It’s been one week since the International Court of Justice announced that South Africa’s case against Israel will move forward as it is plausible that Israel is carrying out genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Since then:

  • The Israeli military has continued attacking Gaza, maintaining its rate of killing hundreds of civilians per day.
  • Israeli soldiers have besieged the Nasser and al-Amal hospitals in Khan Younis, patients are unable to receive proper treatment and displaced people are under threat.
  • On Monday, six-year-old Hind was in a car with her family when Israeli forces opened fire, killing everyone in the car except her. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society sent an ambulance to rescue her but the PRCS has lost contact with the ambulance.
  • On Wednesday, Palestinians discovered a mass grave near the Hamed school in northern Gaza, where at least 30 bodies were found blindfolded with their hands and feet tied, suspected to have been killed execution style. Palestinian officials demand an international investigation.
  • Eighty-year-old Naifa Barak was found alive under the rubble of her home two months and four days later. Her family found her after having a rare chance to return to their home and it took them five hours to get her to a hospital, due to continuous fire from the Israeli military.
  • The average of 100 aid trucks (which respond to only 10% of the population) has dropped to 87 trucks over the course of two days.
  • Fifteen states have suspended their funding to UNRWA, the UN entity that provides aid to Palestinian refugees (in Gaza, as well as the West Bank and Jordan) after an Israeli claim that staff members were involved in the 7 October attacks. This is a horrifying display of collective punishment against a population that is already being starved and bombed. 

The court has ruled with unequivocal evidence that Israel is plausibly committing genocide and that Israel must stop the killing and incitement and increase aid. But the court doesn’t have any means to enforce the ruling; it must come from the international community. States have a responsibility to cease military and economic cooperation with Israel while the court case is ongoing.

The continued and unwavering support from the West is now also punishable as complicity in genocide. May this be the beginning of the end of occupation, ethnic cleansing, and genocide against the Palestinian people. May this be the moment the world turns slightly towards justice. And may this moment sustain us in the global struggle until we are all free.

Hannah Redekop

Hannah Redekop

CPT Communications Associate

Send Hannah a note: peacemakers@cpt.org

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