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South Africa calls for an arrest warrant against Netanyahu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. file image

Israel continues to attack the besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza. More than 13,000 Palestinians have been killed so far in this attack that has been going on for a month and a half. Gaza’s schools, mosques and even hospitals are not spared from this Israeli attack.

In this situation, South Africa has called for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Even the country has said that the world can no longer sit back and watch the brutality going on in Gaza.

British media BBC reported this information on Monday (November 20).

According to the media, the South African government has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-December.

Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, the African country’s minister of the presidency, said that if the ICC did not do so, it would indicate the organization’s “complete failure” to uphold global order.

“The world cannot just stand by and watch (what is happening in Gaza),” he said.

Israeli forces have been carrying out airstrikes in Gaza since October 7. Besides, no infrastructure in Gaza is spared from this Israeli air strike. They have been attacking mosques, churches, schools, hospitals and civilian homes everywhere.

According to the media office of the Palestinian government, the number of dead in the barbaric Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza territory has already reached 13 thousand 300 people. Among these dead Palestinians, the number of children and minors is more than 5,500.

In addition, more than 3,000 women were killed in the attack. More than 29,000 Palestinians were injured in Israeli attacks. Israel says it is trying to minimize civilian casualties during attacks on Gaza.

But Khumbudzo Ntshaveni said the Israeli government was trying to ‘drive the majority of Palestinians out of Gaza and occupy the territory’.

Notably, South Africa along with Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros and Djibouti have submitted a request to the ICC to investigate whether war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Gaza.

Although Israel is not a member of the ICC, it has not yet recognized the court. However, Palestine is a member of the ICC.

In addition, South Africa has been a vocal supporter of Palestine for a long time. The country announced the withdrawal of its diplomats from Israel and indicated that the position of the Israeli ambassador in Pretoria was becoming ‘untenable’.

During his visit to Qatar in the middle of this month, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the crisis between Israel and Palestine needs to be resolved through a two-state solution. Where Palestine would emerge as a full-fledged state and the state of Israel would also exist.

At the time, he added, “Genocide is taking place in Gaza and we have made our position very clear that we oppose the ongoing attack by the Israeli forces.”

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