South Africa versus Israel in The Hague | EUROtoday

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LOn the left was Israel’s President Ezer Weizman, on the appropriate was Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat and within the center was Nelson Mandela. On May 9, 1994, the day earlier than Mandela was sworn in as the primary president of democratic South Africa, the trio posed for press photographers. The assembly confirmed how vital reconciliation was to Mandela, and never simply in his personal nation. It additionally confirmed who had the higher sympathies as he disappeared arm in arm with Arafat.

Claudia Broell

African political correspondent based mostly in Cape Town.

Almost 30 years later, a comparable photograph is now not conceivable. Lawyers for South Africa and Israel are as an alternative dealing with off on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over allegations of genocide in Gaza. South Africa will current its arguments on Thursday. The printed utility states that Israel’s “actions and omissions” have a “genocidal character” and that Israel has didn’t prosecute public requires genocide. The nation is obliged to do that underneath the UN Genocide Convention of 1948. South Africa’s transfer to the World Court had turn out to be obvious, however many had been shocked on the tempo. Lawyers had been apparently working across the clock on the 84-page doc whereas the remainder of the nation celebrated Christmas.