By Staff Reporter
Namibia has strongly urged Israel to comply with the legally binding order of the United Nations ‘s International Court of Justice (ICJ)
This came after the court ruling imposed by the ICJ on Friday, January 26,2024 on the case concerning the application of the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip(South Africa Vs. Israel).
The ICJ issued its ruling on the request for the indication of provisional measures in the case concerning the application of the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).
In a media statement, Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of International Relations and Corporation and MP , Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah reiterated that the ICJ, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, amongst others, ordered Israel to take all measures in its power to prevent the commission of any acts listed under Article 2 of the Genocide Convention; ensure with immediate effect that its military does not commit any act described under Article 2 of the Genocide Convention; prevent and punish direct and public incitement to commit genocide; immediately enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance in Gaza; prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to South Africa’s allegations.
The Court further ordered Israel to submit a report within one month of the Order on the measures taken to comply with the provisional measures ordered.
“Namibia welcomes the provisional measures ordered and strongly urges Israel to comply with the legally binding order of the Court. Namibia notes, with regret, that the ICJ has not ordered Israel to halt its military operations in Gaza.” Stressed Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She added that” as a State that subscribes to the rule of international law, Namibia respects the ruling of the ICJ, but deems it as a missed opportunity by the principal judicial organ of the United Nations to contribute towards international efforts aimed at ensuring that Israel immediately ceases with its deliberate actions of indiscriminately killing and maiming of innocent Palestinian civilians.”
Namibia however, calls on the United Nations Security Council and the International Community to ensure that the provisional measures ordered by the ICJ are fully implemented in the face of the ongoing unprecedented carnage in Gaza, disproportionately affecting women and children, more than 26 000 Palestinians have been killed since 07 October 2023.
“Namibia reiterates the imperative for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza to avoid the inflicting of further harm and suffering on the Palestinian people of Gaza.
The Republic of Namibia in the execution of her Policy on International Relations and Cooperation will not relent in her efforts to ensure cessation of hostilities and aimed at ensuring respect for the human rights of the Palestinian people, including their legitimate right to self-determination.”
Meanwhile, the ICJ’s decision not to call for a ceasefire was reportedly greeted with frustration by people in Gaza, who have been living under constant Israeli bombardment and siege since 7 October, when a deadly raid into Israel by Hamas – the Palestinian political and militant group that governs Gaza – ignited the current hostilities by killing around 1,140 people, two thirds of them civilians. More than 26,000 people have been killed by Israel’s military campaign in Gaza – the majority of them women and children – according to health officials in the enclave. Over 85% of Gaza’s population has been displaced, while the amount of humanitarian aid allowed to enter the enclave is falling well short of the staggering needs. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the ICJ’s willingness to consider South Africa’s genocide allegations a “disgrace”