South Africa: Israel’s op nearly ‘knocked Gaza off the map’

South Africa’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Vusi Madonsela, underscored on Thursday, in opening remarks at an International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on Israel’s incursion into Rafah, that Israel’s actions have nearly “knocked Gaza off the map” and “shocked the conscience of humanity.”

Madonsela underlined that despite the previous ICJ order, which called on Israel to apply measures that would ensure it is not carrying out genocidal acts, the country “willfully breached the binding orders of the court.”

Another South African representative, Barrister Vaughan Lowe, notedthat “it has become increasingly clear that Israel’s actions in Rafah are part of the end game in which Gaza is utterly destroyed.” He disregarded Israel’s claims of self-defence, specifying that a country’s right to self-defence doesn’t allow it to exercise “unlimited violence,” nor does it justify genocide. Furthermore, the right to self-defence can’t be applied to an occupied territory, he detailed.

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