Israel must do everything it can to prevent genocide in Gaza. This is the interim judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case brought by South Africa regarding the war in Gaza.
The court also wants Israel to do everything it can to preserve evidence of any crimes and report on them within a month. Persons guilty of genocide or calling for it must also be prosecuted.
Israel must also ensure that sufficient humanitarian aid can enter the area. The court did not call on the country to cease all military actions, as South Africa had demanded.
Process of years
Chairman Donoghue emphasized that the court cannot yet judge whether genocide has actually taken place. This will require a process that could take years.
Watch part of the statement below (video is in English):
However, the court found that there is sufficient reason to impose provisional measures now, because the victims cannot wait for the outcome of that lawsuit. Donoghue cited that UN officials have repeatedly warned that the situation in Gaza is deteriorating further.
“The civilian population in Gaza remains extremely vulnerable. Israel’s military operation has left tens of thousands dead and injured, destroyed homes, schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure and triggered a huge flow of refugees. This is still continuing and, according to the Prime Minister, is still possible.” ‘take many long months’.”
Statements by ministers
In addition, the court reasoned that South Africa has made it sufficiently clear that genocide may have been committed. Donoghue cited a statement by Israeli Defense Minister Gallant who has called Palestinians “human animals” and President Herzog who said Palestinian civilians are also to blame for the October 7 attack.
The court also called on Hamas to release all Israeli hostages. It also urged both parties to comply with international law.
The 17-member court voted on the interim order and the majority supported it. One or two judges refused to go along with some provisions, including the judge appointed by Israel.
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