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As a historic lawsuit gets underway, South Africa informs the International Court of Justice that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza

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Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of the United Nations have been informed by South Africa that Israel is carrying out genocide in Gaza. South Africa begged the court to swiftly compel Israel to cease its military operation in the Palestinian enclave during its opening remarks in a historic case at The Hague.

The charges of genocide have been sharply denied by Israel, which also charges Pretoria of acting as the “advocate of the devil” for Hamas. “Acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group” is the definition of genocide given in the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Health officials in the Hamas-run territory of the Gaza Strip report that over 23,000 people have died as a result of Israel’s ongoing air assault, which South Africa cites.

The attack on Israeli civilians by Hamas on October 7 was denounced by South Africa’s Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, but he also stated that any attack, even one including heinous atrocities, was not an excuse for breaking the Genocide Convention.

The legal process might take years

Following apartheid Since Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization supported the African National Congress in its fight against white-minority government, South Africa has stood up for the Palestinian cause. Israel’s response to the accusations is scheduled for Friday, and South Africa’s arguments are scheduled for Thursday at the ICJ.

The court’s decision about the genocide accusations won’t be made until later; the proceedings may take several years. The ICJ issues definitive rulings that cannot be challenged, but the court is powerless to implement them. Supporters of both sides of the case organized marches and protests in The Hague as a result of the politically sensitive case garnering international attention.

Early on Thursday morning, thousands of pro-Israel demonstrators marched through the city center in subfreezing weather. They carried posters with photographs of Hamas hostages as well as Israeli and Dutch flags.

The pro-Israel march and the pro-Palestinian march, which had smoke in the colors red and green to represent the Palestinian flag, were kept apart by a strong police presence.

US and Israel reject the case’s merits

Israel has declared that, rather than the Palestinian people, it is fighting Palestinian militants. During a Tuesday visit to Tel Aviv, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the argument as “meritless”.

The closest it got was in 2007, when it said that Serbia had “violated the obligation to prevent genocide” in July 1995 when more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces.

South Africa criticizes Israel’s inability to supply food, water, medication, and other necessities to Gaza in court documents. Two years after Israel completed a 38-year occupation of the territory, Hamas took control of Gaza.

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