By Eyal Nadav
“…at the court in The Hague, judges from all over the world will sit, but only one judge who personally experienced the Holocaust. Perhaps he can explain to them the difference between this and a terrible war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, in which many civilians are also being killed, among others. Maybe they will listen to him. Probably not."
At the Amsterdam airport, the immigration officer asks me in a friendly way why I have arrived. There is a hearing at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, I reply. On what subject, he asks. It's hard for me to get the word genocide out of my mouth. About the war in Gaza, I answer. He then asks, without warning, a question that concerns every Israeli since October 7: Is your family safe?
Cold now in The Hague. The courthouse shone in the afternoon with the temperature two degrees below zero. Tomorrow morning will be the scene of a rare international confrontation, a political spectacle masquerading as a legal event: South Africa's claim that Israel has failed to live up to its obligations under the Genocide Convention, a convention that was among its initiatives ( Israel) after the Holocaust.
That he is committing genocide in the Gaza Strip.
Statement by the International Union of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IJL) in response to South Africa's appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICJ) alleging that Israel is committing genocide
On 29 December 2023, South Africa applied to the International Criminal Court to initiate proceedings, including an urgent interim measures procedure, alleging that Israel's attitude towards the Palestinians in Gaza violated its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and the suppression of the crime of Genocide (the "Genocide Convention").
This baseless charge of "genocide" leveled by South Africa against Israel is a blatant attempt to subvert international law.
The driving force behind the Genocide Convention was a Polish Jew, Raphael Lemkin, whose work to codify the crime of genocide came from personal experience of an actual genocide - that of the Nazis and their collaborators to exterminate the Jewish people. The term "Genocide" he subsequently coined was intended to depict the most heinous atrocity against humanity, the deliberate attempt to exterminate a people.
The attempt to exploit the Genocide Convention to target the very people whose killing gave rise to the Convention shows a growing phenomenon of undermining the right of the Jewish people to have their own state through accusations that compare Israel to the Nazi regime. In practice, it is intended that Israel should not have the right to defend itself against those who seek its destruction.
A sensational concert, the biggest ever held in Israel! 1.000 Israeli musicians from across the country, along with the families of hostages held in Gaza by Hamas, gathered in the ancient Roman amphitheater of Caesarea in a powerful musical appeal and prayed for the return of the hostages. See HERE is the CONCERT. SOURCE HERE
We, the heads of Israeli universities and research institutions, are writing to express our deep concern about the discourse being expressed in academia following the devastating attack by Hamas against Israel on October 7 and the inadequate - in many cases - academic response. leadership.
In those darkest days, in a tragedy unprecedented in Israel's 75-year history, Hamas terrorists infiltrated the country and murdered more than 1.400 people, including infants, children, students, and the elderly—Jews, Muslims, and Christians. The attack also included the abduction of 240 civilians of all ages in Gaza. Additional missing persons have yet to be identified and recorded. In the wake of these horrific events, we find it troubling that some narratives from academic institutions are misrepresenting the situation or, at worst, actively targeting Israelis and Jews.
Iconic buildings around the world were lit up in the colors of the Israeli flag, in a show of support and solidarity, following the murderous terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, 2023.