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Journalist discusses 'best possible legal way' to stop Israel from bombing Gaza

Frame grab from Press TV's interview of November 14, 2023 with independent journalist Sam Husseini

A journalist campaigning to hold the Israeli regime accountable for committing genocide in the Gaza Strip discusses the "best possible legal way" of stopping Tel Aviv from bombing the coastal sliver.

Sam Husseini addressed the prospect in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday amid an October 7-present Israeli war against Gaza.

Israel has killed over 11,250 Palestinians, including more than 8,000 women and children, in Gaza since that day, when it launched a war of aggression against the territory in response to an operation carried out by the Gaza-based resistance groups.

"I think that it's imperative that other states, which have been critical of Israel's war crimes and assaults and genocide in Gaza go ahead and...invoke the Genocide Convention at the world court," Husseini said, referring to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

"It will be a significant step," he said, adding, "With the Genocide Convention, Israel is uniquely vulnerable" since "Israel is a signatory to the Genocide Convention."

"Will that stop Israel from bombing? It seems to be the best possible legal mechanism to do so," Husseini said.

According to the journalist, should the ICJ issue a ruling that would hold the Israeli regime accountable for genocide in Gaza, this would put "tremendous" additional pressure on the United Nations to act.

Such a ruling would also serve to further isolate the United States at the UN Security Council, he said.

Western governments, led by the US, have stopped short of drawing any red lines for the Israeli regime, which has vowed to wage a "long" war against Gaza. Tel Aviv's allies have also refused to throw their weight behind a Security Council resolution that would call for a ceasefire.

A ruling by the World Court "could [meanwhile] be used by the [UN] General Assembly to invoke the Uniting for Peace [resolution], which is a mechanism that many have long sought to use at the General Assembly to remedy the enormous probability of the US veto at the Security Council," Husseini concluded.

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