Prime minister, foreign affairs minister issued a statement that left many observers baffled.

Canada will abide by all rulings arising from South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), officials at Global Affairs Canada have told CBC News.

The clarification, issued Monday, comes after days of confusion following verbal and written statements issued Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly in response to South Africa’s claim that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza in its war against Hamas.

Trudeau’s and Joly’s statements were widely misreported in mainstream media and on social media as dismissing the South African case and taking the side of Israel. In fact, their statements carefully avoided either rejecting or endorsing South Africa’s case against Israel.

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