OBSERVATIONS Of THE STATE OF ISRAEL ON THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA’S “URGENT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES UNDER ARTICLE 75(1) OF THE RULES OF COURT”

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  • The Republic of South Africa is gravely concerned that the unprecedented military offensive against Rafah, as announced by the State of Israel, has already led to and will result in further largescale killing, harm and destruction in serious andnians in Gaza. South Africa also reserves its own rights to take further action in respect of the situation.

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the South Africa request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the court decision https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Palestinian Organizations Welcome Statement by ICC Prosecutor, and Reiterate the Need for Immediate Issuance of Arrest Warrants by Al Mezan, Al-Haq, and Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) 

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  • Al Mezan, Al-Haq, and Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcome the recent statement made by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim A. A. Khan KC, concerning the reported impending expansion of the ground offensive by Israeli forces in Rafah and the recurrent bombardments of the area. Our organizations emphasize that while this statement is significant, the catastrophic conditions faced by 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza demand concrete action… particularly the issuance of arrest warrants against individuals implicated in these crimes. Specifically, we call for the issuance of arrest warrants against the Israeli Prime Minister, who ordered the expansion of the ground invasion into Rafah, the Israeli Defense Minister, and the Chief of Staff of the Israeli military, who are responsible for grave violations of international law.
  • The issuance of arrest warrants is a necessary step towards ensuring justice and accountability for the victims of these crimes, and deterring and preventing the commission of further crimes. We urge the ICC to expedite the process of issuing these warrants and to pursue all necessary measures to hold those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of genocide accountable for their actions.

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Fact or fiction? Israel’s evacuation plan for the Palestinians in Rafah by Marc Owen Jones

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  • Israel’s evacuation orders have been a performance for the international community to try to demonstrate that Israel is complying with its obligations under international law.
  • The same is true of their evacuation maps, their leaflet drops, the “precision” strikes, the “safe zones”. These all form part of the “technologies of genocide” designed to make another Nakba easier for Israel and more palatable for Israel’s allies and the international community.
  • Indeed, they are part of the window dressing that helps US President Joe Biden trivialise Israel’s genocidal campaign as “a bit over the top”.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/13/fact-or-fiction-israels-evacuation-plan-for-the-palestinians-in-rafah

I am deeply concerned by the reported bombardment and potential ground incursion by Israeli forces in Rafah. by International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Karim Khan

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URGENT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES UNDER ARTICLE 75(1) OF THE RULES OF COURT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE by South Africa

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  • The Republic of South Africa is gravely concerned that the unprecedented military offensive against Rafah, as announced by the State of Israel, has already led to and will result in further largescale killing, harm and destruction in serious and irreparable breach both of the Genocide Convention and of the Court’s Order of 26 January 2024. Accordingly, and having regard to the situation of extreme emergency, the Republic of South Africa respectfully requests that the Court exceptionally consider exercising its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court.
  • … South Africa thus respectfully calls upon the Court to consider as a matter of the greatest urgency whether the developing circumstances in Rafah require that it exercise its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court to prevent further imminent breach of the rights of Palestinians in Gaza. South Africa also reserves its own rights to take further action in respect of the situation.

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read Israel’s observations on the request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the court decision https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Rebuilding Gaza by Nadi Abusaada

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  • Amid the harrowing scenes of carnage, finding adequate words becomes an onerous task. Historians of the built and lived environment in Palestine often find ourselves bound to document destruction rather than construction. There are other histories to narrate about our cities, additional stories waiting to be told. Yet, with the relentless Israeli colonial violence against our land and people, the pace of erasure surpasses that of history writing. The bulldozer is faster than the pen.
  • In the face of rampant obliteration, terms lose their meaning; language falters in conveying the depth and essence of the horrors witnessed. Architects, planners and sociologists have long grappled with terms like urbicide, domicide and cultural genocide. However, these terms are unable to capture the rapidity and gravity of the unfolding atrocities. Their totalising nature proves incapable of accounting for how the destruction is felt and experienced daily.

Continue reading at https://www.architectural-review.com/essays/rebuilding-gaza

Two days following Palestinian human rights organizations demand from United Nations Secretary General to inquire into the failure of Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, to fulfill her mandate, she issued this statement

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  • New York, 9 February 2024 – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, reiterates that she remains horrified at the situation in the Middle East and at the unbearable loss of life in the region, with allegations of violations of international law.
  • … Echoing the words of the Secretary-General, the Special Adviser reiterates that violations of international humanitarian law can never justify the collective punishment of the people in Gaza. “Civilians must be protected at all times on both sides,” Special Adviser Wairimu Nderitu reminded. The Special Adviser also calls all relevant actors to strengthen their resolve to find solutions to end this conflict.

Continue reading at https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/USG_Special_Adviser_Nderitu_Middle_East_Order_ICJ_9022024.pdf

Read the Palestinian human rights organizations statement at https://israelgenocide.com/2024/02/07/palestinian-organisations-demand-inquiry-into-un-genocide-prevention-offices-inexcusable-failure-to-address-israels-ongoing-genocide-in-gaza-by-al-haq/

Palestinian Organisations Demand Inquiry into UN Genocide Prevention Office’s Inexcusable Failure to Address Israel’s Ongoing Genocide in Gaza by Al-Haq

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  • Palestinian human rights organizations, including Al-Haq, have penned a letter addressed to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, expressing profound disappointment and calling for an inquiry over the failure of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, to fulfil her mandate in addressing the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza. This failure includes neglecting to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing, four-months-long genocide against Palestinians in Gaza or, at the very least, to the alarming risk of genocide; failing to acknowledge the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Israel is plausibly committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, along with the provisional measures ordered for Israel; and refusing to engage meaningfully, meet, or respond to requests from Palestinian human rights organizations.

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Measured Yet Damning: The ICJ’s Genocide Ruling on Israel by Michael Lynk

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  • When the ICJ delivered its remarkable judgement two weeks later, in late January, its measured tones masked a damning verdict. The Court largely accepted South Africa’s narrative about Israel’s conduct of its military operations against Gaza. It dismissed Israel’s argument that there was no “dispute” between the two countries, holding that South Africa had issued a number of both bilateral and public statements since October that Israel’s actions amounted to a violation of the Genocide Convention. In its view, this gave the Court jurisdiction to hear the merits of South Africa’s claim. More importantly, the ICJ ruled that at least some of Israel’s military operations in Gaza could plausibly amount to genocide under the Convention, opening the door for the order of provisional measures against Israel.

Continue reading at https://dawnmena.org/measured-yet-damning-the-icjs-genocide-ruling-on-israel/

South African lawyers preparing lawsuit against US, UK for complicity in Israel’s war crimes in Gaza by Tufan Aktas

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  • After South Africa filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for genocide in Gaza, the country’s nearly 50 lawyers are preparing a separate lawsuit against the US and UK governments on the grounds that they are complicit in Israeli forces’ war crimes in Palestine.
  • The initiative, led by South African lawyer Wikus Van Rensburg, aims to prosecute those who are complicit in the crime in civilian courts in collaboration with lawyers from the US and UK, with whom he is already in contact.

Continue reading at https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-african-lawyers-preparing-lawsuit-against-us-uk-for-complicity-in-israels-war-crimes-in-gaza/3109201#:~:text=After%20South%20Africa%20filed%20a,forces’%20war%20crimes%20in%20Palestine