South Africa’s cost of “genocide” towards Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on Thursday turns actuality on its head by making the sufferer of the October 7 genocidal terror assault stand trial for the crimes of the aggressor.
The case towards Israel is inflammatory — and absurdly weak. It doesn’t even rely on the actions Israel has taken in Gaza since October 7, however moderately locations that response “in the broader context of Israel’s conduct towards Palestinians during its 75-year-long apartheid [sic], its 56-yearlong belligerent occupation of Palestinian territory [sic] and its 16-year-long blockade of Gaza.”
In different phrases, Israel’s very existence is outlined as “apartheid”; the undeniable fact that Israel left Gaza utterly in 2005 is taken into account of no consequence.
South Africa has no credibility to deliver such a cost towards Israel. In the post-apartheid period, it has fallen from a paragon of human rights to a pariah. The South African authorities protected the Zimbabwean regime throughout Robert Mugabe’s reign of terror — which included the ethnic cleaning of white farmers — and has likewise defended different rights-delinquent nations, together with Sudan, Russia, and China. The ruling occasion even just lately entertained representatives of the Hamas terrorist group.
Moreover, South Africa actively discriminates towards racial minorities inside its personal borders. A wave of violent crime towards white farmers has led severe critics to boost the query of whether or not South Africa itself must be accused of “genocide.” South Africa is liable to outbursts of mob assaults towards immigrants from different African nations, and its police dedicated mass homicide towards employees in Marikana in 2012 — simply as apartheid police murdered anti-apartheid protesters at Sharpeville in 1960.
The essence of South Africa’s case doesn’t focus on what Israel is doing in Gaza, the place the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tries to keep away from civilian casualties. Rather, it depends on what Israeli political figures have mentioned, casting careless statements made in anger — akin to a suggestion to “flatten Gaza” as in the event that they represent precise authorities coverage or an incitement to commit genocide.
This is a regular that ought to see Hamas, with its explicitly genocidal charter, in the dock — however as an alternative, Israel is the one accused.
As the Times of Israel’s Jeremy Sharon points out, the South African submitting minimizes Hamas’s crimes in its effort to color Israel as the responsible occasion: “In the entirety of its 84 pages, South Africa’s application makes no mention of Hamas’s documented practice of embedding its military installations and combatants in all aspects of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, mosques, schools, homes, UN facilities and other similar sites, even when mentioning Israeli attacks on such infrastructure.”
But Sharon additionally warns that the ICJ may nonetheless make a preliminary discovering towards Israel just because the customary of proof is so low.
It won’t imply something in sensible phrases, as a result of the U.S. may veto any punitive santions at the United Nations Security Council.
Still, a unfavourable ruling by the ICJ may have a serious diplomatic influence. It would bolster the assaults on Israel in western cities and on faculty campuses, and sure encourage extra antisemitism.
South Africa’s Daily Maverick reported Tuesday that the South African authorities’s actual agenda is to cease worldwide arms gross sales to Israel — in different phrases, to assist Hamas by depriving Israel of the means with which to defend itself from the really genocidal violence that Hamas mentioned it intends to repeat.
But if the ICJ guidelines towards Israel, it’ll trigger everlasting harm to its personal repute.
The total purpose of such establishments, created after the horrors of the Holocaust, was to stop what occurred to the Jews of Europe from ever occurring once more. If the ICJ sides with Hamas towards Israel, reversing the positions of the aggressor and the sufferer, it’ll have successfully endorsed a brand new genocide towards Israelis and the Jewish individuals.
It won’t ever be efficient once more — if it ever has been — in stopping actual genocides.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the writer of the 2021 e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now up to date with a brand new foreword. He can also be the writer of the current e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.