The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has declared it will not accept Israel's request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by South Africa, affirming its jurisdiction to hear the genocide case against Israel.
During a session to announce its decision on the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, the Court stated that the Palestinian people are protected under the Genocide Convention.
The ICJ acknowledged the grave tragedy experienced in Gaza and expressed deep concern over the ongoing loss of lives in the region.
It reiterated its authority to order provisional measures in the genocide case against Israel, emphasizing that it would not reject the "genocide case against Israel."
South Africa filed a lawsuit against Israeli occupation on December 29, 2023, regarding violations by Israel of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide concerning Palestinians in Gaza.
Pretoria seeks "provisional measures" from the ICJ, which are urgent judicial orders applied while the court considers the merits of the case, a process that could take years.
South Africa aims for the Court to order an immediate halt to Israel's aggression on Gaza, which began on October 7 in response to Operation Al-Quds Flood launched by Hamas's military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.
The ICJ has taken into account statements by Israeli officials regarding the dehumanization of Palestinians, reaffirming its capacity to issue emergency measures in the genocide case against the state.
This pivotal decision by the ICJ underscores the international legal community's commitment to addressing allegations of genocide and ensuring accountability, amidst the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.