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South Africa: Charge Apartheid Israel With Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity – Mandla Mandela After Solidarity March on News24 Wire

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ANC MP Mandla Mandela has called for “apartheid Israel” to be charged with genocide and crimes against humanity following the recent killing of dozens of protesting Palestinians by Israeli forces.

“We support the South African government and other UN member states that have called for an independent inquiry into the most recent killings and hold those responsible accountable for these heinous actions,” he said in a statement issued after he accepted a memorandum following a solidarity march through the streets of Cape Town to Parliament by what is estimated to be thousands of sympathisers.

Continue reading at http://allafrica.com/stories/201805160060.html

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UN: Electricity crisis brings Gaza to verge of disaster on United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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This is another one of those rare occasions when we archive a statement that doesn’t explicitly include the word genocide. We can only guess at the reasoning behind UN OCHA’s decision to use evocative words rather than legal terminology to describe the situation in Gaza, but we archive this statement because it marks another stage of deterioration in what we analyse to be Israel’s genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people.

We hope to see, in the very near future, statements from the United Nations that are less that of damage control, and more of a strategical outline for achieving accountability, and with that, an end to crimes on a mass scale.

Emergency fuel for critical facilities in Gaza will become exhausted within the next ten days, the United Nations warned today, noting an urgent need for donor support to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe driven by the energy crisis… Currently at risk are emergency and diagnostic services, like MRIs, CT and x-rays, intensive care units and operating theatres in 13 public hospitals; some 55 sewage pools; 48 desalination plants; and solid waste collection capacity… “Hospitals have already begun to close. Without funding, more service providers will be forced to suspend operations over the coming weeks, and the situation will deteriorate dramatically, with potential impacts on the entire population. We cannot allow this to happen.”

Continue reading at https://mailchi.mp/un/0gxh7zgz0n-543817?e=20b385474c

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UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians by J. B. Gerald

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…following President Trump’s announcement the UN’s General Assembly on December 7th passed nine draft resolutions assuring some protection to the lives and rights of Palestinians… These draft resolutions reveal an ongoing genocidal persecution of the Palestinian people, both the fact of their suffering and humanity’s assessment of a terrible wrong.

Continue reading at http://www.nightslantern.ca/ga7dec2017.htm

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Homeland Insecurity: Palestine’s Refusal to Die Haunts Israeli Colonial Celebrations by Elliott Gabriel

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“The Zionist movement was a European-backed colonial movement whose goal was not to coexist with the Palestinian people, but to take their land and to expel them and replace them.”.. On November 29, 1947, the U.N. voted to create separate, independent Arab and Jewish states. “That resolution marked an international blessing for the destruction of Palestine and the expulsion of the Palestinian people,” Abunimah said.

… “Ethnic cleansing can seem abstract, but it functions on the ground through basic Israeli policies,” Carmel said… “This directly translates into human suffering in the form of constant house demolitions, which can happen to a family even for expanding their kitchen… The Nakba is ongoing for these families; they simply lack legal recourse,” Carmel said.

… Palestinians also face denial of their participation in the Israeli economy. Increasingly, local Arabs are no longer sought out, even as a permanent source of cheap and highly exploitable labor. According to William Robinson, the problem poses an ominous dilemma for impoverished Palestinians. “With the globalization of Israel and the Middle East, there has been a mass influx of transnational migrant labor into Israel and the surrounding countries. Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Africans and others work in Israeli agriculture, industry, and services. Palestinian labor is no longer needed, which makes them surplus humanity,” Robinson said. “The only thing Israel needs from them is their land. This subjects the Palestinians to the specter of genocide and constitutes a structural underpinning to the intensification of Israeli apartheid.”

 

Continue reading at https://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/Homeland-Insecurity-Palestines-Refusal-to-Die-Haunts-Israeli-Colonial-Celebrations-20171129-0013.html

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Fourth Committee Approves 3 Decolonization-Linked Draft Resolutions, as It Concludes General Debate on Israeli Practices in Occupied Arab Lands by United Nations

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EZZIDIN Y. BELKHEIR (Libya), associating himself with the League of Arab States and the Non‑Aligned Movement, asked what the United Nations and the international community were doing to end the situation.  The United States and other Western countries had exerted political pressure in favour of the two‑State approach, and the Palestinian people had therefore accepted it as well as the Oslo Accords.  However, Israel had violated further agreements and resolutions.  Furthermore, the reports before the Committee indicated a deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip as well as Israel’s continuing actions to undermine the two‑State approach, such as the demolition of houses and continuing discrimination against Palestinians.  “How can a military force benefiting from the support of major Powers continue to mock the international community while acting as a butcher?” he asked, further questioning whether the world would wake up one day to the news that there had been a genocide of the entire Palestinian people.

Continue reading at https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/gaspd656.doc.htm

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Church Leaders: Take a Courageous Stand on Gaza’s Human Tragedy! by Philip Farah of Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace

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A United Nations report published two years ago warned that Gaza would become unlivable by the year 2020, but a new UN report finds that the deterioration in conditions there has worsened faster than expected. The Red Cross has also warned that a “systemic collapse of an already battered infrastructure and economy is impending.” In a recent article, Dr. Alice Rothchild, a physician who is active with Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP,) wrote:

The steady deterioration of the lives of the people in Gaza in the face of occupation, siege, internal discord, and the willful blindness of the international community can only be described as a not so slow genocide that is obvious to anyone who chooses to see.

JVP, including the group’s Rabbinical Council, has consistently expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza. Progressive Jewish rabbis have joined Palestinian Christians in calling on U.S. churches to take meaningful actions to protest Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. A number of U.S. churches have already answered the Palestinian Christian call— contained in the historic Kairos Palestine document, for solidarity with the Palestinian people.

It is now high time for U.S. church leaders to head the call of their Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters and take a courageous public stand for peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Continue reading at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/church-leaders-take-a-courageous-stand-on-gazas-human_us_5975461fe4b0f1feb89b44b1

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