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Cuba joins South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice

Cuba joins South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice

Cuba joins South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice

He Cuban government announced this Friday that it will join as a “third country” in the action brought by South Africa against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for its operation in Linkinformed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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“Cuba has decided to participate as a Third State in South Africa’s case against Israel before the ICJ,” said the highest court of the United Nations, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, in a message from X.

The head of Cuban diplomacy indicated that his country will “argue” before the ICJ “the transgression of the Genocide Convention” committed, according to the official, by Israel in Gaza.

In a statement, Itamaraty specified that Cuba, as a State party to the Convention for the Prevention and Suppression of the Crime of Genocide, will make use of its right to present “its interpretation of the norms of the Convention that Israel flagrantly violated with its actions in the Palestinian territory illegally occupied Gaza Strip.”

A third State, which is not a party to the dispute, may present its legal arguments in support of an interpretation of the Genocide Convention.

Last year, South Africa initiated this case before the Hague-based ICJ, alleging that the Israeli offensive in Gaza violates the 1948 UN genocide convention, a charge that Israel firmly denies.

In another ruling in January, the Court ordered Israel to do everything possible to prevent acts of genocide during its military operations in Gaza.

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Cuba indicated that the action presented by South Africa “has as its main objective to stop the atrocities against the Palestinian people as a result of the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by Israel”.

He noted that Israel, with complete impunity and protected by the United States, “ignores its obligations as an Occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

“Genocide, Apartheid, forced displacement and collective punishments cannot take place in today’s world,” added the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On May 24, the court ordered Israel to “immediately” stop its military offensive on the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of thousands of civilians have gathered since the start of the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

The war broke out on Oct. 7 when Islamist militants killed 1,194 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapped 251 in southern Israel, according to a tally based on official Israeli data.

In response, Israel launched an offensive that has left at least 37,431 people dead in Gaza, according to the Hamas government’s Ministry of Health.

Several Latin American countries, such as Colombia or Mexico, have joined South Africa’s claim before the ICJ, or have expressed their intention to do so, as is the case with Chile.

Source: Elcomercio

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