Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

South Africa’s decision to bring a genocide case against Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has brought discussions of the issue into a global spotlight, something “virtually verboten in Washington” as FP’s Sasha Polakow-Suransky writes. The ICJ has already ordered Israel to take actions to prevent acts of genocide in the Gaza Strip, a ruling that could have significant global implications. However, according to some analysts, the outcome of the case is less important than South Africa’s decision to launch the case. This move has made it acceptable to accuse Israel of grave crimes in a major formal international setting.

Many are celebrating South Africa’s bold move to bring the case to the ICJ, viewing it as a restoration of the country’s reputation as a moral beacon, albeit at America’s expense. However, others argue that South Africa’s case was too narrow by omitting Hamas and limiting its focus to the crime of genocide, missing an opportunity to halt the fighting.

While many countries are seeking to enforce the ICJ’s ruling regarding Israel’s actions in Gaza, China is facing its own challenges with the genocide against Uyghurs at home, which has impacted Beijing’s position on the Israel-Hamas war. Additionally, countries in Latin America have shown support for Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas war, although their stance on the Middle East has historically been nuanced. The Gaza case at the ICJ has stirred discussions about Israel’s actions in Gaza on a global scale and could have significant implications for international relations.

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