Israel to defend itself against Gaza genocide case at UN top court

Israel to defend itself against Gaza genocide case at UN top court
Israel to defend itself against Gaza genocide case at UN top court

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - People sit inside the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the day of the trial to hear a request for emergency measures by South Africa, who asked the court to order Israel to stop its military actions in Gaza and to desist from what South Africa says are genocidal acts committed against Palestinians during the war with Hamas in Gaza, in The Hague, Netherlands January 11, 2024. — Reuters pic

THE HAGUE, Jan 12 — Israel will today hit back at what it describes as “atrocious” allegations it is committing “genocide” in Gaza, in a closely watched landmark case before the UN’s top court.

South Africa has launched an emergency case at the International Court of Justice arguing that Israel stands in breach of the UN Genocide Convention, signed in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust.

Pretoria wants judges to force Israel to “immediately” stop the Gaza campaign launched after the devastating October 7 Hamas attacks, which left 1,140 dead, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

Israel has responded with a relentless military campaign that has killed at least 23,469 people, mostly women and children, according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry.


Israel and its ally the United States have dismissed the case as groundless and vowed a robust defence at the Peace Palace in The Hague, which houses the ICJ.

“No, South Africa, it is not we who have come to perpetrate genocide, it is Hamas,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the run-up to the hearings.

“We will continue our defensive war, the justice and morality of which is without peer,” he added.


In Washington, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said the South African case was “unfounded”.

“In fact, it is those who are violently attacking Israel who continue to openly call for the annihilation of Israel and the mass murder of Jews,” said Miller.

The ICJ will likely rule within a matter of weeks on South Africa’s request. Its rulings are final and legally binding but it has little power to enforce them.

A month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ICJ ordered a halt to the military operation — to no avail.

‘Crossed the line’

For this emergency proceeding, the court will not rule on the fundamentals of the case — whether Israel is actually committing genocide — but on whether the rights of Gazans to exist are at risk.

South Africa can bring an ICJ case against Israel as both countries have signed the Genocide Convention.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola told the court on Thursday that Israel had “crossed the line” and was in breach of the Convention.

He said that even the brutality of the Hamas attack could not justify this.

“Genocides are never declared in advance,” said Adila Hassim, a top lawyer for South Africa.

“But this court has the benefit of the past 13 weeks of evidence that shows incontrovertibly a pattern of conduct and related intention that justifies a plausible claim of genocidal acts.”

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has long been a firm supporter of the Palestinian cause, often linking it to its own struggle against the white-minority government, which had cooperative relations with Israel.

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela famously said South Africa’s freedom would be “incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”.

Addressing the ICJ on Thursday, lawyer for South Africa Blinne Ni Ghralaigh said international justice itself was on the line.

“Some might say that the very reputation of international law, its ability and will to bind and protect all peoples equally, hangs in the balance,” she told the court.

But Israel described South Africa as the “legal arm” of Hamas and said Pretoria’s case was “one of the greatest shows of hypocrisy in history”. — AFP

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