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Palestine welcomes Spain’s intervention in ICJ Genocide case


Ramallah, 7 June 2024 (TDI): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Palestine has hailed Spain’s intervention in the International Criminal Court (ICJ) Genocide case on 6th June 2024.

This case relates to the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip by Israel.

The Ministry while applauding the move, said that Spain’s adherence to international law, justice, and sympathy with the Palestinian people is reflected through this decision. It further demanded that all parties to the Convention actively participate in the Court’s proceedings.

Not only would it help put an end to Israel’s continued genocide against the Palestinian people but also stand as a symbol that the world shall remain intolerant to impunity.

Spain’s Announcement

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said, “We made this decision in light of the continuation of the military operation in Gaza,” on Thursday.

Adding on, he stated that, “Spain decided to not only let peace return to Gaza and the Middle East but also due to its commitment to international law. Our sole goal is to put an end to the war and to advance on the road of applying the two-state solution”

Spain’s announcement comes a week after Chile and Mexico announced their formal intervention in the ICJ Genocide case against Israel.

ICJ Genocide Case

South Africa launched a case against Israel at the ICJ on 29th December 2023, accusing Israel of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip. It specifically complained that Israel deliberately used military action against civilian lives and property.

Additionally, South Africa asserts that Israel’s closure of borders has worsened the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Furthermore, Israel’s annexation and settlement have displaced thousands of Palestinians.

Also Read: ICJ Genocide case, Palestine welcomes Chile’s support

According to health experts in the besieged region of Gaza, over 36,500 defenseless Palestinians have died as a result of Israel’s war on Gaza, which started in October 2023.

Summaiya Malik
Summaiya Malik
The author holds an MPhil degree in International Relations from National Defence University, Islamabad. She writes for South Asian Voices, CISS Insight and Hilal English.E-mail: summaiyamalik.sm@gmail.com

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