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“The ICJ can go to hell,” says US senator after ruling against Israel

AA / Washington / Dyar Guldogan

US Senator Lindsey Graham said this Friday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) “can go to hell” following a UN High Court order calling on Israel to “immediately” halt its military offensive in the town of Rafah. south of the Gaza Strip.

“As far as I’m concerned, the ICJ can go to hell, it’s time to stand up to this so-called Post X.”

Graham’s comments came after the ICJ also ordered Israel to open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to allow humanitarian aid to enter.

“ICJ rulings that Israel must cease operations necessary to destroy four battalions of Hamas assassins and terrorists – who use Palestinians as human shields – are ridiculous. Israel should ignore them,” Graham said.

While these decisions were welcomed by many countries around the world, including South Africa, which filed a genocide complaint against Israel before the ICJ amid the Gaza war, Israel immediately criticized the Hague court’s decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to discuss the decision with his ministers by phone this Friday, according to Israeli media reports.

Israel has so far killed at least 35,857 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas that reportedly killed 1,200 Israelis on October 7.

The Israeli offensive has destroyed large parts of the area and created a serious humanitarian crisis. Despite concerns about the safety of civilians, Israeli forces launched an offensive in Rafah on May 6. The city hosts almost one and a half million Palestinians who have taken refuge there. Since the start of the operation against Rafah, at least 800,000 Palestinians have been forced to flee the city again.

* Translated from English by Munir Benuri.

Source: AA

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