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SOUTH AFRICA CALLS FOR STRONGER ACTION AGAINST ISRAEL - VORAKA

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Article Published on 07 March 2024 by Kelley Rose | www.vorakamag.com 


INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

Amsterdam - In a significant move, South Africa has approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking additional emergency measures against Israel, citing alleged violations of existing measures. The United Nations' top court confirmed the application on Wednesday, highlighting South Africa's concerns about the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.


In its appeal, South Africa underscored the alarming threat of starvation faced by Palestinians in Gaza, urging the ICJ to order an immediate cessation of hostilities and the release of all hostages and detainees. The country further called upon the court to mandate Israel to take "immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance" to address the escalating crisis.


Of particular significance is South Africa's plea for the ICJ, often referred to as the World Court, to expedite the emergency measures without scheduling additional hearings, emphasizing the "extreme urgency of the situation" on the ground.


This development comes on the heels of the ICJ's January order, wherein it directed Israel to refrain from any actions falling under the Genocide Convention and ensure its forces abstain from genocidal acts against Palestinians. The allegations of state-led genocide in Gaza were levied by South Africa, while Israel and its Western allies vehemently dismissed the charges as baseless.


A final ruling in the case is anticipated to be delivered at The Hague, but the prolonged nature of legal proceedings means that resolution may take several years.


As the international community watches closely, the urgency of the situation in Gaza calls for swift and effective action to address the humanitarian crisis. South Africa's plea to the ICJ underscores the pressing need for immediate intervention to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, as tensions persist in the region. The world awaits the outcome of this legal recourse and its potential impact on the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

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