International Court Of Justice — ICJ/UN

South Africa’s Case Against Israel Is So Much More Than You Think

It might not end the war, but it will dramatically change the global political landscape around the West and Israel.

Will Lockett
8 min readJan 5, 2024

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Big news hits differently over Christmas. In that tired, not knowing the day of the week, half-drunken and indigestion-suffering period between Boxing Day and New Year, we have the time to reflect and truly appreciate the scope of breaking news. Anyone who was around for the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami can attest to this. We had a similar moment this past festive period when, on Dec 29th, South Africa raised a searing watertight case against Israel in the International Court of Justice, accusing them of genocide against Palestine. At face value, this might seem like par for the course of this conflict. After all, accusations of Israel committing genocide in Gaza have reached a deafening crescendo over the past few months, and this seems to be the logical next step to ratify this growing chorus. But dig a little deeper, and you will see there is far more at stake. This case not only threatens to levy one of the most heinous crimes against the Israeli state, but also drastically change the balance of global power and influence and even shake up the current global political landscape. All because of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Once again, I feel I must state that I am explicitly criticising the Israeli state here, not the people of Israel, and definitely not Judaism. I also denounce Hamas. They 100% committed war crimes on Oct 7th, and those responsible should be brought to justice. Got it? Right, let’s crack on.

The argument that Israel isn’t committing genocide in Gaza is becoming ever more tenuous by the day. There is a vast plethora of evidence left behind by the IDF and their destruction of Gaza, which I have covered before, that points to illegal and indiscriminate attacks that amount to collective punishment, a form of genocide. There is also the heinous rhetoric bouncing around the Israeli state. There are open plans to forcibly migrate (as in they aim to “encourage migration” while bombing the crap out of them) Gazans to the Sinai desert, or even the Congo, to bring an end to the war. Israel’s far-right finance minister even said that “Israelis who would replace the…

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Will Lockett

Independent journalist covering global politics, climate change and technology. Get articles early at www.planetearthandbeyond.co