Israel ‘failed to disprove’ genocide case before World Court: South Africa

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 —

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 —


Israel ‘failed to disprove’ genocide case before World Court: South Africa


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.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry Legal Counsel Tal Becker (L) attends the hearing of Israel’s defense at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against South Africa’s genocide case in Gaza against Israel on January 12, 2024, in the Hague, Netherlands [Dursun Aydemir – Anadolu Agency]


“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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