Israeli spokesperson Eylon Levy said on Tuesday Israel was ready to defend itself in opposition to genocide accusations filed by South Africa on the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ).
South Africa filed its genocide accusation in opposition to Israel with the ICJ in December. The accusation contented that Israeli navy actions violated the 1948 Geneva Convention. Significantly, South Africa claimed that Israel has engaged in, is partaking in and dangers additional partaking in genocidal acts in opposition to the Palestinian individuals in Gaza. South Africa’s software acknowledged that Israel’s acts are “genocidal in character” as a result of they’re “supposed to convey in regards to the destruction of a considerable a part of the Palestinian nationwide, racial and ethnical group, that being the a part of the Palestinian group within the Gaza Strip.”
Levy acknowledged on X that, “Israel condemns South Africa’s resolution to play advocate for the satan.” Levy additional acknowledged that by submitting the with the ICJ, South Africa made itself “criminally complicit” in enabling the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel and was making an attempt to “cowl up Hamas’ crimes in opposition to humanity.”
Levy additionally rebutted accusations of Israeli genocide of Palestinian civilians. He acknowledged that Israel postponed navy motion for weeks to permit civilians to evacuate, despatched 27 million voice and textual content messages warning of impending hazard and dropped pamphlets directing civilians to humanitarian corridors. Moreover, Levy mentioned that Hamas was answerable for civilian deaths by utilizing a “human shield” strategy through which they place navy targets in densely populated civilian areas.
Ought to the case proceed to trial, the ICJ Statute states the choice might be last and never topic to enchantment. Nonetheless, the ICJ has no methodology of imposing a choice. As an alternative, it depends on the state topic to the ruling to conform or different member states to enact sanctions as stress to conform. In 2022, the ICJ ordered Russia to halt its invasion of Ukraine with no formal motion taken by Russia.