The UN’s top court says it will hand down its landmark ruling on Friday in the case against Israel over alleged genocide in Gaza.
South Africa has taken Israel before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, alleging it stands in breach of the UN’s Genocide Convention, signed in 1948 as the world’s response to the Holocaust.
South Africa wants the ICJ to issue provisional measures and emergency orders to protect Palestinians in Gaza from potential breaches of the convention.
In a verdict likely to be watched closely around the world, the ICJ in The Hague could potentially order Israel to stop its military campaign in Gaza, sparked by the unprecedented Hamas attack on October 7.
Orders from the ICJ, which rules in disputes between countries, are legally binding and cannot be appealed, however, the court has little power to enforce its verdicts. An example is its order to Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine one month after it began, which went unheeded.