Urgent call to prayer for Israel on trial in The Hague

10 January 2024

Israel has been on trial in The Hague for decades. The Hague is the home of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as other important institutions.

Ever since the 1970s, international law is being weaponized by the enemies of the Jewish people to undermine and eventually destroy the Jewish State. South Africa was one of the first countries to call for Israel to be officially classified as an apartheid state and has referred Israel to the International Criminal Court to be investigated for war crimes for its actions in Gaza over the last two months.

Since Hamas attacked Israel on 7th October 2023, the South African government has called Israel’s actions in Gaza a “genocide” and a “holocaust”, and at COP28, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa noted in his address that “South Africa is appalled by the cruel tragedy that is underway in Gaza. The war against the innocent people of Palestine is a war crime that must be ended now”. In November 2023, the South African parliament voted to end diplomatic ties with Israel. Israel withdrew its Ambassador to South Africa.

The latest development in this saga is that South Africa has filed a case on 29th December 2023 with the International Court of Justice against Israel.

South Africa claims that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. It requests the court to urgently order Israel to immediately cease its military campaign in Gaza. In other words, South Africa wants to defend Hamas against Israel, by forcing Israel to stop its legitimate war of self-defence against Hamas.

The case is brought under the Genocide Convention, to which South Africa and Israel are parties. According to Article II of the Genocide Convention, “genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

  1. Killing members of the group;
  2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
  3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
  4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
  5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Hearings are being held at the Peace Palace in The Hague on 11th and 12th January 2023.

We call upon Christians globally to pray in the coming days for Israel, which is facing a huge battle in the international courts. It is essential that Christians stand in the gap for the Jewish people. 

Pray that the enemies of Israel will be defeated, that Israel’s counsel Prof. Malcolm Shaw will be given great strength, courage and wisdom, that the judges of the International Court of Justice will see the truth, and that Israel will be able to continue its fight to defeat those who are seeking to annihilate the Jewish state. 

Above all, pray that a miracle will happen, and that the Iranian revolutionary regime, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and their allies will turn from their hatred of the Jewish people, and will give up their campaign of genocidal jihad.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today

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South Africa takes Israel to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Their accusation: Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. On Thursday and Friday the public hearings will take place at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). We often hear this accusation of genocide in the media and during anti-Israel demonstrations. What is going on? And why is this trial so important? Andrew Tucker, a lawyer specializing in Israel and international law, explains it.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK: Jeremiah 31:10-14
“Hear the word of the Lord, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’ For the Lord will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the Lord— the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,” declares the Lord.