Judges at the top United Nations court order Israel to immediately halt military assault on Rafah

South-Africas-legal-team Members of the South Africa’s legal team, left, attend a hearing at the ICJ [Nick Gammon/AFP]

Revelation 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Judges at the top United Nations court ordered Israel to halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the enclave, in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide, citing “immense risk” to the Palestinian population.
  • While orders are legally binding, the court has no police to enforce them.
  • South Africa’s lawyers had asked the ICJ in The Hague last week to impose emergency measures, saying Israel’s attacks on Rafah must be stopped to ensure the survival of the Palestinian people.
  • The ICJ has also ordered Israel to report back to the court within one month over its progress in applying measures ordered by the institution.
  • Israel’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich said “Those who demand that the State of Israel stop the war, demand that it decree itself to cease to exist. We will not agree to that,”

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