. Let congress USA white house and UK Canada bury their head in the sand. For they are cowards just like IDF and Israelis who supports this horror in Palestine .

    We see them for who they are
    Profiteers of death and suffering.
    Peddlers of war and lies and disinformation.
    Denial of war crimes and support for war criminals.
    Idiots parroting utter shite let’s be honest, these are inbreed billionaires with no education.
    USA is biggest war monger. Israel is by nature a provaction to decency and humanity. Let’s ig ire their existence!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.