Geneva - in a statement issued Saturday, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor called on member states of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to cut off all forms of political, economic, and military relations with Israel, due to its flagrant violation of the ICJ decision that ordered Israel to take all steps within its power to prevent genocidal acts in its war on Gaza.

Over the course of the four weeks since the ICJ decision, as part of monitoring South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel for violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention, Euro-Med Monitor has continued to document ongoing Israeli violations during its war on the Gaza Strip since 7 October 2023.

Six fundamental indicators were used by Euro-Med Monitor to track Israel's level of compliance with the ICJ ruling: mass killing; causing serious physical or mental harm; imposing living conditions meant to purposefully cause material destruction and starvation; obstructing the delivery of humanitarian supplies; imposing an environment meant to prevent childbirth; and public incitement to continue committing genocide.

From the evidence examined in the period since the court ruling, Euro-Med Monitor demonstrated that the Israeli army is still carrying out genocide against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

Euro-Med Monitor reports that in that period, the Israeli army has killed over 3,847 Palestinians, including 1,306 children and 807 women, and injured approximately 5,119 people, bringing the total number of Palestinian deaths since 7 October to 38,067, including 14,350 children, 8,620 women, and 8,000 people who are still buried beneath the debris of demolished buildings or on the streets. 

Euro-Med Monitor emphasised that Israel persists in violating international law by targeting Palestinians, primarily in the Gaza Strip, with genocide, grave violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Euro-Med Monitor denounced Israel's repeated violations of both the ICJ ruling and the Genocide Convention, which Israel ratified. It called on South Africa and all members of the Court to take the necessary consequent steps, including cutting off all political, economic, and, most importantly, military ties, which are interpreted as endorsing Israel's disdain for the ruling and, consequently, as encouraging it to carry out its genocide against the Palestinian people.

Accordingly, Euro-Med Monitor welcomed the appeal of 30 UN experts to immediately stop arms exports to Israel. They asserted that "Any transfer of weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used in Gaza is likely to violate international humanitarian law and must cease immediately." Furthermore, “Such transfers are prohibited even if the exporting State does not intend the arms to be used in violation of the law – or does not know with certainty that they would be used in such a way – as long as there is a clear risk,” they said.

Euro-Med Monitor also supports the UN experts' note that States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty have additional treaty obligations to deny arms exports if they “know” that the arms “would” be used to commit international crimes; or if there is an “overriding risk” that the arms transferred “could” be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law. 

“The need for an arms embargo on Israel is heightened by the International Court of Justice’s ruling on 26 January 2024 that there is a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and the continuing serious harm to civilians since then”, the experts said.

Euro-Med Monitor issued a call to action for the international community to uphold its legal and moral duties to the people of the Gaza Strip, and to ensure that the ICJ ruling is carried out to prevent the crime of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

The Geneva-based organisation emphasised the need for strong international pressure to bring direly needed humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible. International and UN investigation committees must be allowed to enter the Gaza Strip to prevent the destruction of evidence connected to Israel's crimes in the Strip.

Finally, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor demanded that national, international, and UN institutions step up their efforts to monitor, record, and publicize Israel's violations; to strengthen the capacity to hold Israel responsible, particularly in relation to its defiance of the ICJ’s ruling; and to provide the required documentation to the Court, which gave Israel one month to submit a report on its execution of the measures specified in the Court’s ruling.