World must take note of genocide in Gaza: envoys

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High Commissioner Mthuthuzeli Madikiza says South African decision to engage the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was rooted solely in humanitarian principles, free from any political or regional motives. Palestine ambassador thanks SA for unflinching support

Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD: In a resolute demonstration of unwavering solidarity with the Palestinian cause, the High Commissioner of South Africa, Mthuthuzeli Madikiza, announced the South African government’s decision to bring the Gaza genocide case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was based on his country’s strong resolve and commitment to upholding and protection of human rights. This move underscored the nation’s commitment to seeking justice and addressing the acute humanitarian crises inflicted upon Gaza by Israeli aggression.

High Commissioner Madikiza articulated these sentiments during a warm reception extended to a delegation from the Palestine embassy, headed by Ambassador Ahmad Rabaei and comprising diplomats, members of the Palestine committee and the students representatives. The visit aimed to express sincere gratitude for South Africa’s steadfast and bold support in the face of the ongoing challenges in Palestine.

The High Commissioner emphasized that resorting to suppression, the killing of innocent people, and causing destruction on trivial pretexts is fundamentally unjustifiable. He firmly stated that the South African decision to engage the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was rooted solely in humanitarian principles, free from any political or regional motives. He underscored that the plight of those who suffer, akin to the challenges faced by the concerned parties, serves as a poignant reminder of humanity’s shared history.

He noted a burgeoning wave of support for the people of Palestine and warmly acknowledged Pakistan’s endorsement of South Africa’s decision in favor of involving the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ambassador of Palestine said, this collaborative effort between South Africa and Palestine exemplifies a shared commitment to upholding international law and advocating for the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people. As discussions progress at the ICJ, it is anticipated that this legal recourse will contribute to fostering a just resolution and bringing global attention to the pressing issues affecting Gaza.

He expressed gratitude on behalf of the people and government of Palestine, emphasizing the profound debt owed to the unwavering support received from the people and government of South Africa. This steadfast commitment has significantly fortified our stance on the issue, contributing to our increased strength and resilience. Ambassador Rabaei commended the articulate speech delivered by the South African high commissioner and extended heartfelt thanks for the warm welcome received at their mission.

The Palestinian ambassador expressed heartfelt gratitude to Pakistan for its unwavering support of the South African decision. He emphasized that this support not only acknowledges the shared values between Palestine and Pakistan but also serves as a significant morale boost for the Palestinian people.