In answer to charges brought by Soutrh Africa before the court against the Israel actions in Gaza….
A plea has been made by the court which cannot enforce it except for media pressure…
The International Court of Justice on Friday ordered Israel to take urgent action to prevent genocide in Gaza, but it stopped short of ordering the Israeli military to halt its offensive in the enclave completely.
The big picture: The ICJ, known as the World Court, also ordered Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, take effective measures to prevent and punish incitement to genocide and submit a report to the court within a month on what actions it has taken to comply with the order.
- The decision was only on the request from South Africa, which brought the case, for provisional measures, not the merits of the genocide charge.
What they’re saying: South Africa and the Palestinian government welcomed the order.
- Riyadh al-Maliki, Palestinian minister of foreign affairs, called the decision a “significant order” in a statement.
- “The ICJ ruling is an important reminder that no state is above the law or beyond the reach of justice,” he added. “It breaks Israel’s entrenched culture of criminality and impunity, which has characterized its decades-long occupation, dispossession, persecution and apartheid in Palestine.”
South Africa in a statement called the decision “a decisive victory for the international rule of law and a significant milestone in the search for justice for the Palestinian people.”…