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War is a crime by Gurdial Singh Nijar

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This dedication to a world without war was reaffirmed through the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War and, significantly, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal – a tribunal of conscience with its own rules of evidence and procedures consistent with the highest standards comparable to the International Court of Justice and other national courts of law.

Two former UN assistant secretary-generals served in the supporting Commission: Hans Sponeck and Dennis Halliday. Three separate trials were conducted from 2011 to 2013.

The first, against then US president George Bush and UK prime minister Tony Blair for carrying out an illegal war against Iraq. The second against George Bush, Henry Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney and their lawyers for the international crime of torture. The third trial, against General Yarron and the State of Israel for genocide.

Continue reading at http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/09/03/war-crime

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Dr. Maya Aghasi: Inherited Memory: How the Generation After Remembers War, Partition and Genocide on Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

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Dr Maya Aghasi, assistant professor of literature at the American University of Sharjah, will discuss how we remember. Focusing on the inherited memory of descendants from individuals who endured war, genocide and displacement, Aghasi will explore how it shapes identity and the role of imaginative fiction. She will discuss examples from Palestine, the Armenian Genocide, the India-Pakistan partition, and the 1975 Lebanese civil war, among others.

Continue reading at https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/art/news/try-these-art-talks-from-dubais-alserkal-avenue

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Dictatorship in UN and politicisation of genocide by Ameen Izzadeen

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It is easy to appoint fact-finding missions and prepare damning reports. But what is challenging is genocide prevention.  The UN will be worth its salt as the primary organisation tasked with maintaining world peace and security, only if it acts fast with the very first sign that something dreadful is going to happen.

Unlike an earthquake, genocide does not take place all of a sudden. It is predictable and preventable. Yet it takes place in full view of the international community.  The system needs to be strengthened, if the UN’s primary interest is to serve and save humanity. Otherwise, the UN conventions may seem empty words or routine while post-genocide UN resolutions and declarations will be akin to last rites over a dead body.

That the Responsibility-to-Protect concept came into the UN system only in 2005, some 60 whole years after the Nazi Holocaust, is a damning indictment of the international community’s lack of urgency in reinforcing the system.

At the core of this failure is big power politics. Often humanitarian intervention or non-intervention is tagged to a political agenda of a powerful state. War criminals are protected by a powerful ally in the UN Security Council.  Millions of Palestinians have died without breathing the air of freedom, due to the US protection given to Israel, the oppressor and occupying power.

Continue reading at http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Dictatorship-in-UN-and-politicisation-of-genocide-154815.html

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Analysis: History has humiliated May over ‘terrorist’ Mandela – supporters of apartheid Israel will be next by David Jamieson

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Exploitation or genocide?

These are the limits to the apartheid analogy. Ultimately, the South African regime was overthrown by the black working class, who were empowered by the white minority’s dependence on their labour.

The Israeli state depends on massive foreign aid, not Palestinian labour. Consequently, huge numbers of Palestinians are unemployed and living in extreme poverty. Economic life in parts of Palestine, particularly the brutalised Gaza strip, has essentially broken down.

But the limits to the analogy are instructive to the violent dynamic of Israeli occupation. The Palestinians confront the Israeli state not as a dangerous necessity, but as an obstacle without value to the state.

That is why rather than exploit Palestinians, the Israeli state kills them, starves them, humiliates them, throws them off their land and forces them into exile.

In most of the textbooks given to Israeli children at state school, the occupied West Bank and Gaza do not exist. The Palestinian people are gone.

Continue reading at https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/13210/analysis-history-has-humiliated-may-over-terrorist-mandela-supporters-apartheid

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The language of Palestinian freedom by Steven Salaita

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Sarkar refers to Palestine-Israel as a “conflict” eight times (including the headline) and seems fond of “asymmetry,” which brings to mind a Foreign Policy shindig in a hotel ballroom with maroon carpet and plastic chandeliers; words like “colonization,” “ethnic cleansing,” “genocide,” “ethnocracy,” “imperialism,” “settler,” “apartheid,” and “Zionism” are absent. I’d normally chalk up the lexical dullness to the editing practices of corporate media, but Sarkar’s tweet suggests that Independent editors probably had an easy time making the language conform to house style.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/language-palestinian-freedom/

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Dropping off my dear friend, Dareen Tatour, at prison by Danielle Alma Ravitzki

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Demonization and dehumanization are two of the key preconditions for genocide. Unfortunately for Dareen, her story demonstrates all too well Raphael Lemkin’s definition of ethnocide, which is a form of genocide that aims at eradicating the culture and language of an indigenous people. Mao Zedong did just that in Tibet in the 1950s. This in fact, raises the issue of Israel as an entity that is currently committing a slow genocide against the native people of the land. It should be accountable for this. The dire situation in Gaza, where the disenfranchised Palestinians have reached their nadir, living in subhuman conditions under a belligerent siege violently maintained by a country that massacres them, reflects the apartheidistic, genocidal mores of Israel.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2018/08/dropping-friend-dareen/

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