“I only hope that Biden will, on this occasion, stand up for justice.”

by Phyllis Bennis, In These Times

Friday morning’s much-anticipated decision by the International Court of Justice ​marks the greatest moment in the history of the [court],” says Richard Falk, a noted international law professor and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

It strengthens the claims of international law to be respected by all sovereign states — not just some,” Falk says about the ICJ’s ruling that South Africa’s magisterial presentation of evidence ​was sufficient to conclude” Israel may be committing, conspiring to commit, or publicly inciting the commission of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirms the African National Congress’ and his government’s pledge of solidarity with the people of Palestine, and offered condolences to both the Palestinians and the Israeli Jews killed. (Photo: Alaister Russell)

The ICJ decision gave new strength to South Africa’s groundbreaking accomplishment — demolishing the taboo against holding Israel accountable for its crimes. As South Africa’s foreign ministry put it, ​Today marks a decisive victory for the international rule of law and a significant milestone in the search for justice for the Palestinian people.”

The decision is a momentous one,” says the foreign ministry, noting how important the determination is for the implementation of the international rule of law. ​South Africa thanks the Court for its swift ruling.”

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