ICJ to Hold Hearing on Israel Provisional Measures Soon

On May 10th, South Africa filed a request in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for emergency provisional measures to be instated against Israel. The provisional measures sought would halt Israel’s military offensive on Rafah, demand the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Rafah, as well as order Israel to allow the UN and other humanitarian aid organizations unimpeded access to the Gaza Strip.

Given the urgency of the matter, South Africa requested that the ICJ rule on the matter by May 17th, within a week. The ICJ today announced they will be holding hearings on May 16th and 17th, relenting to South Africa’s request.

These provisional measures sought by South Africa are a part of South Africa’s wider case against Israel, which accuses the nation of genocide.