Global court steps in to prevent genocide as Israel's appeal is turned down

The court also expressed concern about hostages held by Hamas, urging their immediate release

by Sead Dedovic
Global court steps in to prevent genocide as Israel's appeal is turned down
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Today, the International Court of Justice in The Hague responded to South Africa's request by issuing temporary measures to prevent genocide in Gaza. 

Israel's request was rejected, and the court declared itself capable of trying the case. The six temporary measures include preventing genocidal acts, ensuring the army avoids such actions, stopping incitement, ensuring humanitarian access, preventing evidence destruction, and requiring a report from Israel within a month. 

The court also expressed concern about hostages held by Hamas, urging their immediate release. While most of South Africa's arguments were accepted, the interim measures weren't exactly as requested, encouraging legal experts to evaluate how Israel can comply while continuing its offensive in Gaza.

Immediately after everything, there was a reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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“Israel's commitment to international law is unwavering. Equally unwavering is our sacred commitment to continue to defend our country and defend our people,” Netanyahu said, as reported by

Judges were clear when talking about the increasingly used term 'genocide'. Many believe that genocide is currently being committed against the people of Palestine.

"At least some of the acts and omissions alleged by South Africa to have been committed by Israel in Gaza appear to be capable of falling within the provisions of the (Genocide) Convention,"

The Israeli prime minister once again emphasized the defense of the homeland. He did not forget to mention Hamas. From the first day, he openly said that he wanted to destroy Hamas, and emphasized that it was Hamas that first started this conflict. Netanyahu is frustrated with the way the leaders of Hamas are behaving, and is disgusted with what they have been doing since the beginning of the new conflict. However, Netanyahu stressed that he has no intention of endangering civilians and that the primary thing is that they are not harmed.

"We will continue to facilitate humanitarian assistance, and to do our utmost to keep civilians out of harm's way, even as Hamas uses civilians as human shields. We will continue to do what is necessary to defend our country and defend our people."

The Foreign Ministry also referred to the judges' decisions.

“Israel welcomes the Court’s clear demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages held in Gaza.”

He did not forget to mention that Israel is a country that strives to respect human rights, and they intend to continue to do so in the future.

“Israel remains committed, as it has repeatedly affirmed and demonstrated, to acting in accordance with its rights and obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law,”

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir was candid in his response to the decision of the judges in The Hague. He called the court anti-Semitic and considers such decisions completely disappointing. Ben Gvir did not forget to mention the Holocaust, and he believes that such decisions only create more dissatisfaction among the Israeli people, who have already experienced their worst days in history.

“The decision of the antisemitic court in The Hague proves what was already known: This court does not seek justice, but rather the persecution of Jewish people. They were silent during the Holocaust and today they continue the hypocrisy and take it another step further,” he said.

For him, the priority is to preserve the country and defend it. He believes that, at this moment, it is crucial to defeat their opponent.

“Decisions that endanger the continued existence of the State of Israel must not be listened to. We must continue defeating the enemy until complete victory.”

Riyadh Maliki reacts to the court decision

Riyadh Maliki, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, explained that the recent decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is important because it underscores the idea that no country is exempt from the rule of law. Peace in the world must become imperative, and world courts are crucial in establishing such peace.

Maliki expressed Palestine's gratitude for the ICJ's decision in the case involving South Africa and Israel under the Genocide Convention.  

South Africa proved to be a great friend to the Palestinians, at a time when their support was of the greatest importance. Only countries full of love and compassion can be ready to help Palestine in this way.

He pointed out that the ICJ, after reviewing clear evidence of ongoing genocide, has issued interim measures. Maliki stressed that the ICJ's ruling is a crucial reminder that every country is bound by the law and must be accountable for its actions. 

He highlighted that the decision challenges the longstanding culture of wrongdoing and lack of accountability in Israel, particularly about its prolonged occupation, property confiscation, persecution, and apartheid in Palestine.