“Israel Genocide?” statement in response to the United Nations Human Rights​ “Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict” and call to action

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The United Nations Human Rights “Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict” has been released and the word genocide appears only once, to define what an International Crime is.

Even though the numbers speak for themselves, the treatment of the occupying army and the population it besieges as some kind of equals, with equal responsibility and military ability, in this report is glaring. We feel that the report, while detailing Israel’s individual war crimes, both in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank, during Israel’s attack last summer, intentionally glosses over the context of 68 years of colonization and its subsequent on-going genocidal effects.

A crime of this magnitude- which lasted 51 consecutive days and resulted in the extermination of 89 whole families and the deaths of scores of others, and in devastating damage to civilian property and infrastructure in the context of Israel’s ever-tightening de-facto stranglehold on Palestinian land and lives and infinitely superior fire-power- cannot be assessed under the laws of war, but under the laws of genocide. We appeal to the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda to investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people.

We also call on each and every one of you, who agree with our appeal, to send this email below to the relevant offices. Seeing this report, we cannot stress enough the importance of such civil society action. Please help us preasure the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the ICC Prosecutor. Together we will end Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.

UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, International Criminal Court Prosecutor, International Court of Justice President: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Indigenous Palestinian People

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Letter of Support from the BDS National Committee (BNC) for the Israel Genocide? Campaign

Dear friends, organizers of the Israel Genocide? Campaign,

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) welcomes and supports your initiative to encourage people worldwide to write to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and demand that the UN conduct an enquiry into the possibility that Israel may have committed the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people and publish its findings and recommendations.

In light of earlier and alarming findings of independent experts, in particular since Israel’s hermetic siege and separation of the occupied Gaza Strip in 2007 and the consecutive waves of mass killings of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, the BNC considers this initiative, which is directed specifically at the responsible UN personnel, to be important and timely. All, including the former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the OPT, Prof. Richard Falk, separate Arab League- and UN-led investigations into Israel’s 2008/9 war on Gaza, and the 2014 Russell Tribunal on Palestine special session on Israeli violations of international law in Gaza and elsewhere in the OPT, have all confirmed that Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity have been perpetrated with impunity and, furthermore, that direct and public incitement to genocide by Israeli political, religious and parliamentary leaders have been well documented. Therefore, the UN Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide should be pressured to investigate if Israeli officials are responsible for the crime of genocide, including the crime of incitement to genocide, and to assess and prevent the risk of a future Israeli genocide against (parts of) the Palestinian people.

While supporting the Israel Genocide? Campaign, and irrespective of its results, the BNC calls on campaigners to continue to build public awareness and pressure for holding Israel accountable for its regime of colonialism, apartheid and occupation, including the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in this context against Palestinians since 1948, such as ethnic cleansing and mass killing of civilians.  Both, facts and international law strongly support this approach. Like the crime of genocide, colonialism and the crime of apartheid are internationally prohibited. They also result in similar legal responsibilities: all states and international organizations, such as the United Nations, are to isolate and suppress Israeli apartheid and colonialism, bring responsible individuals to justice, and ensure full reparation for the Palestinian victims.

In solidarity,
Mahmoud Nawajaa
BNC General Coordinator

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UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People

Click to take action right now and demand the U.N. Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor investigate Israel for the possibility of the Crime of Genocide

The Crime of Genocide is defined in a declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946:

The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Article 2

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.

Article 3

The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.

Article 4

Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

We are people from all around the world who fear that we are witnessing the genocide of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel. Witnessing Israel’s daily violations of Palestinian human rights- military take-over of land, restriction of movement, economic strangulation, house demolitions, restrictions on basic foodstuff, mass arbitrary arrests of both adults and children, torture, extra judicial executions, and large-scale massacres of whole families, openly calling for genocide and extermination by law makers and other public figures- we can not keep silent about this 67 year-old atrocity, unfolding before our eyes.

We demand the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor take action and investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinian People, and that the office publish its findings and recommendations.

Please see our call to action and act now.

 

UN experts declare famine has spread throughout Gaza strip by Michael Fakhri and others

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  1. GENEVA (9 July 2024) – The recent deaths of more Palestinian children due to hunger and malnutrition leaves no doubt that famine has spread across the entire Gaza strip, a group of independent experts* said today.

… “We declare that Israel’s intentional and targeted starvation campaign against the Palestinian people is a form of genocidal violence and has resulted in famine across all of Gaza. We call upon the international community to prioritise the delivery of humanitarian aid by land by any means necessary, end Israel’s siege, and establish a ceasefire.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/07/un-experts-declare-famine-has-spread-throughout-gaza-strip

Israel uses water as a weapon of its genocide in Gaza on EuroMed Human Rights Monitor

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  1. Palestinian Territory – Through persistent, systematic, and widespread targeting of the Gaza Strip’s water sources and desalination plants, Israel is using water as a weapon against Palestinian civilians. In addition to imposing famine, Israel is deliberately reducing the amount of water available to residents of the Strip—especially potable water sources—intentionally targeting the over 2.3 million people who live there as part of its genocide, ongoing since last October. 

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6393

Counting the dead in Gaza: difficult but essential by Rasha Khatib, Martin McKee, Salim Yusuf

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  1. Armed conflicts have indirect health implications beyond the direct harm from violence. Even if the conflict ends immediately, there will continue to be many indirect deaths in the coming months and years from causes such as reproductive, communicable, and non-communicable diseases… In recent conflicts, such indirect deaths range from three to 15 times the number of direct deaths. Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death to the 37 396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Using the 2022 Gaza Strip population estimate of 2 375 259, this would translate to 7·9% of the total population in the Gaza Strip.
  2. … Documenting the true scale is crucial for ensuring historical accountability and acknowledging the full cost of the war. It is also a legal requirement. The interim measures set out by the International Court of Justice in January, 2024, require Israel to “take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope of … the Genocide Convention”.

Continue reading at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(24)01169-3/fulltext

Israel has manufactured an industrial-scale version of Jim Crow rape hoaxes by Arun Gupta

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  1. The real story is how top US and Israeli officials spread fake rape claims to provide cover for genocide, demonise all Palestinians, convince Israeli society that the brutal war is justified, and bash the UN, which alone can hold Israel to account for its illegal occupation of Palestine and war on its people in Gaza.
  2. To further its agenda, Israel has weaponised the #MeToo movement, anti-Semitism and rape denialism to shut down criticism and demands for evidence. With the media in its corner, the occupation state then tried to silence UN experts documenting the sexual and gender-based violence that the Israeli military is committing against Palestinian women and girls.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240703-israel-has-manufactured-an-industrial-scale-version-of-jim-crow-rape-hoaxes/

New Habits by Farah Barqawi, trans. Sara Elkamel

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  1. November 12, 2023—Farah Barqawi’s written account of the early embodiments of witnessing the genocide on Gaza dates some eight months before Mizna’s publication of her text. It suffices to say that it could have been written yesterday—as if time itself refuses to look away. Free Palestine.
  2. —Nour Eldin H., assistant editor

Continue reading at https://mizna.org/mizna-online/new-habits/

Spain files a declaration of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Court’s Statute on International Court of Justice

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  1. THE HAGUE, 28 June 2024. Today, Spain, invoking Article 63 of the Statute of the Court, filed in the Registry of the Court a declaration of intervention in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240628-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Tatiana Maslany speaks out against Canada’s complicity in the genocide being committed by Israel on Rad Simonpillai

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“It’s strange to be standing up here when we are witnessing the genocide of the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli settler colonial state. And we watch and we do nothing. And I would say, with whatever platform I have, that we can’t do nothing. And I would demand that our government demand a ceasefire, stop funding the genocide, stop being complicit in it. Thank you for this honor. Thank you for being here. Free Palestine. Thank you.”

Continue watching at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTmWSgiLipM

South Korea latest to level charges against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in Gaza on UPI

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  1. June 24 (UPI) — South Korean government officials and other organizations on Monday filed a series of charges leveled against top Israeli government officials, including Israel’s president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for genocide and other alleged crimes against humanity.
  2. The South Korean lawsuit cites seven high-ranking Israeli officials, such as the country’s President Isaac Herzog along with Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Foreign Minister Israel Katz, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

Continue reading at https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2024/06/24/south-korea-Israel-genocide-Benjamin-Netanyahu-Peoples-Solidarity-for-Participatory-Democracy/9881719261585/

Feminist scholars stand with Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Mondoweiss

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  1. We uphold a feminist praxis for true academic freedom and begin with the premise that all forms of genocide, including sophicide and scholasticide are antithetical to learning, teaching, well-being, and safety; that university administrators and authorities everywhere should be held accountable for their role in genocide and systemic oppression; and that feminism must expose the matrix of power, its operation, performativity, and functionality; and must center the ability to live and learn freely, from our campuses all over the world to Palestine. Anchored in a feminist praxis for academic freedom and freedom of speech amidst a genocide, we demand the immediate cessation of the reprehensible persecution and investigations against Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. 

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/feminist-scholars-stand-with-professor-nadera-shalhoub-kevorkian/

Genocide and Political Economy: Reconstructing The Relationship by Ntina Tzouvala

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  1. [T]he crux of South Africa’s argument is built around Art. II para (c) of the Genocide Convention, which involves “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.” Even though this provision still centres on physical destruction, it nevertheless enabled South Africa to advance two important arguments. First, South Africa’s submission was able to capture the totality of destruction carried out since the 7th of October. Instead of focusing on individual attacks and their immediate victims (as international humanitarian law does), Art. II para (c) allows for a comprehensive evaluation that captures the complex web of physical infrastructure, service provision, human relationships, natural environment, and tacit knowledge that make life possible at a very elementary level. It is, therefore, notable that the written submissions did not only focus on the deliberate starvation of Palestinians (even though this is, arguably, the most immediate danger), but cast a wider net that included destruction of homes, mass expulsion, deprivation of food through the blocking of aid and the destruction of food systems, deprivation of access to clean water, deprivation of access to adequate clothing and sanitation, destruction of medical facilities, and the killing of medical professionals. Importantly, the submission highlights the deliberate destruction of legal infrastructure, such as courts, as well as universities, archives, religious sites, public libraries, and of prominent community leaders as part of a broader pattern of physical destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza. One of the main effects of the submission is to give legal expression to the complex structure and relationships of Gazan society. In contrast to other provisions of the Genocide Convention that focus on physical harm and death in a narrower way, examining a people’s “conditions of life” allows us to see them not as a one-dimensional victim of violence but as members of a rich, societal tapestry. Perhaps more accurately, this provision allows us to see Palestinians as victims of genocide precisely because it makes visible the complex realities of their society.

Continue reading at https://lpeproject.org/blog/genocide-and-political-economy-reconstructing-the-relationship/