UN Security Council urged to step up and stop Israel

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International relations expert, Dr Chidochashe Nyere, says even though the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no power to enforce its rulings, the court’s decisions are not useless.

Nyere comes amid concerns over Israel’s continued onslaught on Rafah, despite the ICJ’s recent order for Tel Aviv to immediately halt its military offensive and any other actions that could compromise the lives of Palestinians in city.

Forty-five people were killed in Rafah on Sunday after the Israeli Defense Force set fire to a displacement camp.

The Israeli army has taken responsibility for the attack with Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the airstrike was a “tragic mishap.”

Rafah, which is on the border with Egypt, has been shelter to more than one million people, after fleeing fighting from other parts of the Palestinian territory.

Speaking to Ynews, Dr Nyere says the ICJ works as a system of arbitration, and it is important to have the top court deal with issues of international order.

He says the reform of the United Nations Security Council is needed to help put an end to the conflict.

Dr Chido says Israel’s continued defiance is not surprising.

He says the countries that have power such as the United States, act as bullies, which is why they also veto votes in the Security Council.

Dr Chido says the ball is now on the UN Security Council’s court to enforce the ICJ ruling and stop the war in Gaza that has left more than 30 000 killed, mostly women and children.


Israel has dismissed the ruling, saying the court got it wrong.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, slammed it as false, outrageous and morally repugnant.

Global anger meanwhile continues to swirl over Israel’s defiance, with Spain, Ireland and Norway planning to formally recognise Palestine as a state.

Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, says the three European countries believe the move has strong symbolic impact, that will, hopefully, encourage others to do the same.

Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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