United Nations international court of justice, will begin hearings on Thursday in a case brought by South Africa against Israel, which it accuses of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.
Proceedings on whether or not genocide actually occurred in Gaza could take years, but this week’s hearings focus on South Africa’s demand that the court order emergency measures, including a suspension of military action in Gaza.
Earlier, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa through his justice minister, Ronald Lamola argued that in a situation where allegations of genocide have been levelled against Israel, an immediate ceasefire should be activated to allow proper investigations.
In a response, Israel President Issac Herzog had insisted that unfounded allegations peddled by South Africa can only be described as unfortunate and irresponsible, noting that such action will not deter the defense forces from defending the sovereignty and safety of Israel.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, also known as the World Court, will hold hearings on Thursday and Friday and is expected to rule on possible emergency measures later this month.