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ICJ orders Israel to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza and report within a month

United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) orders Israel to implement measures to prevent acts of genocide in its conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza, stopping short of demanding an immediate ceasefire.



The United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel on Friday (26 Jan) to implement measures to prevent acts of genocide in its conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza. However, the court stopped short of demanding an immediate ceasefire.

This high-profile judgment was delivered in response to a case brought by South Africa, which accused Israel of conducting state-led genocide.

The ICJ mandated that Israel “must ensure its forces do not commit genocide” and take proactive steps to improve the humanitarian conditions for Palestinian civilians.

“Israel must take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians,” the court stated in its verdict.

The presiding judge, Joan Donoghue, addressing the representatives in The Hague, remarked on the severity of the situation: “Israel’s large-scale military operation by land, air and sea has left Gaza to become a place of death and despair.” She further expressed the court’s deep concern over the “continuing loss of life and human suffering.”

Donoghue also confirmed that the court found sufficient evidence to proceed with the genocide allegations. “The court would not throw out the case as Israel requested,” she stated.

15 of the 17 ICJ panel judges voted in favour of emergency measures largely aligning with South Africa’s requests, except for a directive to halt Israeli military actions in Gaza.

According to Gaza health authorities, the Israeli military operation, which began after Hamas’s cross-border incursion on 7 October, has resulted in over 26,000 deaths. Israeli officials report a lower death toll of 1,200, mostly civilians, and 240 people taken hostage; however, the updated casualty figures come to 1,139.

Reacting to the charges, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied the accusations of genocide, calling them “outrageous.”

He emphasized Israel’s right to self-defense: “Like every country, Israel has an inherent right to defend itself. The vile attempt to deny Israel this fundamental right is blatant discrimination against the Jewish state, and it was justly rejected. But the mere claim that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians is not only false, it’s outrageous, and the willingness of the court to even discuss this is a disgrace that will not be erased for generations.”

Israel’s National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, appeared to scorn the World Court’s verdict with a dismissive comment, “Hague shmague,” posted on social media.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki welcomed the ICJ’s provisional measures. “The ICJ judges assessed the facts and the law; they ruled in favour of humanity and international law,” he stated in a televised speech.

South Africa, on the other hand, hailed the ruling as a “decisive victory” for international law. “South Africa sincerely hopes that Israel will not act to frustrate the application of this Order… but that it will instead act to comply with it fully, as it is bound to do,” stated its department of international relations and cooperation.

Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of international relations, highlighted the implicit need for a ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian efforts. “How do you provide aid and water without a ceasefire? If you read the order, by implication a ceasefire must happen,” she stated outside the court in The Hague.

The ruling was celebrated within South Africa, with senior government officials and members of the ruling African National Congress party publicly expressing their approval.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri termed the decision as significant in isolating Israel and exposing its actions in Gaza.

Despite Israel’s earlier expectations for the case’s dismissal, the ICJ’s decision, while not resolving the core accusation of genocide, underscores the urgency of intervention and the Palestinians’ right to protection.

ICJ rulings, though legally binding, lack enforceable power. The court’s limitations in enforcing its decisions are exemplified in cases like its order against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which was ignored.

A definitive ruling on whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza remains to be determined in a subsequent phase of the legal proceedings, which may take several years.

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One of the hostages, who was held captive for almost fifty days, lived in the attic of a Gaza teacher working for UNRWA, Almog Boker told Channel 13 TV.

“Innocent civilians,” they tell us, right? So read this story carefully. One of the abductees, who was kept in the attic of a house for almost 50 days, says that he was held by a UNRWA teacher!” – Boker wrote on Twitter.


Bottomline: No hostages taken/terrorist attack on Oct 7, there will not be a war now.

as long as you kill people ,to me is genocide.


Bye bye South Africa !!!

No dismissal of the case. The Genocide investigations will be carried out further.Well done ICJ. Even the Israeli judge voted for humanitarian help to be allowed into GAZA and the protection of civilians. It can be read as a ceasefire requisite for the trucks to enter Gaza. Clever judges played it well against Israel ‘s supporters especially the US and UK. What will Nethanyahu do now? He has to face an Israeli Court and not hide out behind the Genocide in Gaza. Isn’t Nethanyahu the same as Hitler? At least Hitler was honest enough to admit he hated the Jews… Read more »

bye Gaza
bye Palestine
bye Hamas
bye Yemen
bye Iran

ICJ : so Hamas killing killing innocent on 7th October is not genocide?
ICJ= so Russia killing innocent lives in Ukraine is not genocide?
ICJ= so when 2 countries are at war its genocide, especially when Hamas is the attacker?
ICJ= so when Israel is doing self defense is genocide?

what do you think?

Funny how the ICJ doesn’t also reiterate that Hamas must likewise prevent their genocide actions since it is in Hamas’ chapter to ELIMINATE Israel and Jews. Since taking over so-called governance of Gaza, Hamas has only attacked other rival Palestinian groups and Israel, instead of improving the people’s lives in Gaza, with large-scale (extravagant) corruption widely reported in the world media.

Well their option is just Be enslaved or Be Dead … No?!?

Will Israel follow the ruling or going on to be a pariah Nation? The right of defence does not all allow the killing of civilians and flattening of buildings. Nethanyahu should build a wall like the Great Wall of China on Israel’s side of the border. We can then agree that it is self defence. Having a dome and surveillance in Israel but failing to stop Hamas kidnapping of 240 hostages only shows the failure of the Israeli govt. in protecting it’s citizens. Nethanyahu ‘s killing of 25,000 Palestinians and the continuing destruction of Gaza is to cover his mistakes… Read more »