JEREMY CORBYN, former Labour Leader in the UK, set to join the South African delegation at the ICJ accusing Israel of genocide

Friday, January 12, 2024
 – Jeremy Corbyn, the former U.K. opposition leader, is set to join a South African delegation for this week’s hearings at the International Court of Justice, where Israel is accused of committing genocide against Palestinians in the war in Gaza.

South Africa brought the case against Israel last month, accusing it of intending “to destroy Palestinians in Gaza,” and asked the U.N.'s top court to order Israel to halt its attacks. Israel rejected South Africa’s allegations of genocide “with disgust” and said it will defend itself at the court.

South Africa’s Justice Ministry said Corbyn was one of a number of “senior political figures from progressive political parties and movements across the globe” who will join the South African delegation at the Hague in the Netherlands for two days of preliminary hearings which begin on Thursday.

Corbyn was the only one of those foreign political figures in its delegation named by the government.

Israel’s war in Gaza has killed more than 23,200 Palestinians, roughly 1% of the territory’s population and about two-thirds of the dead are women and children.

South Africa’s delegation to the Hague will be led by Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola and will also include senior figures from the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Ministry of Justice, the Justice Ministry said in a statement.

“We are determined to see the end of the genocide that is currently taking place in Gaza,” Lamola said.

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