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Namibian President Denounces German Support for Israel at ICJ

Namibian President Hage G. Geingob. UN Photo Cia Pak

In a statement headlined “Namibia Rejects Germany’s Support of the Genocidal Intent of the Racist Israeli State against Innocent Civilians in Gaza,” the southern African nation Namibia refers to its own colonial past under German occupation to denounce Germany’s support of Israel at the International Court of Justice.

The statement opens: “On Namibian soil, #Germany committed the first genocide of the 20th century in 1904-1908, in which tens of thousands of innocent Namibians died in the most inhumane and brutal conditions. The German Government is yet to fully atone for the genocide it committed on Namibian soil. Therefore, in light of Germany’s inability to draw lessons from its horrific history, President [Hage G. Geingob] expresses deep concern with the shocking decision communicated by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany yesterday, 12 January 2024, in which it rejected the morally upright indictment brought forward by South Africa before the International Court of Justice that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in #Gaza.”

“Germany cannot morally express commitment to the United Nations Convention against genocide, including atonement for the genocide in Namibia, whilst supporting the equivalent of a holocaust and genocide in Gaza,” continues President Geingob.

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