Egypt To Join South Africa’s Case Against Israel At The ICJ

Raghad Khaled

Egypt To Join South Africa’s Case Against Israel At International Court Of Justice(ICJ)

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Egypt’s intention to join South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice to look into Israel’s violations of the Genocide Convention in the Gaza Strip.

The statement explained that its decision to file for intervention in the mentioned lawsuit comes amidst the escalating severity and scope of Israeli assaults against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli forces persist in committing systematic violence against the Palestinian people, including the direct targeting of civilians and the destruction of infrastructure in the Strip, forcing Palestinians to flee and be displaced from their lands.

This has led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, creating unlivable conditions in the Gaza Strip, in flagrant violation of international law and humanitarian international law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 regarding the protection of civilians in times of war.

The statement also demanded that Israel comply with its obligations as the occupying power and implement the provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice, which call for ensuring sufficient access to humanitarian and relief aid to meet the needs of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and to prevent the Israeli forces from committing any violations against the Palestinian people, who are entitled to protection under the Genocide Convention.

Egypt also renewed its call for the Security Council and influential international parties to take immediate action to stop the firing and military operations in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian city of Rafah and to provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.

South Africa’s Case Against Israel at ICJ:

In December 2023, South Africa presented a case to the International Court of Justice, accusing Israel of breaching the Genocide Convention established in 1951, which prohibits states from participating in genocidal behavior, and obligates state parties to pursue the enforcement of its prohibition.

In January 2024, the court ordered Israel to adhere to six provisional measures, one of which is to ceasefire. However, as expected, Israel violated and dismissed the court’s verdict.

Egypt’s Participation in Advisory Opinion Hearing at ICJ:

In February, Egypt participated in the ICJ advisory opinion on Israeli violations in Palestine, stating that Palestinians under Israeli occupation have endured collective punishment, forced displacement, indiscriminate targeting, and daily human suffering of untold proportions for 75 years.

The advisory opinion hearing was requested by the United Nations and it included 52 states and three international organizations.

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