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ICJ will rule on Nicaragua’s ask for halt on German weapons sales to Israel

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.N.’s top court on Tuesday rejected a request from Nicaragua to order Germany to suspend military and other aid to Israel and renew funding for the agency UN aid to Gaza.

The International Court of Justice said the legal conditions for making such an order were not met and rejected the request by 15 votes to 1.

“On the basis of the factual information and legal arguments presented by the parties, the court concludes that, in the present state of affairs, the circumstances are not such as to require the exercise of its power (…) to indicate provisional measures,” declared Nawaf Salam, president of the court. president.

However, the 16-judge panel refused to completely dismiss the case, meaning it will continue to be heard in court.

Salam said the court “remains deeply concerned about the catastrophic living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, particularly in light of the prolonged and widespread deprivation of food and other basic necessities to which they have been subjected.” .

The reading of the decision lasted less than 20 minutes.

Germany argued during hearings in the case that it had exported almost no weapons to Israel since the start of the offensive against Gaza, following the deadly incursion into southern Israel by Hamas militants on October 7.

Nicaragua, a longtime ally of the Palestinians, says Germany is facilitating the genocide by sending weapons and other support to Israel. Tuesday’s ruling by the International Court of Justice concerns only preliminary orders in a case that will likely take years to resolve. Germany rejects these allegations.

Israel, which is not a party to the dispute between Nicaragua and Germany, strongly denies that its attack on Gaza amounts to acts of genocide and insists it is acting in self-defense.

Nicaragua’s case is the latest legal attempt by a country with historic ties to the Palestinian people to end the Israeli offensive.

Late last year, South Africa accused Israel of genocide in court. The cases come as Israel’s allies face growing calls to stop supplying it with weapons, and as some, including Germany, became more critical of the war.

Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Israel still needed to do more to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

During hearings earlier this month, Nicaragua’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Carlos José Argüello Gómez, told the 16-judge panel that “Germany is not meeting its own obligation to prevent genocide or ensure respect for international humanitarian law.

Nicaragua also wants Germany to restore direct funding to the United Nations humanitarian agency in Gaza.

The head of the German legal team, Tania von Uslar-Gleichen, said Nicaragua’s allegations ” have no basis in fact or law.”

Israel firmly denies that its attack on Gaza amounted to acts of genocide, claiming it was acting in self-defense after Hamas-led militants broke into southern Israel on October 7, killing around 1,200 people. Israeli legal adviser Tal Becker told court judges earlier this year in the case brought by South Africa that Israel is waging a “war that it did not start and that it did not desired “.

Since Israel launched its offensive, more than 34,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the territory’s health ministry. Its toll do not differentiate between civilians and combatants, but he indicated that women and children make up the majority of the dead.

Israel blames the high number of civilian deaths on Hamas because the militants fight in dense residential areas. The army claims to have killed more than 12,000 militants, without providing evidence.

Germany was a staunch supporter of Israel for decades. However, Berlin gradually changed its tone as civilian casualties in Gaza climbed, becoming increasingly critical of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and speaking out against a ground offensive in Rafah.

In the case brought by South Africa, the ICJ ordered Israel in January to do everything in its power to prevent death, destruction and acts of genocide in Gaza. In March, the court issued new interim measures order Israel take steps to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where experts say a famine is imminent.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation by another international tribunal – the International Criminal Court – also worries Israeli officials.

The ICC an investigation has been launched in 2021 into possible war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian militants dating back to the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. The investigation also looks into Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied territories that the Palestinians want for a future State. Israeli officials have expressed concern in recent days about possible upcoming arrest warrants in the case.

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