South Africa argues genocide case at UN top court

Staff Reporter

On the first of two days of legal arguments at the International Court of Justice, South Africa’s Justice Minister presented his country’s case against Israel whom they accuse of genocide in its war in Gaza.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola said on Thursday that Israel’s response to the 7th of October 2023 attack had crossed a line “and gives rise to the breaches of the convention.”

South Africa launched its case at the United Nations’ top court in November and has asked the ICJ to order an immediate halt to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza.

South African lawyer Adila Hassim argued that Israel’s conduct violated articles 2A, 2B, 2C, and 2D of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

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