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ICJ to begin deliberation as public hearing of S. Africa's genocide case against Israel ends

January 12, 2024 at 8:14 pm

Judges take their seats prior to the hearing of Israel’s defense at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against South Africa’s genocide case in Gaza against Israel, in the Hague, Netherlands on January 12, 2024 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), on Friday, said it will begin deliberations as it concluded the two-day public hearing of South Africa’s case that accused Israel of committing a genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel) concluded today,” the ICJ said in a statement.

“The Court will now begin its deliberation. The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course,” the top UN Court added.

South Africa, which filed the case in December, accused Israeli authorities of perpetrating genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. It requested provisional measures from the Court to protect the Palestinian people, including by calling upon Israel to immediately stop military attacks.

South Africa laid out a list of alleged genocidal acts by Israel on the first day of the hearing on Thursday, while Israel defended itself on Friday.

Israel has killed more than 23,700 Palestinians in Gaza since the 7 October cross-border offensive by Hamas. The military campaign has also caused mass displacement, destruction and hunger.

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