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South Africa accuses Israel of apartheid against Palestinians in ongoing case before ICJ

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South Africa accused Israel of implementing apartheid towards Palestinians throughout a listening to earlier than the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday, alleging that Israel topics Palestinians to “discriminatory land zoning and planning insurance policies, punitive and administrative home demolitions and violent military incursions into their villages cities, cities and refugee camps.”

Making submissions earlier than the ICJ, the consultant of the federal government of the Republic of South Africa, Ambassador Vusimuzi Madonsela, in contrast the scenario within the West Financial institution and Gaza Strip to his nation beneath apartheid, the place folks of coloration have been legally subjugated and discriminated towards. Madonsela stated:

The Palestinian trigger is one which resonates strongly with the folks of South Africa. That’s as a result of the Palestinian battle evokes mournful recollections of our battle towards apartheid, segregation and oppression. Ours is an expertise aptly referred to, by the United Nations Safety Council in 1980 as ‘against the law towards the conscience and dignity of mankind’ and as being ‘incompatible with the rights and dignity of man.’ We as South Africans sense, see, hear and really feel to our core the inhumane discriminatory insurance policies and practices of the Israeli regime as an much more excessive type of the apartheid that was institutionalized towards black folks in my nation, coincidentally from the 12 months 1946 and which resulted in 1994.

Madonsela additionally contended {that a} lack of a proper to return for Palestinian refugees to Israel and the separation of the Gaza Strip and the West Financial institution serves to make sure the dominance of the Israeli Jewish neighborhood over Palestinians.

The federal government consultant of the Netherlands, René J. M. Lefeber, mentioned the applicability of worldwide regulation to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Whereas not addressing the scenario as straight as South Africa, Lefeber emphasised that the precise to self-determination is common. The consultant additionally asserted that occupations carried out in self-defense should adjust to worldwide humanitarian regulation and that states have an obligation to not acknowledge or help a scenario that violates worldwide peremptory norms.

Bangladesh’s consultant, Ambassador M. Riaz Hamidullah, decried the humanitarian circumstances in Gaza amidst Israel’s invasion of the realm earlier than arguing that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory is illegitimate. Like South Africa, Bangladesh accused Israel of “persecution, racial discrimination and apartheid” in its occupation. Hamidullah additionally disputed the declare that the occupation is being carried out within the protection of Israel, as a substitute alleging that it’s supposed to annex Palestinian territory.

Israel has not responded straight to those claims because it doesn’t acknowledge the present ICJ proceedings. In a statement, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, ” Israel doesn’t acknowledge the legitimacy of the proceedings of the worldwide court docket in The Hague relating to ‘the legality of the occupation’ – that are an effort designed to infringe on Israel’s proper to defend itself towards existential threats.” Israel’s written submission to the ICJ, despatched in July, disputed the premises on which the case is predicated. It contended that the language the UN Basic Meeting used to institute these ICJ proceedings wrongfully assumed that Israel violated worldwide regulation.

This continuing is separate from that instituted by South Africa in December over Israel’s alleged violations of the Genocide Conference within the ongoing Israel-Hamas Warfare.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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