Dirco wants Israel’s behavior referred to ICC for crimes against humanity


The Department of International Relations said the disturbing images of Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians who violate UN resolutions – warrant an urgent call for intervention by the international community.

Smoke rises from Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, on May 11, 2021. Israel and Hamas exchanged heavy fire, in a dramatic escalation between bitter enemies sparked by the unrest at the flash point of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem compound. Image: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The South African government has said it wants Israel’s conduct to be investigated and referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

The Department of International Relations said the disturbing images of Israel’s continued attacks on Palestinians who violate UN resolutions – warrant an urgent call for intervention by the international community.

The department strongly condemned the continued escalation of attacks across the West Bank, calling the violence unjust and shameful.

Despite intensified diplomatic efforts to ease six days of fighting, the Israeli Air Force struck several sites in Gaza overnight, as rockets were fired again at Israel.

The department said the airstrikes and violence were in blatant violation of international law.

With no sign of an imminent end to the worst escalation in years after six days of conflict and an increase in the death toll, the international relations department has called for an immediate end to hostilities.
“South Africa strongly condemns Israel’s unjust attacks on Palestinian civilians and calls on Israel to immediately stop all such hostilities and comply with international law,” said department spokesman Clayson Monyela.
Urging for a ceasefire and emergency talks, Monyela said South Africa remains committed to establishing a viable Palestinian state existing side by side at peace with Israel.

“A solution must be based on a just settlement, with just rights-based laws that facilitate quality and fairness for all who live in the territories of Israel and Palestine.”

Meanwhile, pro-Palestinian organizations have said that condemning Israel while continuing to do business with the state is cynical.

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