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South Africa's ICJ case against Israel

In late 2023, South Africa filed a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Israeli apartheid regime's genocidal war on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

South Africa stated that the Tel Aviv regime has failed to uphold its commitments under the 1948 Genocide Convention. It filed the lawsuit against Israel at the end of December, noting that Israel's actions in Gaza since last October have been genocidal in character because they are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group.

In its interim ruling on January 26, the UN court ruled that South Africa's claims are plausible. It ordered provisional measures, saying that the Israeli regime must implement steps to prevent genocidal acts and allow humanitarian aid flow into Gaza.

South Africa has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli regime's genocidal war on Palestinians and has led some initiatives to hold Israel accountable for its crimes in Gaza. So, what are the main factors behind South Africa's longstanding solidarity with Palestine?

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