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Jewish diaspora organizations condemned the “micromanagement” and “scandalous” narrative of the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the Israeli operation in Rafah on Friday, but noted that the panel did not restrict the IDF from continuing its fight against Hamas. in the Gaza stronghold.

The pro-Israel NGO StandWithUs explained that the ICJ ruling did not order Israel to stop military operations, but it could continue its campaign against terrorist organizations in Gaza as long as the IDF took the necessary measures to prevent harm to Palestinian civilians.

SWU, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the American Jewish Committee argued that the Israeli military was making every effort to prevent civilian deaths. Consequently, this did not prevent Israeli actions from continuing.

“Israel’s actions in Gaza are directed at Hamas and can in no way be understood as aimed at inflicting conditions that could lead to the destruction of the Palestinian population of Gaza,” the AJC said. “South Africa’s charge of genocide against Israel remains unfounded and inexcusable, and the ICJ has not determined that Israel is acting in violation of the Genocide Convention.”

The AJC said Israeli judge Aharon Barak and other ICJ panelists expressed that the order did not impede Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas and work to free the hostages. Jewish organizations noted that dozens of hostages are still being held by terrorists in Gaza.

FORMER Chief Justice Aharon Barak attends a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee in 2017. (Credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

The Canadian Commission (CIJA) said in a statement that while the ruling “does not say that Israel must completely and unconditionally stop the Rafah operation, it does show that the Court is going well beyond its mandate and is attempting to micromanage a war.”

“It is a clear overreach and politicization of the Court,” CIJA said. “The ICJ cannot corner Israel and prevent it from exercising its absolute right to respond to aggression, defend its citizens and rescue hostages kidnapped by Hamas.”

‘He exceeded the scope of his authority’

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also said the court “exceeded the scope of its authority and undermined its legitimacy with this politically motivated ruling, which sends the message that terrorists can use civilians as human shields, against of international law, and the AJC said that “in the absence of any evidence that Israel is acting with genocidal intent,” the ICJ was micromanaging the conflict and exceeding its jurisdiction.

“Today’s order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on provisional measures is outrageous,” the AJC said. “It does nothing but promote South Africa’s defamatory and dangerous narrative that Israel is attacking Palestinian civilians in its military operation in Gaza, masked in the language of international law.”

The Conference attacked the ICJ for being involved in a “legal war against an American ally” that sets dangerous precedents for the United States and provides incentives to terrorists and autocrats.

“This ruling is a victory for terrorists around the world and represents an infringement of Israel’s sovereignty and right to self-defense,” the Conference stated. “No other country would be expected to abandon its people into the hands of terrorists. While this ruling is scandalous, it is not surprising that another international body would delegitimize itself by holding the Jewish state to a different standard than any other country in the world.” .

AJC, SWU, CIJA said that the push was with Hamas to lay down its arms and end the war, and that Israel had the responsibility to continue the war until then.

The Conference and the SWU ridiculed the ICJ ruling for requiring the opening of the Rafah crossing, arguing that Egypt had closed the crossing, not Israel.

SWU said Israel could accept the ICJ order, requiring it to submit monthly reports, or it could reject the report, demanding a response from the United Nations Security Council. SWU said the United States was expected to veto any response.

The Conference urged “President Biden to veto any attempt to enforce this miscarriage of justice in the UN Security Council.”