The International Court of Justice today rules on precautionary measures against Israel


The precautionary measures requested by South Africa include an “immediate” withdrawal and the “cessation” of its military offensive in Ráfah. The International Court of Justice is expected to announce its decision from 1 p.m.

The international Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce this Friday its decision on the additional precautionary measures that South Africa has requested against Israel, including, among other things, an “immediate” withdrawal and the “cessation” of its military offensive in Rafah, in the far south of Gaza. measures to prevent a ‘genocide’ against the Palestinians in Gaza.

The ICJ, the United Nations’ highest court, will rule a week after public hearings last Thursday and Friday, in which South Africa denounced that Israel’s “institutionalized impunity” was causing the “annihilation” of Palestinians. Gaza, identifying the offensive in Ráfah as the “final phase” of that “destruction”.

The Court has been convened public hearing at 1 p.m in the Peace Palace in The Hague, where the judge and president of the International Court of Justice, Nawaf Salam, will read out the decision taken after hearing arguments from the two sides, South Africa and Israel, last week on the need for these additional precautions.

The origins of this case date back to December 29, when South Africa initiated proceedings against Israel, accusing it of violating the Genocide Convention with its war in Gaza, and deemed it necessary to inform the Israeli government at a preliminary stage of the process to request that precautions be taken to prevent a genocide in the Strip.

The International Court of Justice concluded on January 26 that the risk of genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza was “plausible” and subsequently issued precautionary measures, asking Israel to take “immediate and effective” steps to prevent this crime, and to avoid any incitement to its eradication to punish. of the Palestinians, even though he did not demand a “ceasefire” as South Africa had requested.

On May 10, South Africa appealed again to the court, finding that the Israeli military offensive in Rafah represents “a change” in the situation and demanding additional precautions.

Source: EITB


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