The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued a ruling in the case brought by South Africa against Israel, accusing it of committing genocide against the Palestinian people in the Gaza war. The court’s decision requires Israel to increase efforts to protect Palestinians and provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, but it does not call for an immediate ceasefire.
The ruling indicates that the court believes Israel is not doing enough to prevent genocide and incitement to genocide. While the case will continue for years, the court affirmed that it will hear the genocide case, rejecting Israel’s request for dismissal.
The ICJ issued six legally binding measures that oblige Israel to take further action to protect Palestinian civilians and prevent genocide. However, the enforcement mechanism relies on the politically influenced UN Security Council, where the U.S., Israel’s strongest ally, has a permanent veto.