US ‘doesn’t see’ acts of genocide committed by Israel in Gaza

The bodies of 111 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza lie in a mass grave during their burial at the Khan Younis cemetery in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestine, Nov. 22, 2023. (EPA File Photo)

The U.S. is not seeing any acts that constitute genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, a State Department spokesperson said Wednesday, criticizing South Africa’s decision to file a genocide case against Israel for its crimes since Oct. 7.

“We don’t think it’s productive,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters.

“Genocide is, of course, a heinous atrocity, one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit,” Miller said, adding that those are allegations that “should not made lightly.”

However, Miller said the U.S. is “not seeing any acts that constitute genocide.”

Asked if the U.S. sees any acts of war crimes, Miller said: “We continue to collect information and gather it as we always do, but I don’t have an assessment to offer.”

The White House, for its part, said it found the submission “meritless, counterproductive and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.”

South Africa last week filed an application instituting proceedings against Israel before The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The application is about alleged violations by Israel of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide concerning Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, according to the ICJ.

“Israel has engaged in, is engaging in and risks further engaging in genocidal acts against the Palestinian people in Gaza,” the African country said.

It sought provisional measures, alleging that Israel violated the 1948 U.N. Genocide Convention with its actions in Gaza since Oct. 7.

By Anadolu Agency



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