WATCH: Day 1 of SA v Israel on Genocide at World Court

South Africa on Thursday presented its case against Israel of committing genocide in Gaza and asked the World Court to order Israel to stop its military operation.  Watch the replay. Israel responds on Friday.


The World Court sitting in The Hague. (U.N. Photo/Flickr)

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12 comments for “WATCH: Day 1 of SA v Israel on Genocide at World Court

  1. Tobin Sterritt
    January 11, 2024 at 22:20

    I won’t drive myself to distraction thinking about what Israel’s defense might be tomorrow. The indefensible can not survive the light of day for long. This is an historical moment I believe will take on even greater significance in the future than it already has at present. Thank you CN for bringing this to us.

  2. January 11, 2024 at 21:39

    Thank you for publishing the video of this proceeding.

    I just finished watching South Africa’s presentation from beginning to end and cannot recommend more highly that every person on planet Earth watch it, too.

    I agree with commenters above that U.S. government and corporate media liars will distort, twist, and misrepresent the contents of this presentation to cast Israel as the victim of unjustified and “antisemitic” attacks.

    The best way to defend oneself against U.S. distortions, lies, and misrepresentations of these proceedings is to watch them, as I hope many millions of people do.

  3. Guy St Hilaire
    January 11, 2024 at 19:32

    An extremely well presented case on the part of South Africa against the governmental authorities of Israel .I don’t see how Israel can possibly sway the court’s 15 judges to not to rule positively on the genocide accusations ,as set by South Africa.
    I was personally bordering on choking back the tears as I was watching the case being presented .The facts are overwhelming .
    Tomorrow Israel has the podium in defense against the accusations .

  4. Valerie
    January 11, 2024 at 14:34

    I’ve just started watching. Didn’t realise it was 4 hours long. But already the declaration of the South African judge showed great respect and clarity.

    • Paul Greenwood
      January 11, 2024 at 16:32

      I really enjoyed the delivery of oral arguments from an impressive team of barristers each with a key component to present. South Africa should be proud of this team and this purpose

  5. Dennis
    January 11, 2024 at 11:36

    Thanks for Consortium News for this broadcast. I agree with Al, above, the American mainstream media will twist this all to hell t rying to put South Africa down. The American Congress is afraid of AIPAC.

  6. Larry McGovern
    January 11, 2024 at 07:42

    South Africa’s presentation, together with its December 28th Application to the Court which started the case, was/is nothing short of masterful, to say nothing of very moving. One wonders what on earth Israel can present tomorrow!! Better that its representatives pack up now, and slink out of town on the first plane.

    Larry McGovern

    • David H
      January 11, 2024 at 22:32

      Agree with all points totally.

      Dealing with medical things I can’t really sit down and plow through articles like I used to, as many as I’d like to. Along with what I’ve read, and along with what I’ve seen on Aljazeera have come a bigger amount of “shares,” and I guess tweets’ll be next. Some of the shares have managed to convey a lot [a ton really], and yet I’m sure they’ve given me (and many others) a bit of a choppy picture of things. Don’t know how to describe it except as sort of a miracle that South Africa’s case frames the whole horrible development in a continuous thorough manner in which everything that needs connecting seems to be connected. I take the not fake gravity but real gravity to be the sound of justice.

  7. January 11, 2024 at 07:14

    Thank you for providing access to these proceedings!

    • Guy St Hilaire
      January 11, 2024 at 19:40

      Thanks Larry.As I was watching the case being presented by the South African legal delegates , I glanced over to the Israeli representatives ,often fidgeting , and or looking away .So telling that their case ,whatever it may be in defense will be nothing but smoke and mirrors .I doubt that the majority of the judges will be taken in .The South African legal reps have a very good case laid out.
      Thank you for your input.By the way ,you are one of my American heroes ,though am not American myself.

  8. Al
    January 11, 2024 at 07:09

    Thanks for showing this. We can count on the U.S. media to downplay, ignore and twist it.
    What is made evident is that Israel, as a country, is no longer acceptable. It is a genocidal terror state. In their own words, revealed now, along with their ongoing crimes, to the world;

    “Senior political and military officials encouraged without censure the 95-year-old Israeli Army reservist Ezra Yahin, a veteran of the Deir Yassin massacre against the Palestinians in 1948, to speak to the soldiers ahead of the ground invasion in Gaza.

    “In his talk, he echoed the same sentiment while being driven around in Israeli army vehicle, dressed in Israeli army fatigue: ‘Be triumphant and finish them off and don’t leave anyone behind. Erase the memory of them. Erase them, their families, mothers and children. These animals can no longer live. If you have an Arab neighbour, don’t wait, go to his home and shoot him. We want to invade not like before. We want to enter and destroy what’s in front of us. Destroy houses, then destroy the one after it with all of our forces complete destruction. Enter and destroy’.”

    Biden should be on trial as well for his continuing support and complicity — along with the heads of the U.s. embedded media.

  9. Share
    January 11, 2024 at 05:48

    Coffee Break. Thank you Joe and Co. for this coverage. South Africa gives me hope for humanity, not something I ever thought I would say, after first becoming aware of apartheid in elementary school. Two children of a political prisoner who escaped started at the Catholic school I attended in Detroit. In college at Michigan State, I met a white guy who was from South Africa and when I said black people weren’t treated well there, he denied it. His father was a GM employee and they really were from Livonia MI. It was my first experience of blatant lying, and I knew it. I’m sure I’ll see more of it in part two of this ICJ experience tomorrow.

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