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SA vs Israel: Nations call for compliance with ICJ order, focus shifts to Security Council


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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers an order on South Africa's genocide case against Israel on 26 January 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands. On 11 January and 12 January at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judicial body of the United Nations, in The Hague, South Africa seized the ICJ, to ask it to rule on possible acts of genocide in the Gaza Strip by Israel.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers an order on South Africa’s genocide case against Israel on 26 January 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands. On 11 January and 12 January at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judicial body of the United Nations, in The Hague, South Africa seized the ICJ, to ask it to rule on possible acts of genocide in the Gaza Strip by Israel.

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Countries around the world on Friday called for Israel to respect – or be pressured to respect – the order made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that it must prevent genocide in Gaza.

Israel’s initial response suggested it would not do so voluntarily, and certainly not in the fashion South Africa believed was required.

That will now shift the focus to the Security Council of the United Nations, which acts as an enforcement arm of sorts for the ICJ, and where the United States has a veto.

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