Iran supports South Africa genocide case against Israel at top UN court
Iran says it supports South Africa for filing a genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, the UN’s top court, over the regime’s war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza.
South Africa lodged the formal accusation against Israel on Thursday at the ICJ in the Hague, Netherlands, and asked for a halt to Israel’s barbaric war.
Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva in a message on the X media platform wrote that 'Iran welcomes and supports South Africa’s initiative to bring the atrocities of the Israeli #apartheid regime in Palestine under GenocideConvention to ICJ."
"Int'l. community should support South Africa's efforts to hold perpetrators of the crimes to account", the message adds.
South Africa filed a case against Israel at the ICJ in November, accusing the regime of crimes of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza as part of a relentless bombardment which has killed more than 23,000 people and caused widespread destruction in the besieged enclave.
Reports said South Africa’s defense team had thoroughly documented evidence of genocide carried out by the Israeli regime in Gaza as part of an 84-page dossier submitted to the ICJ.
Israel is a signatory to the 1948 Genocide Convention, meaning that it cannot dodge the UN court hearing. Under the Convention, parties are obliged to not commit genocide and also to prevent and punish it.
However, South African authorities believe Israel’s conducts in Gaza fit the very definition of genocide in the convention which stipulates that “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group” are classified as genocide.