Immediate Action Needed to Ensure Independent International Oversight in Israeli Prisons and Detention Centers by Addameer, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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Israeli authorities held Palestinian residents of Gaza separately from other Palestinian prisoners and detainees. Many are being held in ad hoc, army-administered detention camps, primarily situated in the Naqab desert in southern Israel. Testimonies from released prisoners indicate that the torture inflicted on Gaza detainees has reached unprecedented levels. During their abduction and detention, Palestinian residents of Gaza are treated as ‘human animals’, demonstrating that the dehumanizing and genocidal rhetoric used by the highest levels of the Israeli leadership to characterize Palestinians was embraced throughout all ranks within the military and the IPS. 

Our organizations maintain that the actual number of Palestinians who have “died” while in Israeli custody is much higher than the documented cases suggest. This assertion is grounded in the dozens of testimonies from released prisoners collected by our organizations and other civil society organizations. These testimonies include accounts from tortured detainees who witnessed other fellow detainees being beaten to death. 

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Gaza: Israel deliberately militarizes civilian objects, turns schools into military bases by Euro-Med Monitor

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Palestinian Territory – As part of its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, ongoing for the seventh month now, the Israeli army has militarized civilian objects, including schools and educational facilities. Israel’s turning of these facilities into military bases is in flagrant violation of international law and the rules of war.
 
The Israeli army was not satisfied with its systematic and widespread bombing and massive destruction of schools, committing of serious crimes against civilians who were sheltering inside them, and deliberate targeting of these vulnerable people with air and ground military operations, killings, and direct unlawful executions. Instead, it converted a number of schools into military bases, gathering places for its forces and vehicles, detention and interrogation centres, and torture facilities. This is in violation of both international humanitarian law, which was established to protect civilian objects from the danger of military operations, and the obligations placed on Israel as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention, which require taking the necessary measures to ensure that children who are orphaned or separated from their families as a result of a war are able to exercise their right to education.
 
 
During its field invasion of most of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army converted a number of schools into military bases and detention facilities. One such facility was the Salah al-Din Preparatory School in Gaza City, which in February was used as a detention and interrogation centre for hundreds of locals.

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“We’ve Become Addicted to Explosions” The IDF Unit Responsible for Demolishing Homes Across Gaza by Bellingcat

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We asked Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on adequate housing and the Professor of Law and Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about the demolitions carried out by 8219 Commando. He told us that these demolitions were relevant to the ICJ case on genocide, supporting South Africa’s case that Israel was, in effect, rendering Gaza uninhabitable. 

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Imperialism’s Shell Game by Darryl Li

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Israel’s genocidal onslaught on the Gaza Strip has prompted renewed scrutiny of the U.S. military aid that enables it. During the first five months of the current campaign, the Biden administration rushed to replenish Israel’s arsenal, with more than 100 separate arms transfers. And despite recent demands by left-leaning legislators for some restrictions on military aid to Israel – thanks to unprecedented popular mobilization for Palestinian liberation – the United States last week authorized over $10 billion in additional weapons. 

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Intl. community must support ICC’s work; Euro-Med Monitor warns against attempts to obstruct justice by Euro-Med Monitor

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Geneva – Amidst Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people in the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territory, Euro-Med Monitor expresses concern over frequent reports of political pressure exercised by Israel and its allies aimed at preventing the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague from issuing arrest warrants against senior Israeli security and political figures. 

… The Israeli media has revealed that the Israeli government is holding secret meetings, consultations, and conversations with several of its allies, including the United State, United Kingdom, and Germany, in an attempt to prevent the issuance of the aforementioned arrest warrants and obstruct the Court’s work on the Palestine case.

Simultaneously, efforts have already been made by the US administration to stop the issuance of the orders. 

… The ICC Prosecutor, Karim Khan, must make legal decisions as soon as possible and follow the Court’s procedural rules and rules of evidence in accordance with the Rome Statute.

… The international community, in all its forms, should work to support the Court’s work towards establishing justice in view of Israel’s ongoing failure to uphold its international obligations to prevent and stop serious crimes and grave violations committed against the Palestinian people over the past 76 years. These crimes and violations include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, while other nations are complicit, given their involvement in maintaining Israel’s illegal ongoing military occupation of Palestine by providing various forms of military, political, financial, and media support and assistance to Israel.

All nations are required to carry out their moral and legal duties; abide by any legitimate requests for arrest or extradition; and work together to apprehend anyIsraeli officials that orders are issued against; i.e. stop them from escaping and quickly turn them over to the ICC, in compliance with all applicable international laws and regulations.

States Parties to the 1949 Geneva Conventions are also required to carry out their obligations under these conventions, which include opening criminal investigations in their national courts using the principle of universal jurisdiction, and apprehending and prosecuting those who violate these agreements in compliance with applicable international law.

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‘Fire and forget’ in Gaza by Ghada Ageel

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Those who survive Israel’s genocidal bombardment may not survive the sight of the death and destruction it leaves behind.

Her family rushed her to the nearest hospital, al-Amal, which ironically translates to “hope”, only to find no hospital and no hope. One of the heroic doctors who remained there declared her dead. She simply could not withstand the anguish. Overwhelmed by grief and despair, Nima had suffered a stroke.

Nima’s husband, Suleiman, and his children struggled to complete the funeral arrangements, to wash the body in the correct way, to find material for a coffin and to reach out to Rabab, Nima’s eldest daughter, who had sought refuge in Rafah.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/4/23/fire-and-forget-in-gaza

Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, reports disturbing findings recovered from the mass graves at Nasser Hospital on Quds News Network

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“We anticipate that the number of martyrs will exceed 700, who were executed inside or around the Nasser Hospital and buried in mass graves inside the Nasser Medical Complex courtyards. Today’s scene confirms that the Israeli occupation has carried out a genocide against citizens, medical teams, and patients. This is exactly what the Israeli army has been doing since the onset of the assault on the enclave.”

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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.

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‘Obvious Evidence of Genocide’: Mass Grave Discovered in Gaza’s Nasser Hospital by Olivia Rosane

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Palestinian civil defense discovered hundreds of bodies buried by Israeli forces in a mass grave inside the complex of Khan Younis’ Nasser Medical Complex on Saturday.

Rescue workers said they had removed at least 200 bodies as of 12:00 pm local time on Sunday, and they estimated that at least another 200 remained, Middle East Eye reported.

“We found corpses without heads, bodies without skins, and some had their organs stolen,” the director-general of the Government Media Office said in a statement shared by Quds News Network

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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…

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