International Court of Justice – Bureau of International Affairs statement
B’nai B’rith UK is disappointed that the International Court of Justice did not dismiss the pernicious charge of genocide brought against Israel by South Africa.
However, we do welcome the fact that the Court did not demand an immediate ceasefire or order the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.
We also agree with the Court’s demand for the ‘immediate and unconditional release’ of the Israeli hostages held in Gaza and call on the International Committee of the Red Cross and other bodies to help facilitate this.
We believe that Israel will undertake the measures requested by the Court to ensure the protection of civilians and the transfer of humanitarian aid, given Israel’s abiding commitment to international law.
Ultimately, we hope that the Court dismisses the charge of genocide against Israel and recognises that the country is acting in self-defence against a hostile and openly genocidal enemy.
Dr Jeremy Havardi
Director, Bureau of International Affairs