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Charge Israel with Genocide at the International Court of Justice! Toolkit: Proposals by Code Pink for steps we all do

On December 29, 2023, South Africa, a state party to the Genocide Convention, filed an 84-page application in the International Court of Justice (ICJ, or World Court) charging Israel with the crime of genocide in Gaza.

CODEPINK, World Beyond War, The People's Forum and RootsAction will visit UN missions, embassies and consulates to urge countries to submit a Declaration of Intervention in support of South Africa’s case.

How To Get Involved

  1. Sign this petition, “Israel on trial?” to urge countries to submit a Declaration of Intervention in support of South Africa’s World Court case.

  2. Fill out this form to volunteer on the World Court campaign to hold Israel accountable for genocide in Gaza, where over 22,000 have been killed-10,000 of them children–53,000 wounded and two million uprooted from their homes.

    1. Volunteers are organized in the following cities: NYC, DC, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. To organize a new team in another large city, email

  1. If you are active on social media, follow and share CODEPINK’s posts about our World Court Campaign. Use the hashtag #InvokeGenocideConvention

  1. Write diplomats from countries around the world to urge submission of a Declaration of Intervention in support of South Africa.

Sample Letter

Dear Ambassador _____________:

Please help stop Israel’s genocide in Gaza by encouraging your your country to submit a Declaration of Intervention in support of South Africa’s case before the International Court of Justice.

According to the UN treaty, the crime of genocide is defined as acts

perpetrated with the intention to bring about the physical destruction, in whole or in part, of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.

Israel’s imposition of collective punishment on Gaza, relentlessly bombing civilians, denying an imprisoned population water, food, medicine and fuel – making life unlivable–meets the criteria for the crime of genocide as defined under international law.

If a majority of the world’s nations call for a ceasefire, yet fail to press for prosecution of Israel – what is to stop Israel from ethnically cleansing all Palestinians? For that matter, what is to stop other nations from repeating the same horror?

Please do everything in your power to end this genocide by supporting South Africa’s case before the World Court, the highest judicial body of the United Nations. Submit a Declaration of Intervention without delay.

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