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Chief Rabbi declares unequivocal support for Israel

At the ceremony ushering in new 'government of national unity,' South Africa’s Chief Rabbi stands up for Jewish pride, delivering a statement about the historic Jewish connection to Israel, and the imperative of freeing the hostages held by Hamas.

Chief Rabbi declares unequivocal support for Israel

PA seeks to join South Africa's ICJ case against Israel

Palestinian Authority files application with International Court of Justice to join South Africa as a party in its Gaza genocide case against Israel.

PA seeks to join South Africa's ICJ case against Israel

South African Minister:

'America is next in line for prosecution'

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor said a group of lawyers is working on a class action suit against non-Israelis who serve in the IDF.

'America is next in line for prosecution'

Chile joins South Africa's ICJ case against Israel

Chilean President Gabriel Boric accuses the IDF of using “indiscriminate and disproportional” force in Gaza.

Chile joins South Africa's ICJ case against Israel

Freed hostage Sapir Cohen receives warm welcome in South Africa

Cohen, whose boyfriend Sasha Troufanov remains in captivity and was featured in a video released by Islamic Jihad yesterday, visits Jewish community of South Africa despite government's anti-Israel stance.

Freed hostage Sapir Cohen receives warm welcome in South Africa

South African Pres. leads chants of 'From the River to the Sea'

South African Jewish leaders condemn President Cyril Ramaphosa for leading chant calling for elimination of the State of Israel at campaign rally.

South African Pres. leads chants of 'From the River to the Sea'

Mexico seeks to intervene in ICJ case against Israel

International Court of Justice announces that Mexico has filed a “declaration of intervention” in the case brought by South Africa against Israel.

Mexico seeks to intervene in ICJ case against Israel

'Ground-breaking order'

South Africa hails ICJ ruling on Rafah operation

South Africa's government welcomes ruling by the International Court Justice that ordered Israel to halt the operation on the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

South Africa hails ICJ ruling on Rafah operation

ISGAP:

South Africa further positions itself as a bad actor

ISGAP Responds to ICJ Ruling on Israel’s Actions in Gaza, Ahead of New Report on South Africa’s Ties to Iran, Qatar and Hamas​

South Africa further positions itself as a bad actor

Watch Live:

ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah operation

Watch live as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague rules on request to order halt Israel's Rafah offensive in Gaza as part of a larger case brought by South Africa.

ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah operation

ICJ to deliver ruling on Gaza war today

Hague court expected to issue ruling on South Africa's demand Israel be forced to stop war against Hamas this afternoon.

ICJ to deliver ruling on Gaza war today

Israel to Hague:

There're 50 tunnels between Rafah & Egypt - with hostages in them

Israeli delegation responds to South Africa's claims of genocide at the Hague, anti-Israel woman screams 'Liars!' at the Israeli delegation - and is removed from the room.

There're 50 tunnels between Rafah & Egypt - with hostages in them

160 lawyers demand US investigate South African gov. corruption

Shurat HaDin leads lawyers in penning letter to Sec. Blinken, Congress, accusing South African government of accepting bribes from Iran to accuse Israel of genocide at the ICJ.

160 lawyers demand US investigate South African gov. corruption

Israel to send defense team to International Court of Justice

Israel decides to send a defense team to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which will discuss South Africa's request to take measures against Israel.

Israel to send defense team to International Court of Justice

ICJ to discuss South Africa's request for measures against Israel

South Africa last week submitted an urgent request to the ICJ, asking it to impose additional provisional measures against Israel over its actions in Rafah.

ICJ to discuss South Africa's request for measures against Israel

South Africa Chief Rabbi calls out Biden’s betrayal

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein denounces President Biden's decisions to reduce support for Israel.

South Africa Chief Rabbi calls out Biden’s betrayal

Egypt joins South Africa's ICJ genocide suit against Israel

Egyptian Foreign Ministry adds its voice to attempt to charge Israel with genocide at the International Court of Justice after IDF prepares for Rafah operation.

Egypt joins South Africa's ICJ genocide suit against Israel

Foreign Ministry:

South Africa continues to be Hamas's legal arm

A statement by Israel's Foreign Ministry denounced the South African appeal against Israel's conduct since the last hearing in the Hague, claiming that the country was once again serving Hamas's ends.

South Africa continues to be Hamas's legal arm

Over Rafah operation:

South Africa asks ICJ to take additional measures against Israel

South Africa submits urgent request to International Court of Justice, says previous measures are not fully addressing the changed circumstances.

South Africa asks ICJ to take additional measures against Israel

South Africa:

Pres. Ramaphosa turned antisemitic at meeting on antisemitism

South Africa’s president rehearsed genocide charge against Israel in meeting with local Jewish leaders following 7/10 massacre.

Pres. Ramaphosa turned antisemitic at meeting on antisemitism

South Africa politician vows to 'immediately' close Jewish school

Western Cape Land Party candidate Mehmet Vefa Dag says his first act as premier will be to close Cape Town United Herzlia Schools, blames divine wrath at support for Israel for storm damage.

South Africa politician vows to 'immediately' close Jewish school

Foreign Ministry on ICJ ruling:

'Israel places no limitations on the aid to Gaza'

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responds to ICJ decision ordering Israel to allow unlimited aid into Gaza: South Africa has failed yet again in its cynical attempts to exploit the ICJ.

'Israel places no limitations on the aid to Gaza'

ICJ orders Israel to allow unlimited aid into Gaza

In continuation of South Africa's genocide case against Israel, the International Court of Justice has imposed additional provisional measures on Israel.

ICJ orders Israel to allow unlimited aid into Gaza

'Enough is enough'

Ireland to intervene in South Africa's case against Israel

Irish Foreign Minister says Hamas' October 7 attack and what is happening in Gaza now "represents the blatant violation of international humanitarian law on a mass scale."

Ireland to intervene in South Africa's case against Israel

MK to South African Rep.

‘You support terrorism and defend Hamas'

Terse confrontation at Inter-Parliamentary Union conference between MK Danon and South African representative who expressed concern over the situation in Gaza.

‘You support terrorism and defend Hamas'

South African Jews 'fight back' on Human Rights Day

As their government aligns with Hamas and Iran, South African Jews turned several Johannesburg suburbs yellow by tying yellow ribbons around trees in support of the Israeli hostages held by Hamas.

South African Jews 'fight back' on Human Rights Day

South African FM at it again:

'Israel setting precedent to defy ICJ'

South Africa’s Foreign Minister accuses Israel of defying ICJ interim ruling that it should take action to prevent acts of genocide as it fights Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

'Israel setting precedent to defy ICJ'

South African Jews:

'Foreign Minister instigated a witch hunt'

South African Board of Jewish Deputies blasts Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor who announced that dual South African-Israeli citizens who served in the IDF would be arrested.

'Foreign Minister instigated a witch hunt'

South African Foreign Minister:

South Africans serving in the IDF will be arrested

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said that South African citizens who serve in the IDF will be arrested the moment they return to the country.

South Africans serving in the IDF will be arrested

For the second time:

South Africa asks ICJ for measures against Israel

South Africa petitions International Court of Justice to impose emergency measures on Israel over "widespread starvation" resulting from its offensive in Gaza.

South Africa asks ICJ for measures against Israel

Israel submits report on war to ICJ

Following hearing on South Africa's lawsuit against Israel, Israel submits report to International Court of Justice, detailing the steps it is taking to minimize harm to Gaza civilians.

Israel submits report on war to ICJ

South Africa:

MP threatens 'bloodbath' if city given to 'Zionists'

MP Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam of the National Freedom Party said in a parliamentary debate that 'we will not allow you to make this a Jewish state!'

MP threatens 'bloodbath' if city given to 'Zionists'

Israel foils diplomatic attack in African Union

An expansive diplomatic effort by the Foreign Minister prevented the AU from stripping Israel of its observer status and declaring that Israel had committed genocide.

Israel foils diplomatic attack in African Union

Foreign Min. promises:

'We will fight South Africa's blood libel'

'Through its actions, South Africa is serving as the legal arm of Hamas,'Israel's Foreign Ministry says.

'We will fight South Africa's blood libel'

ICJ rejects request to prevent operation in Rafah

International Court of Justice rules on South Africa’s request to consider whether Israel operations in Rafah breach the orders the court handed down last month.

ICJ rejects request to prevent operation in Rafah

South Africa: Jewish students sing 'Am Israel Chai'

Students and staff at King David High School in Johannesburg sing Eyal Golan's Am Yisrael Chai song in gesture of support for Israel. Watch.

South Africa: Jewish students sing 'Am Israel Chai'

Nicaragua seeks to join ICJ case against Israel

Nicaragua files an application with International Court of Justice to join South Africa in its genocide case against Israel.

Nicaragua seeks to join ICJ case against Israel

Israel’s counterclaim against South Africa

South Africa brazenly brought an absurd case before the ICJ while the sordid role of UNRWA in this horrible tragedy also puts into question South Africa’s continued commitment to funding UNRWA - a group which can now be considered a terrorist organization. Op-ed.

Israel’s counterclaim against South Africa

South Africa’s Foreign Minister:

'Countries obliged to stop Israel's actions in Gaza'

South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, calls on all states to stop funding and facilitating Israel's military actions in Gaza in wake of ICJ ruling.

'Countries obliged to stop Israel's actions in Gaza'

Former Min. of Justice:

'Hamas is hiding behind South Africa'

Prof. Daniel Friedmann believes that Hamas is behind the lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice: "Hamas is the hidden sender behind the lawsuit."

'Hamas is hiding behind South Africa'

Israel-South Africa tensions

El Al suspends flights to South Africa

El Al Israel Airlines announces it will be suspending its route to Johannesburg at the end of March: Israelis don't want to fly to South Africa.

El Al suspends flights to South Africa

ICJ verdict: No order to end fighting in Gaza

International Court of Justice (ICJ) issues ruling on South Africa lawsuit accusing Israel of genocide.

ICJ verdict: No order to end fighting in Gaza

Israel estimates:

Temporary ruling from ICJ won't demand end to war

International Court of Justice to announce decision on South Africa's suit against Israel; Israel prepares to respond.

Temporary ruling from ICJ won't demand end to war

Ahead of ICJ ruling:

Blinken speaks to South African foreign minister

Secretary of State and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation discuss the conflict in Gaza.

Blinken speaks to South African foreign minister

Burying South Africa at the ICJ

Before it gets to its skewed allegations against Israel, South Africa must prove it is defending a people called Palestinians. Words matter. Op-ed.

Burying South Africa at the ICJ

French FM:

Accusing Israel of genocide crosses moral threshold

French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne criticizes South Africa's case against Israel in remarks to Parliament, says genocide 'cannot be exploited for a political end.'

Accusing Israel of genocide crosses moral threshold

Prime Minister's Office:

'Accusations of incitement are laughably false'

Prime Minister Netanyahu's office released a statement defending the Prime Minister against South Africa's accusations of incitement to genocide.

'Accusations of incitement are laughably false'

Israel estimates:

South Africa lawsuit to be rejected

Interim order from International Court of Justice may still demand Israel halt fighting in Gaza, report says.

South Africa lawsuit to be rejected

Hamas officials visited South Africa in December

A new report alleges that shortly before South Africa sued Israel for genocide, a Hamas delegation visited South Africa and met with members of its parliament.

Hamas officials visited South Africa in December

Canada distances itself from South Africa lawsuit

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada believes in the importance of the ICJ but that does not mean it supports South Africa’s case against Israel.

Canada distances itself from South Africa lawsuit

South African official:

'We don't define Hamas as a terrorist organization'

South African official in response to Israeli reporter's question: We do not define Hamas as a terrorist organization since it does not operate in our territory.

'We don't define Hamas as a terrorist organization'

Citing safety concerns:

S. Africa removes Jewish cricketeer as U-19 captain

Jewish cricketeer David Teeger stripped of his title as South Africa’s captain at Under-19 World Cup, following pro-Israel comments he made.

S. Africa removes Jewish cricketeer as U-19 captain

Foreign Minister Israel Katz:

The true face of South Africa has been revealed

Foreign Minister Israel Katz denounces South Africa fro its case against Israel, and calls for it to be dismissed outright.

The true face of South Africa has been revealed

'This case is unfounded':

US rejects allegations of genocide against Israel

White House spokesperson John Kirby: Genocide is not a word that ought to be thrown around lightly.

US rejects allegations of genocide against Israel

PM Netanyahu to South Africa:

'Hamas partners, we will continue to fight the lies'

Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked South Africa's petition to the ICJ and affirmed that Israel will reserve the right to defend itself.

'Hamas partners, we will continue to fight the lies'

SWC to ICJ:

Hamas, not Israel, should be charged with genocide

Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Abraham Cooper warns South Africa's attempt to charge Israel with genocide a 'dark day for international law and justice.'

Hamas, not Israel, should be charged with genocide

South Africa's Chief Rabbi: Put the UN on trial

Rabbi Warren Goldstein says the United Nations and its institutions have a credibility they do not deserve, and have become a threat to freedom and democracy.

South Africa's Chief Rabbi: Put the UN on trial

Israeli MFA:

'South Africa is functioning as Hamas's legal arm'

Israeli Foreign Ministry harshly criticized South Africa for filing a petition to The Hague claiming Israel was carrying out 'genocide'.

'South Africa is functioning as Hamas's legal arm'

Combat Antisemitism Movement:

ICJ case similar to accusing Allies of genocide

Combat Antisemitism Movement says ICJ case against Israel is like accusing the Allies in WW2 of committing genocide against the Nazis.

ICJ case similar to accusing Allies of genocide

International Court to begin hearing against Israel

The court will hear the case charging Israel with genocide in Gaza, the first such case ever brought.

International Court to begin hearing against Israel