Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law on the Guardian

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Three former supreme court justices, including the court’s former president Lady Hale, are among more than 600 lawyers, academics and retired senior judges warning that the UK government is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel.

In a letter to the prime minister, the signatories, who also include former court of appeal judges and more than 60 KCs, say that the present situation in Gaza is “catastrophic” and that given the international court of justice (ICJ) finding that there is a plausible risk of genocide being committed, the UK is legally obliged to act to prevent it.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/03/former-supreme-court-judges-say-uk-arming-israel-breaches-international-law

For the full letter https://lawyersletter.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Gaza-letter-FIN-3-April.pdf

In His Right Mind: The meaning of Aaron Bushnell’s sacrifice. by Keira Havens

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  • Aaron Bushnell has died. He self-immolated on a Sunday afternoon, in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., shouting “Free Palestine” until he could no longer draw breath. There are no other words to put around that act, not really. His own words leading up to the moment were confident and quiet. “I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” he said. “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.” 
  • By saying that, Bushnell placed his act within the context of the 143 days of horror Palestinians have suffered since October 7. He refused to be a part of it any longer—not the white phosphorus burning children to the bone, not the indiscriminate bombing that has killed 30,000 people and destroyed libraries, bakeries, schools, hospitals, and entire families, and not the celebrations of genocide happening on the other side of the Gaza border. 

Continue reading at https://www.currentaffairs.org/2024/02/in-his-right-mind

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/

The Legal Case Against Joe Biden for Enabling Israel’s Genocide Against Gazaj on The Intercept

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  • Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, discusses the ICJ case as well as a lawsuit CCR has filed against President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for the support and failure to prevent genocide in Gaza. Arguments will begin next week in federal court in California.

Continue listening at https://theintercept.com/2024/01/17/intercepted-gaza-israel-genocide-icj/

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/

An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel on European Trade Union Initiative for Justice in Palestine

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Since Saturday Israel has indiscriminately and intensively bombarded Gaza, and cut off fuel, electricity, water, food, and medical supplies. Israel has killed more than 2,700 Palestinians – including 614 children – leveling whole neighbourhoods, wiping out entire families and injuring more than 10,000 people. Some international law experts have begun warning of Israel’s genocidal acts.

… The response by Western states has been one of complete and total support for the State of Israel, without even a cursory nod towards international law. This has amplified Israel impunity, giving it carte blanche to carry out its genocidal war without limit. Beyond diplomatic support, Western states are supplying Israel with armament, sanctioning the operation of Israeli weapons companies within their borders.

… This urgent, genocidal situation can only be prevented by a mass increase of global solidarity with the people of Palestine and that can restrain the Israeli war machine. We need you to take immediate action – wherever you are in the world – to prevent the arming of the Israeli state and the companies involved in the infrastructure of the blockade.

… We are calling on trade unions in relevant industries:

  1. To refuse to build weapons destined for Israel.
  2. To refuse to transport weapons to Israel.
  3. To pass motions in their trade union to this effect.
  4. To take action against complicit companies involved in implementing Israel’s brutal and illegal siege, especially if they have contracts with your institution.
  5. Pressure governments to stop all military trade with Israel, and in the case of the US, funding to it.

Continue reading at https://www.etun-palestine.org/site/2023/10/16/an-urgent-call-from-palestinian-trade-unions-end-all-complicity-stop-arming-israel/

Zimbabwe Palestine Solidarity Council expresses its unwavering solidarity and support for Palestine in their fight for self-determination by Cde Mafa Kwanisai Mafa

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The Zimbabwe Palestine Solidarity Council stands with the Palestinian people and defend their right to resist apartheid and oppression. Israel has spent the past 75 years committing apartheid and genodide against the Palestinian people so this show of resistance is not an “unprovoked act”.

Continue reading at https://twitter.com/ZimPalCouncil/status/1711300404816781813/photo/1

No tech for Israeli apartheid! by Marsha Goldberg 

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Tech workers from Amazon and Google rallied outside the annual Amazon Web Services Summit at the Javits Center in New York City on July 26…. Workers held up Workers World Party signs saying, “Defend Palestine – Zionism is Genocide!” and “Israeli apartheid genocide funded by the U.S.”

Continue reading at https://www.workers.org/2023/07/72634/

Milwaukee activists protest at U.S. Representative Moore’s office over blind support for Israel on Fight Back! News

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Speakers from both Milwaukee Anti-war Committee (MAC) and JVP condemned the resolution and Gwen Moore’s vote, while expressing solidarity and support for Palestine.

“These are the facts: Israel has been brutalizing, displacing and murdering Palestinians – including women, children and the elderly – for 75 years. They have enacted policy after policy which explicitly target Palestinians, creating an apartheid state while they actively pursue genocide,” said Remi Schueler of the MAC, adding that Representative Moore’s “blind support for Israel in spite of its flagrant and repeated violations of human rights does not speak well of her character. To side with Republicans now, on an issue of racism of all things as they attack DEI and affirmative action, is absurd.”

Continue reading at https://www.fightbacknews.org/2023/7/30/milwaukee-activists-protest-us-representative-moore-s-office-over-blind-support-israel

Israeli President Herzog to Address Joint Session of Congress by Richard Silverstein

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog will address a Joint Session of Congress on July 19th… At least four members of Congress have announced a boycott of Herzog’s speech: Reps. Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Jamaal Bowman.  Rashida Tlaib has not joined them (yet). If she does attend, I’m virtually certain she will stage an act of protest during the event.

…I want to declare as forcefully as I can that as a Jew, I support [their] decision.. .There is no reason to give any Israeli a hero’s welcome.  Israel is a nation that has gone off the rails. Not only is it on the verge of becoming a fascist state, rejecting the rule of law and destroying the power of the judicial branch, it is also engaged in what can only be called genocide against Palestinians.  Mass violence by both the IDF and settlers acting on behalf of the state, along with numerous other phenomena, justify using this controversial term.  This must not be rewarded. Instead, the US should announce a boycott of all Israeli leaders; even prohibit them from entering the US.  Or at least the worst of the lot (which is most of the cabinet) should face such prohibition.

Continue reading at https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2023/07/14/israeli-president-herzog-to-address-joint-session-of-congress/