Afshain Afzal

Afshain Afzal

By Afshain Afzal

Hamas released three different detailed statements in Arabic language on different issues (will be published later).

1.        The proposed draft agreement between Jewish authorities living in Israel and Hamas as representative of Palestinians aims to amicably resolve Israeli-Palestinian issues, in line with UNSC Resolutions, a pending judgment of ICJ and other decisions hereafter.

2.       Both sides to cease all coercive actions and adopt Confidence Building Measures (CBM) for peace in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

3.       Both sides pledge not to trespass or intrude each other’s territories without lawful permission, or use coercive force to intimidate during visit to each other’s territories including pilgrims to sacred places including Masjid Al Aqsa.

4.       Both sides to nominate three persons including a woman for the direct talks and exchange of agenda points. The meetings will be held alternatively in Israel and Palestine.

5.       Both sides to ensure complete withdrawal of foreign forces and elements from Palestinian territories to facilitate safe return of IDPs.

6.       Both sides to share list of people held by them, abducted, imprisoned or missing.  Additionally, control of Gaza to be returned to Hamas with an assurance that Hamas attempts safe the return of all abducted Israelis of 7 October 2023, by tracing abductees and facilitate negotiations if other groups are involved. A reciprocal assurance for release of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. 

7.       In addition to participation from both sides in the meetings, representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia will also participate in the peace talks.

8.       Agenda points will be officially shared including pending issues of fresh demarcation of land, space and sea including the Mediterranean Sea, Dead Sea, Sea of Tiberias, Gulf of Aqaba and other potential issues for permanent solution.

9.       Facilitate compilation of data of original inhabitants of State of Palestine that existed before Israel was conceived to allow Jews, Muslims, others living in territories of Israel and Palestine to exercise their choices to live in their forefathers land or migrate to acquire new nationalities.

10.    All previous agreements between Israel and foreign governments pertaining trade and resources etc in Palestinian territories to cease and new agreements with Palestinians to undertake. All payments and benefits transferred to the Palestinian authorities.

11.    All legal/ illegal settlers on both sides not to possess properties other than their ancestors unless validated a fresh.

12.    Palestinian authorities to liaison with other authorities to fight the menace of terrorism including the elimination of terrorist groups like foreign-funded ISIS and allies, working in the garb of aid and relief organizations that are active in many countries with footprints in the West.

13    Both sides to take action on climate change by realizing that fragility and conflict increase people’s venerability and exposes climate change hazards.

By Afshain Afzal

Everything was going on smooth for the planned announcement of the statehood of Palestine with its capital as Jerusalem. The United Nations Security Council is debating for a permanent membership of Palestine as full UN member to be decided this month. A case against Israeli genocide of orthodox Palestinian Muslims and other war crimes is pending in the International Court of Justice while interim measures have already been announced against Israel and in favour of Palestine. And many Western nations announced that they would recognize Palestine this July while many others are debating for the same. With such favourable political and security environment for the Palestinians’ right of self-determination, why the drama of killing of sons and grandson of expelled Hamas former leader, Ismail Haniyah took place and parallel tug of war through Lebanon and Syria were in progress and finally Tehran’s attack on Israel to defeat the Independence of Palestine and holy lands?

It is important to explain the Israeli and the Western attempts to install proxies in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and some countries in Africa to create division or a balance of power in the Islamic world. One of the actors, Ismail Haniyah, who was expelled from Hamas for his connection with Israel and violation of Hamas’ policy of peaceful struggle and presently living in self-exile in Qatar was backed and provided a chance to emerge as a Hamas leader after the planned genocide of many Hamas leaders, their families and orthodox Palestinians in Gaza and Lebanon. On 10 April 2024, it was projected that Israel carried out a drone attack on a vehicle at Al-Shati camp in Gaza, and martyred three sons and four grandchildren of Ismail Haniyah who were traveling in a car. On 1 April 2024, there was propaganda that Shin Beth along with Israel's Defence Force raided the house of Ismail Haniyah's sister, Sabah Avad al Salman Haniyah at Tel Sheva and arrested her for her links with Hamas. If we recall Daily Telegraph reported in the past that the three sisters of Ismail Haniyah have Israeli citizenship and some of their children served in the Israeli Defense Forces. There is no doubt that Ismail Haniyah is working for Israel and countries that have clash with the ideology of Hamas.

With this background, the Iranian forces carried out over 200 attempts to target positions inside Israel through missiles and drone attacks but failed to kill or injure a single Israeli. The US elite Air Defence batteries with "Iron dome system" were guarding Israel's land, sea and airspace. It is not yet clear if it an advertisement for the American weapon system or posing Iranians as a leader of the Islamic world or both. As also earlier highlighted that USA will never attack Iran, except an attempt for regime change as Washington has high strategic goals, which the Western nations cannot accomplish without the assistance of Iran. Isn’t it strange that despite Iranian direct attack on Israel that amounts “declaration of war” and has the potential to engulf the entire Middle East as a War Zone, the actors are silent and would remain so?

In a post-attack scenario, Iran justified the missiles and drones 14th April attacks on Israel's military targets and said that her armed forces have carried out a series of military strikes on Israeli's military bases in response to 1 April armed attack against diplomatic premises of Iran in Damascus at the invitation of the Syrian government as its inherent right of self-defense as recognized under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. Iran also confirmed that she adopted defensive measures at a time when the Israeli occupying apartheid regime's pattern of relentless genocidal campaign against Palestinian people, accompanied with repeated military aggressions against neighboring States and fanning the flames across the region and beyond. It was clarified that Iran would take further necessary defensive measures to protect its legitimate interests against any act of military aggression or unlawful use of force.

Two important derivatives that Tehran spelled out in her post-attack official statement: 1st April’s armed attack on diplomatic premises of Iran in Damascus was carried out at the invitation of the Syrian government; and that Iran adopted defensive measures at a time when Israeli carried out genocidal campaign against Palestinian people. Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari confirming the Israeli attack on Israel said that more than 200 missiles and drones were launched toward Israel, many were intercepted by Israel’s aerial defense systems including fighter jets. The spokesperson claimed that no deaths or injuries were reported as result of Iranian strikes. Meanwhile, the US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson and other officials claimed that US air defense systems in the Middle East had also intercepted some Iranian drones. In another development, Israel closed its airspace, after Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon closed their airspaces. Reacting over the Iranian attack on Israel, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General strongly condemning the serious escalation represented by the large-scale attack launched on Israel by Iran, called for an immediate cessation of these hostilities.

By Afshain Afzal

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is most unhappy person, but not the general masses in Israel and peace-loving Jews around the world. Tel Aviv in reaction to Washington’s silence at UNSC, allowing Resolution 2728 (2024) to pass, has cancelled a scheduled US’ visit of two of Israeli top advisers. US abstention on Resolution 2728 vote allowed the latest resolution to pass, when all the other 14 members of UNSC voted “Yes” to amended Resolution. Interestingly, UNSC website has blocked S/RES/2728 (2024) 25 March 2024, ‘The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question’ on its site. The UNSC Resolution 2728, adopted on 25 March 2024, called for an immediate ceasefire of the Israel - Hamas war during the month of Ramadan leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire.

Washington has acted with maturity and has won the confidence of many states. Tel Aviv needs to realize that it is an attempt for peace in the Middle East and beyond to bring many nations including Israel out of state of fear and apprehensions. It is now a high time that we build new relationship between a state and a state and empower the United Nations justice system.

By Afshain Afzal

The war criminals and their allies are at play. The US State Department confirmed on 23 March 2024, that Washington has suspended funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) until March 2025. By ceasing the funding to UNRWA, which provides major services to the Palestinians in Gaza and across the Middle East, means directly affecting the Palestinians' lives, who have been displaced from their homes to makeshift camps and are continuously facing Israeli genocide and war crimes. Banning UNRWA and stopping funding is not routine matter rather and is going to encourage crafting similar future policies and tactics for all international and regional humanitarian, aid and developmental organizations including International Non-governmental Organizations working in various countries.

If we recall in September 2018, on the occasion of Jews' New Year (ending on 11 September), President Donald Trump announced stopping funding to UNRWA and told American Jewish leaders, “I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians… ”We’re not paying until you make a deal.” The tactics to blackmail and starve homeless persons to sign a deal otherwise there is no option but to starve to death. This is not going to work as all the Muslim countries have already unanimously agreed in principle and signed a declaration not to recognize Israel unless the right of self-determination is provided to the Palestinians beforehand and Israel recognizes the state of Palestine as an independent and sovereign nation.

It is pertinent to mention here that ever since, Israel acted like “a mad senseless terrorist” and officially celebrated and glorified her war crimes, all nations tried to resolve the issue peacefully but despite diplomatic channels to street protests all around the world, Israel and her allies are not ready to abide by international law or path to peace. Israel state organs have confessed that it carried following acts or war crimes including; 1) Disrupted and displaced the entire population of Gaza and moved them out their homes to Internally displaced people camps, 2) Carried out massacre of entire members of Palestinian political organization ‘Hamas’ and all those who hold sympathy with them, 3) Will eliminate all those who represent Hamas or hold sympathy with Hamas throughout the world, 4) Will keep destroying Gaza till Hamas is eliminated and 5) Will not let Hamas or its allies to politically come to power through democratic or undemocratic means. Now it has become essential that the world nations require to craft new rules for peace and war.

In the latest development, Russia and China Vetoed an American resolution at the UNSC calling for a ceasefire in Gaza because it also included a call to release the hostages, which are neither held by Hamas nor they are in the knowledge. A temporary ceasefire to allow State-terrorists to gain time must not be allowed as less than the complete withdrawal of all foreign elements is an answer to peace in Gaza. The council will meet today to vote on an alternative resolution drafted by elected members of the Security Council. Meanwhile, Pakistan Day was celebrated on 23 March 2024, where the occasion was graced by Saudi Defence Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud as guest of honour. Military forces from Azerbaijan and China also join joined Pakistan’s Armed Forces to express unity and future collaborations.

There are attempts to expedite a new land route from Pakistan – Afghanistan – Turkmenistan (Uzbekistan – Kazakistan) - Azerbaijan (Armenia) - Georgia – Turkey to the Middle East. Last week that Pakistan’s military chief visited Saudi Arabia and met with Saudi Defence Minister Prince Khalid Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Chief of General Staff Saudi Armed Forces General Fayyadh Bin Hamed Al Ruwaili and other senior military leadership. In January this year, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Pakistani leadership met at capital twin city of Pakistan at Rawalpindi. This Trilateral Defence Collaboration was held at the Rawalpindi General Headquarters, where each side discussed strategies, potential collaboration in defence equipment technologies, including research and development. The discussion also focused on the tense security situation due to Israel intrusion inside the Palestinian territories including Gaza. It is time that the UNO should be empowered enough to impose peace and implement punishments. The VETO power require a revisit and conditions of VETO must also be passed through setting conditions through a majority votes at the UNSC.

 

By Afshain Afzal
The Israeli Prime Minister Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to take over control of Rafah from the Palestinians and to completly destroy Hamas. Reacting over the latest concern expressed by US President Joseph Biden, Israeli intelligence personnel rushed to Washington to discuss planned ground invasion of Rafah, where the bulk of Palestinian Muslims have been forcibly shifted by the United Nations as the safest shelters. US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan did not disclose about the dignitaries and the agenda points. The statement issued by to the media by Jake Sullivan said, “It would lead to more innocent civilian deaths, worsen already dire humanitarian crisis, deepen the anarchy in Gaza and further isolate Israel internationally.”
Inside sources said that Washington expects a bulk of Palestinian Muslims would cross over to Egypt as planned in the end October 2023, to internationalize Palestine's refugee crisis and to materialize the invasion of the whole Gaza strip by Israel. An Israeli town planner disclosed that he has been instructed to construct new shelters in Gaza cities of Beer Sabah and Khan Younis. There are plans to settle some Jews from India and other nations to justify engineered remains to conclude that non-Arabs were the original inhabitants of these cities.

Interestingly, the United Kingdom government has backed out from the previous definition of extremism as, “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs” to a new definition that states that extremism "is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance". This would be having a long-lasting impact on freedom of speech and democracy.

As per the new strategy, Washington is pushing hard to complete the control of Gaza including Rafah so that a ceasefire can be accorded with an aim that Israeli occupation of Gaza can be shown at the time of ceasefire. A resolution would be tabled at the United Nations giving control to Israel for the provision of humanitarian aid education and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure caused due to post 7 October war. Hamas has rejected any conditional ceasefire and has announced a complete withdrawal of all foreign forces and elements. Foreign aid organizations, missionaries including Evangelical Christians as well as others are assembling and have plans to replace UNRWA and take over the stage at Gaza. Analysts are of the view that if the Israelis do not withdraw by the end of Ramadan, there are high chances of blood bath of foreign intruders.

By Afshain Afzal

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has established a media monitoring unit will be established to document and expose Israeli war crimes and violations in Gaza. The body will work to ensure accurate information on the "Palestinian crisis" is available to the international community. Israel is trying to hide the truth and the crimes it has committed in the region by massacring and silencing journalists. Yesterday my LinkedIn account was blocked to silence the truth. The account was proof of Israeli confession of genocide and war crimes and Israeli Ministry of Defence of Israeli Prime Minister’s representative in Middle East was directly engaged since October 2023.

In another development, during talks with counterparts from the United States, Germany, and Egypt at the G20 meeting in Brazil,

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan called on the international community to take a more active role towards an urgent ceasefire in Gaza. While referring to a third US veto on a ceasefire call at the 15-member body Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said, "The fact that a decision on a ceasefire did not come out of the U.N. Security Council once again, has shown that reform is a must”. Many countries have taken a firm position on the punishment of Israelis over the genocide of Palestinian orthodox Muslims in Gaza and the right of self-determination of the Palestinians. The Brazilian leader has likened Israel's war in Gaza to the Nazi genocide during Second World War.

Instead of giving the lead role to Turkey to negotiate and resole the Israeli-Palestinian question, Western countries have nominated French President Emmanuel Macron to hold negotiations. To impress flexibility for the Palestinian cause, Paris 24 February 2024 declared “that recognizing a Palestinian state was “not a taboo for France.”

Israel's war cabinet has agreed to send a delegation for Gaza ceasefire talks in Paris and reportedly, David Barnea from Israeli intelligence agency Mossad will lead the Israeli delegation.

Meanwhile, the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov invited Hamas and other Palestinian factions to Moscow for “inter-Palestinian” talks. Russia has invited around a dozen Palestinian groups to Moscow for “inter-Palestinian” talks from 29 February 2024. There are confirmed reports that there are plans to exclude Hamas from future government and form a broad-based government including pro-Israeli, proxies of other countries and minorities. There are reports to the gradual deprivation of the rights of Palestinians over Jerusalem. This will neither be acceptable to Muslims nor Hamas, which is still controlling and resisting Israeli intrusion and genocide.

By Afshain Afzal

The cat is out of the bag, a conspiracy against the Chief Justice of Pakistan has unearthed. Addressing a press conference on 17 February 2023, after a video leak, Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha pronounced that he should be punished for stabbing the back of Pakistan by carrying out rigging in the 8th February election and he along with the Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Justice of Pakistan should be hanged till death. Confessing his involvement, he said, “Army properly conducted the election but we are involved in rigging elections; those independent candidates who were winning with the margin of 70000 to 80000 we made them lose the election and we used fake stamps on the ballot paper to make them lose the elections. He claimed that he is taking the responsibility of rigging and in this raging the Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Justice of Pakistan are also involved.

Speaking over the allegations by Commissioner Rawalpindi, in an interview with the media on 17th February, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa requested the nation “not to destroy the institutions in Pakistan and said, “Firstly the Chief Justice Supreme Court has no connection with the election, as the conduct of elections is the responsibility of Election Commission of Pakistan”. He said, “We failed the attempts to sabotage the conduct of elections”. He further clarified, “I have no connection with the elections. To level allegation is a fundamental right but if they have some piece of evidence they should reveal it.”

If we recall, on 15 April 2023, Inside Story published in The Orient News, “Neighbours’ Conspiracy against Judiciary of Pakistan”, highlighted why there would be a conspiracy against Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa. The Inside Story revealed, “There is no doubt that Justice Qazi Faez Isa is nowadays main-target of Indian agencies and its agents…, ‘Neither the Federation nor the provinces should invade upon the rights of the other nor encroach on the other’s legislative domain’ is one of the Judgments of Justice Qazi Faez Isa which made India and one other neighbor frightened as Rule of Law is likely to prevail in the country once Justice Qazi Faez Isa takes over as Chief Justice of Pakistan.”

Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha claimed that his father and grandfather had been fighting against Sikhs and the British to create this country and now I cannot be part of the conspiracy to break this country. He claimed that his projects include Ring Road, Dodhocha Dam, Holy Family Hospital, Gymkhana, Larri Addas, Centers for Handicapped, Narcotics Dens and Centers. One wonders why he mentioned these projects in which billions of rupees huge corruption is involved.

Dadocha Dam’s project was awarded to FWO, which would supply 35 million gallons of water per day to the Rawalpindi Cantonment as well as DHA and other housing societies is full of corruption. A total of 16,194 Kanals was acquired in Rawalpindi and Kallar Syedan catchment area is 129 square miles for which a FWO - Punjab Irrigation Department Joint survey has been ordered while the previous estimate of Rs 6,492 million, would be estimated again. Regarding his claim of Ring Road Rawalpindi, former PM Imran Khan, removed former Commissioner Rawalpindi Mehmood, ex-deputy Project Director Muhammad Abdullah and Land Acquisition Collector Waseem Ali Tabish on charges of corruption, misuse of authority and conflict of interests. There were huge kickbacks and corruption and State land has been transferred to private persons so that they can claim fake compensations.

Regarding the Government’s Holy Family Hospital, a Catholic Church has been renovated and expanded by Liaquat Ali Chattha, who visited on 28 December 2023 and reviewed the facilities including for the separate entrance of the church which was previously the entrance for the Outdoor Patient Department of the hospital. He also ordered 100 kanals piece of the land had been allocated in Rakh Dhamiyal graveyard for the Christian community cemetery. Regarding Gymkhana, there is huge corruption, where actual property of the Gymkhana including Race Course Ground near Qasim Market, Rawalpindi was replaced with others. Similarly, regarding Larri Addas, Centers for Handicapped, Narcotics Head office and Centers, a lot of corruption is involved including grabbing of other departments' land without their consent or acquisition laws.

Since Rawalpindi Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha who has links with India due his loved ones in India has himself confessed his involvement in anti-state activities including stabbing on the back of Pakistan, he must be proceeded against under Civil Servant Act and High Treason, conspiracy against State of Pakistan by suggesting hanging of Chief Justice of Pakistan. Investigation is required to trace his involvement and if true his links with India as an agent and other members of his network. This was nothing but an attempt to disintegrate the country and instigate masses to revolt against sacred institutions including the Armed Forces and Judiciary. More so, investments he has grabbed from overseas Pakistani should also be returned through confiscating his assets as well as that of his family members and friends. 

By Afshain Afzal
In the recent development on 16 February 2024, acting on the letter of South Africa dated 12 February 2024 and Israel’s observations thereon received on 15 February 2024, the International Court of Justice decided that the most recent developments in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, ‘would exponentially increase what is already a humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences.
The court stressed that this perilous situation demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures indicated by the Court in its Order of 26 January 2024, which are applicable throughout the Gaza Strip, including in Rafah, and does not demand the indication of additional provisional measures.
The Court emphasized that the State of Israel remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and with the said Order, including by ensuring the safety and security of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”
The peace-loving people of the world who are looking towards the International Court of Justice for the punishment of war criminals including those who are funding the genocide of orthodox Palestinian Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere to act upon Article 74 of the Rules of Court, for a request for the indication of provisional measures shall have priority over all other cases.

By Afshain Afzal

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has claimed that they discovered a Hamas abandoned headquarters in the shape of a tunnel where a secret data center was run underneath the evacuated headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. IDF claimed that the tunnel was half a mile long and 60 feet deep, passing under the building that serves as UNRWA’s main headquarters in the Gaza Strip. The IDF released a video and invited journalists to visit the tunnel. The Israeli military did not provide definitive proof that Hamas fighters operated at the location, Philippe Lazzarini serving at UNRWA, Gaza tweeted that the agency “did not know what is under its headquarters in Gaza”. The video prepared by IDF can be seen at https://youtu.be/9QqGsBmQY5Y for clarity. Following the facts and analysis shown in the IDF’s video, which a person of normal IQ can also easily make out:-

a.        At least three videos have been merged to give the impression that the tunnel was used as an underground communication facility by Hamas.

b.        The tunnel is claimed to be 60 feet deep so how UNRWA headquarters might know it as there was no passage connection tunnel with the headquarters.

c.        The water table in Gaza is high but not drinkable and we witnessed water in the tunnel where an IDF personnel was also seen entering from opening and moving to a farther end.

d.        The tunnel reflected electrical cabinets connected with dozens of cables and high-power UPS batteries. It seems that the tunnel provided backup electricity to the community of the area during a power failure.

e.        There were more than 40 UPS heavy-duty batteries and few racks of non-operational computers and few empty racks without computers.

f.         Israel claims that at least 12 UNWRA members are involved in terrorist activities but no proof has been shown… expelling from job does not mean that they were terrorists.

g.        IDF further alleges that UNWRA had been supplying electricity to the Hamas inside the tunnels… had this been the case why there were more than 40 UPS batteries inside the tunnel?

h.        Although IDF had shown few racks of non-operational computers (probably of 1990s) and few empty racks without computers. Had this been the data center used by Hamas where are the chairs, tables, personal computers with monitors.

i.         Another important factor is that the water table in Gaza is very high at place 2 meters to 18 meters. We have seen that water is visible at points at the mouth of IDF’s dig tunnel. We also saw the floor of almost all the tunnels was not tiled or plastered and clay was visible. In some tunnels, water was seen on the surface of the floor. Besides, there was no ventilation system. This proves that these tunnels were not used for military or terrorist use.

i.         Israel is claiming that it would flood the tunnel with sea-water to eliminate Hamas but it is all propaganda. Why IDF is not allowing access to journalists before flooding to see all the tunnels and report about the facts to the world.

k.        The recovery of arms and ammunition shown by IDF are fake and has no connection with either tunnels or Hamas.  

        One wonders Israel and IDF have lost the battle. Tel Aviv is involved in the genocide of orthodox Palestinian Muslims, regarding which the International Court of Justice has also issued Interim Measures for Israel to ensure the stoppage of genocide and also relief and aid to be allowed to be distributed in Gaza. It is high time that the Turkish forces along with neighbouring Arab states may be given a mandate by the United Nations Security Council for peacekeeping inside Gaza, reconstruction and repatriation of Palestinians back to their homes.

A Ray of Hope – Peace in Middle East

By Afshain Afzal

The preliminary orders of International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a great victory for all those who believe in the international justice system and the justice system. Nevertheless, the court observed certain technical issues and gaps in the application filed by South Africa in ICJ dated 29 December 2023. The honourable ICJ on 26 January 2024, while pending its final decision issued preliminary orders, admitting its prima facie jurisdiction issued a ruling that it has jurisdiction pursuant to Article IX of the Genocide Convention to entertain the case. The ICJ’s Orders make Israel duty-bound:-

  1. Must take all measures within its power to prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide in relation to members of the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip.
  2. Must take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
  3. Must also take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope of Article II and Article III of the Genocide Convention against members of the Palestinian group in the Gaza Strip.
  4. Must submit a Report to the Court on all measures taken to give effect to its Order.

Concerning the fate of the hostages abducted during the attack in Israel on 7 October 2023 and held since then by Hamas and other armed groups, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release. Regarding humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Israel has been ordered that it shall take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services.

Where most of the International media is misreporting, we have a lot of hopes from the International Justice system and duty bound to honour every word. However, it is expected the honourable ICJ would consider Hamas’s innocence in 7th October attack inside Israel. Mentioning name of Hamas and other armed groups in connection with hostages abducted during the attack in Israel on 7 October 2023, is a matter that requires a probe of whether it was a self-engineered attempt by Tel Aviv in connivance with other armed groups which has also been indicated by ICJ or there was direct involvement of Hamas.

Let us have a quick look at what International media reported; The Washington Post reported, “The International Court of Justice on Friday ordered Israel to do more to prevent the killing of civilians in Gaza …”, Reuters reported, “The World Court on Friday ordered Israel to take action to prevent acts of genocide as it wages war against Hamas militants in the Gaza…”, Al Jazeera reported, “UN's top court fails to order ceasefire, but says Israel must take measures to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza…”, The Times of Israel reported, “Israel has asked the court to reject the case outright…”, DW reported, “Judges in The Hague are ruling on whether to issue an order for Israel to halt military operations in Gaza as part of a genocide case…”, NPR reported, “The International Court of Justice ordered Israel to ensure its military does not take actions that violate the Genocide Convention…”, Haaretz reported, “According to international law experts, the proceeding may cement claims of genocide against Israel, and thus lead to its diplomatic isolation…”.

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