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International Court of Justice Set to Deliver Order in Genocide Case

The International Court of Justice in the Hague heard the South Africa versus Israel case earlier this month. Credit: ICJ

The International Court of Justice in the Hague heard the South Africa versus Israel case earlier this month. Credit: ICJ

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 26 2024 (IPS) - The International Court of Justice will deliver it’s order for provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case of South Africa versus Israel today.

South Africa argued that the scale of destruction resulting from the bombardment of Gaza and the deliberate restriction of food, water, medicines, and electricity demonstrated that the government of Israel and its military were intent on destroying Palestinians as a group, which was in violation of the UN Genocide Convention.

The case was argued on January 10 and 11, 2024, and today’s decision is only likely to deal with jurisdiction and the provisional measures that South Africa asked the court to impose.

The provisional measures include:

  • that military operations are immediately ceased;
  • that the State of Israel take reasonable measures within its power to prevent genocide, including desisting from actions that could bring about physical destruction;
  • rescind orders of restrictions and prohibitions to prevent forced displacement and ensure access to humanitarian assistance, including access to adequate fuel, shelter, clothes, hygiene, sanitation and medical supplies;
  • avoid public incitement;
  • ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts and
  • submit a report to the court on all measures taken to give effect to the order.

South Africa argued that the scale of destruction resulting from the bombardment of Gaza and the deliberate restriction of food, water, medicines, and electricity demonstrated that the government of Israel and its military were intent on destroying Palestinians as a group.

Israel disputed this, saying that the country had a right to defend itself in the face of the October 7 massacre in Israel. It was argued that South Africa brought a fundamentally flawed case. 

IPS will update the outcome later today.

IPS UN Bureau Report

 


  
 
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