South Africa's genocide case against Israel begins at International Court of Justice

South Africa's genocide case against Israel begins at International Court of Justice

Israel's actions, omissions in Gaza 'genocidal in character' as they intend to 'destroy Palestinians,' says lawsuit filed by South Africa

By Beyza Binnur Donmez

GENEVA (AA) - Public hearings in South Africa's genocide case against Israel began on Thursday at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

On the first day of the trial, South Africa will be presenting hard evidence in the case it filed on Dec. 29, accusing Israel of genocide and violation of the UN Genocide Convention with its actions in the Gaza Strip since Oct. 7.

The South African side will be requesting an injunction by the top UN court to halt Israel's military assault on Gaza, which has dragged on for more than three months, with the death toll rising to over 23,300.

The 84-page filing by South Africa accuses Israel of acts and omissions "genocidal in character, as they are committed with the requisite specific intent … to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as a part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group."

It said Israel's genocidal acts include killing Palestinians, causing them serious bodily and mental harm, mass expulsion from homes and displacement, imposing measures intended to prevent Palestinian births, and deprivation of access to adequate food, water, shelter, sanitation, and medical assistance.

The South African delegation will be led by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola and will be joined by senior political figures from progressive political parties and movements across the globe.

Thursday's hearing is set to last at least two hours and will be followed by Israel's arguments in its defense the next day.

South Africa's genocide case against Israel begins at International Court of Justice

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