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Jalingo Salutes South Africa As ICJ Orders Israel To Prevent Genocidal Acts In Gaza

By Muhammad B. Muhammad

A prominent Islamic Scholar in Nigeria, Dr Jalingo Jalingo has commended South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa as International Court of Justice (ICJ) orders Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza. 

South Africa has accused Israel of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention — set up in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust — during its military campaign in Gaza, sparked by the October 7 attacks by Hamas.

Dr Jalingo who is the National Chairman Ulama’a of Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’a Waikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) hails the court judgement, saying it will no doubt stop the genocidal killings of Muslims in Gaza. 

The Islamic Scholar therefore commended the South African government for instituting the case at the ICJ, and expressed the hope that Israel will abide by Court order for the benefit of peace in the world. 

The United Nations’ top court on Friday said Israel must prevent genocidal acts in Gaza and facilitate “urgently needed” humanitarian aid into the besieged territory, handing down rulings in a case that has drawn global attention.

The court urged Israel to refrain from any possible genocidal acts as it presses its military operation in the Gaza Strip, but stopped short of ordering a ceasefire.

Pro-Palestinian supporters react in celebration after watching the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivering its decision following a hearing of the case against Israel brought by South Africa in The Hague at the Embassy of Palestine in Pretoria on January 26, 2024.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling council of the ruling African National Congress party erupted in cheers, singing and dancing after judges read the order.

Pro-Palestinian supporters react as they watch the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivering its decision following a hearing of the case against Israel brought by South Africa in The Hague at the Embassy of Palestine in Pretoria on January 26, 2024. 

As the ICJ judge announced the provisional measures, applause erupted among a diverse crowd of about 30 gathered in a community centre in Cape Town, some wearing earrings and colours in support of Palestine.

SAHEL REPORTERS/AFP

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