ICJ ruling: Gaza in limbo, NGOs need to push harder

Global protests urged as ICJ ruling on Gaza lacks urgency

29 Jan 2024 01:32pm
Photo for illustration purpose only. - Original photo by AFP
Photo for illustration purpose only. - Original photo by AFP

THE decision from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 26 January 2024 has stirred emotions, yet it falls short of providing the solution needed to cease the ongoing bloodbath in Gaza.

The ICJ's acknowledgment of Israel's “plausible” involvement in genocide is a minuscule step in directing the nation to take effective measures.

There was still no explicit call for an immediate ceasefire, leaving the people of Gaza in a perilous Möbius strip. Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s Minister of National Security could be seen ridiculing the ICJ in his recent post on x.com, in which he posted: “Hague Shmague”.

Despite compelling evidence of Israel's actions being presented by the representatives of South Africa, that too including video clips shamelessly transmitted online by the ruthless Israelis, the ICJ's decision appears to prioritise the recognition of guilt over a clear demand for an abrupt end to the war.

Testimonies from South Africa questioning the ICJ's jurisdiction and emphasizing the right to self-defence seem to have been met with limited consideration.

The ICJ’s failure to address the urgency of ongoing attacks and war crimes is a source of understandable frustration.

While the ICJ’s ruling is binding, there are challenges in enforcing the same.

Advocacy for worldwide protests and increased pressure on Israel remains essential, urging the global community to take collective action against the ongoing violence while respecting the principles of justice.

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We strongly urge the Malaysian Government to actively engage in discussions related to the South Africa case, emphasizing the need for a more justified resolution.

Specifically, we call upon the Malaysian Government to initiate its own legal proceedings against Israel, with a paramount emphasis on securing an immediate ceasefire.

The recent ICJ ruling only acknowledges the plausibility of genocide based on submitted evidence, and it is foreseeable that it will not have the desired impact on Israel.

It is imperative for the Malaysian Government to take a decisive stand and contribute to the ongoing efforts to hold Israel accountable.

It is time for Malaysia to play a crucial role in strengthening the argument for an immediate ceasefire and ensuring that Israel is held responsible for its actions, ultimately paving the way for a just and lasting peace in the region.

Enough is enough.

The Gazan people have been faced with the atrocities committed by the Israelis for over 112 days since 7 October 2023, and 76 years as of this year from the first Nakba in 1948.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent response to the ICJ’s ruling on x.com seems to eliminate all hopes in having Israel to stop committing war crimes against Gaza.

He stated: “Israel's commitment to international law is unwavering. Equally unwavering is our sacred commitment to continue to defend our country and defend our people.”

Is there really hope for our brothers and sisters in Gaza?

This war has never been about race nor religion. Our humanity is at stake, and while the ICJ ruling may be a cause for a mini celebration, how long more do the Gazan people need to suffer for there to be a ceasefire?

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of Sinar Daily.

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