Prosecutor's bench in The Hague: Nicaragua's ambassador Carlos José Argüello Gómez (right) sits in the courtroom.
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The International Court of Justice is negotiating the Gaza war. This time Germany is in the dock. Nicaragua accuses Berlin of violating international law by supporting Israel.

IAt the Peace Palace in The Hague on Monday, the focus was once again on the war in Gaza. But unlike the case that South Africa is conducting before the International Court of Justice, this time it is not Israel who is accused, but Germany. The procedure was initiated by Nicaragua.

The government led by authoritarian ruler Daniel Ortega accuses Germany of violating international law by supporting Israel. Nicaragua is concerned with violations of international humanitarian law, i.e. the law that applies to armed conflicts, with the Palestinians' right to self-determination – and with genocide.

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