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The UN Security Council Resolution 2334 ignored the crime of the near-half century Occupation by Apartheid Israel but at least spelled out the egregious violations of international law associated with that Occupation. To that extent, passage by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2334 (unanimously except for abstention by an intractably racist US) is an ineradicable game changer. The ongoing Palestinian Genocide by race-based Apartheid Israel has now been recognized 14 to 0 by the UN Security Council, if not with use of that terminology, by “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions”.
Just recently, Ecuadorian envoy to the United Nations, Horacio Sevilla was adamant in his comments before a UN session, marking November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. After he rejected “with all our strength the persecution and genocide [unleashed by] Nazism against the Hebrew people,” he added, “But I cannot remember anything more similar in our contemporary history than the eviction, persecution and genocide that today imperialism and Zionism do against the Palestinian people”. Sevilla was not comparing ideologies per se – Zionism vs. Nazism – but rather the practical implications of these political ideologies: Eviction (as in ethnic cleansing), persecution and genocide.
… The Ecuadorian diplomat’s comparison is not new, but is an echo of a constant stream of criticism of Israel, its military practices and its political ideology, namely Zionism. Yet in most, if not all, of these instances, there is yet to be an open, intelligent discussion, involving Israeli itself, regarding the applicability of such comparisons.
Tens of thousands of mostly Muslim Nigerians gathered Monday to commemorate the Al-Aqsa Day, with calls on the United Nations to ensure that resolutions to ensure justice for Palestinians are implemented. Organized by Muslim Awareness International (MAI), a prominent civic group, Al-Aqsa Day is commemorated in Nigeria on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabiul Awwal to show solidarity with the Palestinian people… Adelaja Odukoya, an activist who teaches comparative politics at the country’s University of Lagos, said the injustices against Palestinians persist because of the complicity of the global powers.
“The UN was founded on the slogan of self-determination, but that slogan has remained empty in regard to the Palestinian crisis. What is playing out in the crisis is the hegemony of the U.S as reflected in the non-implementation of several UN resolutions, especially resolution 242 and others,” Odukoya said. “Israeli policies in Palestine amount to genocide because the livelihood of the Palestinian is left at the mercy of Israel…”
“We repudiate with all our strength the persecution and genocide that, in its time, unleashed Nazism against the Hebrew people,” Horacio Sevilla Borja said on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People at the U.N.. “But I cannot remember anything more similar in our contemporary history than the eviction, persecution and genocide that today imperialism and Zionism do against the Palestinian people.”
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On the International Day of Peace, Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the imperialist and warmongering policies of Israel and the United States during his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday.
“Israel’s warmongering policies are probably one of the most barbaric examples in the world,” said Morales, vigorously condemning Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians. “We have to stop the genocide against the Palestinians.”
In 1943 Polish-Jewish legal scholar Raphael Lemkin defined genocide as “not necessarily signify[ing] mass killings,” but more often referring “to a coordinated plan aimed at destruction of the essential foundations of the life of national groups so that these groups wither and die like plants that have suffered a blight.
“The end may be accomplished by the forced disintegration of political and social institutions, of the culture of the people, of their language, their national feelings and their religion,” he continued. “It may be accomplished by wiping out all basis of personal security, liberty, health and dignity.”
Today the United Nations accepts genocide to mean “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
It is hard not to see the incessant incursions and harassment, the settlements and the enforcement of illegal blockades as anything else but an attempt at the forced disintegration of Gaza.
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Though the Vision for Black Lives’ primary purpose is not to call attention to Palestine, the platform actually presents some key facts and arguments to justify its use of the terms “apartheid” and “genocide.”
For example, the vision statement notes that Palestinian homes are routinely bulldozed to make way for Israeli settlements and that Israel has more than 50 laws on its statute books that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of the state. The United Nations has defined the crime of genocide as including a deliberate policy to impose conditions of life on an ethnic, racial or religious group to bring about the group’s total or partial destruction. By seriously examining the situation, it is entirely reasonable to argue that Israel is trying to destroy the Palestinian people and is therefore committing the crime of genocide.
Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez inquired whether Israel sought a “final solution” against the Palestinians, referencing the Nazi’s policy of systematically eliminating Jews, during his speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday. While condemning Israel for “unlawful settlements,” and “ongoing violence” against the Palestinians, the Jerusalem Post reports, Ramirez asked Security Council members: “What does Israel plans do to with the Palestinians? Will they disappear? Does Israel seek probably to wage a final solution? The sort of solution that was perpetrated against the Jews?”
The “Israel Genocide?” campaign adds its voice to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) call to UN officials, academic associations and scholars, to boycott the 2016 conference of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS).
We maintain that Israel is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in particular Article II, which defines the crime:
In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
We view the holding of the conference in a colonial state that violates the genocide convention, not only as a cynical act, but an act that lends Israel legitimacy to continue violating the convention, thus harming the global community’s ability to prevent genocide. There should be no exceptions to a rule that strives to protect humanity from the most heinous crimes.
While Israel and Israeli officials have yet to be tried for the crime of genocide in courts of law that has authority to deliver punishment, we recognize the fact that genocide is the least tried crime in the category of Crimes Against Humanity. We trust that genocide scholars know first hand the frustration of watching crimes on a mass scale being committed while legal bureaucracies fail to implement solutions.
Israel is no stranger to scholarly debates over its systematic violations within the field of genocide, and we believe academics are not only theorists, but also moral agents who have impact on the real world. You are now in a position to act against genocide. Please boycott the INoGS Conference unless this conference is relocated from Israel and its colonies, and its organizers reject institutional Israeli sponsorship of this event.