Spain to Join South Africa’s Genocide Case against Israel

  • 08 Jun 2024

On June 6th, 2024, Spain announced its decision to join the case filed by South Africa at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

  • The case accuses Israel of violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention in its actions during the war on the Gaza Strip.

Key Points

  • In December 2023, South Africa filed a case against Israel, accusing it of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.
  • Spain became the first European country to ask ICJ for permission to join South Africa.
  • Once admitted to the case, Spain would be able to make written submissions and speak at public hearings.
  • Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, Libya and the Palestinians have already requested to join the case currently being heard at the ICJ (Hague, Netherlands).
  • Spain, Ireland and Norway formally recognized a Palestinian state on May 28, 2024, in a coordinated effort by the three Western European nations to add international pressure on Israel.