Gaza – The Kazans had high hopes for the International Court of Justice ruling to end war, displacement and hunger, but they soon awoke to a reality that confirmed that what had happened was just propaganda and their happiness a passing ecstasy.
On Friday, the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to take steps to prevent genocide against Palestinians and improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, but the decision did not include a “ceasefire” clause.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were disappointed that the International Court of Justice's rulings did not include an “immediate cease-fire,” and they pinned their hopes on the rulings for an end to war, displacement and starvation.
Instead of the joy they showed before the announcement of the decision, the failure to announce the “ceasefire” decision redoubled fears that Israel would have a new opportunity to increase the killing and destruction operations that have been ongoing since October 7 in the besieged Gaza Strip. .
The Hamas movement welcomed the court's ruling, calling it an “end to all forms of aggression” against the Palestinian people, while the Palestinian Authority emphasized Israel's request for the court to stop genocide in Gaza. It reminds the world that no government is above the law.
The International Court of Justice's ruling did not represent a defeat for Israel, considering the announced “temporary” measures that did not affect the nature of the conflict.
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the court's decision, saying that Tel Aviv would “continue the war” on Gaza, adding that the court “did not demand a ceasefire from Israel.”
The International Court of Justice in The Hague held two public hearings on January 11 and 12 as part of the opening of South Africa's case against Israel for alleged “crimes of genocide” against Palestinians in Gaza.
International legal expert Anis al-Qassim said, “The court's ruling obliges Israel to lift its ban on basic goods, such as medicine, water and food, which are critical to the starving population. Execute other requests received from the court.
For al-Qassim, the court's ruling represented neither a victory for South Africa nor a defeat for Israel, as the declared “temporary” measures did not address the root of the conflict, which allegedly amounted to genocide.
Judgments rendered by the International Court of Justice settling disputes between countries are final and legally binding, but the court has no means of enforcing its judgments.
Palestinian woman Reem al-Gharbawi (age 42), who moved from the al-Nasr neighborhood in Gaza City to Rafah governorate in the southern part of the Strip, describes the court's decisions as “disappointing”.
“These results were not expected by our Palestinian people, they were waiting for the court to issue an immediate cease-fire decision, but this did not happen,” he said in a statement to Anadolu Agency.
“What is waiting for the court to issue a cease-fire decision?” she wondered with surprise. Is this not enough for genocide and massacres against women and children?
In turn, citizen Jihad al-Akkad (35 years old) believes that the decisions of the International Court of Justice have two sides, the first negative and the second positive.
Al-Akkad, who moved to Rafah from Central Governorate, says, “The negative side is disappointing because no ceasefire decision has been announced. The positive side is that Israel has been accused of committing crimes for the first time, which is what we have been waiting for years.”
“For us Palestinians, this decision does not meet our aspirations, but we thank the South African government for this wonderful step in punishing Israel,” he added.
Al-Akkad expressed his happiness with the move, which “shows support for the struggle of our Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation and confirms that there are people in the world who support Gaza and a free people.”
A young man, Muhammad al-Arair (age 35), believes that the results are good in terms of prosecuting Israel for its crimes in the Gaza Strip.
He continues, “We were waiting for the ceasefire decision to be announced immediately and then the rest of the details would be studied.”
Palestinian Reham al-Sawalha (34 years old) expressed his displeasure at the results, describing them as “completely unfair”.
It justified an “international reprieve that would give Israel more time to commit more crimes and massacres against Palestinians.”
He continued, “Until the war ends, Israel will work to drain the skills, energies and lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”
Elderly Palestinian Omar al-Hasayneh agrees with his predecessor al-Sawalha that the decisions are unfair, saying, “We hope this court condemns Israel for the massacres it is still committing against us.”
He added, “Everything is clear to the world and these massacres are clear and do not need any investigation because they were reported directly by journalists and media professionals.”
Meanwhile, the Arab League is set to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at the level of permanent representatives to issue a consensus position on the decision of the International Court of Justice on Gaza.
Although the International Court of Justice's orders did not compel Israel to cease fire and take temporary precautions to prevent its soldiers from engaging in genocide, the UN And observers say action must be taken to protect the lives of international organizations. People are threatened with death, destruction and the risk of famine and malnutrition.
Near the town of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, since Thursday, the Israeli army has been posting messages in Arabic on social media networks urging residents to evacuate specific areas of the town where armored vehicles are stationed.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled Khan Younis and sought refuge in the south of the besieged enclave, which covers 365 square kilometers, including many children.
Since October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on Gaza, which as of Sunday has claimed 26,422 lives and injured 65,87 people, most of them children and women, according to Palestinian officials.
The war has caused massive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, with shortages of food, water and medicine, and the displacement of some two million Palestinians, or more than 85 percent of the population, according to the United Nations.