THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the advisory proceedings on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

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Day 1

Palestine

Day 2

  • South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile

Day 3

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary

Day 4

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan


Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius

Day 5

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar


United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia

Day 6

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union

Spain, Fiji and Maldives

Palestine https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13rkfn0l5 (verbatim record  https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240219-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13jfq7uqb (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1g32uhhkw (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1ggyabo49 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-01-0-bi.pdf)

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bb8jev65 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k10/k10g8i0fve (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k15/k15sfyp57d (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k14/k146vvicz2 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11pg5qd8i (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1w/k1wlevnxjx (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Spain, Fiji and Maldives https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k134ldx1eq (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

URGENT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES UNDER ARTICLE 75(1) OF THE RULES OF COURT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE by South Africa

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  • The Republic of South Africa is gravely concerned that the unprecedented military offensive against Rafah, as announced by the State of Israel, has already led to and will result in further largescale killing, harm and destruction in serious and irreparable breach both of the Genocide Convention and of the Court’s Order of 26 January 2024. Accordingly, and having regard to the situation of extreme emergency, the Republic of South Africa respectfully requests that the Court exceptionally consider exercising its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court.
  • … South Africa thus respectfully calls upon the Court to consider as a matter of the greatest urgency whether the developing circumstances in Rafah require that it exercise its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court to prevent further imminent breach of the rights of Palestinians in Gaza. South Africa also reserves its own rights to take further action in respect of the situation.

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read Israel’s observations on the request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the court decision https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

South African lawyers preparing lawsuit against US, UK for complicity in Israel’s war crimes in Gaza by Tufan Aktas

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  • After South Africa filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for genocide in Gaza, the country’s nearly 50 lawyers are preparing a separate lawsuit against the US and UK governments on the grounds that they are complicit in Israeli forces’ war crimes in Palestine.
  • The initiative, led by South African lawyer Wikus Van Rensburg, aims to prosecute those who are complicit in the crime in civilian courts in collaboration with lawyers from the US and UK, with whom he is already in contact.

Continue reading at https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-african-lawyers-preparing-lawsuit-against-us-uk-for-complicity-in-israels-war-crimes-in-gaza/3109201#:~:text=After%20South%20Africa%20filed%20a,forces’%20war%20crimes%20in%20Palestine

South Africa says Israel is already ignoring UN court ruling ordering it to prevent deaths in Gaza on Associated Press

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  • PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Israel has ignored the ruling by the U.N.’s top court last week by killing hundreds more civilians in a matter of days in Gaza, South Africa’s foreign minister said Wednesday, adding that her country has asked why an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been issued in a case South Africa filed at the separate International Criminal Court.
  • … The preliminary ruling by the U.N.’s International Court of Justice in South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza ordered Israel to do all it can to prevent death, destruction and any acts of genocide against Palestinians in the territory.
  • “I can’t be dishonest. I believe the rulings of the court have been ignored,” South Africa’s foreign minister said. “Hundreds of people have been killed in the last three or four days. And clearly Israel believes it has license to do as it wishes.”
  • Pandor said there was a danger of the world doing nothing to stop the civilian casualties in Gaza and said similar inaction contributed to the horrific death toll in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, when more than 800,000 people were slaughtered in the East African country.
  • “We are allowing this to happen again, right before our eyes, on our TV screens,” Pandor said.

Continue reading at https://apnews.com/article/israel-gaza-genocide-south-africa-palestinians-d4724119dfd23d118350175c39fb4534

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its Order in the case South Africa v. Israel on UN Web TV

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Continue watching at https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1u/k1uwq4cxuv

Read the full summary at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240126-sum-01-00-en.pdf

‘It’s not just Israel on trial’: Bosnian war survivor’s support for genocide case on The Guardian

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  • Reminded of the atrocities of the war and the Srebrenica genocide, she fears the landmark case brought against Serbia for genocide in The Hague decades ago – which found that genocide did take place in Srebrenica but cleared Serbia of direct intent to commit genocide – will become the precedent for other genocide cases.
  • … After watching proceedings in The Hague last week, Buljušmić-Kustura has gathered more than 1,000 signatures from Bosnian genocide and war survivors across Bosnia, the US and the UK in an open letter to the international court of justice (ICJ). It calls on the UN court to prevent the repetition of history by implementing the “provisional measures” put forward by South Africa requiring actions, such as a ceasefire, to mitigate the risk of genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/18/its-not-just-israel-on-trial-bosnian-war-survivors-support-for-genocide-case

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the case South Africa v. Israel on United Nations Web TV

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South Africa

Israel

Continue watching South Africa at https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11gf661b3

Continue watching Israel at https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1c/k1c10lsjoq

Scholars support South Africa’s submission to the International Court of Justice against Israel for violations of the 1948 Genocide Convention on TWAILR

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  • As scholars and practitioners of international law, genocide studies, and international studies, and cognate fields relating to global justice, we wholeheartedly support South Africa’s application to the ICJ as a step towards a necessary ceasefire in Gaza and justice in Palestine. We recall the statement published on October 15, 2023, sounding the alarm of a potential genocide in Gaza, signed by over 800 scholars of international law and genocide studies. 

Continue reading at https://twailr.com/public-statement-scholars-support-south-africas-submission-to-the-international-court-of-justice-against-israel-for-violations-of-the-1948-genocide-convention/

ICJ hearings over Israel’s alleged breaches of the Genocide Convention a vital step to help protect Palestinian civilians by Amnesty International

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  • Amnesty International has not made a determination that the situation in Gaza amounts to genocide. However, there are alarming warning signs given the staggering scale of death and destruction with more than 23,000 Palestinians killed in just over three months and a further 10,000 missing under the rubble, presumed dead, as well as an appalling spike in dehumanizing and racist rhetoric against Palestinians by certain Israeli government and military officials. This, coupled with Israel’s imposition of an illegal siege in Gaza, which has cut off or severely restricted the civilian population’s access to water, food, medical assistance and fuel, is inflicting unfathomable levels of suffering and puts the survival of those within Gaza at risk.

… As the United States continues to use its veto power to block the UN Security Council from calling for a ceasefire, war crimes and crimes against humanity are rife, and the risk of genocide is real. States have a positive obligation to prevent and punish genocide and other atrocity crimes. The ICJ’s examination of Israel’s conduct is a vital step for the protection of Palestinian lives, to restore trust and credibility in the universal application of international law, and to pave the way for justice and reparation for victims.

Continue reading at https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2024/01/icj-hearings-over-israels-alleged-breaches-of-the-genocide-convention-a-vital-step-to-help-protect-palestinian-civilians/