Shipments Of Death by Shahd Hammouri

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  1. This past month, Spain refused permission for an Israel-bound ship carrying arms to call at the port of Cartagen. The Belgium government, similarly, has considered filing a complaint against an airline that transported 70 tons of ammunition through its airspace. Meanwhile, NGOs have filed a criminal complaint against a corporation using the port of Antwerp on the course of its trip from Hamburg to Israel to deliver weapons, and a coalition of transport trade unions in Italy, Greece, and Turkey have called on governments to stop the shipments of weapons heading to Israel.
  2. These efforts represent an increasing recognition among state and non-state actors that diplomatic measures have failed to ensure respect for international humanitarian law—a failure that calls for the enactment of coercive measures by third-party states. In this short piece, I elaborate on the state duty not to facilitate the transit of arms shipments going to Israel, including the transfer of jet fuel used for warplanes, and show that this duty is overdetermined by a wide array of international law.

Such a duty begins from the reality that Israel is currently undertaking grave violations of international law, which pose a threat to international peace and security. These violations include, among others, the violation of the people’s right of self-determinationthe violation of the prohibition against permanent displacement of civilian populationsde facto annexation, the violation of a wide set of human rights conventions touching upon the rights of prisonersthe right to waterthe right to lifethe prohibition against torture and other cruel inhumane or degrading punishment, and the prohibition against racism and apartheid.

In addition, provisional measures issued by the ICJ, recognising the risk of genocide, have called upon Israel to stop all genocidal acts, enable access to humanitarian aid, and safeguard evidence.

Continue reading at https://lpeproject.org/blog/shipments-of-death/

Testimonies from the Mawasi Massacre: 90 People Buried in the Sand by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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  1. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, while people were starting their day, the Israeli military targeted the area with successive airstrikes, leading to a massacre that, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, has, as of the time of writing, killed 90 people and injured over 300 others. Half of them are women and children…

“A leg hit me, and I saw dismembered bodies a few meters away,” Shaima told Mondoweiss. “I saw a young child screaming. He lost his lower limbs and was crawling on his hands and screaming. The bombs didn’t stop, and suddenly the boy disappeared. I saw how he vanished before me while we ran and lowered our eyes to the ground, unable to do anything but run.” 

Shaima describes hearing seven explosions in short succession before it was over. “What a life we ​​live in these tents that we have to see the dismembered bodies of our siblings and families fly over our heads.” 

… “I saw before my eyes one missile after another descending next to the tents. Missiles I have never seen in my life in all of Gaza’s wars. Isn’t this internationally forbidden? Shouldn’t the civilian population be protected and not face genocide and mass killing? Isn’t this forbidden?”

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/07/testimonies-from-the-mawasi-massacre-90-people-buried-in-the-sand/

Why researchers fear the Gaza death toll could reach 186,000 by Mona Chalabi

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  1. Even if Israel’s bombing campaign were to stop, the death toll in Gaza is expected to soar. A letter published in the medical journal the Lancet claims that the final figure could eventually be about 186,000. Written by scientists who model how war affects health, the letter lays out the importance of an accurate count – and the difficulty of achieving one.

… Without drastic change, Israel will further support claims in the international court of justice that it is committing genocide. Genocidal acts include inflicting “conditions of life” that are intended to bring about the destruction of a group – in other words, indirect deaths must be considered, too. South Africa listed many of these conditions when it made its case against Israel at the ICJ, which ruled there was a plausible risk of genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/jul/12/gaza-death-toll-indirect-casualties

UN experts declare famine has spread throughout Gaza strip by Michael Fakhri and others

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  1. GENEVA (9 July 2024) – The recent deaths of more Palestinian children due to hunger and malnutrition leaves no doubt that famine has spread across the entire Gaza strip, a group of independent experts* said today.

… “We declare that Israel’s intentional and targeted starvation campaign against the Palestinian people is a form of genocidal violence and has resulted in famine across all of Gaza. We call upon the international community to prioritise the delivery of humanitarian aid by land by any means necessary, end Israel’s siege, and establish a ceasefire.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/07/un-experts-declare-famine-has-spread-throughout-gaza-strip

Counting the dead in Gaza: difficult but essential by Rasha Khatib, Martin McKee, Salim Yusuf

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  1. Armed conflicts have indirect health implications beyond the direct harm from violence. Even if the conflict ends immediately, there will continue to be many indirect deaths in the coming months and years from causes such as reproductive, communicable, and non-communicable diseases… In recent conflicts, such indirect deaths range from three to 15 times the number of direct deaths. Applying a conservative estimate of four indirect deaths per one direct death to the 37 396 deaths reported, it is not implausible to estimate that up to 186 000 or even more deaths could be attributable to the current conflict in Gaza. Using the 2022 Gaza Strip population estimate of 2 375 259, this would translate to 7·9% of the total population in the Gaza Strip.
  2. … Documenting the true scale is crucial for ensuring historical accountability and acknowledging the full cost of the war. It is also a legal requirement. The interim measures set out by the International Court of Justice in January, 2024, require Israel to “take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope of … the Genocide Convention”.

Continue reading at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(24)01169-3/fulltext

Israel has manufactured an industrial-scale version of Jim Crow rape hoaxes by Arun Gupta

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  1. The real story is how top US and Israeli officials spread fake rape claims to provide cover for genocide, demonise all Palestinians, convince Israeli society that the brutal war is justified, and bash the UN, which alone can hold Israel to account for its illegal occupation of Palestine and war on its people in Gaza.
  2. To further its agenda, Israel has weaponised the #MeToo movement, anti-Semitism and rape denialism to shut down criticism and demands for evidence. With the media in its corner, the occupation state then tried to silence UN experts documenting the sexual and gender-based violence that the Israeli military is committing against Palestinian women and girls.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20240703-israel-has-manufactured-an-industrial-scale-version-of-jim-crow-rape-hoaxes/

New Habits by Farah Barqawi, trans. Sara Elkamel

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  1. November 12, 2023—Farah Barqawi’s written account of the early embodiments of witnessing the genocide on Gaza dates some eight months before Mizna’s publication of her text. It suffices to say that it could have been written yesterday—as if time itself refuses to look away. Free Palestine.
  2. —Nour Eldin H., assistant editor

Continue reading at https://mizna.org/mizna-online/new-habits/

The US Academy and the Destruction of Gaza’s Education System by Hanna Alshaikh

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  1. Offering gestures such as scholarships misses the crucial need for serious pressure on Israel and disregards the immense difficulty students in Gaza face when applying for scholarships, a challenge that has become nearly impossible to surmount. While scholarships are beneficial in theory, the immediate demand of student organizers in the United States and beyond is to stop the genocide.

  2. …The US academy must reckon with the reality that offering scholarships to students from Gaza, in lieu of divestment, months into Israel’s genocidal war is too little, too late. Rather, the ethical obligation of universities is twofold. First, they must boycott and divest from companies complicit in Israel’s human rights violations and cut ties with the Israeli academy for its facilitation of the Israeli war machine as demanded by student encampments and the broader Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Second, they should make significant contributions to the reconstruction of Gaza’s education sector. This requires university leadership to pressure the US government to lift structural barriers to economic and academic ties with Gaza.

Continue reading at https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/the-us-academy-and-the-destruction-of-gazas-education-system/

South Korea latest to level charges against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in Gaza on UPI

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  1. June 24 (UPI) — South Korean government officials and other organizations on Monday filed a series of charges leveled against top Israeli government officials, including Israel’s president and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for genocide and other alleged crimes against humanity.
  2. The South Korean lawsuit cites seven high-ranking Israeli officials, such as the country’s President Isaac Herzog along with Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Foreign Minister Israel Katz, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

Continue reading at https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2024/06/24/south-korea-Israel-genocide-Benjamin-Netanyahu-Peoples-Solidarity-for-Participatory-Democracy/9881719261585/

Feminist scholars stand with Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian on Mondoweiss

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  1. We uphold a feminist praxis for true academic freedom and begin with the premise that all forms of genocide, including sophicide and scholasticide are antithetical to learning, teaching, well-being, and safety; that university administrators and authorities everywhere should be held accountable for their role in genocide and systemic oppression; and that feminism must expose the matrix of power, its operation, performativity, and functionality; and must center the ability to live and learn freely, from our campuses all over the world to Palestine. Anchored in a feminist praxis for academic freedom and freedom of speech amidst a genocide, we demand the immediate cessation of the reprehensible persecution and investigations against Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. 

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/feminist-scholars-stand-with-professor-nadera-shalhoub-kevorkian/