Israel Accuses South Africa of Distorting Facts in ICJ Genocide Allegations

Israel has urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza. During the second day of hearings, Israel’s representation criticized South Africa’s portrayal of the conflict, describing it as distorted and decontextualized. The case, which has seen both sides present their arguments over two days, now awaits the decision of the ICJ judges, who will deliberate on whether there is a plausible risk of genocide that could justify South Africa’s claims.

  • Israel responded to South Africa’s allegations of genocide in Gaza at the ICJ, arguing for the case’s dismissal.
  • Tal Becka, Israel’s foreign ministry adviser, claimed South Africa’s presentation misrepresented the facts and legal context.
  • South Africa accused Israel of dehumanizing, genocidal rhetoric and actions against Palestinians.
  • Israel accused South Africa of weaponizing the genocide convention and trivializing it.
  • Israel defended its actions as self-defense under international humanitarian law against attacks by Hamas.
  • The court is deliberating whether there is a plausible risk of genocide to rule in South Africa’s favor.
  • A judgment against Israel could affect international support from countries like the UK and the US.
  • The ICJ’s decision on interim measures is expected within weeks.

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