Activating the Genocide Convention by Craig Murray,

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There are 149 states party to the Genocide Convention. Every one of them has the right to call out the genocide in progress in Gaza and report it to the United Nations. In the event that another state party disputes the claim of genocide – and Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom are all states party – then the International Court of Justice is required to adjudicate on “the responsibility of a State for genocide”.

These are the relevant articles of the genocide convention:

“Article VIII
Any Contracting Party may call upon the competent organs of the United Nations to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III.
 
Article IX
Disputes between the Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation, application or fulfilment of the present Convention, including those relating to the responsibility of a State for genocide or for any of the other acts enumerated in article III, shall be submitted to the International Court of Justice at the request of any of the parties to the dispute.”

Note that here “parties to the dispute” means the states disputing the facts of genocide, not the parties to the genocide/conflict. Any single state party is able to invoke the Convention.

… It is very definitely worth activating the Genocide Convention. A judgement of the International Court of Justice that Israel is guilty of genocide would have an extraordinary diplomatic effect and would cause domestic difficulties in the UK and even in the US in continuing to subsidise and arm Israel. 

… It is also the fact that a reference for genocide would force the western media to address the issue and use the term, rather than just pump out propaganda about Hamas fighting bases in hospitals. Furthermore a judgement from the ICJ would automatically trigger a reference to the United Nations General Assembly – crucially not to the western-vetoed Security Council.

All this begs the question of why no state has yet invoked the Genocide Convention. 

Continue reading at https://ccrjustice.org/home/press-center/press-releases/gaza-genocide-case-palestinians-seek-immediate-court-order-stop

Karim Khan QC is a genocide enabler. He must be fired. by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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The ICC has since 2014 failed to act on the many war crimes complaints meticulously researched and presented to it by Palestinian human rights orgs and other parties.

By failing to issue arrest warrants for Israeli war criminals for #GazaGenocide and even to deter them with warnings, @KarimKhanQC has been complicit in enabling Israel’s unfolding genocide against 2.3 million Palestinians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.

In his op-ed, Khan writes, “We are witnessing a pandemic of inhumanity.” Palestinians and most of humanity are witnessing a pandemic of complicity of hegemonic Western powers in supporting Israel #GazaGenocide. Khan is whitewashing & failing to stop genocide.

Continue reading at https://bdsmovement.net/news/karim-khan-qc-genocide-enabler-he-must-be-fired

Three rights groups file ICC lawsuit against Israel over Gaza ‘genocide’ by Al Jazeera

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Three Palestinian rights groups have filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging the body to investigate Israel for “apartheid” as well as “genocide” and issue arrest warrants for Israeli leaders.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday by human rights organisations Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, called for “urgent attention to the continuous barrage of Israeli airstrikes on densely populated civilian areas within the Gaza Strip”, which have killed more than 10,500 Palestinians, almost half of them children, according to Gaza health officials.

… The three groups want arrest warrants to be issued against Israel’s President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.

The ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) opened an official investigation into the situation in Palestine in 2021 after determining that “war crimes have been or are being committed by Palestinian and Israeli actors in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip”.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/9/three-rights-groups-file-icc-lawsuit-against-israel-over-gaza-genocide

Notice of Potential Legal Liability for Aiding, Abetting, Inciting, or Conspiring to Commit Genocide Through Congressional Acts, and Demand by The National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Palestine Legal

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Dear Congressional Representatives:

We understand that you will be voting on the emergency military funding package to Israel. We write to notify you of the legal liabilities of voting for that package, and to demand that you vote against the military assistance package.

The aid package will provide funds to Israel to, inter alia, support its ongoing genocide of, and war crimes against, Palestinians who are confined to the Gaza Strip, and to support apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and the underlying crimes of forcible transfer and deportation, in the West Bank. As the United States is a signatory to both the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Genocide Convention, it has an obligation to respect and ensure respect for the obligations in those international treaties, including to prevent the commission of genocide and to prevent and punish the commission of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions – not aid and abet them.

Please take notice that should you vote in favor of that package, you risk facing criminal and civil liability for aiding and abetting genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law, and may face investigation and prosecution at the International Criminal Court, and in third-states under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Continue reading at https://ccrjustice.org/sites/default/files/attach/2023/11/Final-Pal-Demand-CCR-Edits.docx.pdf

The Gaza assault is a textbook case of genocide – top official tells UN in resignation letter by Craig Mokhiber

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Dear High Commissioner,

This will be my last official communication to you as Director of the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

… This is a textbook case of genocide. The European, ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Palestine has entered its final phase, toward the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine. What’s more, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, are wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Not only are these governments refusing to meet their treaty obligations “to ensure respect” for the Geneva Conventions, but they are in fact actively arming the assault, providing economic and intelligence support, and giving political and diplomatic cover for Israel’s atrocities.

In concert with this, Western corporate media, increasingly captured and state-adjacent, are in open breach of Article 20 of the ICCPR [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights], continuously dehumanising Palestinians to facilitate the genocide, and broadcasting propaganda for war and advocacy of national, racial, or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence.

US-based social media companies are suppressing the voices of human rights defenders while amplifying pro-Israel propaganda. Israel-lobby online trolls and Gongos [government-sponsored non-governmental organisations] are harassing and smearing human rights defenders, and Western universities and employers are collaborating with them to punish those who dare to speak out against the atrocities. In the wake of this genocide, there must be an accounting for these actors as well, just as there was for Radio Milles Collines in Rwanda.

Continue reading at https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2023-11-01-the-gaza-assault-is-a-textbook-case-of-genocide-top-official-tells-un-in-resignation-letter/

Genocide Scholars and 100 Palestinian and International Civil Society Organisations Call on Prosecutor Khan to Issue Arrest Warrants, Investigate Israeli Crimes and Intervene to Deter Incitement to Commit Genocide in Gaza on Al Haq

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On 19 October 2023, 100 civil society organisations (CSOs), including Palestinian organisations monitoring and documenting violations of international humanitarian law against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip, and Genocide Scholars sent a letter to Karim Khan, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The letter urged Prosecutor Khan’s immediate intervention in relation to the latest Israeli large-scale military offensive on the Gaza Strip. Specifically, we are calling on the Court to urgently issue arrest warrants for the cases currently before your office; to investigate the crimes which have taken place and are being orchestrated across the occupied Palestinian territory since 7 October; to issue a preventive statement and visit Palestine before the end of 2023… In light of Israeli official statements inciting genocide, we call on the Prosecutor to issue an official public statement to deter the commission of genocide and other international crimes against the Palestinian people.

Continue reading at https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/21946.html

The Twisted Israeli Logic of Murdering Palestinian Children, and What Can We Do to Stop It? by Ramzy Baroud

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When the numbers of dead and wounded children are tallied, they are counted in the thousands – precisely, 8,700 Palestinian child casualties between 2015 and 2022, according to the UN.

Even the callous and often dehumanizing logic of ‘collateral damage’ cannot justify such figures. Though the war on Palestinian children is intentional, protracted and ongoing, not a single Israeli military or government official was ever held accountable in an international court.

Even the UN ‘List of Shame for Killing Children’ never branded Israel, though other countries have been ‘shamed’ for far fewer crimes against children.

As the killing of children is perceived – according to the twisted logic of the likes of Shaked – to be functional for Israel and, amid the absence of any accountability, Israel finds no reason or urgency to end its war on Palestinian children.

With the constant loosening of the rules of military engagement in Israel, and the terrifyingly genocidal language used by Israel’s far-right ministers and their massive constituency, more Palestinian children are likely to lose their lives in the near future.

 

Continue reading at https://scheerpost.com/2023/09/09/the-twisted-israeli-logic-of-murdering-palestinian-children-and-what-can-we-do-to-stop-it/

State of Palestine urgently calls upon the international community to immediately intervene to stop Israel’s aggression and ongoing onslaught against occupied Jenin refugee camp by Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates

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Continue reading at https://twitter.com/pmofa/status/1675888256838164480

Lawmakers in Gaza file complaint against Israel’s siege on Gaza at the ICC by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza (PLC) held a press conference on Monday, June 26, to announce that they had filed a complaint to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Gaza humanitarian crisis, which continued as a direct result of the 17-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza. The complaint focused on Israeli crimes against humanity resulting from the siege, including the damage it has done to the health, environment, living conditions, economy, and social life of over two million people in Gaza. 

… [head of PLC in Gaza, Ahmed Bahar] also referred to the ICC’s delay in responding to the PLC complaint, which is tantamount to encouraging the occupation to continue committing its crimes against the Palestinians, and constitutes a disregard for the Rome Statute and principles of International Humanitarian Law upon which the ICC is based.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2023/06/lawmakers-in-gaza-file-complaint-against-israels-siege-on-gaza-at-the-icc/

Officials in the Occupation Government Incite a Genocide of Palestinians by AOHR UK

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Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) called on countries supporting the right to life and self-determination of Palestinians to sue the occupying state under the 1948 Genocide Convention at the International Court of Justice.

… The terms of the Genocide Prevention Convention are clear. They are being breached by the occupying state by making the lives of the Palestinians impossible, as they surround villages and cities with settlements, and systematically cause harm to the Palestinians at the physical and psychological levels.

… AOHR UK condemns the silence of the Public Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, who did not investigate any of the files presented to him, nor did he comment on the crimes that are being committed every day.

Continue reading at https://aohr.org.uk/officials-in-the-occupation-government-incite-a-genocide-of-palestinians/