The International Court of Justice was in session at the ornate courtroom at the Peace Palace in The Hague to hear South Africa’s case of alleging genocide by Israel in Gaza. As the US president of the court, Joan Donoghue, began the formalities, outside the court, more than 3,000km away, protesters noisily made their feelings known. The case revolved around the devastating effects of the war in Gaza, with South Africa insisting that the devastation wreaked upon Gaza by Israel in response to the Hamas attacks in 2023 amounts to a plausible claim of genocidal acts.

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South Africa’s legal team highlighted alleged examples of “genocidal intent,” including statements made by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other current ministers. Israel, on the other hand, claimed that it was acting in self-defense, only doing what it had to in order to protect its citizens after the attacks by Hamas. The Israeli delegate accused South Africa of making “almost no mention” of the suffering of Israelis and treating the hostages held since the attacks held as an “afterthought.”

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While the case was underway at the International Court of Justice, supporters of both sides, allocated separate areas by police, gathered outside the court with pro-Palestinian protesters carrying baby dolls stained with red representing blood while Israeli supporters had empty chairs for the hostages. The US and the UK back and arm Israel, with Germany making a third-party intervention on behalf of its ally. The case has sparked international attention, with doubts arising whether a judgment by the International Court of Justice, which lacks enforcement powers, could bring an end to the bloodshed.

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The crux of the matter lies in the devastating effects of the war in Gaza and the allegations of genocidal acts committed by Israel. The case has brought to light the deep-seated conflict between the two nations and the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza, linked to allegations of war atrocities and genocidal intent.

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News Summery :

– South Africa has alleged genocide by Israel in Gaza and took their case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague
– South Africa’s claims are based on the devastation in Gaza, the subsequent humanitarian crisis, and Israel’s actions in response to Hamas attacks
– South Africa’s lawyers presented evidence of alleged “genocidal intent” by Israel, including statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other ministers
– Israel argued that South Africa had failed to prove any acts of genocide and claimed it was acting in self-defense
– Israel also criticized South Africa for not addressing the suffering of Israelis and perceived bias in the case
– Germany, the US, and UK back and arm Israel and have made third-party interventions on behalf of Israel
– There are doubts about whether the ICJ’s judgment could bring an end to the bloodshed as it lacks enforcement powers.

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