‘Obvious Evidence of Genocide’: Mass Grave Discovered in Gaza’s Nasser Hospital by Olivia Rosane

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Palestinian civil defense discovered hundreds of bodies buried by Israeli forces in a mass grave inside the complex of Khan Younis’ Nasser Medical Complex on Saturday.

Rescue workers said they had removed at least 200 bodies as of 12:00 pm local time on Sunday, and they estimated that at least another 200 remained, Middle East Eye reported.

“We found corpses without heads, bodies without skins, and some had their organs stolen,” the director-general of the Government Media Office said in a statement shared by Quds News Network

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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.

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South Africa says Israel is already ignoring UN court ruling ordering it to prevent deaths in Gaza on Associated Press

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  • PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Israel has ignored the ruling by the U.N.’s top court last week by killing hundreds more civilians in a matter of days in Gaza, South Africa’s foreign minister said Wednesday, adding that her country has asked why an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been issued in a case South Africa filed at the separate International Criminal Court.
  • … The preliminary ruling by the U.N.’s International Court of Justice in South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza ordered Israel to do all it can to prevent death, destruction and any acts of genocide against Palestinians in the territory.
  • “I can’t be dishonest. I believe the rulings of the court have been ignored,” South Africa’s foreign minister said. “Hundreds of people have been killed in the last three or four days. And clearly Israel believes it has license to do as it wishes.”
  • Pandor said there was a danger of the world doing nothing to stop the civilian casualties in Gaza and said similar inaction contributed to the horrific death toll in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, when more than 800,000 people were slaughtered in the East African country.
  • “We are allowing this to happen again, right before our eyes, on our TV screens,” Pandor said.

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Palestinians Say Netanyahu ‘Confessions’ Reveal Truth of ‘Genocidal War’ in Gaza by Olivia Rosane

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Amid a ramping up of bombardments and military ground operations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was working toward what he referred to as a “voluntary migration” of Palestinians out of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli newspaper Hayom Daily reported.

“Our problem is the countries that are willing to absorb (them), and we are working on it,” he said, according to a translation from the Anadolu Agency.

… The remarks earned a swift condemnation from Palestinian leadership.

In a statement posted on social media, the Foreign Ministry said that “frank and clear confessions reveal the truth about the goals of the genocidal war led by Netanyahu against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip,” according to The Siasat Daily.

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Christ in the Rubble: A Liturgy of Lament – 2023 Christmas Message by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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Christ Under the Rubble: We are angry, we are broken. This should have been a time of joy, instead we are mourning, we are fearful. More than 20,000 killed, thousands are still under the rubble, close to 9,000 children killed in the most brutal ways, day after day, 1.9 million displaced, hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed. Gaza as we know it no longer exists. This is an annihilation. This is a genocide. The world is watching. Churches are watching. The people of Gaza are sending live images of their own execution. Maybe the world cares, but it goes on. We are asking here, could this be our fate- in Bethlehem, in Ramallah, in Janeen?

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The ICC must investigate the crime of genocide in Gaza by Jeremy Corbyn

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The International Criminal Court defines genocide according to several criteria. Genocide can be committed by killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction, imposing measures intended to prevent births, or by forcibly transferring children. In each case, there must be an intention to destroy, in whole or in part, a particular national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

On November 2, seven UN Special Rapporteurs said they “remain convinced that the Palestinian people are at grave risk of genocide”. This followed the resignation of Craig Mokhiber, the Director of the UN’s office in New York, who characterised the horrors in Gaza as a “textbook case of genocide” aimed toward “the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous life in Palestine”.

… Genocide is a term that should be used carefully. There are many horrors in history that are hideous enough on their own terms without warranting that label. The term has a legal definition, a legal basis and legal implications. That is why, when international experts in this field warn us about genocide, we should sit up and listen. And that is why we need an immediate ceasefire, followed by an urgent investigation by the International Criminal Court.

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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.

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Criminal barrister and Judge Paul Garlick KC tells Shelagh Fogarty that it is an act of genocide for Israel to continue a blockade on Gaza on LBC

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Judge Paul Garlick: Sealing off the whole of a country like Gaza. Electricity, water. That is genocide.

Shelagh Fogarty: Can I ask you a specific thing about that?… Is that akin to at least, the siege of Sarajevo, for example?

Judge Paul Garlick: It’s very similar, absolutely. Very similar. I mean, when I was dealing with cases in Sarajevo, the poor people in Sarajevo had to exist for years, and the United Nations had to build a special tunnel to get emergency supplies in. But the scale of this, I mean, Sarajevo was a small valley. The scale of- the whole area of Gaza- and from your news bulletin- your summary of it- some people have been able to escape to Egypt… but for the literally tens of thousands of civilians in Gaza, who are completely innocent, to cut off water, electricity, and food is- well it is, under the Rome Statue, under article six, is genocide by deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction.

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Kashmir now a settler-colonial project, Kashmiri leader tells Islamic convention on Pakistan Today

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A noted Kashmiri leader told the annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) in Chicago that Jammu and Kashmir, which India unilaterally annexed in August 2019, was now “a full-fledged settler-colonial project,”  one similar to Israel’s in the occupied Palestinian territories. “A genocidal and ethnic cleansing plan is in place”, Ghulam Nabi Mir, President of the World Kashmir Awareness Forum and Chairman of the Kashmir Global Coalition, said in a speech to delegates from across the United States.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of the World Kashmir Awareness Forum was the Emcee of the event. He said that Kashmir, Palestine and Rohingya genocide are the three important international conflicts. 

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Prime Minister Shtayyeh says world should take a clear stand to stop Israel’s apartheid practices on WAFA News Agency

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Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said today that the world should take a clear stand and what is necessary to stop Israel’s crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people… “The racist practices of Ben Gvir and all members of the Israeli Government and its affiliated militias that espouse the doctrine of killing, burning, erasure and genocide are enough for the world to stop dealing with this Government, condemn its practices, enforce international laws calling for sanctions, and protect the Palestinian people from those criminal practices,” said the Prime Minister.

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