“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

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.

 

Indonesian Parliament Strongly Condemns Israeli Attack on Jenin Refugee Camp by The House of Representatives of The Republic of Indonesia

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Chair of the House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, Dr. Fadli Zon, strongly condemned the attack. He made the statement during the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States forum in Algiers, Algeria, Thursday (26/1/2023). .. “The attack on a refugee camp is clearly leading to genocide. Israel aims to make Palestine extinct. It is not just a massacre. Again, this is no doubt a genocide. “

Continue reading at https://www.dpr.go.id/en/berita/detail/id/42966/t/BKSAP+DPR+Kutuk+Keras+Penembakan+Warga+Palestina+di+Jenin

Palestine Action activists crash awards ceremony hosting arms firms on Morning Star

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PALESTINIAN rights activists crashed an engineering awards ceremony in London to protest the event’s role at “celebrating the worst of Britain’s military-industrial-colonial complex.”

Members of the Palestine Action group snuck into the event, hosted by engineering body Make UK at the opulent East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday night.

The action came after Israel launched its deadliest raid on the West Bank in years, killing 10 Palestinians.

One stormed onto the stage and grabbed the mic, telling attendees: “This morning, 10 Palestinians were murdered by the occupation forces, the zionist forces, using Elbit’s weapons.

“The engineering industry is guilty of genocide.

“Arms companies are responsible for millions dead around the world — are you happy to profit from murder?”

Continue reading at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/activists-crash-awards-ceremony-hosting-arms-firms

Pakistan urges world to take action to protect people of occupied Palestine by IIOJK

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At the United Nations, Pakistan has urged the international community to take collective action to protect people of occupied Palestine and Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Addressing a special meeting on preventing genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity at UN in New York, Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Ambassador Aamir Khan said for over seven decades, India through force and fraud has denied the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris in violation of multiple resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Continue reading at https://www.radio.gov.pk/25-01-2023/pakistan-urges-world-to-take-action-to-protect-people-of-occupied-palestine-iiojk

UT students, community members protest Israeli-American Council Summit on The Daily Texan

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Facing the entrance to the Fairmont Hotel, over 125 students and community members gathered on Saturday in downtown Austin to demand the shutdown of the Israeli-American Council  National Summit. The annual IAC Summit was held this year to celebrate “Israel’s 75th birthday”… Protesters gathered on 2nd St. at Sir Swante Neighborhood Park, chanting and holding signs which read “Free Palestine” and “#ShutDownIAC.” The protest was organized by Shut Down IAC, a campaign led by UT student organization Palestine Solidarity Committee in conjunction with other pro-Palestine groups from across the state.

Organizers from Shut Down IAC also said that they protested the Summit because it normalized Israeli occupation and falsely presented the Israeli state as progressive and peaceful. “They cover up their war crimes through tactics known as rainbow washing in order to appeal to liberals and progressives,” said a member of PSC during a speech. “They’re rebranding a country founded upon the genocide of Palestinians as a welcoming place for all people.” 

Continue reading at https://thedailytexan.com/2023/01/23/ut-students-community-members-protest-israeli-american-council-summit/

Palestine solidarity week of action across SE Michigan by Jacob Smith

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Dearborn, MI – The Palestinian Youth Movement-Detroit and Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, with support from Freedom Road Socialist Organization members, kicked off the week of solidarity work on January 12 supporting a demonstration by Students Allied for Freedom and Equality (SAFE). When U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited the University of Michigan for a speaking event on the environment, SAFE took the opportunity to let passersby on campus know that VP Harris is a stalwart supporter of genocide in Palestine.

Continue reading at http://www.fightbacknews.org/2023/1/22/palestine-solidarity-week-action-across-se-michigan

Fake demand for “equal rights” provides cover for Ben-Gvir’s supremacist views by Michael F. Brown

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Ben-Gvir – a disciple of genocidal anti-Palestinian rabbi Meir Kahane and a fan of Baruch Goldstein, the Jewish settler who murdered dozens of Palestinians at Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque in 1994 – is now Israel’s national security minister. With that title he visited the holy site on 3 January, flaunting his power over Palestinians and relishing both the fear and anger his supremacist worldview elicits. On site, the lifelong racist and head of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party outrageously claimed, “In the government which I’m a member of, there won’t be racist discrimination.”

… What Ben-Gvir wants, just like American segregationists, is perpetual domination re-branded as “equality.” Jewish Power lawmaker Zvika Fogel, for his part, threatened genocide in relation to the visit by Ben-Gvir.
“If Hamas violates the current existing peace and opens fire on Israeli territory, we will respond as I think we should, and yes it would be worth it because this will be the last war and after that we can sit and raise doves and all the other beautiful birds that exist.” Suggestions of genocide, however, profoundly undercut right-wing claims of an interest in equal rights.

Continue reading at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/fake-demand-equal-rights-provides-cover-ben-gvirs-supremacist-views

Red Flag Alert for Genocide – Israel by Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention

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On December 28th, 2022 Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that “the Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the Land of Israel. The government will promote and develop settlement in all parts of the Land of Israel — in the Galilee, the Negev, the Golan, Judea and Samaria,” making its new government priority an explicit and total Jewish supremacy over historical Palestine at the expense of any Palestinian land claims. In light of Netanyahu’s profoundly disturbing statement, as well as the recent provocations by Israeli political leaders in an increasingly extremist political context, the Lemkin Institute for the Prevention of Genocide is issuing a genocide red flag alert for Israel.

Continue reading at https://www.lemkininstitute.com/red-flag-alerts-1/red-flag-alert-for-genocide—israel

40 percent of Americans think ‘Israel treats Palestinians like Nazis treated Jews’ by Philip Weiss

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Released last week, and promptly seconded by the American Jewish Committee, the ADL survey reports that 40 percent of Americans believe that Israel treats Palestinians as Nazis treated Jews — a remarkable indication of Israel’s sinking reputation in the U.S.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2023/01/40-percent-of-americans-think-israel-treats-palestinians-like-nazis-treated-jews/

Students protest Kamala Harris speech in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan by Brendan Gutenschwager

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“Kamala, Kamala you can’t hide, you’re committing genocide!”

Continue watching at https://twitter.com/BGOnTheScene/status/1613631273498513417

The First Anti-Apartheid Palestinian National Conference Call Towards A Global Front To Dismantle Israel’s Regime Of Settler-Colonialism And Apartheid by Anti-Apartheid Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, Palestinian NGO Network, Palestinian Ministry of Justice, and Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)

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After 74 years, Israel’s gradual ethnic cleansing of Palestinians continues, through the continuous “Judaization” operations in the Galilee and the Negev, and settlement operations and annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank, especially in Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, which confirms that the Nakba continues.
…Zionism, which arose in the context of European imperialist and colonial expansion, is the intellectual and ideological basis of settler-colonialism in Palestine. It is a racist, genocidal ideology that encourages terrorism and fascism, as our people has witnessed for 74 years.

Continue reading at http://www.plo.ps/en/article/211/