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Malik Ayub Sumbal is Senior Broadcaster, Political Commentator, and Media Consultant. Malik has been associated with world-leading media outlets and news channels. He has more than 18 years of experience while working on key editorial positions. Malik was President at the Consortium for Press Freedom (CPF), a leading organization working for the Press Freedom and Free Speech around the world.
Humanity vs. Israel Case on War Crimes and Genocide Takes Center Stage at International Court of Justice

Humanity vs. Israel Case on War Crimes and Genocide Takes Center Stage at International Court of Justice

In what is being hailed as the most significant hearing of modern times concerning war crimes and genocide, the International Court of Justice is poised to address a historic case: South Africa vs. Israel that should be titled as Humanity vs. Israel.

Since October 7, the streets of Gaza have witnessed a tragic flow of blood, symbolizing the innocent lives affected by Israel’s occupation and the subsequent collective punishment that turned Gaza and other Palestinian regions to rubble.

The Israeli wars and atrocities have left humanity abandoned and in despair. South Africa’s bold and commendable initiative stands as a beacon for humanity and justice, serving as a wake-up call to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a bloc consisting of 56 member states that had been in a state of deep slumber.

Renowned for their work in human rights, South Africa’s legal panels have compiled an extensive 84-page charge sheet replete with evidence. These documented proofs align with what the world has witnessed through social media and television screens since October 7.

The pursuit of accountability for war crimes and genocides represents one of the most formidable challenges in our deeply polarized world. The acquittal of such crimes committed by states bears significant consequences for the international rule of law, as it sends a powerful message against global tyranny.

International law offers explicit descriptions regarding holding countries and states accountable for war crimes and the excessive use of force, as seen in Israel’s actions. Any use of force beyond what is deemed necessary for self-defense inevitably leads to criminal liability.

This case underscores the critical need for the international community to uphold justice, ensuring that nations are held responsible for their actions. As the proceedings unfold, the eyes of the world will be on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), anticipating a landmark decision that could shape the future of global accountability.

 

Malik Ayub Sumbal is an Award-Winning journalist, Geopolitical Analyst, Commentator & Moderator. He is the author of his newly published book Tovuz to Karabakh, A Comprehensive Analysis of War in South-Caucasus. He tweet @ayubsumbal