Tag Archives: International Court of Justice

Israel’s violation of the Genocide Convention continues unabated

Photo: Destruction of infrastructure in Gaza, Al Jazeera

On 26th January 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an interim order in response to South Africa’s application, lodged on 29th December 2023, alleging violations by Israel of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention) in relation to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The order handed down contained six provisional measures.  The first of these measures stated: Continue reading Israel’s violation of the Genocide Convention continues unabated

IPAN’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Albanese on Gaza – Invitation to sign – Feb 2024

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) released this open letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on 1st February 2024.

It urges the Albanese government to reverse its decision to suspend funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the primary aid agency supplying humanitarian assistance to the 2.3 million Palestinians in the besieged Gaza strip.

The open letter is reproduced below: Continue reading IPAN’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Albanese on Gaza – Invitation to sign – Feb 2024

ICJ issues interim ruling in South Africa’s case against Israel for violations of the Genocide Convention

Photo: Amnesty International – International Court of Justice – Click to enlarge

Following public hearings held on 11th and 12th January 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its order relating to the ‘Request for the indication of provisional measures’ by South Africa in the case concerning its Application on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

The International Court of Justice’s order which is immediately binding on Israel, contained six provisional measures. This compares to South Africa’s request for the ICJ to support nine provisional measures. Continue reading ICJ issues interim ruling in South Africa’s case against Israel for violations of the Genocide Convention

South Africa presents case to ICJ on Israel’s genocide in Gaza


ICJ hearing: Blinne Ni Ghralaigh KC for South Africa. Press button to watch video..

On 28th December 2023, South Africa submitted an application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The application accuses Israel of crimes of genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in breach of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (‘Genocide Convention’ or ‘Convention’).1

In its 84 page application, South Africa described Israel’s actions in Gaza as “genocidal in character because they are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group”. Continue reading South Africa presents case to ICJ on Israel’s genocide in Gaza