Former ICJ chief explains judgment in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

Joan Donoghue, who has just stepped down as president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), speaks to BBC Hard Talk’s Stephen Thacker about South Africa’s lawsuit with the ICJ alleging Israel’s violation of the Genocide Convention.

Ms Donoghue explained that the court had determined that Palestinians had a “plausible right” to protection from genocide and that South Africa had the right to present its claims in court.

She said that, contrary to some reports, the court did not rule on whether the genocide claims were valid, but that there was a risk of irreparable harm to the Palestinians’ right to be protected from genocide. He said that he emphasized in the order that there is a gender. .

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