Colombia seeks to join Gaza genocide lawsuit against Israel in World Court

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Colombia’s government has asked the International Court of Justice to allow it to intervene in a South African case accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza Strip, the court said on Friday.

In its application, Colombia asked the court to ensure “the security and indeed the very survival of the Palestinian people.”

The ICJ, the UN’s highest court, can allow countries to intervene and express their views. Several countries have also said they would seek intervention in the case, but so far only Colombia and Nicaragua have made public requests.

Last week, an ICJ judge ordered Israel to take necessary and effective measures to ensure that basic food supplies reach Palestinians in Gaza without delay.

In January, the ICJ, also known as the World Court, ordered Israel to refrain from acts that could fall under the Genocide Convention and to prevent Israeli forces from committing acts of genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. .

Israel denies targeting Palestinian civilians and says its only interest is to eliminate the Hamas militant group. Israeli lawyers dismissed South Africa’s case as an abuse of the Genocide Convention.

(Reporting by Stephanie Van den Bergh; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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