ICJ to give order in Gaza genocide case on Friday

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will deliver its order in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel on Friday.

The court’s order will be read by ICJ president Joan Donoghue during a public sitting at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the court announced on Wednesday.

“It is recalled that on 29 December 2023, South Africa filed an application instituting proceedings against Israel concerning alleged violations by Israel of its obligations under the
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in relation to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” the court recounted in a statement.

“In its application, South Africa also requested the court to indicate provisional measures in order to ‘protect against further, severe and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people under the Genocide Convention’ and ‘to ensure Israel’s compliance with its obligations under the Genocide Convention not to engage in genocide, and to prevent and to punish genocide’,” said the ICJ.

The court heard oral arguments from lawyers and representatives of South Africa and Israel over the course of two days two weeks ago.

The South African government is alleging that the Israeli government’s actions in Gaza, particularly the activities of its military forces within Gaza since mid-October, could potentially be categorised as genocide.

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