Senegal's Prime Minister Urges Solidarity with Palestinians

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Ousmane Sonko is advocating for Senegal to join the case filed by South Africa against Israel at the UN court in The Hague.

Senegal's Prime Minister Ousmane Sonko passionately called for solidarity with the people of Palestine, condemning what he termed an ongoing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. Speaking at a political gathering in the capital Dakar, attended by hundreds of youth, Sonko accused major world powers of complicity in the eight-month tragedy of death and destruction in Gaza. He directly appealed to Senegal's President Bassirou Diomaye Faye, urging Senegal to support South Africa's case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which accuses Israel of violating its obligations under the Genocide Convention in its conflict with the Gaza Strip.

"I begin my address by asking for a minute of prayer for the martyred people of Palestine...a people subjected to genocide today with the complicity of all the powers of this world," he said. Sonko criticized those who proclaim themselves as great democracies and defenders of human rights, yet are complicit in the genocide against the Palestinian people.

Last December, South Africa filed its case against Israel, accusing it of committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. Since then, more than a dozen countries have joined or declared their intention to join South Africa's genocide case against Israel. Despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, Israel has continued its offensive on Gaza since an October 7 attack by Hamas. According to local health authorities, over 37,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, mostly women and children, with nearly 84,500 others injured.

Eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine. Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with the latest ruling ordering Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on May 6.