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Will South Africa’s lawsuit alleging genocide change the course of the Israel-Hamas war?

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FILE - View of the Peace Palace which houses World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on Sept. 19, 2023. South Africa has launched a case at the United Nations’ top court accusing Israel of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza and asking the court to order Israel to halt its attacks. South Africa’s submission filed Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, at the International Court of Justice alleges that “acts and omissions by Israel ... are genocidal in character”.. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

South Africa filed a lawsuit in the United Nations’ highest court alleging that Israel’s military campaign in Gaza amounts to genocide of Palestinians and seeking the campaign’s end. In court, Israel said it would defend itself and rejected the claim, calling it “blood libel” and accusing South Africa of cooperating with Hamas, the militant group behind the deadly Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

The arguments began Thursday at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Northeastern Global News spoke with Zinaida Miller, professor of law and international affairs and an expert on human rights law and international rules of war, about what this case means, the international court, and whether the case could change the Israel-Hamas war.

Continue reading at Northeastern Global News.

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