We notified the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that we are appealing the dismissal in DCI Palestine v. Biden. on The Center for Constitutional Rights

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Arms exports to Israel must stop immediately: UN experts on United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

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  • “The need for an arms embargo on Israel is heightened by the International Court of Justice’s ruling on 26 January 2024 that there is a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and the continuing serious harm to civilians since then”, the experts said. The Genocide Convention of 1948 requires States parties to employ all means reasonably available to them to prevent genocide in another state as far as possible. “This necessitates halting arms exports in the present circumstances”, the experts said.
  • The experts welcomed the suspension of arms transfers to Israel by Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Japanese company Itochu Corporation. The European Union also recently discouraged arms exports to Israel.
  • The experts urged other States to immediately halt arms transfers to Israel, including export licenses and military aid. The United States and Germany are by far the largest arms exporters and shipments have increased since 7 October 2023. Other military exporters include France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

…“State officials involved in arms exports may be individually criminally liable for aiding and abetting any war crimes, crimes against humanity or acts of genocide,” the experts said. “All States under the principle of universal jurisdiction, and the International Criminal Court, may be able to investigate and prosecute such crimes.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/02/arms-exports-israel-must-stop-immediately-un-experts

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the advisory proceedings on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

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Day 1

Palestine

Day 2

  • South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile

Day 3

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary

Day 4

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan


Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius

Day 5

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar


United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia

Day 6

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union

Spain, Fiji and Maldives

Palestine https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13rkfn0l5 (verbatim record  https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240219-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13jfq7uqb (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1g32uhhkw (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1ggyabo49 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-01-0-bi.pdf)

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bb8jev65 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k10/k10g8i0fve (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k15/k15sfyp57d (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k14/k146vvicz2 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11pg5qd8i (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1w/k1wlevnxjx (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Spain, Fiji and Maldives https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k134ldx1eq (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Corporate Japan deals an unwitting blow to US East Asia policy by Saul J Takahashi

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  • Japanese trading giant Itochu’s surprise announcement on February 5 that it was terminating its agreement with the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems has sent shockwaves throughout corporate Japan. Itochu stated specifically that they based their decision on the International Court of Justice ruling that Israel may be committing genocide in Gaza, and on the position of the Japanese government that the ICJ decision must be implemented “in good faith”.

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Decision of the Court on South Africa’s request for additional provisional measures by International Court of Justice

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  • “The Court notes that the most recent developments in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, ‘would exponentially increase what is already a humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary-General (Remarks to the General Assembly on priorities for 2024 (7 Feb. 2024)).
  • This perilous situation demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures indicated by the Court in its Order of 26 January 2024, which are applicable throughout the Gaza Strip, including in Rafah, and does not demand the indication of additional provisional measures.
  • The Court emphasizes that the State of Israel remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and with the said Order, including by ensuring the safety and security of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-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 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

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.

Continue reading at https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/22671.html

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