AP AUDIO: Top UN court orders Israel to prevent genocide in Gaza but stops short of ordering cease-fire. The president of the International Court of Justice, Joan E. Donoghue, says a Hamas attack on October 7, 2023, triggered a major response by Israel. South Africa also asked for Israel to take “reasonable measures” to prevent genocide and allow access for desperately needed aid. The court ruled that Israel must do all it can to prevent genocide, including refraining from killing Palestinians or causing harm to them. The genocide case strikes at the national identity of Israel, which was founded as a Jewish state after the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II.