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

Israel uses water as a weapon of its genocide in Gaza on EuroMed Human Rights Monitor

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  1. Palestinian Territory – Through persistent, systematic, and widespread targeting of the Gaza Strip’s water sources and desalination plants, Israel is using water as a weapon against Palestinian civilians. In addition to imposing famine, Israel is deliberately reducing the amount of water available to residents of the Strip—especially potable water sources—intentionally targeting the over 2.3 million people who live there as part of its genocide, ongoing since last October. 

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6393

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/

Genocide and Political Economy: Reconstructing The Relationship by Ntina Tzouvala

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  1. [T]he crux of South Africa’s argument is built around Art. II para (c) of the Genocide Convention, which involves “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.” Even though this provision still centres on physical destruction, it nevertheless enabled South Africa to advance two important arguments. First, South Africa’s submission was able to capture the totality of destruction carried out since the 7th of October. Instead of focusing on individual attacks and their immediate victims (as international humanitarian law does), Art. II para (c) allows for a comprehensive evaluation that captures the complex web of physical infrastructure, service provision, human relationships, natural environment, and tacit knowledge that make life possible at a very elementary level. It is, therefore, notable that the written submissions did not only focus on the deliberate starvation of Palestinians (even though this is, arguably, the most immediate danger), but cast a wider net that included destruction of homes, mass expulsion, deprivation of food through the blocking of aid and the destruction of food systems, deprivation of access to clean water, deprivation of access to adequate clothing and sanitation, destruction of medical facilities, and the killing of medical professionals. Importantly, the submission highlights the deliberate destruction of legal infrastructure, such as courts, as well as universities, archives, religious sites, public libraries, and of prominent community leaders as part of a broader pattern of physical destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza. One of the main effects of the submission is to give legal expression to the complex structure and relationships of Gazan society. In contrast to other provisions of the Genocide Convention that focus on physical harm and death in a narrower way, examining a people’s “conditions of life” allows us to see them not as a one-dimensional victim of violence but as members of a rich, societal tapestry. Perhaps more accurately, this provision allows us to see Palestinians as victims of genocide precisely because it makes visible the complex realities of their society.

Continue reading at https://lpeproject.org/blog/genocide-and-political-economy-reconstructing-the-relationship/

Gaza’s hospitals are empty, and patients die in silence by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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  1. This genocidal war brings with it the systematic destruction of all of Gaza’s health system. This has created a new category of people who die from preventable illnesses due to a systematic lack of access to medical care.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/gazas-hospitals-are-empty-and-patients-die-in-silence/

What it means to be Deaf and Palestinian in Gaza by Ryan Al-Natour

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  1. In the days after the genocide began, a video circulated across social media of IOF soldiers kidnapping and torturing a Deaf Palestinian named Ihab Tanboura.
  2. Tanboura is a young Deaf man from Beit Lahia. Israeli soldiers filmed themselves torturing and abusing him as Tanboura lay shirtless and bruised on the ground, whilst a booted soldier stepped on his head. In the video, which horrified the Palestinian Deaf community, the soldiers tied Tanboura’s hands behind his back, rendering him unable to communicate while he bled all over the floor. The soldiers proceeded to taunt Tanboura with their guns and laughed as they stepped on his head with their boots. Whilst Tanboura screamed in pain, the soldiers kicked him in his skull, back and chest.
  3. … Any Palestinian would tell you that the Zionist apartheid colonial project is an experience of racism and colonisation. For Deaf Palestinians, Zionism is also experienced as audism — a form of oppression and discrimination directed against Deaf people. Since October 2023, I have gotten to know members of the Palestinian Deaf community across the Gaza Strip. In sharing their accounts, it is my hope that readers will begin to understand their uniquely horrific experiences of the genocide, and how their Deaf and Palestinian identities are inextricably embedded within them.

Continue reading at https://overland.org.au/2024/06/what-it-means-to-be-deaf-and-palestinian-in-gaza/

Detailed findings on the military operations and attacks carried out in the Occupied Palestinian Territory from 7 October to 31 December 2023* by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel

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  1. The ICJ also ordered Israel to take effective measures to ensure the unimpeded access to the Gaza Strip of “any commission of inquiry, factfinding mission or other investigative body mandated by competent organs of the United Nations to investigation allegations of genocide”. The Commission notes that it is the UN-mandated investigative body to which this order applied.

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/hrbodies/hrcouncil/sessions-regular/session56/a-hrc-56-crp-4.pdf

Press Release available at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/06/israeli-authorities-palestinian-armed-groups-are-responsible-war-crimes

The genocide in Israeli prisons by Qassam Muaddi

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  1. Israel’s genocidal war on Palestinians since last October has extended beyond the daily mass death, displacement, and starvation of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. Behind the bars of Israeli prisons, Israel has been waging war against Palestinian prisoners, creating conditions that make the continuation of human life impossible. The effects of this brutal campaign have reverberated among prisoners’ families outside of jail, who are watching their loved ones being systematically starved, beaten, tortured, and degraded.
  2. … Other depravities have been documented in several other prisons, often gloatingly by Israeli news channels who broadcast scenes of the abuse, including degrading treatment, in what can only be described as snuff films. Israeli prison doctors have assisted in the torture of Palestinian detainees, both before and after October 7. Alongside these acts of torture and humiliation, prison authorities have severely restricted prisoners’ food intake to the point of near-starvation, giving 20 prisoners enough food for two people
  3. The picture that emerges is one in which Israeli authorities are putting Palestinians in animal-like conditions calculated to torture, humiliate, and in man cases, to bring about their death. 

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/the-genocide-in-israeli-prisons/