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ICJ is set to rule on South Africa’s plea


Hague, 26 January 2024(TDI): On Friday, January 26, 2024, a delegation from the State of Palestine will participate in the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) orders in The Hague to rule on South Africa’s plea.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will issue a ruling regarding South Africa’s petition for emergency provisional measures.

Reports state that Judge Joan E. Donoghue, the President of the Court, will announce the Court’s decision at an open hearing tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Furthermore, due to intense case curiosity and limited court seats, each embassy will receive one seat, while 15 public gallery seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to the general public.

Provisional measures for South Africa’s Plea

In this regard, South Africa has requested provisional measures in the case of South Africa v. Israel, involving the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Following the ICJ decision, the delegations from the State of Palestine and South Africa will jointly organize a press stakeout.

Reportedly, on December 29, 2023, South Africa submitted an application against Israel, alleging violations of the Genocide Convention’s responsibilities in the case of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, with the goal of initiating proceedings against Israel.

Also Read: South Africa accuses Israel of genocide at ICJ

In announcing the verdict within two weeks after the oral hearings, the Court emphasizes the importance of the scenario on the ground.

South Africa further requested in its application to the Court to specify provisional measures aimed at “protecting against further, severe, and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people under the Genocide Convention.”

Additionally, the request seeks measures “to ensure Israel’s compliance with its obligations under the Genocide Convention, not to engage in genocide, and to prevent and punish genocide.”

Global response and ICJ decision

Additionally, tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. New York time, the ICJ will decide whether to apply provisional measures to Israel.

However, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision will critically test both international rule-based order and humanity.

In this latest development, the Palestinian people, along with millions throughout the world, will follow the court’s verdict.

The State of Palestine calls on states, in response to South Africa’s approach, to honor the autonomy of the Court and the supremacy of international law, as well as to demand justice for its misconduct.

Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi
Aqsa Bibi is a dedicated undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Multan. In addition to her academic interests, she is passionate about understanding global dynamics. She has worked with various organizations sponsored by the US Embassy Islamabad. Her commitment to the field and determination to contribute significantly to international relations is evident in her involvement in initiatives. The writer can be reached at kaqsa064@gmail.com

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