The German government intends to defend the Jewish state against the “genocide” charges leveled by South Africa at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.
Germany emphasized that Israel's war against Hamas is exercising its legitimate right to self-defense against the terrorists, who invaded southern border communities on Oct. 7, slaughtered more than 1,200 Israelis and kidnapped around 240 Israelis and foreign nationals.
"On October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists brutally attacked, tortured, killed and kidnapped innocent people in Israel,” the official Berlin statement read. “Hamas's goal is to wipe out Israel. Since then, Israel has been defending itself against the inhumane attack by Hamas."
Berlin consequently announced its rejection of the “genocide” charges against Israel.
"The Federal Government firmly and expressly rejects the accusation of genocide that has now been made against Israel at the International Court of Justice. This accusation has no basis whatsoever.”
Germany is one of Israel’s closest European allies. In recent years, it has developed close military and commercial ties with Jerusalem. Steffen Hebestreit, a spokesperson for the German government, stressed that Germany is firmly committed to the UN Genocide Convention that it signed in 1948, the same year modern Israel was established and merely three years after the Holocaust of six million Jews.
The German state reportedly intends to intervene as a third party on behalf of Israel at the World Court in The Hague. Berlin has condemned the “political instrumentalisation” of the Genocide Convention against the Jewish state.
In October, after seeing the destruction in Israel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Hamas terrorists are "the new Nazis."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently condemned South Africa’s “genocide” accusation and argued that Israel still faces aggression from Hamas in Gaza and the Iranian proxy terror forces of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
"Today, again, we saw an upside-down world, in which the State of Israel is accused of genocide at a time when it is fighting genocide," Netanyahu announced.
"A terrorist organization carried out the worst crime against the Jewish people since the Holocaust, and now someone comes to defend it in the name of the Holocaust? What brazen gall. The world is upside down," the Israeli prime minister added.
“And the IDF, the most moral army in the world, which does everything to avoid harming non-combatants, stands accused – by the representatives of these monsters – of genocide.”
“South Africa’s hypocrisy screams to the high Heavens,” Netanyahu concluded.
Earlier in January, the United States, Israel’s main ally, rejected the South African “genocide” charges against Israel.
“Genocide is one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit. Those are allegations that should not be made lightly ... we are not seeing any acts that constitute genocide,” U.S. State Department Spokesman Matt Miller stated.
On Sunday, Netanyahu vowed an eventual “complete victory” for the Jewish state despite international efforts to prevent Israel from eliminating Hamas as a military threat.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.