There is a ‘tragic war going on, but no genocide


Israeli attorneys Gilad Noam, left, Tamar Kaplan Tourgeman, center, and Avigail Frisch Ben Avraham, right, wait for the start of hearings at the International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Published May 17, 2024

Israel argues in front of the International Court of Justice in the Hague that while there is a “tragic war” ongoing in Gaza, “there is no genocide.”

“By exploiting the genocide convention, South Africa is suggesting a convoluted reading of international law, under which any conflict can be brought to this court,” Israeli attorney Gilad Noam tells the justices.

“There is a tragic war going on, but there is no genocide,” he says. “There is a danger that the court will find itself engaged in micromanagement of an armed conflict — which is what South Africa wants it to do.”

Noam suggests that South Africa is allied with Hamas, “which it does not wish to see defeated.”

He points to the South African foreign minister meeting with a Hamas delegation in Johannesburg earlier this year, and says she “did not urge Hamas to release hostages, cease using human shields, cease operating in UN hospitals, other protected sites.”

South Africa, Noam says, “is not interested in truth, law or justice.”



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Deputy Attorney General for International Law Gilad Noam and Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel Tamar Kaplan Tourgeman look on at the start of a two-day hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, May 16, 2024. © Yves Herman, Reuters
Published May 17, 2024

Israel’s defence against charges of genocide at the International Court of Justice in The Hague was briefly interrupted by a protester during closing statements on Friday. Israel is facing allegations of genocide after South Africa asked the top UN court’s judges to order it to halt operations in Rafah and completely withdraw its forces from the Palestinian territory. 



RELATED: White House sees no genocide in Gaza, condemns aid convoy attacks

Displaced Palestinians sheltering in a school prepare to flee Rafah after Israeli forces launched a ground and air operation in the eastern part of the southern Gaza City, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip May 13, 2024. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Published May 14, 2024
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Monday that President Joe Biden‘s administration does not view the killings of Palestinians in Gaza by Israel in its war with Hamas as genocide.
Sullivan said the United States wants to see Hamas defeated. He also said that Palestinians caught in the middle of the war were in “hell” and that a major military operation by Israel in Rafah would be a mistake.
“We do not believe what is happening in Gaza is a genocide. We have been firmly on record rejecting that proposition,” Sullivan told reporters at the White House.
Sullivan expressed concern about reports of Israeli settlers attacking a humanitarian aid convoy on its way to Erez Crossing in northern Gaza, the second such incident in less than a week.
“It is a total outrage that there are people who are attacking and looting these conveys,” Sullivan said. “It is completely and utterly unacceptable behavior.”




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