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What is South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ?

What is South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the ICJ?

THE International Court of Justice is holding hearings this week in a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza war and seeking an emergency halt to its Rafah offensive. WHAT IS THE ICJ? The ICJ, also called the World Court, is the highest United Nations legal body, established in 1945 to deal with disputes between states. It should not be confused with the treaty-based International Criminal Court, also in The Hague, which handles war crimes cases against individuals. The ICJ's 15-judge panel - which is expanded by an additional judge of Israel's choosing in this case because there is…
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UN sounds alarm over aid as Israel pushes assault into Rafah

UN sounds alarm over aid as Israel pushes assault into Rafah

THE United Nations warned that aid for the Gaza Strip could grind to a halt in days, as Israeli troops took their ground war with Palestinian fighters into the crowded city of Rafah, a key aid corridor for the famine-threatened strip. Israeli tanks captured the main road dividing the eastern and western sections of Rafah, effectively encircling the eastern part of the city in an assault that has caused Washington to block some military aid to its ally. Residents described almost constant explosions and gunfire east and northeast of the city on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip on…
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Israel strikes eastern Rafah as US warns a major assault could halt arms

Israel strikes eastern Rafah as US warns a major assault could halt arms

ISRAELI tanks and warplanes bombarded areas of Rafah, Palestinian residents said after U.S. President Joe Biden vowed to withhold weapons from Israel if its forces launch a major invasion of the southern Gaza city. As ceasefire talks continued in Cairo, Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad said their fighters fired anti-tank rockets and mortars at Israeli tanks massed on the eastern outskirts of the city. Residents and medics in Rafah, the biggest urban area in Gaza not yet overrun by Israeli ground forces, said an Israeli attack by a mosque killed at least three people and wounded others in the eastern Brazil neighbourhood.…
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U.S. pauses some weapons to Israel as battles rage around Rafah

U.S. pauses some weapons to Israel as battles rage around Rafah

HAMAS said it was battling Israeli troops on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip's crowded southern city of Rafah after a U.S. official said Washington had halted a shipment of powerful bombs that Israel could use in a full-scale assault. The United States, which is seeking to stave off an Israeli invasion of Rafah, said it believes a revised Hamas ceasefire proposal may lead to a breakthrough in an impasse in negotiations, with talks resuming in Cairo on Wednesday. Israel has threatened a major assault on Rafah to defeat thousands of Hamas fighters it says are holed up there, but Western nations…
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Israel plays down Hamas move on Gaza ceasefire, hits Rafah

Israel plays down Hamas move on Gaza ceasefire, hits Rafah

ISRAEL played down the likelihood of a ceasefire in Gaza after Hamas said it had accepted a proposal from mediators, even as residents fled the city of Rafah in fear of an Israeli assault. The last-minute moves towards a ceasefire came as Israeli forces struck Rafah on Gaza's southern edge and ordered residents out of parts of the city, which has served as the last refuge for more than a million displaced Gazans. Hamas said in a brief statement that its chief, Ismail Haniyeh, had informed Qatari and Egyptian mediators that the group accepted their proposal for a ceasefire. The…
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Reaction to Israel’s Rafah evacuation call

Reaction to Israel’s Rafah evacuation call

ISRAEL has told Palestinians to evacuate parts of the Gazan city of Rafah it says harbours Hamas fighters, in possible preparation for an assault that foreign powers fear could bring a big civilian toll. Here are some reactions: HAMAS Statement: "We confirm that any military offensive in Rafah will not be a picnic to the fascist occupation army. Our brave resistance on top of them, the Qassam Brigades, is fully prepared to defend our people and defeat this enemy." Official Sami Abu Zuhri: "This is a dangerous escalation that will have consequences. The U.S. administration, alongside the occupation, bears responsibility for this…
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Hopes for Gaza ceasefire appear slim as Cairo talks continue

Hopes for Gaza ceasefire appear slim as Cairo talks continue

PROSPECTS for a Gaza ceasefire appeared slim as Hamas reiterated its demand for an end to the war in exchange for the freeing of hostages, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flatly ruled that out. The two sides blamed each other for the impasse and the Hamas delegation said it would leave Cairo truce talks on Sunday night to consult with its leadership. In their second day of talks with Egyptian and Qatari mediators, Hamas negotiators maintained their stance that any truce agreement must end the war, Palestinian officials said. Israeli officials have not travelled to Cairo to take part in indirect diplomacy, but…
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Hamas negotiators arrive in Cairo for Gaza truce talks

Hamas negotiators arrive in Cairo for Gaza truce talks

HAMAS negotiators began intensified talks on a possible Gaza truce that would see a halt to the fighting and the return to Israel of some hostages, a Hamas official told Reuters, with the CIA director already present in Cairo for the indirect diplomacy. The Hamas delegation arrived from the Palestinian Islamist movement's political office in Qatar, which, along with Egypt, has tried to mediate a follow-up to a brief November ceasefire amid mounting international dismay over the soaring death toll in Gaza and the plight of its 2.3 million inhabitants. Taher Al-Nono, a Hamas official and advisor to Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh,…
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UK police officer charged with showing support for Hamas

UK police officer charged with showing support for Hamas

A British police officer has been charged with a terrorism offence for allegedly publishing an image in support of Hamas, a group banned in Britain as a terrorist organisation, police said. Mohammed Adil, 26, from Bradford in northern England, was arrested last November and charged following an investigation by British counter-terrorism officers, Counter Terrorism Policing North East said in a statement. The police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said the inquiries had focused on messages shared on WhatsApp which had concluded the case should be referred to prosecutors. "On Monday, PC Mohammed Adil, 26, was charged with…
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Hamas issues video showing Israeli-American hostage Goldberg-Polin

Hamas issues video showing Israeli-American hostage Goldberg-Polin

THE Islamist movement Hamas published a video apparently showing Hersh Goldberg-Polin, an Israeli-American seized during Hamas's Oct. 7 attack on Israel and taken into Gaza, alive. The short, undated video showed the 23-year-old missing a lower arm, but otherwise apparently healthy. He was shown saying he had sustained serious injuries during the Oct. 7 attack "after I tried using my body as a shield to protect myself and other fearful civilians". His mother Rachel Goldberg-Polin has been campaigning for the release of her son, who was abducted at the Nova music festival and is one of 133 Israeli hostages still in captivity…
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