News Release

South Africa’s Genocide Case Against Israel


Boyle is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He appeared on Democracy Now this morning about the South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice. See video clip.

Boyle assessed that a South African victory was likely at the ICJ in spite of the presidency of the Court being held currently by Joan Donoghue, a former State Department official. He also charged the Biden administration with “aiding and abetting Israel’s genocide” and “violating the the U.S. Genocide Convention Implementation Act.” He stressed the importance of other countries filing Declarations of Intervention with the ICJ in support of the South African application.

Boyle won provisional victories for the Bosnians at the ICJ in 1993 using the Genocide Convention.

Boyle’s books include The Bosnian People Charge Genocide (1996) Palestine, Palestinians and International Law (2009) and World Politics, Human Rights and International Law (2021). He was featured on the news release “On Israel: Lawyer Who Applied Genocide Convention for Bosnia Recommends it Now for Palestinians.”

Haaretz reports: “State Officials Fear International Court of Justice Could Charge Israel With Genocide in Gaza.” The Israeli paper also reports: “‘100-200,000, Not Two Million’: Israel’s Finance Minister Envisions Depopulated Gaza.”

The Times of Gaza reports: “Major destruction was inflicted on the Palestinian Bar Association building for lawyers in Gaza caused by the ongoing Israel aggression.”

The Wall Street Journal reports in “The Ruined Landscape of Gaza After Nearly Three Months of Bombing” that “Nearly 70 percent of Gaza’s 439,000 homes and about half of its buildings have been damaged or destroyed.”

See recent mass protests in Turkey and elsewhere for Gaza.

The New York Times in “Half of Gazans Are at Risk of Starving, U.N. Warns” reports: “Israel’s war in Gaza has created a humanitarian catastrophe, with half of the population of about 2.2 million at risk of starvation and 90 percent saying that they regularly go without food for a whole day, the United Nations said in a recent report.” The piece quotes Arif Husain, chief economist at the World Food Program: “I’ve been doing this for about 20 years. I’ve been to pretty much any conflict, whether Yemen, whether it was South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Ethiopia, you name it. And I have never seen anything like this, both in terms of its scale, its magnitude, but also at the pace that this has unfolded.”