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Sameera Casmod |
31 January 2024 | 12:00 p.m. SAST
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The International Court of Justice on Friday delivered its ruling on the interim measures requested by South Africa.

South Africa views the case of genocide against Israel as a victory, because regardless of the outcome, South Africa took a stand against Israeli actions in Gaza, which is crucial for upholding principles of justice and human rights.

“That’s given it, one, in keeping with its very principles, moral stance now 30 years into its democracy. And also, secondly, mainly because it has now enhanced its soft power- the Arab regime did not do this and it was actually South Africa that that took Israel to the court of justice,” Hafez Ibrahim said on the Media Lens on Radio Islam International.

The significance of the ruling lies in challenging traditional political biases, with 90% of decisions typically influenced by political perspectives, Hafez Deen noted.

The ruling also prompted a slight change in the media narrative, with some organisations revising coverage to reflect the gravity of the situation in Gaza. A report published today, for instance, focused on the widespread house demolitions and the destruction of over 50% (which is in reality between 70 and 80%), bringing attention to the urgent need for action.

While Western powers continue to support Israel, there are some signs of change in South Africa, with some political parties adopting a neutral stance as opposed to their initial pro-Israeli one. The ICJ’s acknowledgement of Israel’s perpetration of genocidal actions in Gaza makes it difficult for supporters to maintain their pro-Israeli position.

Hafez Deen noted that the emergence of a non-aligned movement supportive of the Palestinian cause signals a shift in global perceptions and priorities.

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