In Internal Meeting, Christiane Amanpour Confronts CNN Brass About “Double Standards” On Israel Coverage by Daniel Boguslaw and Prem Thakker

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  • “My question is about our Gaza coverage,” said the journalist who worked from Lebanon in the fall. “I think it’s no secret that there is a lot of discontent about how the newsgathering process — and how it played out.”
  • Instead of finding solace in CNN’s coverage of the war, the staffer continued, “I find that my colleagues, my family, are platforming people over and over again, that are either calling for my death, or using very dehumanizing language against me … and people that look like me. And obviously, this has a huge impact in our credibility in the region.”
  • … Another newsroom staffer chimed in to object to the network’s uncritical coverage of statements by Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. “I think a lot of us felt very strongly about the fact that there were very senior anchors not challenging people like, comments like, the defense minister using what is considered under international law, genocidal language, ‘human animals,’ all of those things that made up the first seven pages of the South African legal case at the ICJ,” referring to the International Court of Justice.

Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2024/03/01/cnn-christiane-amanpour-israel-gaza-coverage/

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

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the advisory proceedings on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

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Day 1

Palestine

Day 2

  • South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile

Day 3

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary

Day 4

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan


Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius

Day 5

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar


United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia

Day 6

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union

Spain, Fiji and Maldives

Palestine https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13rkfn0l5 (verbatim record  https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240219-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13jfq7uqb (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1g32uhhkw (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1ggyabo49 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-01-0-bi.pdf)

Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bb8jev65 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k10/k10g8i0fve (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k15/k15sfyp57d (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k14/k146vvicz2 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)

United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11pg5qd8i (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)

Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1w/k1wlevnxjx (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Spain, Fiji and Maldives https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k134ldx1eq (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)

Corporate Japan deals an unwitting blow to US East Asia policy by Saul J Takahashi

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  • Japanese trading giant Itochu’s surprise announcement on February 5 that it was terminating its agreement with the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems has sent shockwaves throughout corporate Japan. Itochu stated specifically that they based their decision on the International Court of Justice ruling that Israel may be committing genocide in Gaza, and on the position of the Japanese government that the ICJ decision must be implemented “in good faith”.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/19/corporate-japan-deals-an-unwitting-blow-to-us-east-asia-policy

Decision of the Court on South Africa’s request for additional provisional measures by International Court of Justice

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  • “The Court notes that the most recent developments in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, ‘would exponentially increase what is already a humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary-General (Remarks to the General Assembly on priorities for 2024 (7 Feb. 2024)).
  • This perilous situation demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures indicated by the Court in its Order of 26 January 2024, which are applicable throughout the Gaza Strip, including in Rafah, and does not demand the indication of additional provisional measures.
  • The Court emphasizes that the State of Israel remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and with the said Order, including by ensuring the safety and security of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Read the South Africa request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read Israel’s observations on the request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

OBSERVATIONS Of THE STATE OF ISRAEL ON THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA’S “URGENT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES UNDER ARTICLE 75(1) OF THE RULES OF COURT”

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  • The Republic of South Africa is gravely concerned that the unprecedented military offensive against Rafah, as announced by the State of Israel, has already led to and will result in further largescale killing, harm and destruction in serious andnians in Gaza. South Africa also reserves its own rights to take further action in respect of the situation.

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the South Africa request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the court decision https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

URGENT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES UNDER ARTICLE 75(1) OF THE RULES OF COURT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE by South Africa

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  • The Republic of South Africa is gravely concerned that the unprecedented military offensive against Rafah, as announced by the State of Israel, has already led to and will result in further largescale killing, harm and destruction in serious and irreparable breach both of the Genocide Convention and of the Court’s Order of 26 January 2024. Accordingly, and having regard to the situation of extreme emergency, the Republic of South Africa respectfully requests that the Court exceptionally consider exercising its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court.
  • … South Africa thus respectfully calls upon the Court to consider as a matter of the greatest urgency whether the developing circumstances in Rafah require that it exercise its power under Article 75(1) of the Rules of Court to prevent further imminent breach of the rights of Palestinians in Gaza. South Africa also reserves its own rights to take further action in respect of the situation.

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read Israel’s observations on the request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Read the court decision https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240216-pre-01-00-en.pdf

Two days following Palestinian human rights organizations demand from United Nations Secretary General to inquire into the failure of Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, to fulfill her mandate, she issued this statement

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  • New York, 9 February 2024 – The United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, reiterates that she remains horrified at the situation in the Middle East and at the unbearable loss of life in the region, with allegations of violations of international law.
  • … Echoing the words of the Secretary-General, the Special Adviser reiterates that violations of international humanitarian law can never justify the collective punishment of the people in Gaza. “Civilians must be protected at all times on both sides,” Special Adviser Wairimu Nderitu reminded. The Special Adviser also calls all relevant actors to strengthen their resolve to find solutions to end this conflict.

Continue reading at https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/USG_Special_Adviser_Nderitu_Middle_East_Order_ICJ_9022024.pdf

Read the Palestinian human rights organizations statement at https://israelgenocide.com/2024/02/07/palestinian-organisations-demand-inquiry-into-un-genocide-prevention-offices-inexcusable-failure-to-address-israels-ongoing-genocide-in-gaza-by-al-haq/

Palestinian Organisations Demand Inquiry into UN Genocide Prevention Office’s Inexcusable Failure to Address Israel’s Ongoing Genocide in Gaza by Al-Haq

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  • Palestinian human rights organizations, including Al-Haq, have penned a letter addressed to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, expressing profound disappointment and calling for an inquiry over the failure of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, to fulfil her mandate in addressing the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza. This failure includes neglecting to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing, four-months-long genocide against Palestinians in Gaza or, at the very least, to the alarming risk of genocide; failing to acknowledge the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Israel is plausibly committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, along with the provisional measures ordered for Israel; and refusing to engage meaningfully, meet, or respond to requests from Palestinian human rights organizations.

Continue reading at https://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/22613.html

Measured Yet Damning: The ICJ’s Genocide Ruling on Israel by Michael Lynk

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  • When the ICJ delivered its remarkable judgement two weeks later, in late January, its measured tones masked a damning verdict. The Court largely accepted South Africa’s narrative about Israel’s conduct of its military operations against Gaza. It dismissed Israel’s argument that there was no “dispute” between the two countries, holding that South Africa had issued a number of both bilateral and public statements since October that Israel’s actions amounted to a violation of the Genocide Convention. In its view, this gave the Court jurisdiction to hear the merits of South Africa’s claim. More importantly, the ICJ ruled that at least some of Israel’s military operations in Gaza could plausibly amount to genocide under the Convention, opening the door for the order of provisional measures against Israel.

Continue reading at https://dawnmena.org/measured-yet-damning-the-icjs-genocide-ruling-on-israel/