ER Editor: Also from Middle East Monitor from yesterday is this brief statement made if the ICJ decides in South Africa’s favour —
Israel is relying on the US to veto a UNSC verdict should the ICJ rule in favour of South Africa
Israeli law experts say Israel is relying on the US to veto any UN Security Council orders should the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rule in favour of South Africa’s genocide case against Israel. While ICJ rulings are final and cannot be appealed, it has no authority to enforce them. If Israel does not comply, South Africa can approach the UN Security Council for enforcement. But there, the US, Israel’s number one backer, has veto power as a permanent member.
A tweet roundup of yesterday’s ICJ proceedings where Israel made its defense of genocide accusations —
In defending Israel at the ICJ, Malcolm Shaw opens with a patently false statement by EU’s Ursula von der Leyen claiming Hamas butchered many babies on Oct 7
Yet only one baby was killed on Oct 7: Mila Cohen, shot by accident in Beeri
There’s also no evidence Hamas militants… pic.twitter.com/71Ix4mDUP1
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 12, 2024
Israel gets 3 hours to defend itself in the ICJ. They asked for 1 hour of their defense to be a viewing of the edited Oct 7th video they’ve been showing to select audiences. The ICJ rejected their request saying this particular court case is against Israel, not against Hamas. https://t.co/vLDuiZ6lxZ
— Kim Iversen 🇺🇸 (@KimIversenShow) January 12, 2024
Professor Francis Boyle reiterates the point made above about Israel ignoring the ICJ ruling should it go South Africa’s way. But he goes further —
Francis Boyle succeeded at the ICJ over the Bosnian War.
He reminds us of what could follow if the ICJ declares genocide:
•Israel suspended from the UN
•Palestine a recognised UN nation
•Sanctions against Israel
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) January 12, 2024
Israel thinks the best defense against a genocide case is to bring Germany, an expert in committing genocide, to speak in its defense at the ICJ.
You can’t make this up.
Namibians and Russians must be laughing right now.
— Richard Medhurst (@richimedhurst) January 12, 2024
Israel begins presenting its defense at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague against South Africa’s case that it has committed genocide pic.twitter.com/zdIyE7JMA8
— Emeka Gift Official (@EmekaGift100) January 13, 2024
Care to explain why you didn’t broadcast South Africa’s case at the ICJ, but did broadcast Israel’s defence?
Care to defend this on the grounds of ‘impartiality’, which your Charter requires?#ItWasAScam
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) January 12, 2024
OMG! You provided NO live TV coverage on South Africa’s case of Genocide at ICJ yesterday but now offer live coverage for Israel’s rebuttal??!!! Sky News you are shamelessly taunting the public with your bias & prejudice! Wow! Israeli Propaganda machine 👏🏽 https://t.co/QuneMJ8WdM
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) January 12, 2024
Israel ‘failed to disprove’ genocide case before World Court: South Africa
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Israel “failed to disprove” South Africa’s genocide case presented before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), South Africa’s Justice Minister said on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.
Following Israel’s defence at the World Court, Ronald Lamola, who led the South African delegation, told reporters in The Hague: “State of Israel, today, failed to disprove South Africa as compelling that was presented before the Court.”
“We believe and remain very confident that those facts (are) still in violation of the Genocide Convention,” Lamola said.
Regarding Israel’s claim that South Africa “misunderstood” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reference to the Amelekites (descendants of Amelek) and that the term has nothing to do with “incitement to genocide against the Palestinian people”, he said that such reference cannot be ignored.
“How can you ignore the statement of the Prime Minister’s Amelek reference?” he asked, noting that it was repeated by other Israeli ministers “clearly showing implementation of policy”.
Amelekites are an ancient group of people seen in the Jewish scriptures as persecutors of the Israelites.
The Minister reiterated:
No matter what some individual within the group of Palestine and Gaza may have done, and no matter how great the threat to Israeli citizens might be, genocidal attacks on the whole of Gaza … with the intent of destroying them cannot be justified at all.
Lamola also responded to Israel’s accusation calling South Africa’s arguments “confusing and partial”. He said most of its arguments, including humanitarian aid and displacement, were also by the UN.
Ammar Hijazi, the assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs of the State of Palestine, said that Israel has “not been able to provide any solid arguments on the basis of fact and law”, during its oral arguments. What Israel has provided today are many of the already debunked lies that have been said before Hijazi said.
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