ICJ to make ruling on South Africa’s ‘genocide’ case against Israel

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to make a ruling tomorrow on whether it will grant emergency measures to stop the war in Gaza. South Africa took Israel to the world court late arguing that the Middle East country stands to breach the UN Genocide Convention signed in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust.

In a statement late yesterday, ICJ said that a public sitting will take place at 2 pm tomorrow at the Peace Palace in the Hague in the Netherlands during which the President of the court, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, will read the judgment.

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South Africa and Palestine are hoping that the ICJ will side with them and order an emergency measure to be put in place to stop the ongoing war between Palestine and Israel in Gaza.

According to News 24, the government delegation including the Minister of International Relations Naledi Pandor is already in the Netherlands in preparation for the judgment.

In its application, South Africa accused Israel of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. Stating that at least 23,469 people, including almost 10,000 children, have been killed and more than 59,604 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.

Meanwhile, Israel described the allegations levelled by South Africa as hypocritical and said one of the biggest cases ever to come before an international court reflected a world turned upside down. Israeli leaders said that their count is defending their air and ground offensive in Gaza as a legitimate response to Hamas’ attack when militants stormed through Israeli communities, killing some 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostages.


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