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The “State of Palestine” wants to join South Africa’s case at the UN’s highest court accusing Israel of genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Palestinian officials, on behalf of the “State of Palestine”, have asked the UN’s top court for permission to join South Africa’s case, which accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza.
The request, published on Monday, said the current Israeli military operation is “part of a systematic effort to wipe Palestinian society and its culture and social institutions off the map”. The request to the International Court of Justice was signed by Palestinian Foreign Ministry official Ammar Hijazi.
South Africa filed a case at the World Court late last year accusing Israel of violating the genocide convention in its military offensive that devastated large parts of Gaza. Israel denies committing genocide in its military operation to crack down on Hamas, which was triggered by the deadly Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel.
The court issued three preliminary injunctions in the case, calling on Israel to do everything it can to prevent deaths in the enclave, increase humanitarian aid and finally halt its offensive in Rafah.
It is unclear how long it will take the court’s judges to rule on the request. If approved, Palestinian officials will be able to address the court in writing and during public hearings.
In their request, the Palestinians stated that they are directly affected by the case.
“The Israeli attack obliterated and damaged beyond recognition hospitals, mosques, churches, universities, schools, homes, shops and infrastructure in Gaza as part of a systematic effort to wipe Palestinian society, its culture and social institutions off the map,” the request reads.
The request adds that Israel is in violation of the court’s orders and continues “its genocidal acts, including the deliberate and systematic obstruction of humanitarian aid, resulting in a deliberately created state of famine and a threatened famine that is increasingly imminent.”
The Palestinians have already been to court. In 2018, the Palestinian Authority filed a lawsuit asking judges to order Washington to remove the relocated US embassy from Jerusalem. The case followed the decision by then-US President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
This case remains in court, where cases can take years to resolve.

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