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China joins South Africa in calling out US complicity in Israel’s ‘repeated violations of international law’ at UN Security Council

Palestine's ambassador also rebuked the Council for their inaction, demanding a ceasefire resolution in accordance with the recent ICJ order

At Wednesday’s UN Security Council meeting, China joined South Africa in calling out the US for its role in the continued “indiscriminate military attacks and destruction of Gaza” by Israel, echoing numerous other country’s calls for a ceasefire.

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Regarding the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last week in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, China’s ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, said that “the ICJ has taken forceful action” in “the face of repeated violations of international law” and repeated breaches of “human dignity, morality, and conscience.”

He went on to say:

The Security Council has no alternative but to take further action—swiftly—with the greatest sense of responsibility and the strongest determination to safeguard justice, save lives, and achieve peace.

We must push for an immediate ceasefire with the utmost urgency.

There has long been an overwhelming consensus in the international community for an immediate ceasefire. Yet, it’s regrettable that a certain country has persisted in their obstruction with a passive attitude.

Real security cannot be achieved by military means, and the protracted fighting in Gaza will only lead to more causalities and wider regional instability, making peace in the Middle East more elusive.

The Security Council should take strong action to pull all diplomatic efforts towards an immediate ceasefire. Israel should immediately cease its indiscriminate military attacks and destruction in Gaza.

At the same time, every effort should be made to prevent the spillover effects of the Gaza conflict on the wider region, including the Red Sea.

We call on all parties to exercise calm and restraint, and to refrain from actions that will exacerbate the situation.

When it was South Africa’s turn to speak, Ambassador Mathu Joyini wasted no time underscoring why they see their case against Israel at the ICJ as so important:

“We reiterate that the international community cannot proclaim the importance of international law and the importance of the UN Charter in some situations and not in others, as if the rule of law only applies to a select few,” she said.

“For international law to be credible, it should be uniformly applied, and not selective.”

She went on to summarize Israel’s obligations under the ICJ order, noting: “These provisional measures are directly binding on Israel…”

“There’s clearly no credible basis for Israel continue to claim that its military actions are in full compliance with international law, including the Genocide Convention…”

Joyini then put the US and other countries on notice: per the Genocide Convention and ICJ order, they must “act independently and immediately to prevent genocide by Israel, and to ensure that they are not themselves in violation of the Genocide Convention, including by aiding or assisting in the commission of genocide.”

“This necessarily imposes an obligation on ALL states to cease funding and facilitating Israel’s military actions…”

She noted that—as an occupying power—Israel does not have a right to “self-defense” under international law in their war on Gaza, and that the ICJ’s ruling merely “noted” Israel’s attempt to claim otherwise, “without giving it any further credence.”

“The assertion by the representatives of the United States and Israel that the court reaffirmed the US understanding of the issue of self-defense is not accurate.”

“The decision by the court marks a decisive victory for the international rule of law, and a significant milestone in the search for justice for the Palestinian people.”

Read the rest / full article on Substack (contains more videos, including clips of Palestine’s ambassador Riyad Mansour):