South Africa urges ICC to issue arrest warrant for Israeli premier Netanyahu
South Africa has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold Israel accountable for violations of international criminal law as the Zionist regime continues its war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip.
"The murder of children, of women and the aged by Israel is an act that should have resulted in the International Criminal Court issuing an immediate arrest warrant for key decision makers including Mr. Netanyahu, who is responsible for violations of international criminal law," South Africa's International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said during her address to members of Parliament on Tuesday.
The South African minister also called for an immediate ceasefire in the besieged Palestinian territory which has been under brutal Israeli bombardment since October 7.
The aparthied Israeli regime is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza.
"This cannot be tolerated; this brutality should not be accepted. We must call for a ceasefire now as honorable members of the House of South Africa," Pandor said.
“As South Africans, we need to raise our voices and call for the following concrete actions to end the suffering. One, an immediate comprehensive ceasefire. Two, the opening of humanitarian corridors so that aid and other basic services reach all in need," she said.
The official also rebutted accusations of alleged bias in favor of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas: "It is untrue that South Africa has not criticized Hamas," Pandor said.
She noted that the South African president stated very clearly, in concert with the secretary general of the United Nations, that the killing of civilians is a violation of international human rights law.
The remarks came after Pretoria recalled its diplomatic mission to Israel.
Israel ignited the war machine on October 7 after Palestinian resistance groups led by Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched Operation Al-Aqsa Storm into the occupied territories in response to the regime’s intensified crimes against Palestinians.
According to the Gaza-based Health Ministry, Israel has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, including over 4,500 children, ever since. Over 26,000 others have also been injured.
The occupying regime has also blocked access to water, food, and electricity in Gaza, plunging the territory into a humanitarian crisis.