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Namibia has condemned Germany for supporting Israel in its genocidal acts in Gaza.

Germany expressed its support for the attacks on Friday, as Israel was defending itself against South Africa's case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing it of genocide and calling for the ICJ to stop the Jewish State from continuing its war in Gaza.

South Africa told the court in The Hague that Israel is busy with the destruction of infrastructure in Gaza and of the Palestinian people.

In a statement issued last night by State House, President Hage Geingob expressed deep concern with the shocking decision by Germany to reject the upright indictment brought to the ICJ by South Africa and charge that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza.

The Presidency says that Germany cannot express commitment to the Genocide Convention while supporting the equivalent of a holocaust and genocide in Gaza.

The German government is yet to fully atone for or give reparations for the first genocide it committed in Namibia in the 20th century, in which tens of thousands of Namibians were killed under the most inhumane and brutal conditions.

On Friday, as the Israelis were denying their genocidal acts in Gaza, Germany announced that it wants to intervene as a third party in defence and support of Israel.

President Geingob called on Germany to reconsider its untimely decision to intervene in support of Israel.

A German government spokesperson said that they explicitly reject the accusations of genocide made against Israel.

Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement that Germany bears special responsibility for Israel due to the Nazi genocide of Jews during the Second World War.

Namibia supports South Africa's case against Israel and has equally called on it to stop its genocidal war in Gaza.

President Geingob, in his New Year's message on December 31, also referred to the situation in Gaza, saying that "no peace-loving human being can ignore the carnage that is waged against Palestinians in Gaza. The war in Gaza is telling us that there are two types of human beings: those who can be killed like a dog and those who are holy."

The latest twist in relations between Namibia and Germany is expected to strain bilateral ties, while President Geingob and Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, are to co-chair the 2024 UN Summit for the Future, which, according to Geingob's New Year's message, is supposed to represent a pivotal moment for the future of humanity in navigating the challenges of climate change, conflicts, and the technological revolution.

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