Israel’s Rafah assault: South Africa progresses genocide case with new facts against Israel at the Hague

Max du Plessis SC and Professor John Dugard SC act in the legal team representing the South African Government (‘SA’) in its case to the International Court of Justice at the Hague, seeking urgent additional and modified provisional measures in response to Israel’s invasion of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.  

Following an urgent Request by South Africa for such measures filed on 10 January, the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) directed that oral hearings be scheduled for 16 and 17 May. The ICJ heard SA’s representations that Israel’s latest military offence into Rafah is the “last step in the destruction of [all] Gaza” and the only order that can save Palestinians is a ceasefire. 

SA made oral arguments at the court yesterday in its case against Israel over alleged contraventions of the Genocide Convention. This is the second time SA has appeared in the court against Israel after obtaining preliminary orders in January that Israel scale down its operations in Gaza.

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