Israel asked the ICJ not to order new measures


Israel asks the UN court to reject South Africa’s request for more emergency orders in the Gaza genocide case.
Israel has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) not to issue emergency orders for it to step up humanitarian aid to Gaza to address a looming famine, dismissing South Africa’s request to do so as “morally repugnant”.
They said South Africa’s repeated requests for additional measures are an abuse of procedures.
‘Man-made’ looming famineIsrael has imposed a siege on Gaza since October 7 and has also prevented much-needed fuel from entering.
Israel’s response was published on the day the UN’s World Food Programme said “famine is imminent” in northern Gaza.
The more than five-month offensive has killed nearly 32,000 people in the strip, according to health officials in Gaza.
Another 1,139 people died in southern Israel in Hamas attacks on October 7, after which Israel launched its war on Gaza.
At least 20 people have died from malnutrition and starvation in Gaza since Israel began its assault, Palestinian authorities said.
South Africa’s request to the ICJ is the second time Pretoria has asked the court for additional measures.
Its first request to pressure Israel to halt an offensive against the southern Gaza city of Rafah in February was denied.

South Africa has requested additional emergency orders in the Gaza genocide case, which Israel has asked the UN court to reject.

In response to an impending famine, Israel has requested that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) refrain from issuing emergency orders requiring it to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza. South Africa has called this request “morally repugnant.”.

Israel declared in a legal document submitted to the highest court of the United Nations that it “has real concern for the humanitarian situation and innocent lives, as demonstrated by the actions it has and is taking” in Gaza. The document became public on Monday.

Legal representatives for Israel refuted claims that they were purposefully causing suffering for the besieged enclave’s Palestinian population, which is rapidly going hungry and has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. They claimed that South Africa is abusing the process by repeatedly requesting more measures.

“Wholly unfounded in fact and law, morally repugnant, and representing an abuse both of the Genocide Convention and of the court itself,” the filing claimed in reference to South Africa’s accusations in its request for new measures, filed on March 6.

The parties’ latest correspondence is a part of South Africa’s ongoing legal defense against Israel, which it alleges is responsible for the state-led genocide in Gaza following Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ, or World Court) issued an order in January directing Israel to ensure that its troops do not commit acts of genocidal intent against Palestinians in Gaza and to desist from any actions that might be considered violations of the Genocide Convention. Israel referred to the accusation of genocide as unfounded.

Relief organizations reported that there are serious restrictions on the life-saving aid that Gaza’s 23 million residents need.

An impending famine that is “man-made.”.

Since October 7, Israel has closed Gaza’s borders and stopped the inflow of critically needed fuel.

The purpose of ICJ emergency measures is to prevent a situation from getting worse until the full case can be heard by the court in The Hague, which typically takes several years.

The UN World Food Programme declared that there would soon be a “famine in northern Gaza” on the same day that Israel released its response. According to the agency, over half of Gaza’s population could face starvation if Israel’s assault continues, with 70% of the remaining population already suffering from catastrophic hunger.

Health officials in Gaza estimate that the more than five-month offensive has killed close to 32,000 people in the strip. On October 7, Hamas attacks in southern Israel claimed 1,139 more lives. Israel then declared war on Gaza.

Palestinian authorities said that since Israel started its attack, at least 20 people in Gaza have perished from starvation and malnourishment.

Declaring that “starvation is used as a weapon of war,” the chief envoy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, declared on Monday that the looming famine in Gaza was “entirely man-made.”.

“Trucks have halted. He said, “People are dying while the land crossings are closed in an artificial manner.

Pretoria has twice requested further measures from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on behalf of South Africa. It was denied when it initially asked in February to put pressure on Israel to stop an offensive against Rafah, a city in southern Gaza.

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