US Congress introduces bill to review relations with South Africa following ‘politically motivated’ ICJ case
Representatives John James and Jared Moskowitz, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the US-South Africa Bilateral Relations Review Act early last week.
The bill called for an assessment of whether "South Africa has engaged in activities that undermine United States national security or foreign policy interests" along with a presidential review of the relationship between the two countries.
Democrat and Republican US politicians have jointly called for a full review of US-South African relationships as punishment for South Africa calling out Israel's genocide. The US literally wants to punish nations for legally objecting to genocide.— Rami Ismail / رامي (@tha_rami) February 12, 2024
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These included President Cyril Ramaphosa who said Israel was committing genocide at a pro-Palestinian rally and the filing of a "politically motivated suit" in the ICJ, which the representatives claim “wrongfully” accused Israel of committing genocide.
Israel has made similar claims against South Africa over its ICJ filing.
The bill also spotlighted South Africa’s relationships with US rivals Russia and China with James claiming the BRICS nation has been "building ties to countries and actors that...threaten our way of life".
"Under this current administration, America has been put last, leaving our allies and partners beholden to dictators and despots in Beijing and Moscow for critical needs like energy," he added.