Measured Yet Damning: The ICJ’s Genocide Ruling on Israel by Michael Lynk

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  • When the ICJ delivered its remarkable judgement two weeks later, in late January, its measured tones masked a damning verdict. The Court largely accepted South Africa’s narrative about Israel’s conduct of its military operations against Gaza. It dismissed Israel’s argument that there was no “dispute” between the two countries, holding that South Africa had issued a number of both bilateral and public statements since October that Israel’s actions amounted to a violation of the Genocide Convention. In its view, this gave the Court jurisdiction to hear the merits of South Africa’s claim. More importantly, the ICJ ruled that at least some of Israel’s military operations in Gaza could plausibly amount to genocide under the Convention, opening the door for the order of provisional measures against Israel.

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International Criminal Court: Investigate These Israeli Suspects in War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity Probe by DAWN

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(Washington D.C., December 20, 2023) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor should investigate as suspects for war crimes and crimes against humanity the senior Israeli commanders (“Prime Suspects: Who’s Running Israel’s War in Gaza”) identified by Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN).

DAWN submitted to ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan KC the list of 40 Israeli military commanders who have taken part in, or who have direct command responsibility over operations that likely comprise indiscriminate and deliberate attacks on civilians, the use of starvation as a weapon, blocking humanitarian aid, and the imposition of the siege on Gaza. DAWN submitted this information in response to the Prosecutor’s November 17 call for parties to present to his office information relevant to its investigation team’s ongoing probe into violations of the Rome Statute in Palestine, including the current war in Gaza. 

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Why the International Community Made It So Difficult to Prosecute the Crime of Genocide by A. Dirk Moses

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Today, international law on genocide is working as it was designed to: allowing states to ruthlessly exterminate security threats while making it difficult to apply that law. By the reasoning of international lawyers supporting Israel’s war in Gaza today, there are no limits to the number of Palestinian civilians who can be killed incidentally in the pursuit of Israeli military objectives. To root out the estimated 30,000 Hamas fighters in Gaza, how many Palestinian civilians will die? How many will be wounded? So far, nearly 20,000 Palestinians have been killed, two-thirds of them women and children, and some 50,000 more wounded since Israel launched its military campaign in response to Hamas’s attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israeli military officials claim that they have killed two Palestinian civilians for every Hamas fighter—about 5,000 fighters so far, based on the latest Israeli statements earlier this month. Were that ratio to continue, 60,000 Palestinians would be killed and countless more maimed to “eliminate” Hamas, one of Israel’s stated military goals in Gaza.

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