Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

Namibia has thrown its weight behind South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Namibian President Hage Geingob has criticized Germany for intervening in defense of Israel. In response, the German government has stated that the accusation of genocide against Israel has no basis and amounts to political instrumentalization. Berlin’s response has sparked opposition, with Namibia calling for Germany to draw lessons from its history. Germany’s history is tied to Namibia, where it facilitated the killing of 80% of the Herero population and 50% of the Nama population between 1904 and 1908. Namibia is taking a historic stand against Germany’s involvement in the genocide case, with Bangladesh being the only other nation to intervene in defense of South Africa’s case. South Africa’s case has led to a huge blow to U.S. credibility among African nations, with widespread support for South Africa’s case against Israel. South Africa has asked the ICJ to immediately suspend Israel’s military operations in Gaza and prevent genocide. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains defiant, but South Africans overwhelmingly support their government’s case against Israel. South Africa has presented its case under the 1948 Genocide Convention, arguing that Israel has genocidal intent and has committed atrocities. Israel refutes these claims, stating that it is acting within its right to defend itself against Hamas. The ICJ is still to announce an interim measure, with a final verdict likely to take years. Additionally, China has publicly stated its support for the federal government of Somalia and Somalia’s territorial integrity following a dispute between Somalia and Ethiopia over Somaliland’s sovereignty.

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