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World Court: Israel Must Prevent Genocide in Gaza

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Friday, the World Court ordered Israel to prevent genocide during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza but didn’t call for an immediate ceasefire.

The ruling came in response to a case brought by South Africa, with 15 out of 17 judges on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) panel supporting emergency measures.

Israel is required to ensure its forces do not commit genocide and improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as reported by Reuters.

Notably, the ICJ did not order an immediate halt to Israeli military action in Gaza.

Israel’s military operation, which began after a cross-border rampage by Hamas on October 7, has caused significant damage in Gaza and resulted in over 25,000 Palestinian casualties.

Israeli officials reported 1,200 deaths, mostly civilians, and 240 hostages taken during the conflict.

The ICJ expressed grave concern for the fate of the hostages in Gaza, calling on Hamas and other armed groups to release them immediately without conditions.

This ruling, although welcomed by Palestinians, is embarrassing for Israel and its allies, including the United States.

Israel had asked the court to reject the case, asserting its respect for international law and its right to self-defence.

The court instructed Israel to take all necessary measures to prevent acts within the scope of Article II of the Genocide Convention.

“The state of Israel shall…take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of Article II of the Genocide convention,” the court said.

Israel is required to report back to the court on the steps it takes within a month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the charge of genocide as “outrageous” and vowed to defend the country.

While the ICJ’s decisions are final and without appeal, the court lacks enforcement mechanisms. The ruling did not determine whether genocide occurred in Gaza but recognized the right of Palestinians in Gaza to be protected from acts of genocide.

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