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Faith Nyasuguta

South Africa is poised to make a compelling plea before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, seeking urgent measures to halt Israel’s ongoing offensive in Rafah, Gaza. 

Accusing Israel of genocide, Pretoria is calling for immediate action to protect the vulnerable population in the besieged city. The upcoming hearings at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, follow South Africa’s recent request for emergency measures to safeguard Rafah, a southern Gaza city that is currently home to over a million Palestinians.

In its submission to the ICJ, South Africa urges the court to order Israel to cease its military operations not only in Rafah but also in other parts of Gaza. “As the overwhelming evidence demonstrates, the very manner in which Israel is conducting its military operations in Rafah, and elsewhere in Gaza, is itself genocidal,” asserts Pretoria’s representatives. 

The nation emphasizes the urgent need for intervention to prevent further loss of life and devastation in the region.

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Furthermore, South Africa is calling on the court to compel Israel to allow unimpeded access to Gaza for UN officials, humanitarian organizations, journalists, and investigators. Highlighting the dire humanitarian situation, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) reports that 600,000 people have fled Rafah since Israel’s military operations intensified in the area.

“As the primary humanitarian hub for assistance in Gaza, if Rafah falls, so too does Gaza,” emphasizes South Africa in its ICJ submission. The nation asserts that attacking Rafah constitutes an assault on the last refuge in Gaza and underscores the urgent need for intervention to prevent further devastation and loss of life.

Pretoria emphasizes that a “permanent cease-fire in Gaza” is imperative for implementing existing court orders and ensuring the protection of civilians. South Africa’s legal representatives are scheduled to present their case over two days at the Peace Palace, home of the ICJ, stressing the urgency of halting the war in Gaza and preventing further human suffering.

Israel, slated to respond to the allegations on Friday, has denounced South Africa’s case as baseless and morally repugnant. The nation emphasizes its commitment to upholding international law and highlights efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid in compliance with ICJ directives.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has exacted a heavy toll, with nearly 35,000 people killed in Gaza and significant casualties reported in Israel. South Africa’s assertion of genocide against Palestinians showcases the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for international intervention to address the humanitarian crisis and prevent further loss of life.

While the ICJ’s rulings are binding and without appeal, enforcement remains challenging. Past cases have seen the court issue orders against countries, impacting their international reputation and setting legal precedent. However, compliance relies on the goodwill and cooperation of the parties involved.


In the case of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ICJ ordered a halt to the aggression, but President Vladimir Putin’s military operation persists. Despite the challenges, South Africa’s pursuit of justice at the ICJ reflects a commitment to upholding human rights and seeking accountability for alleged atrocities in Gaza.


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