South Africa denounces Israel for “genocide” before the International Criminal Court for crimes committed in Palestine

South Africa has denounced this Friday to Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICJ) for having committed a “genocide” in Gaza after the invasion of the Strip after the attack on Hamas last October 7th. The Israeli authorities, for their part, They do not recognize the validity of said court.

Israel’s acts and omissions (…) have a genocidal charactersince they are committed with the specific intention required (…) of destroy the Palestinians in Gaza as part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethnic group,” the ICC said.

South Africa breaks diplomatic relations with Israel

The South African Government has already announced the breakdown of diplomatic relations with Israel after the Israeli invasion carried out on October 7. Additionally, last November Bangladesh, Bolivia, East Africa, Comoros, Djubouti and South Africa They asked the Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation against the Jewish country.

The court prosecutor responded that since 2021, an investigation into crimes in the Palestinian territories was already underway occupied territories, which “covers conduct that may constitute Rome Statute crimes committed since June 13, 2014 in Gaza and the West Bank,” to which is added the “escalation of hostilities and violence since the attacks that took place on June 7 October”.

Israel rejects the complaint

“Israel rejects with disgust the blood slander spread by South Africa and his demand “because”lacks factual and legal basis and constitutes a despicable and contemptuous use of the court”, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. This same Friday, The country expressed its refusal to the complaint filed for South Africa.

He also highlighted that “South Africa is cooperating” with Hamas, “terrorist group that calls for the destruction of the State of Israel” and commits “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.” Besides, adds that “he tried to commit genocide on October 7”, when he carried out a surprise attack on Israel that left more than 1,200 dead.

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