On Friday, the United States reiterated its stance that accusations of genocide against Israel are "unfounded" after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) permitted the continuation of the case without mandating a cease-fire. The State Department emphasized the ICJ's role in dispute resolution but maintained that the US believes allegations of genocide lack merit. The Biden administration stressed the importance of Israel minimizing civilian harm, increasing humanitarian assistance, and addressing dehumanizing rhetoric. The US will closely monitor further developments in the ICJ proceedings as the case unfolds.

 

In response to South Africa's genocide case against Israel, the ICJ issued an interim ruling instructing Israel to take measures to prevent acts of genocide in Gaza. While the court did not call for a cease-fire, it urged Israel to fulfill its obligations under the Genocide Convention. South Africa's allegations point to actions in Gaza capable of falling within the convention's provisions. The ICJ also directed Israel to facilitate urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address adverse conditions faced by Palestinians in Gaza.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reaffirming commitment to international law, rejected what he termed a "vile attempt" to deny Israel its inherent right to self-defense. Hamas welcomed the interim ruling and called on the international community to ensure Israel's compliance. The group anticipates the ICJ's final ruling in the ongoing case, which centers on events in Gaza since October 7, with over 26,000 Palestinians reported killed, predominantly women and children.