Germany rejects UN ‘genocide’ charge against Israel
Written by Glory utubor on January 12, 2024
The German government on Friday sharply rejected allegations before the UN’s top court that Israel is committing “genocide” in Gaza and warned against “political instrumentalisation” of the charge.
Government spokesman said in a statement that Israel was “defending itself” after the “inhuman” attacks by Hamas of October 7.
“In light of German history and the crimes against humanity of the Shoah, the German government is particularly committed to the (UN) Genocide Convention,” signed in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust, Hebestreit said.
He said the Convention marked a “central instrument” under international law to prevent another Holocaust.
For this reason, he said, “We stand firmly against a political instrumentalisation” of the Convention.
Hebestreit acknowledged diverging views in the international community on Israel’s military operation in Gaza.
“However the German government decisively and expressly rejects the accusation of genocide brought against Israel before the International Court of Justice,” he said.
“The accusation has no basis in fact.”
He said Germany would intervene as a third party before the ICJ under an article allowing states to seek clarification on the use of a multilateral convention.
South Africa has launched an emergency case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) arguing that Israel stands in breach of the UN Genocide Convention.