Israel blocks entry of food and aid supplies, kills starving civilians in attempt to forcibly displace Palestinians from northern Gaza by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • Israel has routinely targeted the civilian police officers tasked with securing aid convoys and the administration of the Kerem Shalom crossing, making chaos the master of the situation when aid arrives and further undermining the distribution of such aid.
  • The Israeli army regularly targets Gaza City residents attempting to receive humanitarian supplies, either by gunfire or artillery shelling, stated Euro-Med Monitor. This violence has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, as well as in the intimidation of those residents who are struggling to find food.
  • … The Israeli collective punishments on the Gaza Strip, according to Euro-Med Monitor, are clearly directed towards starving the entire population and putting them at risk of death. Israel also uses starvation as a tactic of war, which is illegal under international law, and as a means of carrying out the crime of genocide against the Strip’s residents that has been ongoing for five months now.

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6198/Israel-blocks-entry-of-food-and-aid-supplies,-kills-starving-civilians-in-attempt-to-forcibly-displace-Palestinians-from-northern-Gaza

Gaza: Time Running Out with Reports Emerging of Children Dying Due to a Lack of Food by Save The Children

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  • UNITED NATIONS, 27 February 2024 – Time is running out for children in Gaza as reports emerge that they are starting to die because of malnutrition[i]while Israel continues to impose restrictions preventing the safe delivery of aid, Save the Children said today.  
  • With the collapse in communication as well as aid –  particularly in northern areas of Gaza where civilians are at highest risk of starvation –  the stories reported are likely the tip of the iceberg.  
  • Ahead of the UN Security Council convening a session on food insecurity in Gaza today, Save the Children reiterated calls for an immediate, definitive ceasefire and the ramping up of safe, unfettered aid access, with the lives of 1.1 million more children hanging by a thread. Already, more than 12,500 children have been killed in nearly five months of war, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. 
  • Since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel nearly five weeks ago to “take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian aid” as part of its provisional measures to protect Palestinians in Gaza from the risk of genocide, the number of aid trucks entering the Strip has dropped by more than a third, according to UN data.  
  • Frequent border closures, ongoing Israeli air strikes, continued fighting, insecurity, and demonstrators blocking aid trucks from entering Gaza are impeding aid efforts, including food delivery. In some cases, trucks with food supplies are waiting at the border so long that vegetables are rotten once they arrive in Gaza.  

Continue reading at https://www.savethechildren.net/news/gaza-time-running-out-reports-emerging-children-dying-due-lack-food-save-children

One week after the World’s court Ruling, Here is How Israel Violated it by Bisan Center for Research and Development

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  • In the week since the ICJ’s ruling, Israel has expectedly continued its genocidal war on Gaza in clear violation of the legally binding order and in total impunity. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in relation to the ICJ ruling said on 27 January, that “Israel will act according to what is required for our security.”. Third states have either failed their obligation to prevent such genocidal acts or supported them.
  • Here is a recap of documented violations over the past week.

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States must reinstate and strengthen support to UNRWA amid unfolding genocide in Gaza: UN experts on United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

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  • With the ICJ alerting the international community to the risk of genocide in Gaza and ordering immediate and effective action to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to civilians, states must do more, including to avoid legal consequences for aiding and abetting, or possible complicity in acts of genocide,” they said. “Instead of castigating the agency that provides critical support for millions of Palestinians in Gaza, states must exhaust all efforts to avert serious violations of international law, including genocide—and this necessitates continued international support of UNRWA’s vital humanitarian services.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/02/states-must-reinstate-and-strengthen-support-unrwa-amid-unfolding-genocide

Health Activist Groups: Defunding UNRWA in Gaza is an Act of Depravity and Enables a Genocide by Health Justice Initiative

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  • As organisations that have historically worked on issues of health justice and access to medicines for millions of people around the world, for decades, focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, cancer, and COVID, we share the urgent concern and outrage of aid organizations (NGOs) that the sudden decision by global north donor countries, including Canada, Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia, Japan, Austria, and Romania, to suspend funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) ‘’comes amid a rapidly worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza’’.
  • UNRWA is the main aid provider for millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the region. This decision represents an act of collective punishment targeting Palestinian civilians and will certainly lead to even more death and suffering.
  • The defunding decision represents a new level of depravity in the approach of several global north countries in the face of evidence of repeated war crimes, and worse, comes just days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on 26 January 2024 that it is plausible to claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza (among others). That interim ruling should have caused member states to assess and remedy their potential complicity in genocide. Instead, by defunding UNRWA, these countries have exacerbated their complicity.

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States defunding UNRWA may be violating genocide convention: expert on The New Arab

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  • A UN expert warned Sunday that countries defunding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees were breaching a court order to provide effective aid in Gaza and could be violating the international genocide convention.
  • A number of donor countries – including Australia, Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy – on Saturday followed the lead of the United States in suspending additional funding to UNRWA.
  • That came after Israel alleged that several of the UN agency’s staff members were involved in Hamas’s 7 October attack. The Israeli allegations were based on confessions obtained in interrogations and have not been independently investigated. Israel has killed more than 150 UNRWA staff in Gaza since the start of its latest offensive on Gaza.
  • Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories, warned that the decision to pause funding to UNRWA “overtly defies” the order by the International Court of Justice to allow effective humanitarian assistance” to reach Gazans.
  • “This will entail legal responsibilities – or the demise of the (international) legal system,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Watch at https://www.newarab.com/news/gaza-defunding-unrwa-may-be-violating-genocide-convention

Morphine for Gaza? Limits of care during genocidal violence by Rachel Coghlan, James Smith, Osaid Alser

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  • In Gaza, during escalations in Israeli aggression and clearly illustrated in the current crisis, most palliative care needs are the direct consequence of life-threatening injuries sustained after Israeli military violence, coupled with the intentional decimation of the health-care system and the blatant denial of life-sustaining assistance. The decision to provide palliative care for many Palestinians is rarely—if ever—biomedically determined at the limits of comprehensive health-care provision. Rather, the threshold for palliative care is dynamic and politically determined by the Israeli state’s impunity to its international legal obligations as related to the right to health as an occupying power.
  • … We must expose and remediate these root causes of suffering by advocating for an immediate end to the genocidal violence perpetrated against the Palestinian people. Such acknowledgment and action is the necessary response from a profession whose role is to promote dignity, care, and compassion in death and dying.

Continue reading at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(24)00014-X/fulltext

Over one hundred days into the war, Israel destroying Gaza’s food system and weaponizing food, say UN human rights experts by Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri and others

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  • “We have raised the alarm of the risk of genocide several times reminding all governments they have a duty to prevent genocide. Not only is Israel killing and causing irreparable harm against Palestinian civilians with its indiscriminate bombardments, it is also knowingly and intentionally imposing a high rate of disease, prolonged malnutrition, dehydration, and starvation by destroying civilian infrastructure,” said the experts. “Aid needs to be delivered to Gazans immediately and without any hindrance to prevent starvation.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/01/over-one-hundred-days-war-israel-destroying-gazas-food-system-and

Safe zones: Israel’s technologies of genocide by Nicola Perugini

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  • Israel has always tried to provide its 75 years of ethnic cleansing and dispossession with a semblance of legality. But this time the genocidal force of annihilation it has unleashed has reached such an unprecedented scale – putting 2.3 million people at concrete risk of death – that its legal discourse of safety cannot camouflage its complete disregard for the civilian status of the population in Gaza.

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Flooding Hamas tunnels with seawater risks ‘ruining basic life in Gaza’, says expert on The Guardian

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A potential plan by Israel to flood the Hamas tunnel network with seawater risks “ruining the basic conditions for life in Gaza”, one of the elements of the crime of genocide, a senior hydrologist has told the Guardian… “It would ruin the conditions of life of everyone in Gaza,” he said. “I say the conditions of life because I think that’s one of the elements of genocide within the UN convention, the partial or complete physical destruction of the conditions necessary for life of any people.

… The UN special rapporteur for the right to water, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, compared it to the legend of Romans’ salting of the fields of Carthage to render uninhabitable the territory of their ancient rival. 

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/23/israel-flooding-hamas-tunnels-seawater-risks-ruining-basic-life-gaza-expert