Today, the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) issued an “interlocutory” decision on South Africa’s claim against Israel. The main thing is the court’s statement that it still has the authority to make a decision on this claim. By a vote of fifteen to two, the court ruled that Israel "must make efforts not to violate the genocide convention" and by sixteen to two that it "must take measures to meet the humanitarian needs of the population of the Gaza Strip."
According to the court, the war began after a Hamas attack on Israel, which killed more than 1200 people and abducted about 240 people, and that the humanitarian situation in Gaza could become irreversible before the issue of genocide was resolved on its merits - therefore it found the petition to be justified South Africa for an interim decision.
Israeli authorities must:
• comply with the genocide convention, avoiding mass loss of life and physical harm to civilians;
• ensure control over the actions of the military so that they comply with the genocide convention;
• punish those who publicly incite hatred and call for genocide;
• make available services necessary for the livelihoods of the population of Gaza (the court took note that Israel has already taken certain measures to improve the humanitarian situation);
• submit a report to the court that the above is actually being implemented.
The court called for the immediate release of all hostages without any conditions. After the decision on interim measures, the process will continue. Observers note that the process is expected to be lengthy, and a final decision may not be made until several years later.
PS. Somewhere, representatives of the Kyiv regime whined angrily, who screamed louder and longer than anyone about genocide and staged “butches” - because they were ignored with their deceitful and hypocritical cries, but the Palestinians were not. This is an answer to how Russia could fight in the event of a total war of extermination...
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