An Israeli artillery unit near the border with the Gaza Strip on 5 December 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and Hamas.
While the Israeli government has killed more than 20 000 Palestinian civilians, it claimed it is South Africa that will be judged harshly by history for its efforts to halt the military action in Gaza.
Israel indicated it would defend South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to have its actions in Gaza declared genocide.
On 29 December, South Africa filed an urgent application at the ICJ in The Hague, the Netherlands, “in which the court is requested to declare on an urgent basis that Israel is in breach of its obligations in terms of the Genocide Convention, should immediately cease all acts and measures in breach of those obligations and take a number of related actions”, according to a statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
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