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International Courts: A Terrorist’s Last Line of Defense

May 27, 2024

by: Ben-Dor Yemini ~ Ynetnews

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The International Court of Justice at the Hague hears South Africa’s charge that Israel has committed genocide in Gaza.

Monday, 27 May 2024 | In theory, international law exists to protect innocent lives and prevent atrocities like genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass starvation. Yet, ever since the establishment of the International Court of Justice [ICJ] and the International Criminal Court [ICC], these institutions have arguably fallen short of their lofty goals.

Since World War II, where between 50 and 70 million people perished (most of them civilians), an additional 90 million lives have been lost to conflicts, with another 100 million succumbing to diseases and hunger resulting from these wars. Shockingly, according to UN estimates, 90% of these casualties are innocent civilians.

Rather than curbing violence and injustice, international courts have become instruments wielded by oppressive regimes and terrorist organizations to target democratic nations. Democratic states inherently strive to avoid committing crimes without needing external oversight. Conversely, it’s the oppressive states that urgently require such scrutiny.

Ironically, these very states and their sponsored entities show a blatant disregard for international tribunals. Instead, they manipulate these courts to accuse those who combat terrorism. The ICJ and ICC, conceived in response to the horrors of World War II and Nazism, now paradoxically serve entities like Hamas—a terrorist organization calling for the annihilation of Jews and embodying modern-day Nazism. Whom do these courts protect? Hamas. Whom do they target? Israel. This is the tragic paradox of international law.

A forthcoming report by the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy [ISGAP] highlights a disturbing reality: “South Africa serves as a crucial operational hub for Islamic terrorist groups, facilitating connections with terror networks across Africa… Entities linked to terrorism continue to operate freely within South Africa, evading international oversight.” Essentially, South Africa acts as the enforcement arm of oppressive blocs, particularly Iran and Hamas, within the ICJ.

Julius Malema, a prominent South African politician who serves as the president of a group called “Economic Freedom Fighters”, openly pledges to bolster support for terrorism and arm Hamas if he gains governmental power (with elections imminent). He also advocates for the murder of white people. Alarmingly, 27,494 murders occurred in South Africa last year alone—surpassing the inflated UN estimates of casualties in Gaza. Yet, this terror-supporting, violence-ridden state exploits the ICJ to wage its campaign against Israel.

The ICJ’s recent decision is a significant setback for Israel. It implies that no democratic nation can effectively combat a terrorist organization embedded within and backed by civilian populations. According to the logic of the ICJ judges, Britain committed crimes against Germany, the US against Japan and similarly in Iraq, Afghanistan and against ISIS. If this reasoning holds, injunctions should have been issued against all these nations.

Historically, before the establishment of the ICJ and ICC, actual war criminals faced trial in special courts, as seen in Nuremberg and Tokyo post-World War II. Today, however, there is no practical mechanism to hold Hamas accountable, even if an international tribunal ruled against them. These criminals could still traverse the oppressive bloc from Ankara to Doha, Beijing, Johannesburg and Moscow. What value does international law hold if it cannot punish the perpetrators of terror and oppression but might impede democratic nations from targeting these power centers? This is the essence of the recent rulings by the ICJ and ICC against Israel.

For Israel, the ICJ’s decision is a blow to its global image, particularly when paired with ICC prosecutor Karim Khan’s request for arrest warrants against top-tier Israeli politicians. Although the ICJ’s ruling technically permits continued fighting, global media are broadcasting headlines claiming, “the court issued an injunction against Israel regarding the continuation of the war.”

This narrative appears to favor terrorism over justice. Unsurprisingly, Hamas quickly lauded the decision, which serves their interests. An organization dedicated to the destruction of Jews, akin to a modern Nazi entity, benefits from an international tribunal established to combat Nazism and its genocidal agenda. This is not the International Court of Justice; it is the International Court for the Support of Terrorism and Extermination.

Posted on May 27, 2024

Source: (This article was originally published by the Ynetnews on May 26, 2024. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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