ICJ to decide on Israeli Genocide of Palestinians on Friday

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to announce its interim ruling on the genocide case brought by South Africa against Israel on Friday, January 26, 2024. The case, which was filed in November 2023, accuses Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, in violation of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

South Africa, which is a party to the convention, claims that Israel has been deliberately and systematically killing, injuring, displacing, and persecuting Palestinians in Gaza, with the intent to destroy them as a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. South Africa also alleges that Israel has been imposing a blockade on Gaza, restricting the access of humanitarian aid, food, water, medicine, and electricity, and creating a humanitarian crisis.

The ICJ, which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has the power to issue provisional measures, or interim orders, to prevent irreparable harm or aggravation of the situation while the case is pending. The provisional measures are binding on the parties and can be enforced by the UN Security Council.

South Africa has requested the ICJ to order Israel to cease all military operations in Gaza, lift the blockade, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and cooperate with the UN agencies and human rights organizations. South Africa has also asked the ICJ to order both parties to refrain from any action that may aggravate the situation or endanger the lives of civilians.

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