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UN court stops short of ordering Israeli cease-fire in Gaza

Pro-Israel activists gather near the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands. The Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Post

UN court stops short of ordering Israeli cease-fire in Gaza

The United Nations’ International Court of Justice in the Netherlands on Friday issued a preliminary decision in a genocide case South Africa brought against Israel. The order called for Israel to prevent the incitement of genocide against Palestinian people and to ensure that humanitarian aid can enter Gaza. The 17 judges did not order a cease-fire as South Africa had requested. Israel rejected the allegations of genocide and earlier this month argued the case should be thrown out.

What have Israel and South Africa said about the decision? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the ruling affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself from attacks like the one carried out on Oct. 7 by Hamas. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa applauded the ruling and said it indicates there is a plausible case of genocide. The decision could open the door for negotiations to end the war, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor said outside The Hague. The court does not have a way to enforce its ruling and will likely take years to issue a final decision.

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Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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