Today the International Court of Justice — the top judicial organ of the United Nations — issued its preliminary on South Africa’s libelous accusation of “genocide”. Adjudicating the question could take years.
The court addressed Pretoria’s petition to order Israel to stop its military operation in Gaza. It did not. The ICJ recognized that Israel has an inalienable right to defend itself against the terrorist onslaught Israel faces.
The World Court ordered Israel on Friday to prevent acts of genocide — which is its very mission, prevent another genocide of the Jews.
Israel won in court today
The ICJ recognized that Israel has an inalienable right to defend itself against the terrorist onslaught Israel faces.
It demands the immediate release of all hostages
South Africa’s attempt to empty the word genocide of its meaning failed pic.twitter.com/mff7COK9Mb
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) January 26, 2024
The court found that there was a case to be heard about whether Palestinian rights were being denied in a war it said was causing grievous humanitarian harm. It also called for Palestinian armed groups to release hostages captured in the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel that precipitated the conflict.
WOW: A round of applause for Judge Julia Sebutinde! 👏👏👏
Standing strong, she's the first African woman on the ICJ and voted AGAINST all measures South Africa proposed against Israel. History in the making! pic.twitter.com/baPinhwQwC
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) January 26, 2024
Court says Israel shall assist in improving humanitarian conditions, prevent acts or incitement against the genocide convention, preserve evidence and report
By: i24NEWS, January 25, 2024:
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is about to unveil its decision on Friday, January 26, regarding potential “emergency measures” against Israel following South Africa’s allegations of “state-led genocide” in Gaza. Today, the 17-judge panel will reveal its stance.
The judgement summary was no immediate order to halt the war, but assistance must be provided to improve humanitarian conditions, take measures to prevent acts or incitement against the genocide convention, to preserve evidence and provide a report of government acts taken.
ICJ President Joan Donoghue stated in light of initial findings, the court has jurisdiction to hear the case and won’t remove it from the docket, as requested by Israel.
Donoghue later said the ICJ finds a plausible link for need of some of the provisional measures requested by South Africa.
South Africa initiated ICJ proceedings, accusing Israel of committing ‘genocide against the Palestinian people’ during the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas conflict triggered by the October 7 Hamas-led attack. The Israeli government has staunchly denied these claims.
The South African delegation sought nine provisional measures, urging the court to compel the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to cease military actions in Gaza during the proceedings, aiming for an enforced ceasefire.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor, on Thursday night. According to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, the two discussed the Gaza conflict and reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-South Africa partnership, particularly in health, trade and energy.
Different countries started weighing in, such as Turkish and Iranian presidents expecting a verdict in Israel, and Germany saying it will respect any decision.
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)
Request for the indication of provisional measures
The Court to deliver its Order on Friday 26 January 2024 at 1 p.m.
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Israeli officials, regardless of the ICJ’s call, affirm their unwavering commitment to ‘asserting the right to self-defense.’
Anticipating the ICJ’s decision in The Hague, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu orchestrated a special meeting. Simultaneously, Hamas issued a preliminary proclamation, expressing ‘willingness for a ceasefire’ if sanctioned by the court, hinging on reciprocal commitment from Israel.
Hamas reiterated its call for the release of Palestinian prisoners, the end of the Gaza siege, and the provision of vital aid to residents.
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