Spain to join Gaza genocide lawsuit against Israel

Spain has become the first European country to join South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The country’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez confirmed this information on Thursday.

Spain announced this decision a week after two other European Union (EU) countries, Ireland and Norway, recognized Palestine as a state. Pedro Sanchez’s country will now formally request to join the case against Israel, along with several countries including Colombia, Egypt and Turkey. Earlier, South Africa was joined by North American countries Mexico and Chile.

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Spain’s foreign minister said in a press conference that despite the ICJ’s decision to stop the attack on Gaza’s Rafah city, the Israeli forces are ignoring it and continuing to attack one after another. That is why we decided to join the case against Israel.

He added, “We are observing the regional expansion of the Israel-Hamas conflict with deep concern.” Spain took this decision not only to restore peace in Gaza and the Middle East, but also out of its commitment to international law. Our sole aim is to end the war and move towards a two-state solution.

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In revenge for the attack of Hamas on October 7 last year, the Israeli forces are carrying out brutal military operations in the besieged Gaza Strip of Palestine. More than 36,000 Palestinians have lost their lives so far, and more than 81,000 have been injured. Most of the casualties were civilians. In such a situation, a ceasefire is being called around the world.

South Africa filed a lawsuit against Israel in late December last year, accusing it of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. On May 24 this year, the ICJ, the highest court of the United Nations, ordered the end of the attack on Rafah. A few minutes after the verdict was announced, Israeli forces attacked the Rafar Shaboura refugee camp from warplanes.

Source: Al Jazeera