Why the International Community Made It So Difficult to Prosecute the Crime of Genocide by A. Dirk Moses

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

Today, international law on genocide is working as it was designed to: allowing states to ruthlessly exterminate security threats while making it difficult to apply that law. By the reasoning of international lawyers supporting Israel’s war in Gaza today, there are no limits to the number of Palestinian civilians who can be killed incidentally in the pursuit of Israeli military objectives. To root out the estimated 30,000 Hamas fighters in Gaza, how many Palestinian civilians will die? How many will be wounded? So far, nearly 20,000 Palestinians have been killed, two-thirds of them women and children, and some 50,000 more wounded since Israel launched its military campaign in response to Hamas’s attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7. Israeli military officials claim that they have killed two Palestinian civilians for every Hamas fighter—about 5,000 fighters so far, based on the latest Israeli statements earlier this month. Were that ratio to continue, 60,000 Palestinians would be killed and countless more maimed to “eliminate” Hamas, one of Israel’s stated military goals in Gaza.

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