US congressmen ‘disgusted’ by SA’s genocide case

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A total of 210 members of the US Congress on Tuesday expressed their “disgust” at South Africa’s genocide charge against Israel, which “contains false and dangerous allegations against the Jewish state”.

Almost a majority of the 435-member congress, including Democrats and Republicans, strongly rejected South Africa’s genocide charge and its “deeply hostile attitude towards Israel” in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The letter calls on Blinken to also reject the complaint and “offer Israel all appropriate support to oppose the (…) application (…)”.

The International Court of Justice (IC) is expected to rule on the interim measures in the complaint on Friday.

The congressmen further agree with the strong statement of John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council, that the South African application is “without merit, counterproductive and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever”.

“While South Africa barely acknowledges the Hamas terrorists who gleefully massacred, maimed, raped and kidnapped innocent civilians on October 7, South Africa makes extremely unfounded and defamatory accusations against Israel on the world stage (…).

“To accuse the Jewish state of genocide because it defends itself against Hamas terror is especially cynical since the term ‘genocide’ was coined after the killing of six million Jews in the Jewish genocide,” the letter reads.

Relationships sour

Jaco Kleynhans, head of international relations at the Solidarity Movement, thinks this letter is no surprise.

“We are going to see similar actions (against South Africa) from various committees within the next few months.”

According to Kleynhans, the letter contains very bad news for South Africa and is “probably the beginning of the end of South Africa’s participation in Agoa”.

South Africa will be increasingly in tension with the USA specifically and the West in general, including more political statements that will be made against South Africa, explains Kleynhans.

“On the one hand it is good, because we welcome such statements against the ANC government, but it can also cause great damage to trade relations.”

According to Kleynhans, South Africa is also cultivating skepticism among certain Middle Eastern countries because “it aligns itself with very specific groups in the Middle East, including Iran”.

‘No One’s Gonna Stop Us’

Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has signaled that his government will not be bound by the IG’s ruling in the fight against Hamas.

“No one will stop us – not The Hague, not the ‘axis of evil’ and no one else,” he said last Sunday, referring to the Iran-linked “axis of resistance” groups in Lebanon, Syria , Iraq and Yemen, which in the meantime stuck out in the Red Sea.

Although the IG’s rulings are binding and non-appealable, this court as a body of the United Nations does not have much enforcement power. Adherence to judgments depends mainly on diplomatic pressure from other states.