Barrister Malcolm Shaw (R) and Israeli legal counsellor Tal Becker laugh prior to Friday’s hearings of Israel’s point of view as South Africa has requested the International Court of Justice to indicate measures concerning alleged violations of human rights by Israel in the Gaza Strip on 12 January 2024 in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Israel told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday that it
cannot rule on South Africa’s request for emergency measures in Gaza in part
because SA was on holiday immediately after Christmas.
Court, as the ICJ is known, deals with disputes between states. South Africa
says there is a clear dispute between it and Israel about SA’s allegations of
genocide in Gaza: South Africa believes Israel is guilty of genocide, and Israel
Africa never gave Israel the opportunity to talk about that disagreement,
Israel’s lawyer Malcolm Shaw told the ICJ. Having failed to try to resolve the
issue on a bilateral level before going to court, Shaw argued that SA had
failed to show the existence of a dispute over which the court has
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