Israeli regime’s defense before ICJ a failure: S. Africa
On the final day of the preliminary hearings in the Israel genocide case, Israel's defense focused on the October 7 attacks.
Africa's justice minister who leads the nation's delegation stood by his team's
case. "Today we have heard Israel's purported justification before the
ICJ. Some of the points made are astonishing and are not backed by facts and
the situation on the ground," Ronald Lamola said.
suggests that the Genocide Convention is primary for their protection, and
because of that, is not capable of violating its own provisions. Israel today
has failed to disprove South Africa's compelling case that was presented before
the court yesterday, Lamola added.
says South Africa’s request for an immediate halt to the Gaza fighting, amounts
to an attempt to prevent Israel from defending itself against that assault.
when acting in self-defense, countries are required by international law to
follow the rules of war, which South Africa has argued.
must decide if Israel has upheld or violated its obligations as stipulated in
the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
which it signed in 1949.
often boycotts international tribunals and UN investigations, saying they are
unfair and biased.
this time, Israeli leaders took the rare step of sending a high-level legal
team — a sign of how seriously they regard the case and likely their fear that
any court order to halt operations would be a major blow to the regime's
legal advisor Tal Becker told a packed auditorium at the ornate Palace of Peace
in The Hague that the regime is fighting a “war it did not start and did not
President Joan E. Donoghue said the court would rule on the request for urgent
measures “as soon as possible.”
E. Donoghue, the president of the International Court of Justice said it would
rule on the request for urgent measures “as soon as possible.”
page 82 and 83 of its application, South Africa has laid out 9 interim orders
it seeks the court to grant. Those include the "immediate" end of the
military campaign in Gaza.
decision in the merit of the case could take years.
panel of 15 judges drawn from around the world plus one each nominated by the Israeli
regime and South Africa could take days or weeks to issue a decision on