“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.

 

400+ Irish artists write to Bambie Thug calling for Eurovision Boycott on Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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We are writing to you as Irish artists, writers and poets, many of us queer and trans. Firstly, we congratulate you on being selected to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. This is an honour and recognition of your talent and artistry.

However, we are asking you to withdraw from Eurovision 2024, to heed the call from Palestinians to boycott the competition due to the participation of Israel. We welcome that you have chosen, along with other participating artists, not to be silent. However, while you say “My heart and solidarity has and will always lie with the oppressed” – by participating in Eurovision you will be standing with the oppressor. Palestinians have called for artists to withdraw from the contest, and if your wish to stand in solidarity is sincere, then you should listen to them. None of us with the privilege of living in safety knows better than Palestinians, a people who are experiencing the most extreme colonial violence, that of genocide, and who for 7 decades, have been subjected to systematic apartheid, occupation, siege, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, mass incarceration and murder. Words from the stage will be meaningless as you will have ignored the Palestinian call to boycott.

Continue reading at https://www.ipsc.ie/culture/400-irish-artists-write-to-bambie-thug-calling-for-eurovision-boycott

Reflections on ‘Mental Harm’, Culture, and Nur Mashala’s Histories of Palestine by John Docker

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Yet Ann and I were not certain that the final draft of the Genocide Convention does exclude cultural genocide entirely. Pondering Article 2 of the convention—“Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group”—made us interrogate the notion of ‘mental harm’ and the interpretational latitude it offers. We wondered whether it is possible to interpret mental harm as both psychological and cultural, i.e. harm to an individual’s sense of cultural identity in addition to the larger harm to humanity itself.

 In this essay, I will examine “mental harm” as a term that encompasses collective as well as individual suffering through the lens of Israel’s destruction of Palestinian material, cultural and intellectual achievements in 2023-24. To this end, I will draw extensively from the works of Nur Masalha…

Continue reading at https://law4palestine.org/cultural-genocide-mental-harm-palestine/

Action Alert: Al-Haq, Al Mezan and PCHR Urge the International Community to Intervene as Israeli Forces and Settler Violence Intensifies Across the West Bank

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In the midst of Israel’s genocidal attacks in Gaza, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) urge the international community, private actors and businesses, to respond to the widespread violent attacks against Palestinians and their property across the West Bank. Violent Israeli military and settler attacks have been escalating in intensity and scale ––between 7 October 2023 and 15 April 2024, as of 12:00 pm, 435 Palestinians, including 112 children, have been killed by Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF), eleven Palestinians, including three children, have been killed by settlers, five Palestinians have been killed by settlers or the IOF and one Palestinian has been killed by a settlement guard in the West Bank, including the eastern part of Jerusalem, according to Al-Haq’s documentation. 

… Like the ongoing assault on Gaza, the current escalation in the West Bank does not take place in a vacuum. Between 1 January and 31 October 2023, there were at least 1,038 incidents of settler violence. Since 7 October 2023, settler attacks have more than doubled from an average of three to eight incidents a day. Similarly, the rate of Palestinians displaced has more than doubled…

Continue reading at https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/22907.html

Making a Killing? State and corporate commercial ties to genocide in Gaza – and what governments and companies must do to prevent it by Lydia de Leeuw and Max Lamb

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In its Principle 7, The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) provide some further guidance on how a home state – the country in which a company is domiciled – can fulfil this duty. Home states should engage “at the earliest possible stage possible” with companies to help in the identification and prevention of the risk of their activities or business relationships being linked to acts of genocide in Gaza. Additionally, states should deny access to public support and services to companies that are linked to acts of genocide in Gaza and refuse to cooperate in addressing the situation. Finally, home states should ensure that their “policies, legislation, regulations and enforcement measures are effective in addressing the risk of business involvement” in genocide in Gaza. This means, among other things, that states should take effective action to investigate and prosecute companies (where national laws allow) and corporate officials for their involvement in acts of genocide in Gaza. 

Continue reading at https://www.somo.nl/making-a-killing/

Appeal: Boycott the White House Correspondents’ Dinner & Stand with Your Colleagues in Gaza by Gaza Journalists

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In the past six months alone, the Israeli military has executed over 125 Palestinian journalists in Gaza — 10 percent of Gaza’s community of journalists. The year 2023 marked the bloodiest year for journalists worldwide in over a decade, with over 75 percent of killed journalists targeted by Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

As Palestinian journalists, we urgently appeal to you, our colleagues globally, with a demand for immediate and unwavering action against the Biden administration’s ongoing complicity in the systematic slaughter and persecution of journalists in Gaza. We insist you publicly boycott the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27 as an act of solidarity with us — your fellow journalists — as well as with the millions of Palestinians currently being starved in Gaza due to the Biden administration’s continued political, financial, and military backing of Israel and cut-off of funding for live-saving humanitarian aid.

As Palestinian journalists who have been reporting from the ground in Gaza, we bear the enormous burden of exposing the realities of Israel’s genocidal campaign to the world while living through it in real time.

Continue reading at https://medium.com/@gazajournalists/appeal-boycott-the-white-house-correspondents-dinner-stand-with-your-colleagues-in-gaza-fac979195de6

Leaked NYT Gaza Memo Tells Journalists to Avoid Words “Genocide,” “Ethnic Cleansing,” and “Occupied Territory” by Jeremy Scahill, Ryan Grim

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THE NEW YORK TIMES instructed journalists covering Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip to restrict the use of the terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” and to “avoid” using the phrase “occupied territory” when describing Palestinian land, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by The Intercept.

… In a section with the headline “‘Genocide’ and Other Incendiary Language,” the guidance says, “‘Genocide’ has a specific definition in international law. In our own voice, we should generally use it only in the context of those legal parameters. We should also set a high bar for allowing others to use it as an accusation, whether in quotations or not, unless they are making a substantive argument based on the legal definition.”

Regarding “ethnic cleansing,” the document calls it “another historically charged term,” instructing reporters: “If someone is making such an accusation, we should press for specifics or supply proper context.”

Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2024/04/15/nyt-israel-gaza-genocide-palestine-coverage/

Gaza: Al-Shifa Medical Complex massacre provides proof that the Israeli army engaged in full-fledged crimes by EuroMed Monitor

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Palestinian Territory – The Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Medical Complex and its environs, the consequences of which are still unfolding almost two weeks later, demonstrates that the army committed complete and self-evident war crimes and crimes against humanity. These crimes include carrying out killings and unlawful executions of civilians and attempting to conceal evidence by burying victims’ bodies and even disfiguring them in the hospital courtyard.

…The destruction of Al-Shifa Medical Complex must be viewed within the framework of its medical and societal symbolism for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and within the framework of the crime of genocide carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people in the Strip, ongoing since 7 October 2023. Its destruction serves as further evidence of Israel’s systematic, organised, and broad plan to destroy the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Israel aims to turn the Strip into an uninhabitable place that lacks the most basic components of life and basic services, through a series of integrated crimes, the most serious of which is the systematic and widespread targeting of the health sector, i.e. putting it out of commission through destruction and siege, bringing it to the point of no return, and depriving Palestinians of the chances of survival, life, recovery, and even shelter.

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6263

I resigned from World Central Kitchen because it refused to tell the truth about the Israeli genocide in Gaza by Ramsey Telham

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Much of the work in a genocide is not pulling the trigger, but instead minimizing and denying that a genocide is going on. Genocide is a phenomenon of gradual boundary pushing. Each increment must be accepted by the parties with agency for the next to be reached. Under the direction of CEO Erin Gore, Linda Roth, and “Chief Feeding Officer” José Andrés, World Central Kitchen recklessly endangered its personnel, selfishly exploited the situation for its own benefit, and actively participated in the normalization of an ongoing genocide.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/04/i-resigned-from-the-world-central-kitchen-because-it-refused-to-tell-the-truth-about-the-israeli-genocide-in-gaza/

‘Come out, you animals’: how the massacre at al-Shifa Hospital happened by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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During the massacre at al-Shifa Hospital, the Israeli army shot patients in their beds and doctors who refused to abandon the sick, separated people into groups with differently-colored bracelets, and executed hundreds of civil government employees.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/04/come-out-you-animals-how-the-massacre-at-al-shifa-hospital-happened/

Israel is Committing Genocide across Palestine: Active Genocide Alert Condemning Ongoing Violence in the West Bank on Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention

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The Lemkin Institute is horrified by the dire situation transpiring in the West Bank. During what has already been a devastating six months of conflict in Gaza, the Israeli military and far-right settlers have used the cover of war to conduct continuous attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, often leading to death and forced displacement. These attacks have been underreported in the mainstream Western press, which has also failed to tie Israel Defense Force (IDF) and settler violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to the genocide being committed in Gaza. These processes are all part of an overwhelming push on the part of Israeli authorities to oust Palestinians from their remaining ancestral lands. In other words, Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians across Palestine.

Continue reading at https://www.lemkininstitute.com/active-genocide-alert-1/israel-is-committing-genocide-across-palestine:-active-genocide-alert-condemning-ongoing-violence-in-the-west-bank