South Africa will seek to persuade the ICJ to order that Israel immediately suspend its military operations in Gaza.
South Africa says the International Court of Justice (ICJ) only needs to establish that some of its accusations against Israel are capable of falling under the Genocide Convention to effectively order the suspension of its military operations in Gaza.
In an 84-page application, some of South Africa’s brightest legal minds will argue on Thursday there is a clear risk to the rights of the Palestinians and to South Africa’s own rights under the Genocide Convention, if the ICJ does not “indicate provisional measures” to prevent the humanitarian crisis in Gaza – which human rights groups have described as “hell” – from continuing.
This is why, South Africa argues, the ICJ needs to issue interim measures against Israel, pending the determination of the genocide case against it.
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