ICJ Genocide case: World Court to issue emergency verdict measure on Israel tomorrow

South Africa filed an urgent appeal asking the ICJ to compel Israel to "immediately suspend" military operations in Gaza. The appeal argues Israel's actions in the conflict and controversial statements by Israeli officials show an intent to commit genocide against Palestinians.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will issue its ruling on Friday on whether to grant South Africa's request for emergency measures against Israel over military operations in Gaza that South Africa alleges amount to genocide.

South Africa filed an urgent appeal asking the ICJ to compel Israel to "immediately suspend" military operations in Gaza. The appeal argues Israel's actions in the conflict and controversial statements by Israeli officials show an intent to commit genocide against Palestinians.

Top World Court to issue its ruling on Israel

The ICJ announced it will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, where Judge Joan E. Donoghue, president of the court, will announce the court order on South Africa's appeal for immediate action by Israel to halt its Gaza campaign.

"On Friday 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice will deliver its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel)," the release said.

"A public sitting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Joan E. Donoghue, the President of the Court, will read the Court's Order," the release added.

Israel committed to disarming hamas

The ICJ decision comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Israel's unwavering commitment to dismantling Hamas forces in Gaza, stating "nobody will stop us."

Speaking at a press briefing, Netanyahu dismissed potential interference from the ICJ case and other entities, including the "axis of evil" led by Iran.

"Nobody will stop us - not The Hague, not the axis of evil, and not anybody else," Netanyahu emphasized, rejecting accusations of genocide.

Netanyahu: Case fueled by Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu characterized South Africa's ICJ genocide claims as "hypocritical onslaughts" by those seeking another Holocaust against Jews.

He highlighted alleged discoveries of antisemitic materials in Hamas-controlled Gaza, including copies of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in tunnels and a child's tablet with a Hitler screensaver.

While acknowledging lingering antisemitism, Netanyahu underscored Jewish resilience and vowed Israel would continue military operations "until the end."

The ICJ order Friday could require Israel to immediately suspend Gaza operations pending a full hearing. Netanyahu preemptively rejected such an outcome.