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Spain to Support South Africa’s Case Against Israel at International Court

Spain announced its decision to join the case filed by South Africa against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The case accuses Israel of violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention in its ongoing military operations in Gaza. This move comes as a response to the prolonged conflict and the significant regional concerns it has raised.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares stated the decision was made to encourage peace in Gaza and the broader Middle East, emphasizing Spain’s commitment to international law. Albares highlighted Spain’s aim to end the war and advance the two-state solution, a stance strengthened by Spain’s recent recognition of the state of Palestine alongside Ireland and Norway.

This diplomatic shift has elicited strong reactions from Israel, which accused the countries of “rewarding terrorism” and subsequently withdrew its ambassadors. The case, initiated by South Africa in late December, alleges genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. The death toll in Gaza has exceeded 36,500 since the conflict began in October, according to local health officials. This surge in violence followed an attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on southern Israel, resulting in approximately 1,140 Israeli casualties.

The ICJ’s rulings, while binding, lack enforcement mechanisms, and it could take years before a verdict is reached. Israel has dismissed the genocide accusations as baseless and has criticized South Africa for allegedly acting on behalf of Hamas. Spain joins other countries, including Colombia, Egypt, and Turkey, in formally supporting the case against Israel, marking a significant international legal and diplomatic development in the ongoing conflict.

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