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Israel declassifies documents to defend against genocide accusations at the UN court – From Officials

Israel declassified more than 30 documents, including summaries of cabinet meetings, as part of its defense against an accusation of genocide made by South Africa at the International Court of Justice, an Israeli official familiar with the matter told CNN Thursday.

The declassification of the documents aimed to show that the Israeli government took steps to bolster humanitarian aid and medical support to Palestinian civilians in the first months of the war.

Israel declassified the documents, the official said, in an effort to rebut South Africa’s allegation of genocide, which hinges on the Israeli government’s intent.

What’s next in the ICJ case: The court is due to announce an order in the case on Friday. It is not clear what the order will be, but it could call for a ceasefire in the conflict. World Court rulings are legally binding, but the court has no mechanism to enforce its decisions. A final ruling on whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza is likely to take months or years to deliver.

The New York Times was the first to report the documents, which are not available to the public.


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