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Turkey to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at ICJ

Ankara,1 May, 2024(GNP): In a substantial move to address the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe in Palestine’s Gaza, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Hakan Fidan, announced on Wednesday to actively contribute in South Africa’s case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The case, which alleges Israel of conducting genocide in Gaza, has garnered international concentration and raised immediate calls for justice and accountability.

Foreign Minister Fidan, speaking in a joint conference along with Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudion, underscored Turkey’s steadfast commitment to upholding human rights and promoting international justice.

The decision to join the case reflects Turkey’s deep concern for the crisis of the Palestinian people and its determination to seek amends for the flagrant violations they have persisted.

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Since the submission of the case in late 2023, the ICJ has issued an stop gap ruling in January, requiring Tel Aviv to halt genocidal acts and ensure the stipulation of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

However, the circumstances remains critical, with over 34,500 Palestinians, including a substantial number of women and children, having lost their lives in the consequences of Israel’s cruel invasion.

Turkey’s decision to join South Africa’s case aligns with Turkey’s longstanding support for the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people and its rejection of impunity for grave violations of international law.

While Turkey takes this pivotal step, it acknowledges the efforts of other nations, including Nicaragua and Colombia, who have also expressed interest in contributing in the case.

The ICJ is yet to rule on their requests, underscoring the global significance and intricacy of the matter.

Turkey calls on the international community to stand united in condemning the cruelties committed in Gaza and to support efforts to hold those responsible to account.

The chase of justice at the ICJ is a vital step towards addressing the root causes of the conflict and achieving a just and sustainable resolution.