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Joe Biden’s administration has dismissed allegations of genocide against Israel made by multiple nations, including a NATO ally.

The United States government has stated that it has not received any evidence suggesting that Israeli military forces are engaging in unethical behavior as they carry out their operations in Gaza, aimed at dismantling the Hamas organization.

Last week, south Africa’s government filed a genocide case against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and on Wednesday NATO member Turkey announced its official support for the charge.

The accusation made by South Africa against Israel of committing genocide was strongly criticized by the White House. John Kirby, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, described the case as unhelpful and lacking any factual basis.

According to RT, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller rejected the allegations durig a press briefing on Wednesday, stating that there is no evidence to suggest the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are engaging in genocide against Palestinians.

“Genocide is of course a heinous atrocity, one of the most heinous atrocities that any individual can commit,” Miller said. “Those are allegations that should not be made lightly, and as it pertains to the United States, we are not seeing any acts that constitute genocide.”

John Kirby, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, dismissed the allegations against Israel as baseless, describing them as “meritless.” He further stated that the case filed by South Africa at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was “counterproductive” and “completely without any basis in fact.”

More than 22,000 Palestinians have been killed since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, according to Gaza health authorities. The UN warned last month that more than 500,000 Gazans were starving amid the Israeli bombardment, and 85% of the population had been displaced. The conflict began when Hamas militants launched surprise attacks against villages in southern Israel, killing more than 1,100 people, including nearly 700 Israeli citizens, and taking hundreds of hostages back to Gaza.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has likened Israel’s military campaign in the Palestinian enclave to Nazi Germany’s Holocaust against the Jewish people. He also has blasted Western nations for supporting Israel’s tactics, and he suggested that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was just as genocidal as Germany’s Adolf Hitler.

Türkiye’s foreign minister, Hakan Fidan, argued on Wednesday that by giving “unconditional support” to Israel, Western nations had lost all credibility to talk about “principles, virtue and morality.” He added, “I see that all of this is paving the way for a huge geostrategic rupture.”

Miller’s comments came one day after the US State Department rebuked “inflammatory and irresponsible” statements by two Israeli politicians calling for the removal of Palestinians from Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Ben Gvir doubled down on his statement later on Tuesday, saying, “With all due respect, we are not another star on the American flag.”

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