The United Nation’s International Court of Justice will begin hearing a case where Israel has been accused of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza by South Africa
South Africa argues that “acts and omissions by Israel” are “genocidal in character”, an accusation which Israel rejects.
In its evidence submission, South Africa said Israel’s actions include “killing Palestinians in Gaza, causing them serious bodily and mental harm, and inflicting on them conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction”.
“We will be in the International Court of Justice and we will present proudly our case of using self-defence… under humanitarian law,” he said.
He added that the Israeli army was “doing its utmost under extremely complicated circumstances on the ground to make sure that there will be no unintended consequences and no civilian casualties”.
South AFrica is calling for “provisional measures” to be implemented by the court, including that Israel cease all military activities in Gaza.