South Africa has filed a genocide claim against Israel at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. The case centers on Israel’s relentless bombing of the Gaza Strip, considered to be the most destructive campaign of the century, worse even than what was done in Syria, Ukraine, or during World War II.
The official death toll has now surpassed 22,000, and yet Israel says it intends to intensify its campaign. Meanwhile, the United States has been Israel’s biggest political supporter, supplying it with hundreds of millions of dollars of weaponry; in December, President Joe Biden twice bypassed Congress to make two “emergency arms sales” to Israel.
Palestinian American attorney and human rights activist Huwaida Arraf discussed international law and global solidarity with Gaza in a recent interview with YES! Senior Editor Sonali Kolhatkar on YES Presents: Rising Up With Sonali.
Sonali Kolhatkar joined YES! in summer 2021, building on a long and decorated career in broadcast and print journalism. She is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and host and creator of YES! Presents: Rising Up with Sonali, a nationally syndicated television and radio program airing on Free Speech TV and dozens of independent and community radio stations. She is also Senior Correspondent with the Independent Media Institute’s Economy for All project where she writes a weekly column. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (2023) and Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2005). Her forthcoming book is called Talking About Abolition (Seven Stories Press, 2025). Sonali is co-director of the nonprofit group, Afghan Women’s Mission which she helped to co-found in 2000. She has a Master’s in Astronomy from the University of Hawai’i, and two undergraduate degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Sonali reflects on “My Journey From Astrophysicist to Radio Host” in her 2014 TEDx talk of the same name.