28 September, 2014
Dear Special Adviser on The Prevention of Genocide
I welcome your statement regarding the killing of civilians in Gaza, in particular that you recognise that ‘the ongoing Israeli operations in Gaza’ could in your words ‘demonstrate disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces’ .
However, I find it incomprehensible that you effectively equate this action with that of the Palestinian groups by saying, ‘At the same time, the launching of rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups into Israeli residential areas constitutes indiscriminate use of force’. Consequently you conclude that “both parties are in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and these acts could constitute atrocity crimes”
In the light of the massive loss of lives and destruction of property in Gaza compared to the negligible loss of lives of Israelis, I urge you to reconsider your statement in favour of one which states clearly and unambiguously that you will be conducting an inquiry into “the possibility that Israel has through it’s actions committed the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinians”. And that you commit to publishing the findings of the inquiry.
Sidney Luckett BSc, MPhil, PhD