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The ICJ Ruling

In January 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an interim verdict after a case against Israel was brought by South Africa, accusing Israel of committing genocide. The interim verdict did not have to determine whether or not Israel has committed genocide – this will be ruled at a later date. Instead, the court was tasked with delivering provisional measures to prevent the situation worsening. The court found there is “plausible” risk that genocide is taking place in Gaza and ordered Israel to stop all genocidal acts and “prevent and punish” those inciting genocide. The court said it has “taken note” of several genocidal statements made by senior Israeli officials. For example, Israel’s defence minister has called Gazans “human animals” and its president has said, “It’s an entire nation out there that is responsible”.

Israel has said it will ignore the court’s findings and has accused South Africa of “blood libel”.

Full case can be found here.