Türkiye, Malaysia, OIC Back South Africa’s Case Against Israel at ICJ

The Hague-based International Court of Justice. (Photo: ICJ website)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Türkiye, along with Malaysia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have officially announced their support for South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

South Africa filed a case last month requesting that the ICJ declare “on an urgent basis that Israel is in breach of its obligations in terms of the Genocide Convention”, and that it “should immediately cease all acts and measures in breach of those obligations and take a number of related actions”.

The submission asks the Court to “indicate provisional measures in order to protect against further, severe and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people.”

In a statement earlier this week, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Oncu Keceli,  welcomed the application by South Africa.

“Israel’s murder of more than 22 thousand Palestinian civilians, the majority of whom were women and children…should not go unpunished in any way, and those responsible for this must be held accountable before international law,” the statement said.

Keceli said “We hope the process will be completed as soon as possible,” and likewise, the ICJ “is expected to issue an interim injunction ordering Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza.”

Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday, that the legal action against Israel before the ICJ “is a timely and tangible step towards legal accountability for Israel’s atrocities in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territory at large.”

“As a fellow State Party to the Genocide Convention, Malaysia calls on Israel to fulfill its obligations under international law and to immediately end its atrocities against the Palestinians.”

Israel to Counter ‘Blood Libel’ Lawsuit

Meanwhile, the 57-member OIC also welcomed the lawsuit, saying that “The OIC has affirmed that the indiscriminate targeting by Israel, the occupying power, of the civilian population and the thousands of Palestinians, … killed, injured, forcibly displaced, and denied basic necessities…in their totality constitute mass genocide.”

The OIC further called upon the Court “to respond expeditiously and take urgent measures to stop this mass genocide being perpetrated by the Israeli defense forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

The ICJ  will hold its first public hearing on January 11 in The Hague, to consider the lawsuit filed by South Africa. 

Israel has said it will appear before the ICJ to counter what it called “South Africa’s absurd blood libel.”

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, “a senior legal expert dealing with the matter has warned IDF brass, including Chief of Staff Herzl Halevi, that there is real danger that the court will issue an injunction calling on Israel to halt its fire, noting that Israel is bound by the court’s rulings”.

The hearings will be streamed live and on demand in the two official languages of the court, English and French, on the court’s website and on UN Web TV.

To understand the intricacies of this case, and its possible legal and political repercussions on the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the Palestine Chronicle spoke to Dr. Triestino Mariniello.  Read what this international law expert had to say here.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. As I’ve stated before, the “40 beheaded babies” of Israel’s initial October 7 reporting, later debunked, fit the definition of “Blood Libel” much more accurately, based on the observable elements of the “Blood Libel”: a claimed threat or crime against vulnerable members of a community; leaders fanning hysterical fear, hatred, rage; incitement to commit murders and massacres. There’s a lot in Israel’s history that falls under the definition of Blood Libel, committed against Palestinians.

  2. Israel is going to respond with demagogy to the just accusations presented by South Africa because it is nothing more than the alleged “Blood Libel.” In no way is it a false accusation against the Zionist state of Israel, which is an invasive, occupying and genocidal entity.

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