“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

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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.

 

Israeli tanks have deliberately run over dozens of Palestinian civilians alive by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • Euro-Med Monitor documented the Israeli army’s killing of a Palestinian man who was deliberately run over in Gaza City’s Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood on 29 February after he was arrested. The man was subjected to harsh interrogation by members of the Israeli army, who bound his hands with plastic zip-tie handcuffs before running him over with a military vehicle from the bottom to the top of his body.
  • The incident occurred on the main Salah al-Din Street in the Zaytoun neighbourhood, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the Euro-Med Monitor team. Israeli soldiers restrained the victim’s hands before they crushed him, and tramped on his body from the legs up, confirming that he was alive during the incident. To guarantee thorough and complete crushing, the victim was placed on asphalt rather than in an adjacent sandy area.
  • The victim’s mutilated body and the surrounding area bear obvious signs that a military bulldozer or tank was present. It appears that the victim was purposefully stripped of his clothes, as he was seen wearing only his underpants at the time of his death.

… In light of the fact that the ICC has not yet taken any action or filed any charges in relation to the investigations it is supposed to be carrying out into the situation in the Gaza Strip, Euro-Med Monitor expressed deep concern about the ICC Prosecutor’s performance regarding the genocide taking place there. Genocide is one of the most serious international crimes, with catastrophic consequences for civilians. 

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6202

Israel blocks entry of food and aid supplies, kills starving civilians in attempt to forcibly displace Palestinians from northern Gaza by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • Israel has routinely targeted the civilian police officers tasked with securing aid convoys and the administration of the Kerem Shalom crossing, making chaos the master of the situation when aid arrives and further undermining the distribution of such aid.
  • The Israeli army regularly targets Gaza City residents attempting to receive humanitarian supplies, either by gunfire or artillery shelling, stated Euro-Med Monitor. This violence has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, as well as in the intimidation of those residents who are struggling to find food.
  • … The Israeli collective punishments on the Gaza Strip, according to Euro-Med Monitor, are clearly directed towards starving the entire population and putting them at risk of death. Israel also uses starvation as a tactic of war, which is illegal under international law, and as a means of carrying out the crime of genocide against the Strip’s residents that has been ongoing for five months now.

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6198/Israel-blocks-entry-of-food-and-aid-supplies,-kills-starving-civilians-in-attempt-to-forcibly-displace-Palestinians-from-northern-Gaza

In Internal Meeting, Christiane Amanpour Confronts CNN Brass About “Double Standards” On Israel Coverage by Daniel Boguslaw and Prem Thakker

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  • “My question is about our Gaza coverage,” said the journalist who worked from Lebanon in the fall. “I think it’s no secret that there is a lot of discontent about how the newsgathering process — and how it played out.”
  • Instead of finding solace in CNN’s coverage of the war, the staffer continued, “I find that my colleagues, my family, are platforming people over and over again, that are either calling for my death, or using very dehumanizing language against me … and people that look like me. And obviously, this has a huge impact in our credibility in the region.”
  • … Another newsroom staffer chimed in to object to the network’s uncritical coverage of statements by Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. “I think a lot of us felt very strongly about the fact that there were very senior anchors not challenging people like, comments like, the defense minister using what is considered under international law, genocidal language, ‘human animals,’ all of those things that made up the first seven pages of the South African legal case at the ICJ,” referring to the International Court of Justice.

Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2024/03/01/cnn-christiane-amanpour-israel-gaza-coverage/

On Eve of Israeli Assault on Rafah, Court Grants Expedited Appeal in Biden Gaza Genocide Case by Center for Constitutional Rights

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  • February 28, 2024, San Francisco, CA – Late yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to expedite the appeal of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans suing U.S. officials for their failure to prevent – and complicity in – Israel’s genocide in Gaza. The Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel at Van Der Hout LLP sought the expedited schedule because of the lethal danger and conditions, including mass starvation, intentionally inflicted upon plaintiffs, their families, and all the residents of Gaza, as Israel continues its genocidal assault on the population and prepares a ground assault on Rafah, where more than a million people have taken refuge following their forced evacuation from northern Gaza. The appeals court will set an early June date for oral arguments in San Francisco. 

…In the lawsuit filed in November, a group of Palestinian and Palestinian-American individuals and organizations asked the court to enjoin President Biden, Secretary Blinken, and Secretary Austin from providing weapons and other forms of support to Israel that are being used to further the genocide in violation of domestic and international law. 

Continue reading at https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/eve-israeli-assault-rafah-court-grants-expedited-appeal-biden-gaza

Gaza: Time Running Out with Reports Emerging of Children Dying Due to a Lack of Food by Save The Children

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  • UNITED NATIONS, 27 February 2024 – Time is running out for children in Gaza as reports emerge that they are starting to die because of malnutrition[i]while Israel continues to impose restrictions preventing the safe delivery of aid, Save the Children said today.  
  • With the collapse in communication as well as aid –  particularly in northern areas of Gaza where civilians are at highest risk of starvation –  the stories reported are likely the tip of the iceberg.  
  • Ahead of the UN Security Council convening a session on food insecurity in Gaza today, Save the Children reiterated calls for an immediate, definitive ceasefire and the ramping up of safe, unfettered aid access, with the lives of 1.1 million more children hanging by a thread. Already, more than 12,500 children have been killed in nearly five months of war, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. 
  • Since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel nearly five weeks ago to “take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian aid” as part of its provisional measures to protect Palestinians in Gaza from the risk of genocide, the number of aid trucks entering the Strip has dropped by more than a third, according to UN data.  
  • Frequent border closures, ongoing Israeli air strikes, continued fighting, insecurity, and demonstrators blocking aid trucks from entering Gaza are impeding aid efforts, including food delivery. In some cases, trucks with food supplies are waiting at the border so long that vegetables are rotten once they arrive in Gaza.  

Continue reading at https://www.savethechildren.net/news/gaza-time-running-out-reports-emerging-children-dying-due-lack-food-save-children

In His Right Mind: The meaning of Aaron Bushnell’s sacrifice. by Keira Havens

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  • Aaron Bushnell has died. He self-immolated on a Sunday afternoon, in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., shouting “Free Palestine” until he could no longer draw breath. There are no other words to put around that act, not really. His own words leading up to the moment were confident and quiet. “I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” he said. “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.” 
  • By saying that, Bushnell placed his act within the context of the 143 days of horror Palestinians have suffered since October 7. He refused to be a part of it any longer—not the white phosphorus burning children to the bone, not the indiscriminate bombing that has killed 30,000 people and destroyed libraries, bakeries, schools, hospitals, and entire families, and not the celebrations of genocide happening on the other side of the Gaza border. 

Continue reading at https://www.currentaffairs.org/2024/02/in-his-right-mind

We notified the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that we are appealing the dismissal in DCI Palestine v. Biden. on The Center for Constitutional Rights

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Arms exports to Israel must stop immediately: UN experts on United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

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  • “The need for an arms embargo on Israel is heightened by the International Court of Justice’s ruling on 26 January 2024 that there is a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and the continuing serious harm to civilians since then”, the experts said. The Genocide Convention of 1948 requires States parties to employ all means reasonably available to them to prevent genocide in another state as far as possible. “This necessitates halting arms exports in the present circumstances”, the experts said.
  • The experts welcomed the suspension of arms transfers to Israel by Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Japanese company Itochu Corporation. The European Union also recently discouraged arms exports to Israel.
  • The experts urged other States to immediately halt arms transfers to Israel, including export licenses and military aid. The United States and Germany are by far the largest arms exporters and shipments have increased since 7 October 2023. Other military exporters include France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

…“State officials involved in arms exports may be individually criminally liable for aiding and abetting any war crimes, crimes against humanity or acts of genocide,” the experts said. “All States under the principle of universal jurisdiction, and the International Criminal Court, may be able to investigate and prosecute such crimes.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/02/arms-exports-israel-must-stop-immediately-un-experts

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the advisory proceedings on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

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Day 1

Palestine

Day 2

  • South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile

Day 3

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary

Day 4

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan


Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius

Day 5

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar


United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia

Day 6

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union

Spain, Fiji and Maldives

Palestine https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13rkfn0l5 (verbatim record  https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240219-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13jfq7uqb (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1g32uhhkw (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1ggyabo49 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-01-0-bi.pdf)

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bb8jev65 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k10/k10g8i0fve (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k15/k15sfyp57d (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k14/k146vvicz2 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11pg5qd8i (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1w/k1wlevnxjx (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Spain, Fiji and Maldives https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k134ldx1eq (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Corporate Japan deals an unwitting blow to US East Asia policy by Saul J Takahashi

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  • Japanese trading giant Itochu’s surprise announcement on February 5 that it was terminating its agreement with the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems has sent shockwaves throughout corporate Japan. Itochu stated specifically that they based their decision on the International Court of Justice ruling that Israel may be committing genocide in Gaza, and on the position of the Japanese government that the ICJ decision must be implemented “in good faith”.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/19/corporate-japan-deals-an-unwitting-blow-to-us-east-asia-policy