Egypt refutes Israeli media reports of withdrawing from SA’s lawsuit against Israel at ICJ

Mohamed Samir
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Egypt has denied Israeli media reports that it has withdrawn from joining South Africa in a lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). A high-level source confirmed to Daily News Egypt on Saturday that Egypt remains “determined to take the necessary measures to condemn Israeli practices before the International Court of Justice.”

Last week, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its intention to formally intervene in the lawsuit filed by South Africa against Israel. The lawsuit seeks to address Israel’s alleged violations of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.

The Ministry cited the “increasing severity and scope of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip” as the reason for its intervention. It further highlighted “systematic practices against the Palestinian people,” including the targeting of civilians, destruction of infrastructure, and forced displacement. 

These actions, according to the Ministry, have led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Gaza, in violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The ministry cited the “increasing severity and scope of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians” as the impetus for its decision. It highlighted “direct targeting of civilians, destruction of infrastructure, and forced displacement” as actions that have created “unlivable conditions in the Gaza Strip” and violate international law and humanitarian law.

Egypt has called on Israel to comply with its obligations as an occupying power, implement interim measures issued by the ICJ to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Palestinians in Gaza and refrain from further violations against the Palestinian people.

The North African nation has also reiterated calls for the UN Security Council and other international actors to take immediate action to halt the violence in Gaza and Rafah, providing necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.

Zane Dangor, Director-General of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, told the Egyptian channel Al-Qahera News that Egypt’s participation in the lawsuit is “a necessary step” that will contribute to resolving the conflict.

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: LinkedIn:
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