Complaint against Israel: the International Court of Justice recognizes the notion of genocide

Complaint against Israel: the International Court of Justice recognizes the notion of genocide

Its verdict was feverishly awaited on Friday January 26, 2024, almost a month after South Africa courageously filed a complaint against the Israeli apartheid state for the genocidal massacre committed in the Gaza Strip: the Court International Court of Justice in The Hague declared that South African jurists have “ shown sufficient tangible evidence for the prosecution against Israel to be deemed valid, genocide is possibly being committed and provisional measures will be taken. »

And to emphasize: “ Israel’s actions in Gaza could constitute genocide, with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a particular ethnic group, the Palestinians. »

The International Court of Justice requests that Israel report to it within one month on what it is doing to enforce order and on the measures taken within its power to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza.

In essence, the ICJ ruled by an overwhelming majority:

  • Israel must stop attacks on Palestinians
  • Ending incitement against Palestinians as a group
  • Providing humanitarian aid
  • Preserve evidence of your actions
  • Submit the response to the court within one month
  • All parties are bound by international humanitarian law
  • Calls for the release of Hamas hostages in Gaza

ICJ Judge Donoghue says Palestinians are a group protected by the Genocide Convention.

She draws particular attention to statements by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, ordering a “complete siege” of Gaza and telling troops they are fighting against “human animals.”

Satisfaction of South Africa and Hamas

South Africa applauds ICJ ruling urging Israel to prevent genocide in Gaza. Hamas too, and underlines the need for reciprocity in the international law measures announced.

Rejection by Netanyahu’s government

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, in a challenge to the International Court of Justice, states: “The war in Gaza will continue. » Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir rails against the International Court of Justice for issuing a series of interim measures against Israel, calling the international body of “anti-Semitic The minister calls for disregarding the court’s decisions, declaring: “Decisions that endanger the continued existence of the State of Israel must not be listened to. »

source Europalestine