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Videos: South Africa begins argument against Israel over Hamas war at The Hague

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague met on Thursday to hear a case brought before it by the South African government against Israel’s alleged genocidal attack on Palestine amidst the ongoing Hamas war.

Irish lawyer Blinne Ni Ghralaigh, who represented South Africa in the case, claimed that since the war broke out in October, 247 Palestinians had been killed each day, 1 every 6 minutes, 48 mothers in 2 every hour, and 117 children in 5 every hour.

 

South Africa petitioned in an 84-page document about Israel’s inability to supply the Gaza Strip with necessities like food, water, medicine, fuel, shelter, and other humanitarian aid.

South Africa has accused Israel of failing to uphold its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention, to which both countries are parties.

In a separate clip, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Minister Ronald Lamola, noted in his prayer before the ICJ that “the ongoing violence and destruction in Palestine and Israel did not begin on October 7. “The Palestinians have experienced systematic operations and violence for the last seventy-six years,” he argues.

 

Israel will begin its defence on Friday, but it has maintained all along that it has committed no crime in its actions against Hamas.

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Video: Ghanian lawmaker Ablakwa wants national attention on language preservation

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In this video, Ghanaian parliamentarian, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, argues that issues around the preservation of language and local dialects must be treated as urgent national attention that must be escalated to the highest level by all arms of government and agencies.

“Language is so important, that is what represents our heritage, culture, and tradition. if the language goes extinct, the people are gone, their culture is gone, and their heritage is gone,” Ablakwa said.

The former Deputy Minister for Education and Information also decried the lack of personnel to impact linguistic knowledge at various levels of education.

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Video: Sports minister vows support for Nigeria’s Iwobi against cyberbullying

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As reactions continue to trail Nigeria’s loss in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) to host country, Cote d’Ivoire, on Sunday, Nigerian sports minister, John Eno, has met Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi, to express solidarity after a series of online abuses targeted at the player.

Iwobi has been the subject of cyberbullying over perceived underperformance against the Ivorians on Sunday. He revealed in the video that he had to take himself off social media to get over the attacks.

“I am aware of something that is going on on social media. As a ministry, we are going to make a statement against this kind of bullying, not just about you but about all our sportsmen. We are very concerned about how our sportsmen are treated,” Eno said.

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