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Today, the International Court to Decide on South Africa’s Genocide Allegations Against Israel

U.N. Judges in The Hague are set to deliver a ruling on South Africa’s urgent plea for measures against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The case centers around allegations of state-led genocide by Israel during its military operation in Gaza. The Friday ruling won’t address the core accusation but will focus on South Africa’s request for emergency intervention. Among the measures sought is an immediate cessation of Israel’s military operation, held responsible for significant destruction in Gaza and over 25,000 casualties, according to Gaza health authorities. Israel has urged the court to dismiss the case, asserting the charges as baseless. South Africa contends that Israel’s offensive aims at the “destruction of the population” in Gaza. Israel denies the accusations, citing respect for international law and the right to self-defense. The 17-judge panel will decide on provisional measures and assess if there is a plausible risk of Israel’s operation violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. The ruling, scheduled for 1 p.m. (1200 GMT), will determine whether to impose emergency measures, acting as a restraining order while the full case is heard, a process that may span years. South Africa has requested nine emergency measures, including a halt to Israeli military action, increased humanitarian aid access, and an investigation into possible violations. The court retains the discretion to order its own measures based on jurisdictional considerations at this stage of the case.

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