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ICJ charges ‘morally repugnant’ — Israel – DW – 05/25/2024

Israeli leaders said Friday that South Africa’s accusations of genocide before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague were “false, scandalous and morally repugnant.”

The comments were made in a joint statement issued by the head of the Israeli National Security Council and the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry.

The statement comes after the ICJ ruled Friday that Israel “must immediately end its military offensive and any other actions in the Rafah governorate that could inflict living conditions on Palestinian groups in Gaza that would lead to its physical destruction in all or in part. “

“After the horrific attack on Israeli citizens on October 7, 2023, Israel embarked on a defensive and just war to eliminate Hamas and secure the release of our hostages,” the joint Israeli statement said.

Israel said it was acting on the basis of its right of self-defense “in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law.”

Israel also said it would not carry out military actions in Rafah “that could inflict upon the Palestinian civilian population of Gaza living conditions that could lead to their physical destruction, in whole or in part.”

The war in Gaza erupted after Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of some 1,200 people, mostly civilians.

The militants also took 252 hostages, 121 of whom remain in Gaza, 37 of whom died according to the Israeli military.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, more than 35,000 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory since the start of the war.

Last week, South African lawyers asked the ICJ to order an emergency end to the military operation in Rafah – a town in southern Gaza where more than a million people are sheltering – accusing Israel to intensify what he calls “genocide” in Gaza.

South Africa also pushed for Israel to end its war in Gaza, but the court stopped short of issuing an order covering the entire territory.

World Court rules that Israel must stop its offensive on Rafah

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