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South Africa accuses Israel of genocide before the International Court of Justice.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau maintained Friday that Canada “has always supported the work” of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), while affirming that this does not mean he supports South Africa's claim against Israel for genocide in Gaza.

A hearing has been taking place since Thursday before the highest court of the United Nations, sitting in The Hague, which Pretoria seized last month, arguing that Israel was violating the United Nations Convention on Genocide, signed in 1948 following of the Holocaust.

In an 84-page petition to the ICJ, South Africa urges judges to order #x27;urgently for Israel to immediately suspend its military operations in the Gaza Strip.

Pretoria believes that Israel has engaged, is engaged in and risks continuing to engage in acts of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Comments that Israel called an absurd blood libel.

Canada has for years been a staunch defender of the rules-based international system and its institutions, including the International Court of Justice. […] At the same time, our support for the ICJ process does not imply that we support South Africa's [accusations].

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As for Ottawa's support for the possible decision of the ICJ, even if it is favorable to South Africa, Mr. Trudeau recalled that Canada is currently involved in five different cases before this international court so of course we will support the important and rigorous work carried out by the ICJ.

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During a press conference in Guelph, Ontario, Justin Trudeau spoke elsewhere affirmed that his government will continue to follow this issue, which has highlighted new divisions within the Liberal caucus.

In a statement shared on social networks, Liberal MP Salma Zahid recalled that Canada has since the start of the war […] called for respect for international law by all parties. If Canada wants to give meaning to these words, we must support the ICJ process, she wrote.

But Liberal MPs Marco Mendicino and Anthony Housefather both say the South African request is baseless and unacceptable, arguing that they respect Israel's right and responsibility to defend its people against Hamas, an organization labeled a terrorist by Canada.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas following its unprecedented attack on Israeli soil on October 7 which caused around 1,140 deaths, mainly civilians, according to official Israeli data.

Since then, Israeli bombardments have reduced large parts of the Gaza Strip to rubble and left more than 23,000 people dead, mostly women and minors, according to the Hamas health ministry. p>

The approximately 2.4 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, approximately 1.9 million of whom had to flee their homes according to the UN, continue to face a disastrous humanitarian situation.

The ICJ's decisions are final and legally binding, but it has no power to enforce them.

In a press conference In Winnipeg earlier today, Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre called South Africa's complaint before the ICJ ridiculous, saying it is Hamas that must face the courts for its October 7 terrorist attack.

If we want to protect Muslims from genocide, why don't [UN] countries condemn China for the treatment of the Uighurs or the government in Damascus for the treatment of Sunnis in Syria? [The complaint before the ICJ] is a dishonest effort to target Israel, Mr. Poilievre said.

He also accused Justin Trudeau of cynicism, saying the Liberals are not truly divided on this issue.

Justin Trudeau asks some of his MPs to speak out for allegations against Israel and to others say the exact opposite. […] He wants to say anything to anyone, he is not a head of state, you have to have moral clarity.

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