Press Release
Jan. 26, 2024

In response to the ICJ ruling, Stein calls for international coalition for immediate Gaza aid, ceasefire, and end to US aid for Israel

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 26th, 2024

The International Court of Justice has ruled today in favor of every provisional measure brought by South Africa, in which Israel has been charged with violating Geneva Conventions on genocide. While the ICJ stopped short of calling for a ceasefire, every other provision that was ruled on is effectively a call for ceasefire, in particular the allowance that Israel must allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, which they have been blocking.

The court immediately focused on the impending danger of starvation, disease, and exposure. The genocidal rhetoric of Israeli officials was on full display. The US now has the responsibility to act immediately to prevent what may later be shown to be definitive acts of genocide, and President Biden and other US leaders may themselves be found culpable.

The US must immediately cease all military assistance to Israel, both financial backing and weapons supplies. The US must stop providing diplomatic cover for Israel's genocidal war on Gaza, particularly by ending use of its veto power to block UN Security Council resolutions calling for a ceasefire that have been backed by the vast majority of nations and peoples of the world. The US must convert all military operations in the region to preparations for humanitarian assistance, in broad coalition with other nations, in order to prevent further atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The United States should immediately join together with the nations of the world, under the auspices of the United Nations, in a broad coalition to act on the Responsibility to Protect the Palestinian people from genocide. Israel's blockade of all entry and exit points from Gaza is already illegal under international law. The international community must act now to save Palestinians from extermination. We must act now to deliver food, water, medicine, shelter, and other emergency relief supplies to the desperate people of Gaza.

More than 30,000 Palestinians have lost their lives since October 7th, including over 10,000 children. World leaders cannot continue to stand by while tens of thousands more suffer the same fate. Millions of people around the world have stood in solidarity with the Palestinians, recognizing the cruelty imposed on them by Israel, with the full throated support of the Biden White House and both war machine supported political parties.

We now have a ruling under international law that what is happening in Gaza is morally wrong on every conceivable level, and it is our duty to act. 

Ceasefire NOW. Humanitarian aid NOW. Stop the genocide NOW.


Jill Stein

Presidential Candidate 2024, Green Party

 

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