“Aware of the humanitarian tragedy”, stated the president of the IGC. Tel Aviv’s appeal rejected
The International Court of Justice in The Hague has agreed to rule on South Africa’s genocide complaint against Israel in the Gaza Strip. “Some charges leveled against Israel fall under the provisions of the Genocide Convention“, said Judge Joan E. Donoghue, president of the ICJ, adding that ”there is sufficient evidence for an evaluation”.
Announcing that he had rejected Tel Aviv’s complaint against the complaint, the judge also specified that the Court ”has the jurisdiction to rule on the matter” and that the Palestinians appear to fall within the groups protected by the convention. “The Palestinians appear to constitute a distinct national, ethnic, racial or religious group, and therefore a protected group, under Article 2 of the Genocide Convention,” Donoghue says.
The judge said that the International Court of Justice is ”deeply aware of the scale of the human tragedy” that is occurring in the Gaza Strip and the region and is ”deeply concerned about the continued loss of life and human suffering“, recall that South Africa and Israel signed the Genocide Convention.
The Court then ordered Israel to ”take all measures in its power” to prevent a genocide of the Palestinians, including improving humanitarian conditions in the enclave. Israel must also ensure ”with immediate effect” that its forces do not commit any of the acts envisaged by the genocide convention.
Reminding the international legal obligations that Israel must respect, Judge Donoghue then asked Israel to return to The Hague in a month to present evidence that it is working to prevent a genocide in the Gaza Strip.