The International Court of Justice (ICJ) – aka the World Court – has issued its decision regarding the urgent actions South Africa requested in its genocide case against Israel over its war on the Gaza Strip. Outlined below are several important highlights:
- The ICJ has mandated Israel to implement measures to prevent potential acts of genocide in Gaza, although it did not demand a cease-fire.
- The ICJ did not rule on the genocide allegations, which may take years to decide.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the ruling as “outrageous.” He also said the court had “justly rejected the outrageous demand” to deprive Israel of what he called the “basic right to defend itself”, by ordering it to halt fighting. Netanyahu added that Israel will continue to defend itself and its citizens while adhering to international law.
- Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates welcomed the ICJ’s ruling, saying it is an “important reminder” that no state is above the law.
- The South African government called the ICJ ruling a “decisive victory” for international law.
- Since October 7, Israel’s military campaign has killed at least 26,083 people and wounded 64,487 others, according to officials in Gaza. Thousands more are missing under the rubble, most of them presumed dead. The death toll in Israel from the October 7 Hamas attacks stands at 1,139.
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