Ireland ready to intervene in Israel’s ICJ genocide case

On March 27th, Irland claimed to be ready to intervene in South Africa’s ICJ genocide case against Israel, according to Asharq Al-Awsat and agencies.

This is the first firm stance assumed by the country since the beginning of the conflict in October.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin, stated that the Hamas’ attack on October 7th and Israel’s conduct “represent the blatant violation of international humanitarian law on a mass scale.” However, it will be the World Court’s (ICJ) responsibility to determine whether a genocide occurred.

“The taking of hostages. The purposeful withholding of humanitarian assistance to civilians. The targeting of civilians and of civilian infrastructure. The indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The use of civilian objects for military purposes. The collective punishment of an entire population (..) The list goes on. It has to stop. The view of the international community is clear. Enough is enough.”, stated the Minister

READ: ICJ rules Israel committed genocide but won’t call Gaza ceasefire

On December 29th, South Africa opened a case against Israel at the UN’s International Court of Justice, accusing the country of perpetuating genocide and asking the Court to issue “provisional measures” to end the conflict.

“Provisional measures are necessary in this case to protect against further, severe, and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people under the Genocide Convention, which continue to be violated with impunity.”

Initially, South Africa’s case was only supported by five countries, which firmly agreed to the cause

On March 6th, South Africa once again urged the ICJ to take action towards Israel.

“The extreme gravity of the situation facing Palestinian men, women, children and babies, and the existential risk the Palestinian people in Gaza face as a result of Israel’s genocidal military campaign demands further action by the court” 


Asharq Al-Awsat and agencies


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