South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor defended the case presented by her country against Israel to the International Court of Justice, and called on all countries to stop funding the Israeli war on Gaza.
During a press conference in Pretoria on Wednesday, the South African diplomat reiterated that Israel is committing genocide in the Gaza Strip.
He said the number of Palestinians killed daily by Israeli forces far exceeds the average death toll in all conflicts around the world in recent years.
Pandor said South Africa, based on its legacy of conflict and human rights, and its belief in the protection of human rights and people in the world, appealed to the United Nations' highest court to stop this genocide and destruction.
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Pandor said all countries have an obligation to stop financing and facilitating Israeli military operations in Gaza after the International Court of Justice clearly indicated that these actions could amount to genocide.
Last week, the International Court of Justice, in a case brought by South Africa, ordered Israel to take all measures within its power to stop its forces from committing genocide and to take measures to improve the humanitarian situation of Palestinians in Gaza .
The court did not go so far as to demand a ceasefire, and has not yet ruled on the substance of South Africa's case, which concerns the genocide in Gaza. A decision may take years.
The South African minister also said he had met with the International Criminal Court prosecutor last week to discuss the joint lawsuit his country filed with other countries last November regarding the status of the Palestinian territories.
He told reporters, “I asked him why he was able to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and why he couldn't do the same thing with the Prime Minister of Israel. He didn't answer the question, but “I read something and they said the investigation is still ongoing.”
The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin last March, accusing him of overseeing the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed the International Court of Justice ruling issued last week as a step toward justice and said he expected Israel to comply.
For decades, South Africa has been a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, comparing the plight of Palestinians to the plight of blacks in South Africa under the apartheid regime. Israel denies genocide allegations, and rejects comparisons to the apartheid era.