El Al Cancels Direct Flights to South Africa After South Africa Wins Case Against Israel

El Al Cancels Direct Flights to South Africa After South Africa Wins Case Against Israel

Israeli flag carrier El Al has announced the discontinuation of direct flights to South Africa, citing a significant decline in demand from Israeli travelers to the country and other destinations.

The decision to suspend operations on the Johannesburg-Tel Aviv route will take effect from the end of March 2024, as stated in El Al’s official statement.

Final Flight Departure and Background

The last El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Johannesburg is scheduled to depart on March 27, according to information available on the airline’s website.

This move comes amidst a broader trend of international airlines suspending flights to Tel Aviv since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7. Countries have also issued travel advisories, urging their nationals to reconsider travel plans to Israel.

Context of South Africa’s Case Against Israel

The announcement coincides with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) imminent initial ruling on South Africa’s case against Israel.

The case alleges genocidal acts by Israel in Gaza, straining diplomatic relations.

Israel denies accusations of genocide, asserting its military actions are within the bounds of self-defense.

The outcome of the ICJ ruling, expected to address Israel’s military campaign, may impact the ongoing situation.

ICJ’s Potential Orders

The ICJ, based in The Hague, could potentially issue orders related to Israel’s ground offensive and bombardment in Gaza or facilitate increased humanitarian aid to the territory.

However, the court is not expected to deliver a judgment on whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza during this phase, as that determination may involve a lengthier process.

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