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'Blood libel': Israel slams South Africa for filing ICJ genocide motion over Gaza war | TOI |

Pretoria urges order declaring Israel in breach of 1948 Genocide Convention; Jerusalem accuses South Africa of `collaborating with terror group' that calls for Israel's destruction

Israel castigated South Africa on Friday for turning to the International Court of Justice with an urgent order declaring that Jerusalem was violating its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention in its war against Palestinian terror group Hamas following its murderous October 7 onslaught.

Israel said Pretoria's accusations were "baseless "and a "blood libel."

In response, Israel said it rejected "with contempt the blood libel by South Africa in its application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)."

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In its motion to the ICJ, South Africa asked the court to issue provisional, or short-term, measures ordering Israel to stop its military campaign in Gaza, which it said were "necessary in this case to protect against further, severe and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people."

The Foreign Ministry said: "Israel has made it clear that the residents of the Gaza Strip are not the enemy, and is making every effort to limit harm to the non-involved and to allow humanitarian aid to enter the Gaza Strip."

The court application is the latest move by South Africa, a vociferous critic of Israel, to ratchet up pressure after its lawmakers last month voted in favor of closing down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria and suspending all diplomatic relations until a ceasefire was reached in the war. These moves have not yet been finalized.

In a statement from South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the government said the application against Israel was filed on Friday.

South Africa accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza at top UN court | Le Monde |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 29th, 2023 at 10:21:18 PM EST
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