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ICJ Rejects Nicaragua’s Request to Halt German Arms Sales to Israel

Judges at the International Court of Justice rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 26, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

i24 News — The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has rejected Nicaragua’s request to issue emergency orders to Germany, urging it to cease arms sales to Israel.

The decision, made by a vote of 15 to 1, was announced on Tuesday, dealing a blow to Nicaragua’s efforts to halt what it perceived as facilitation of acts of genocide.

The judgment, delivered in The Hague, cited several factors for the rejection, including a notable decrease in recent German arms sales to Israel, the defensive nature of the weapons sold, and Germany’s robust internal processes to assess if arms could be used for war crimes or genocide.

Nicaragua had filed a case at the ICJ last month, accusing Germany of aiding Israel in acts of genocide in Gaza. However, Germany vehemently refuted these accusations, asserting that its support for Israel’s security is a fundamental aspect of its foreign policy.

The court’s scrutiny revealed that only a limited number of war weapons licenses had been granted by the German government, with the majority pertaining to defensive military equipment.

Furthermore, it acknowledged that Germany’s contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) are voluntary, dismissing Nicaragua’s contention that funding should be obligatory.

This legal battle echoes South Africa’s recent case against Israel at the ICJ, where similar accusations of genocide in Gaza were leveled. While the ICJ urged Israel to take measures to prevent genocidal acts, it did not mandate an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Following South Africa’s legal action, Germany announced its intervention as a third party in the case, asserting that Israel has not committed genocide.

Nicaragua, previously seeking to join South Africa’s case against Israel, argued that Israel’s conduct violates its obligations under the Genocide Convention.

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

The post OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

The post Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023 first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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