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German chancellor under pressure to stop arming Israel

A woman holds a placard as people protest outside the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the Hague on April 8, 2024. (AFP)

Hundreds of German civil servants have joined a group to demand Chancellor Olaf Scholz stop sending weapons to Israel as the regime continues its war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Around 600 senior public sector employees wrote a letter to Scholz on Monday, calling on him and his senior officials to “cease arms deliveries to Israel with immediate effect.”

“Israel is committing crimes in Gaza that are in clear contradiction to international law and thus to the Constitution, which we are bound to as federal civil servants and public employees.”

The group cited the International Court of Justice’s ruling in January which said Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip amounts to “plausible acts of genocide.”

The case was brought to the world court, seated in The Hague, against the regime by South Africa in December.

Nicaragua has also brought Germany before the World Court to demand that judges impose emergency measures to stop Berlin from providing Israel with "weapons and other assistance.”

Lawyers for Nicaragua argued that Berlin is facilitating genocide in Gaza by providing the Tel Aviv regime with weapons.

Germany’s representatives, however, claimed that Berlin supplied arms only "on the basis of detailed scrutiny... that far exceeds the requirements of international law.”

They said on Tuesday that Israel’s “security has been at the core of Germany foreign policy.”

Germany had already said after Monday's hearing that it "completely rejected" Nicaragua’s claims.

Nicaragua's representative Carlos Jose Francisco Arguello Gomez said Berlin's submission "has not changed Nicaragua's stance."

"Germany is making its position absolutely clear that they are backing whatever Israel is doing... Nicaragua has its position that that's a violation of international law.”

Global pressure grows on Germany and the United States to stop arms transfers to Israel as the regime’s genocidal war has been raging for six months in the besieged Gaza Strip, with more than 33,300 Palestinians killed so far.

Berlin and Washington supply roughly 99 percent of all arms imported to Israel, according to an analysis published in March by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Both President Joe Biden of the US and Chancellor Scholz expedited weapons shipments for Israel after the regime launched its bloody campaign in Gaza in October.

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