International Court of Justice Rules: Israel Must "Prevent Further Acts of Genocide" in GazaBy Harley Schlanger
In its interim ruling, the ICJ declared that Israel "may have committed acts of genocide", and must prevent future such acts; rejected Israel's motion to dismiss the case; and generally accepted what South Africa presented confirming the intent to commit such acts by Israel's leaders.
But the Court stopped short of demanding a ceasefire. Which raises the question: If Netanyahu's military attacks on Gaza fit the legal definition of genocide, why not order an end to the military assault? At first glance, the ruling is very important, but not sufficient. There must be now a mobilization by people in all nations to create a new strategic architecture, if genocide is to be prevented.