Jeremy Corbyn to Join South African, the Middle Eastern country is accused by South Africa of committing genocide against the Palestinian people. In support of South Africa’s impending challenge against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will travel to the court with a team from the country.
Jeremy Corbyn to Join South African Delegation for Israel Genocide
Mr. Corbyn and other “senior political figures from progressive political parties and movements across the globe” will accompany the South African delegation, according to a Pretoria statement.
According to the announcement, Mr. Corbyn will join Pretoria at The Hague for the hearings of South Africa’s case against Israel, which charges the Middle Eastern country of genocide against the Palestinian people, on Thursday and Friday.
Ronald Lamola, the minister of justice and correctional services in South Africa, will serve as the delegation’s leader.
“We are determined to see the end of the genocide that is currently taking place in Gaza,” Mr. Lamola declared.
“The world’s leaders who have not lowered their consciousness and who have stood on the right side of history by supporting a case that seeks to protect human rights, regardless of their nationality or ethnicity, are the ones who most inspire us.”
The only foreign politician mentioned in the South African declaration was Mr. Corbyn. Mr. Corbyn urged Parliament to “support South Africa’s process” earlier this week.
“People are dying in the Gaza Strip from starvation and thirst,” Mr. Corbyn said to the lawmakers. When they see this occurring in real-time, can’t the government see the outrage that exists throughout the world?
The reason so many people are happy is that South Africa’s government is taking the lead and bringing Israel accountable for the killing of so many innocent civilians in Gaza by taking the case to the International Court of Justice.
“Is there no way the government can acknowledge that and at the very least back South Africa’s process?”
After eschewing the term on multiple occasions, Mr. Corbyn finally labeled Hamas as a “terrorist group” in November while penning an article in which he charged the Israeli army with committing “acts of terror too.”
“I deplore the targeting of all civilians,” Mr. Corbyn wrote in the left-wing Tribune magazine, referring to Hamas’s October 7 death of about 1,200 people in Israel.
He declared, “Of course, Hamas is a terrorist group if we define terrorism as the indiscriminate killing of civilians in violation of international law.”
“There is no way that the Israeli army’s targeting of hospitals, refugee camps, and so-called safe zones—which includes killing over 11,000 people, half of whom are children—can be justified as acts of self-defense.”
In the meantime, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom expressed his concern that Israel might have violated international law during the Middle East crisis.
Although he “of course” has worries about the Gaza situation, Lord David Cameron stated that it is not his role to make a “legal adjudication.”
“If you’re asking me am I worried that Israel has taken action that might be in breach of international law because this particular premise has been bombed or whatever,” the former prime minister said to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee during the first questioning by lawmakers since his return to Cabinet.
“Yes, of course, I’m concerned about that. For that reason, when I’m giving this advice on arms exports, I consult the lawyers at the Foreign Office.”
While he did not answer directly to the question of whether denying the civilian population water equates to breaking laws on armed conflict, Lord Cameron did call on Israel to restore the water supply in Gaza.
Following Hamas’s strikes on October 7, the UK government has stated that it supports Israel’s right to self-defense but has encouraged it to exercise moderation and adhere to international law.
Speaking to MPs, the Foreign Secretary expressed his disagreement with the ICJ case, saying, “I don’t think it’s right.” I don’t believe that in this situation, words like genocide should be thrown around.
South Africa filed an ICJ complaint, which Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, described as “atrocious and preposterous.”
“In reality, our enemies, Hamas, in their charter, call for the destruction of our nation, the State of Israel – the only nation-state of the Jewish people,” Mr. Herzog stated at a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday.
He then thanked Mr. Blinken for Washington’s support of Israel and accused South Africa of being hypocritical for taking the case to the ICJ.
Israel goes above and beyond to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza, Mr. Herzog continued. In the October 7 attack on Israel, Hamas killed almost 1,200 people, most of them civilians.
According to its Hamas-run health ministry, Israel’s assault in Gaza has resulted in more than 23,000 Palestinian deaths and more than 58,000 injuries since the start of the conflict.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold public hearings at the Peace Palace in The Hague on Thursday and Friday.