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South Africa: An icon of global justice

The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, seat of the ICJ - BEN BENDER/WIKIPEDIA

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The Association for Welfare, Community and Dialogue welcomes South Africa’s lawsuit in the UN’s highest court, alleging that Israel’s military campaign in Gaza amounts to genocide of Palestinians and seeking the campaign’s end.

The first hearing at The Hague could have a possible provisional ruling within weeks that would have implications for global justice, and its moral legitimacy has a great impact on the legitimacy of Israel’s actions in Gaza.

It is obvious this case would strike at the heart of Israel’s national identity, as a regime that lacks compassion for humanity and is supported by a hypocritical West, led by the US, which has no real concern for human life, dignity and rights, but more for its strategic interest.

At the same time, Palestinians are left helpless due to influential Arab-Muslim governments’ own domestic rights violations and involvement in proxy wars, which makes them unable to morally and credibly bring Israel to justice.

There are those who believe that the reason South Africa has brought the Palestinian cause to the international court is due to its own suffering from decades of apartheid, which is simplistic.

The very act of solidarity and the ability to transcend political, economic, ethno-religious and ideological trappings has made South Africa an icon for global justice.

We would like to urge all nations to join the bandwagon and take necessary measures to complement the efforts of South Africa – even if it includes breaking diplomatic ties with Israel.

The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
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  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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