Israeli regime’s defense before ICJ a failure: S. Africa

2024-01-13 08:05:48
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.

South 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.

Israel 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.

Israel 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.

Even when acting in self-defense, countries are required by international law to follow the rules of war, which South Africa has argued.

Judges 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.

Israel often boycotts international tribunals and UN investigations, saying they are unfair and biased.

But 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 international standing.

Israeli 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 want.”

ICJ President Joan E. Donoghue said the court would rule on the request for urgent measures “as soon as possible.”

Joan E. Donoghue, the president of the International Court of Justice said it would rule on the request for urgent measures “as soon as possible.”

On 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.

A decision in the merit of the case could take years.

A 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 preliminary measures.

(Source: Agencies)

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