UN's International Court of Justice orders Israel to prevent genocide in the Gaza Strip: the reaction of conflict parties

Nadiya DanyshchukWorld
The International Court of Justice has adopted a number of provisional measures against Israel

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered Israel to "take all measures" to prevent the genocide of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has already welcomed the court's decision, and Israel has called it a "disgusting" attempt to deprive the country of its right to defense.

This was reported by the Israeli English-language online newspaper The Times of Israel. The publication described the decision of the UN court in The Hague and published the reaction of the parties to the conflict.

Thus, on January 26, the International Court of Justice adopted a number of temporary measures against Israel on the grounds that the rights of Palestinians must be protected before the court can make a final decision on the merits of the case. This refers to South Africa's demand for an immediate unilateral ceasefire during Israel's military operation against Hamas in Gaza because Tel Aviv is allegedly committing genocide against Palestinians.

The court issued a preliminary ruling that Israel must "take all measures within its power" to prevent acts of genocide against Palestinians, as provided for in Article 2 of the Genocide Convention.

The judgment states that Israel must prevent the killing or injury of Palestinians in Gaza and prevent conditions calculated to bring about the total or partial destruction of the population of the Strip. The Court also orders Israel to take measures to prevent and punish incitement to genocide against Palestinians, as well as to take measures to provide "urgently needed assistance to address the adverse living conditions in Gaza".

Hamas' reaction

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas approved and welcomed the decision of the UN Supreme Court, calling it important because it "contributes to the isolation of Israel".

"The decision of the International Court of Justice is an important event that contributes to the isolation of Israel and the exposure of its crimes in Gaza," the newspaper quoted the statement of the terrorist organization ruling in Gaza as saying.

Israel's reaction

After the preliminary ruling of the International Court of Justice, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel rejects the "disgusting" attempt to deprive it of the right to defense and will fight until "complete victory" in the "just war" against Hamas.

"Israel's commitment to international law is unwavering. Equally unwavering is our sacred commitment to continue to defend our country and our people," Netanyahu said in a video posted online.

Netanyahu called Israel's accusations of genocide false and outrageous.

"The disgusting attempt to deprive Israel of this fundamental right is a clear discrimination against the Jewish state, and it was rightly rejected. The accusations of genocide against Israel are not only false, they are outrageous, and decent people around the world must reject them," he continued.

Netanyahu called Hamas a "genocidal organization," recalling that the group has promised to repeat the atrocities committed on October 7 "again and again."

The prime minister claims that Israel's war is against "terrorists, not Palestinian civilians."

"Despite the war, we will continue to facilitate humanitarian aid and do everything we can to keep civilians out of harm's way even if Hamas uses civilians as human shields," Netanyahu said.

Former IDF commander and politician Yoav Gallant sharply criticized the decision of the International Court of Justice, saying that Israel "does not need to be lectured about morality" while fighting Hamas in Gaza.

"The International Court of Justice in The Hague overstepped its bounds when it granted South Africa's anti-Semitic request to discuss the Gaza genocide claim and now refuses to dismiss the petition entirely," he said.

"Those who seek justice will not find it in the leather chairs of courtrooms in The Hague, they will find it in the Hamas tunnels in Gaza where 136 hostages are being held and where those who murdered our children are hiding," Gallant emphasized.

He also promised that Israeli forces will continue to work to "dismantle" Hamas and return the hostages.

As reported, the Hamas terrorists have named the conditions under which they will be ready for a ceasefire. They stated that they would observe the truce if the International Court of Justice approves a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel supports it.

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