conflict with Hamas in 2014, said there is a low bar for the court to issue an injunction against Israel.
He told the BBC that South Africa needs to “demonstrate that there are elements that support its case”, for the court to issue an order, although this would not involve “making a definite decision as to whether or not genocide is actually taking place”.
South Africa has been highly critical of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, and its governing African National Congress has a long history of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
It sees parallels with its struggle against apartheid – a policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white-minority government in South Africa against the country’s black majority, until the first democratic elections, in 1994.
In Gaza, more than 23,350 people have been killed, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, since the war began in the aftermath of Hamas’s 7 October attacks on southern Israel. In those attacks some 1,300 people were killed – mainly civilians – and about 240 others taken hostage.
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