The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will deliver its preliminary judgement in South Africa’s case against Israel at 2 pm on Friday.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the court said that the President of the Court Judge Joan E. Donoghue will read out the initial Court’s Order from the Hague in the Netherlands.
The court’s final judgement is expected to take several years to be reached.
Last month, South Africa brought a case of genocide against Israel to the ICJ, which is the UN’s highest court.
The 84-page application argued that in its war against Hamas, Israel was committing genocide against the Gazan people.
Since Hamas militants killed over 1,200 Israelis on 7 October, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has flattened Gaza with devastating airstrikes, cut off supplies into the city, and launched a ground invasion.
Over 25,700 Palestinians have been killed, over 10,000 of whom are children.
Israel has argued that to ensure the safety of its people, Hamas needs to be completely wiped out.
If the ICJ rules against Israel, it will order the IDF to stop all military actions in Gaza until its final judgement is reached.
However, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already said that “no one will stop” Israel from waging its war, whatever judgement is handed down by the ICJ.
Compiled by staff writer
Pictured above: The International Court of Justice in the Hague.
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