Cuba Joins South Africa’s Legal Action Against Israel’s War in Gaza

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez announced Saturday, June 22m that his country will join South Africa in its lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Rodríguez stated, “Cuba has decided to participate as a third party in South Africa’s complaint against Israel before the International Court of Justice.”

The International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace, The Hague (Photo: WAFA)

In a statement released yesterday, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained, “Cuba will exercise its right to provide, as a third state, its interpretation of the rules of the convention that Israel has flagrantly violated through its actions in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip.” The ministry emphasized that this initiative aligns with Cuba’s “firm and sustained commitment to support and contribute as much as possible to legitimate international efforts aimed at ending the genocide committed against the Palestinian people.”

On December 29, 2023, South Africa filed a lawsuit against Israel at the ICJ, accusing it of “genocide” against citizens in the Gaza Strip. South Africa submitted an 84-page dossier to the court, compiling evidence of Israel’s killing of thousands of citizens in the Gaza Strip and creating conditions “designed to bring about their physical destruction,” which constitutes a crime of “genocide” against them.

On May 24, ICJ orders Israel to halt military operations in Rafah, Israel “must immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” states the ruling, read out by the court’s president, Nawaf Salam. Judge Georg Nolte adopt this rule, “The measure obliging Israel to halt the current military offensive in Rafah is conditioned by the need to prevent conditions of life that could bring about [the] physical destruction in whole or in part’ of the Palestinian group in Gaza,” he writes in a declaration included in the full ruling.

Hadash front calls on the far-right Israeli government to adhere to the ICJ ruling. “The Israeli government must accept the verdict and stop the operation in Rafah immediately. But this is not enough – it must act to end the entire war and a hostage/prisoner exchange agreement that will result in a lasting and permanent ceasefire,” the front says in a statement. The international community must “act against Israel as a criminal state, and must immediately recognize an independent Palestinian state,” adds.