Ireland must now support ICJ Genocide Case Against Israel

26 January 2024

Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Brendan Howlin TD was today reacting to the first International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Genocide case brought by South Africa against Israel.

Deputy Howlin said:

“Today’s ICJ ruling is a significant step towards justice for the people of Gaza. The Court’s affirmation of jurisdiction underscores the gravity of the accusations against Israel. We stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza, and this ruling acknowledges the plausible case of genocide.

“The provisional measures mandated by the Court are crucial. They call on Israel, as a party to the ICJ Convention, to prioritise the physical and emotional well-being of the Palestinian people. Adequate access to the means of living is a fundamental human right that must be safeguarded. The ICJ has taken a vital stance, emphasising the necessity for Israel to uphold these obligations.

“Furthermore, Israel is now obligated to report back to the ICJ within one month, detailing how they are implementing the Court’s orders. This reporting mechanism is a critical aspect of ensuring accountability and transparency in addressing the alleged actions leading to this genocide case.

“As the ICJ takes this monumental step in addressing the allegations of genocide, Ireland has a vital role to play in ensuring that Israel fully complies with the interim measures outlined by the court. The urgency of the matter cannot be overstated, and Ireland should join with South Africa in pushing for a thorough and just resolution to the substantive case. Now, more than ever, international solidarity and commitment to human rights are paramount in paving the way for a better future for the people of Gaza.”

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