Israel will defend itself at world court

Israel says it will defend itself against genocide accusations filed by South Africa.

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January 2, 2024 - 1:10 PM

Palestinian children queue to receive a portion of food at a make-shift charity kitchen in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on Nov. 8, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images/TNS

JERUSALEM — Israel says it will defend itself against genocide accusations filed by South Africa with the world court.

Eylon Levy, an official in the Israeli prime minister’s office, on Tuesday accused South Africa of “giving political and legal cover” to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that triggered Israel’s war against the militant group.

“The state of Israel will appear before the International Court of Justice at the Hague to dispel South Africa’s absurd blood libel,” Levy said.

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