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Palestine and Neighbors Rally in Support of ICJ Ruling

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh. Credit: UNTAD

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s office issued a statement calling the ICJ ruling “crucial,” and called on the international community to “pressure Israel to stop the aggression on Gaza,” and “to respect the decision and not collaborate with Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian nation.” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh stated that he had “expected the ruling to call for an immediate ceasefire, due to the terrible suffering of the Palestinian people and the daily massacre,” but that “Africa’s petition is an important step, because it puts Israel in the defendants’ seat—and this is the first time Israel is being accused of something like this at the ICJ.… The meaning of the decision is that the days when Israel evades punishment are over, and it binds all the countries who support it: They must stop supporting Israel. I expect that the court will continue with the proceedings until a final verdict that will convict Israel of its crimes of extermination and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian nation—a crime that has not been committed since World War II.”

Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also praised the ICJ ruling, writing on X, according to RT: “I find the interim injunction decision taken by the International Court of Justice regarding the inhumane attacks in Gaza valuable and welcome it.… We will continue to follow the process to ensure that war crimes committed against innocent Palestinian civilians do not go unpunished.” Türkiye’s Foreign Ministry added that the ICJ ruling is “a major opportunity to stop the bloodshed in Palestine.… We expect immediate and full implementation of the order of the International Court of Justice.”

Saudi Arabia voiced “its categorical rejection of the Israeli occupation’s practices and violations of the United Nations Convention on genocide.” And Qatar’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement welcoming the ruling.