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Spain joins the case against Israel initiated by South Africa at the ICC

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel Albares, explained that Ireland and Belgium have also decided to join the procedure

Spain joins the genocide procedure initiated by South Africa against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICC) over the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, announced this Thursday, international agencies and media report.

Furthermore, the nation has committed to supporting the precautionary measures ordered by the court in the conflict, and presented a declaration calling for the immediate cessation of military actions and the urgent entry of humanitarian aid.

“We made this decision in light of the continuation of the military operation in Gaza,” said Albares, who added that they observe with growing concern the regional extension of the conflict and considered it “urgent that we all support the court so that its precautionary measures, which are of obligatory for all parties,” said the Minister.

In this regard, it is worth remembering that, in the context of South Africa's demand, the International Criminal Court two weeks ago ordered Israel to immediately stop the Gaza war, especially the attacks on Rafah, given the "disastrous" humanitarian situation in the region. Stripe.

Albares affirmed that these measures are “completely borderline and are very far from being fulfilled,” and stated in an emergency press conference held at the Ministry's headquarters in Madrid that this situation has led Spain to speak out.

However, the head of Foreign Affairs has made it clear that the Spanish intervention in the procedure, which the Government has been studying for "many weeks", will focus on supporting the court and in particular its precautionary measures and has avoided commenting on the genocide for which South Africa accuses Israel.

“Spain does not rule on the crime itself, this is a task for the court,” he asserted.

Ireland and Belgium also join the cause against Israel

The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, also explained that Ireland and Belgium have also made the same decision to join the case before the ICC, as have some Latin American countries such as Mexico, Colombia or Chile. And he has stated that Spain's objective "is to end the war and begin to advance in the application of the two-state solution, which is the only guarantee to achieve peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis and for the entire region." .

On the other hand, he did not say whether he will withdraw the Spanish ambassador to Israel, Ana Salomon, after the Hebrew State did the same with its diplomatic representative in Spain for the recognition of the Palestinian State, although he recalled that international relations are governed by the principle of reciprocity.

In addition to the withdrawal of the ambassador, Israel prohibited the Spanish Consulate in Jerusalem from providing consular services to Palestinians residing in the West Bank in retaliation, however, Albares has asserted that the Consulate “has opened normally this week and we hope it remains that way.” ”.

MEP Manu Pineda handed over Israel's war crimes dossier at the ICC

Given the announcement, the MEP from Izquierda Unida, Manuel Pineda He expressed that he considers it “good news” that Spain adheres to the lawsuit before the International Court of Justice against Israel but warns that “many measures are missing” and urges to break relations immediately.

Pineda met in The Hague with officials from the office of the prosecutor for Palestinian Affairs of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to deliver an extensive dossier that exposes "war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations" that Israel would have committed in “all of Palestine and, especially, in the Gaza Strip.” The document requests the Court to take measures against those responsible for “this genocide” and “put those responsible in the dock,” reported the website. United Left.

The initiative, promoted by the Global Campaign for the Return of the Palestinian People, of which Pineda is ambassador, opens the door to initiate a formal procedure against the Israeli authorities. The information provided will be studied by the Prosecutor's Office and precedes the presentation of a series of complaints against the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the rest of his “accomplices”, say the organization.

The document delivered sets out over 30 pages "crimes susceptible to being tried by the Court", among which are "collective punishment against the population of Gaza for the prohibition of entry of food and medicine, continued physical violations in Jerusalem and the West Bank , use of prohibited weapons, destruction of civilian facilities, and deliberate attack and murder of civilians.”


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