South Africa instituted proceedings against Israel on December 29th, 2023 alleging that Israel has committed, and is committing, genocide against the Palestinians in the Gaza strip and that Israel is in contravention of the Genocide convention. Israel rejects these allegations, and has argued that the war in Gaza is being fought in self-defense against Hamas. Israel believes that this case, being heard in the International Court of Justice, is an attempt to "pervert the meaning" of the term genocide.
In this micro episode, we touch upon genocides that have occurred in recent memory, their origins, and the aftermath in the hope to provide some context for consideration of the term.
For the full episode which features a conversation with Dara Solomon, Executive Director of the Toronto Holocaust Museum in July 2023, listen here.