Palestinians constitute a “protected group,” ICJ says

The International Court of Justice has concluded that under Article 2 of the Genocide Convention, Palestinians constitute what it considers to be a “protected group.”

“The Palestinians appear to constitute a distinct national, ethnical, racial or religious group, and hence a protected group within the meaning of Article Two of the Genocide Convention,” Judge Joan Donoghue said.

“The board observes that, according to United Nations sources, the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip comprises over 2 million people. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, form a substantial part of the protected group.”

“The court notes that the military operation being conducted by Israel, following the attack of seven October 2023 has resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries as well as massive destruction of homes,” Donoghue added.