South African Foreign Minister Alleges Intimidation By Israel After ICJ Case

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Johannesburg, Feb 9 (EFE).- South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor accused Israeli intelligence of attempting to “intimidate” her, after South Africa accused the Jewish state of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the war in Gaza.

Pandor said she was concerned for the security of her family and had asked the country’s Police Ministry to beef up her security after receiving threatening messages, local media reported on Friday.

“I felt that it would be better if we had extra security. But what I’m more concerned about is my family, because in some of the social media messages my children are mentioned and so on,” she said.

“But this is par for the course. The Israeli agents, the intelligence services, (this) is how they behave, and they seek to intimidate you, so we must not be intimidated. There is a cause that is under way.”

She underscored that the South African government was determined to continue with its ICJ case as a “moral course” and support the Palestinian people in their quest for peace.

“We can’t stand back now. We must be with them. I think one of the things we must not allow is a failure of courage. It’s extremely important that we continue with this,” she stressed.

On Thursday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that his country had taken up the “Palestinian cause” to the top UN court to prevent “further deaths and destruction” in the Gaza Strip.


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