Foreign Ministry: South Africa is ‘legal arm of Hamas,’ ignores terror group’s attempt to carry out genocide on Oct. 7

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Netherlands Vusimuzi Madonsela (left) speaks, as Israel's delegates look on, as he sums up South Africa's demands of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in response to what South Africa claims is Israeli genocide in the Gaza Strip, January 11, 2024 (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Netherlands Vusimuzi Madonsela (left) speaks, as Israel's delegates look on, as he sums up South Africa's demands of the International Court of Justice in The Hague in response to what South Africa claims is Israeli genocide in the Gaza Strip, January 11, 2024 (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

After South Africa presents its genocide case against Israel in The Hague, Israel calls the proceedings “one of the greatest displays of hypocrisy in history.”

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lior Haiat says that South Africa “is functioning as the legal arm of Hamas,” and accuses Pretoria of “ignoring the fact that Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel, murdered, executed, slaughtered, raped and kidnapped Israeli citizens, just because they were Israelis, in an attempt to carry out genocide.”

In his tweet, Haiat says that South Africa “seeks to allow Hamas to return to commit the war crimes, crimes against humanity and sexual crimes they committed repeatedly on October 7.”

He also calls South Africa’s lawyers “the representatives of Hamas at the court.”

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