Northwestern Students Face Criminal Charges for Pro-Palestine College Newspaper Parody by Connor Echols

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  • STUDENTS AT NORTHWESTERN University, in the Chicago suburbs, woke up on October 25 to face an unexpected allegation. “Northwestern complicit in genocide of Palestinians,” declared the school’s venerable student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern, in a front-page story.
  • The students, however, weren’t really looking at the Daily Northwestern. Instead, they had found the Northwestern Daily, a parody newspaper attacking the school’s stance on Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. 
  • The mock front page featured fake quotes from school officials, accusations of Israeli war crimes, and a fake ad for Birthright Israel — the travel abroad program that sends young American Jews to Israel — with the tagline “One man’s home is another man’s former home!” Overnight, someone had pinned the mock papers on bulletin boards, spread them on desks in lecture halls, and even wrapped the false front pages around roughly 300 copies of the Daily Northwestern itself.

Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2024/02/05/northwestern-criminal-charges-palestine-newspaper-israel/

‘It’s not just Israel on trial’: Bosnian war survivor’s support for genocide case on The Guardian

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  • Reminded of the atrocities of the war and the Srebrenica genocide, she fears the landmark case brought against Serbia for genocide in The Hague decades ago – which found that genocide did take place in Srebrenica but cleared Serbia of direct intent to commit genocide – will become the precedent for other genocide cases.
  • … After watching proceedings in The Hague last week, Buljušmić-Kustura has gathered more than 1,000 signatures from Bosnian genocide and war survivors across Bosnia, the US and the UK in an open letter to the international court of justice (ICJ). It calls on the UN court to prevent the repetition of history by implementing the “provisional measures” put forward by South Africa requiring actions, such as a ceasefire, to mitigate the risk of genocide.

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Scholars support South Africa’s submission to the International Court of Justice against Israel for violations of the 1948 Genocide Convention on TWAILR

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  • As scholars and practitioners of international law, genocide studies, and international studies, and cognate fields relating to global justice, we wholeheartedly support South Africa’s application to the ICJ as a step towards a necessary ceasefire in Gaza and justice in Palestine. We recall the statement published on October 15, 2023, sounding the alarm of a potential genocide in Gaza, signed by over 800 scholars of international law and genocide studies. 

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Columbia’s Double Standards: selective empathy and complicity in the Gaza Genocide by The Columbia University Apartheid Divest Coalition

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President Minouche Shafik’s December 20 email reaffirms that Columbia will stand on the wrong side of history amidst the ongoing genocide in Gaza. President Shafik emailed the Columbia community within the same hours that Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that the Israeli military had officially killed at least 20,000 Palestinians in Gaza in just 78 days. This figure does not account for the thousands of people crushed beneath the rubble of their homes, hospitals, and widespread civilian infrastructure. 

We strongly condemn Minouche Shafik’s email, which overlooks Columbia’s complicity in the ongoing genocide in Gaza and further demonizes Palestine advocacy on campus. 

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Palestinian rights advocacy and international law by Alex Neve

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UN Experts and more than 800 international law and genocide scholars have characterized Israel’s current military assault on Gaza as giving rise to a risk of, or even amounting to an unfolding, genocide,[21] defined by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and Rome Statute as certain acts “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.”[22] Legal experts have also provided detailed opinions on this question in the context of litigation that has been commenced in the United States, alleging that US officials have breached their duty to act to prevent genocide.[23] That includes an opinion from Canadian academic William Schabas, widely recognized to be one of the world’s leading legal authorities with respect to genocide.[24].

…As stated by Richard Falk, Albert G Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967: “In the end, we are left with the imperative of protecting free speech, especially in calling genocide genocide, and with a challenge to take all responsible action to end this scourge by actions that go beyond words of lament and condemnation, and consider what forms of boycott, divestment, and sanctions can be brought to bear to stop genocide in Gaza.”[45]

The treatment of Palestinian rights advocacy as hateful, racist, discriminatory, defamatory, or otherwise wrongful inverts both fact and law. When such advocacy calls for action to address ongoing gross violations of the international protected rights of Palestinians, including with respect to apartheid and genocide, and draws attention to Canada’s continuing abdication of its international legal obligations, far from being restricted or limited, speech of that nature should be respected and protected.

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Public Statement: Scholars Warn of Potential Genocide in Gaza  on TWAILR

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On 15 October 2023, over 800 scholars and practitioners of international law, conflict studies and genocide studies signed a public statement warning of the possibility of genocide being perpetrated by Israeli forces against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Signatories include prominent Holocaust and genocide studies scholars, as well as many international law and TWAIL scholars. The text of the statement and list of signatures (updated on 20 October 2023) is below, and a pdf version can be accessed here.

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Join intellectuals in the Arab World in condemning Israel’s Genocide in Gaza

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At this critical moment, while Israel wages a genocidal war against our people in Gaza, using terrorism as a pretext that no longer fools anyone, we – the Arab intellectuals signing this statement – declare our unwavering solidarity with the people of Gaza in their brave and legitimate resistance, and our unequivocal condemnation of Israel for its brutal and barbaric aggression against the lives of innocent people.

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‘I didn’t read it’: The campaign to ban a pro-Palestine book at Princeton by Azad Essa

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Harshini Abbaraju said that given Princeton’s position as an assembly line to politically influential roles in government, it was a deliberate ploy to block students from learning, discussing and potentially taking this education to their future jobs as policymakers. “They don’t want us talking about Palestine at Princeton. That’s why they [are] fighting tooth and nail against it. So this is not just a case of censorship. This book reveals some very harsh truths of the incremental genocide which Palestinians have been subjected to.”

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Settler Aided Murder of Palestinian, Defiled Memory of 18-Month-Old Murdered Baby Taunting: “Ali’s on the Grill!” by Richard Silverstein

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Elisha Yered took the murder weapon from the murderer, Yechiel Indore, and buried it outside their settlement.  After both were arrested and interrogated, Yered took the Shin Bet to the spot where the weapon was buried and they retrieved it.  His explanation was that he wanted to be sure that no Palestinians took the weapon, so he hid it. The police and Shin Bet seemed to be satisfied with this cock and bull story and have not charged him as an accessory to murder… Yered is also the settler taunting the Dawabshe family in the video above.  I’m profiling him because he is an exemplar of the most violent and homicidal of the Hilltop Youth, the sharp spear of the settler vigilante militias.  He and his fellow terrorists are also photogenic and eager to exploit Israeli media to spread their genocidal message.  The TV news shows reciprocate by featuring them regularly. 

Continue reading at https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2023/09/01/settler-aided-murder-of-palestinian-defiled-memory-of-18-month-old-murdered-baby-taunting-alis-on-the-grill/

Senate releases letter of support for Palestinian students on The South End

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Wayne State’s Student Senate released a letter of support for Palestinian students on Tuesday, after sending the statement to a committee for revisions in July… [The] Senate condemned the attacks against Palestinians by the Isreali government, using footnotes to attribute the words “genocide” and “apartheid,” 

… [student senator Zaynah] Jadallah said the majority of Senate’s discourse around the statement revolved around the terms used to reference the attacks.

“They were just afraid of using the word ‘genocide’ and then even ‘apartheid’ and ‘occupation’ but I explained to them… these two words have been used scholarly and worldwide (everywhere) from Amnesty International (to the) United Nations,” Jadallah said. “So it’s not like we’re the first people to accuse the Israeli occupation of these crimes.”

… Students for Justice in Palestine Co-President Aya Mohammad said the university could be doing more to support Palestinian students through this difficult time. 

… “We want the WSU population to recognize the genocide of the Palestinian people by the Israeli apartheid government. The Palestinian people have been suffering from this ongoing genocide for more than 70 years, while the world is watching in silence, and our U.S. tax money is paying for the weapons being used.”

Continue reading at https://www.thesouthend.wayne.edu/article_96d324b0-38a7-11ee-8b13-fb953eab5140.html