Written answers

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Middle East

Photo of Neasa HouriganNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party)
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125. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to conduct a detailed assessment of whether genocide is being committed in the context of the war in Gaza; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13357/24]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The Government is deeply concerned at the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza. As the Deputy will be aware, South Africa initiated proceedings at the International Court of Justice against Israel in which it claims that Israel has violated a number of provisions of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (‘Genocide Convention’). I have been closely monitoring developments in this case.

I welcomed the Court’s January Order in the case, particularly the direction that Israel take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance in Gaza. Ireland has been consistent in calling for these from the start of this conflict.

My officials continue to analyse the legal and policy aspects of this case, and we are in contact with South Africa and other like-minded partners in this regard.


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