Namibia condemns Germany’s Gaza response


Namibia’s government has condemned Germany’s decision to reject accusations of genocide against Israel by South Africa at the International Court of Justice.

RNews earlier reported that South Africa submitted an emergency case to the IG and argued that Israel is violating the UN Genocide Convention, which was signed in 1948 after the Jewish genocide. South Africa requested that Israel “immediately cease its military operations in Gaza which were launched after the 7 October Hamas attacks”.

Namibia, where the first genocide of the 20th century took place under German colonial rule, “rejects Germany’s genocidal goal of the racist Israeli state”, the presidency said in a statement on Saturday evening.

Namibian President Hage Geingob laments “Germany’s inability to learn lessons from its terrible history” and is “extremely concerned” about the German government’s decision on Friday to “reject the morally incorrigible charge brought by South Africa”.

Geingob accuses Germany of “ignoring the deaths of more than 23,000 Palestinians in Gaza” and of “defending the genocide and violent actions of the Israeli government” before the International Court of Justice.

The German government on Friday “decisively and expressly” rejected South Africa’s accusations against Israel and described it as a “political instrumentalization” of the UN genocide convention “which has no grounds”.

Germany is responsible for the massacre of more than 70,000 indigenous Herero and Nama people in Namibia between 1904 and 1908. Historians consider this the first genocide of the 20th century.

“The German government has not yet fully paid for the genocide it carried out,” the Namibian presidency said on Saturday.

In May 2021, after more than five years of negotiations, Germany said it recognized that it had committed “genocide” in the area, which was under its colonial rule between 1884 and 1915. More than €1.1 billion has been offered in development aid over 30 years for the benefit of the descendants of the two tribes.