When, today, the nation of Algeria calls upon the United Nations Security Council to give “binding effect” to the just-released mandates of the International Court of Justice, regarding the “plausible case” of genocide being committed by the Israeli military in Gaza, will the United States and Britain degrade the citizens of their respective nations, and the world, by their expected exercise of a veto? That would be, in effect, to veto the near-unanimous vote of the highest court in the world. Will the United States and Britain do that this time in the name of “defense of the rule of law?”
Will the United States and Britain, as they and other nations did with the meticulously researched and detailed South Africa petition, decry as “without merit” the legal conclusions and mandates of the panel of judges from Russia, Slovakia, France, Morocco, Somalia, China, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Japan, Germany, Australia, Brazil, South Africa—and the United States itself? In addition to the souls of Palestine, the ghosts of the United Nations personnel who have already given their lives in this mad conflagration will be watching, as will be the eyes of the world.
Now that the International Court of Justice has unequivocally established mandates upon the nation of Israel, a signatory on the 1948 Genocide Convention, with which that government is required to comply within 30 days of the January 26 ruling, it is clear to any reasonably sane person that that could only be done under the conditions of a permanent ceasefire. The shabby attempts by the Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post, and other publications to say that no ceasefire was explicitly proposed by the court, suggests more about the now-rampant illiteracy of the 21st century press, than it does about what the content of the ruling clearly states. For example, if even the first two of the six ICJ mandates’ provisions are considered—
“1.) The State of Israel shall, in accordance with its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in relation to Palestinians in Gaza, take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of Article II of this Convention, in particular:
“(a) killing members of the group;
“(b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
“(c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical