“Is this not evidence enough to merit a very thorough and impartial investigation into the possibility that Israel does not want to end its occupation of Gaza (or the rest of Palestine) and that this captive population is being destroyed with intent?”

15 October, 2014

To whom this concerns

As a citizen of a UN member state, I wish to demand action on the recent attack on Gaza by Israel.

As a background to the violence, I wish to note and remind that the people of Gaza are not only being collectively punished through siege but denied even the most basic of human rights such as freedom of movement, access to health care, education, nutrition, clean water, the right to make a living and have personal security. Most of the people of Gaza are refugees who are still being denied their right of return decades after expulsions by zionist militia.

The global audience was exposed to entire apartment blocks being leveled to the ground with families sleeping inside, UN schools attacked while women and children sought shelter, children blown to pieces while playing on a beach, vital infrastructure purposefully damaged such as hospitals and rescue crews attacked, allegations of deliberate assassinations even of a disabled girl, entire neighbourhoods obliterated. My list is by no means exhaustive as this serves merely as giving brief examples.

Is this not evidence enough to merit a very thorough and impartial investigation into the possibility that Israel does not want to end its occupation of Gaza (or the rest of Palestine) and that this captive population is being destroyed with intent? Many examples exist of top Israeli figures in the political and academic world who used racist incitement to argue for the destruction of Gaza.

I am dismayed that the United Nations whose purpose it is to protect and advance humanity is not extending this responsibility to cover the Palestinian people and their long walk to freedom. I urge the United Nations to bring justice to a people who have suffered catastrophe through mass murder and expulsions and attacks on their culture and basic rights. If the people of Israel and Palestine are to have any hope of a peaceful, mutually beneficial future, it must be built upon justice and done so immediately. Too much time and too many lives have been lost already. Please support ‘never again’.

Yours faithfully
Monique Buckner
England

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“As a citizen of the world and as a Jew whose family suffered the Nazi Holocaust, I call on you to immediately initiate an inquiry as to the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide”

11 October, 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

As a citizen of the world and as a Jew whose family suffered the Nazi Holocaust, I call on you to immediately initiate an inquiry as to the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide, and publish your findings and recommendations.

Michelle Berkon,
Sydney, Australia

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Gaza Action Ireland: “Israel’s deliberate targeting of schools, hospitals, farms, the electricity plant and so much of the infrastructure required for basic living, make it an imperative that the UN conduct an enquiry as to whether Israel is committing the act of genocide against the Palestinian people.”

8 October, 2014

To the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, for the attention of Mr. Adama Dieng, and Ms. Jennifer Welsh:

While your statement that ‘the ongoing Israeli operations in Gaza’ could ‘demonstrate disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces’ is to be welcomed, your drawing an equivalence between Palestinian resistance groups and the Israeli military is most problematic and indeed contradicts the right to resist as enshrined in international law.

It is imperative that the United Nations do all in its power to end the illegal, immoral Israeli blockade of Gaza which is strangling everyday life there. Even outside of the murderous attacks such as that which we have just witnessed, the siege causes extreme damage to the entire infrastructure of Gaza, it impacts health, education, nutrition, farming, fishing, employment, culture, trade, every aspect of life. How can the UN stand by while this continues? It is an affront to humanity.

This summer’s attack on Gaza, the third such military assault in a six years, caused barbaric loss of life, with over 2,100 Palestinians dead, around 500 of whom were children, thousands were maimed, hundreds of thousands made homeless, more than 87 families were completely obliterated, wiped from the civil register. The pain and trauma is immeasurable, the destruction catastrophic. Homes, schools, universities, hospitals, mosques, farms, factories, the electricity plant were destroyed. It was a criminal and murderous few weeks, and there cannot be impunity for such war crimes.
Israel’s deliberate targeting of schools, hospitals, farms, the electricity plant and so much of the infrastructure required for basic living, make it an imperative that the UN conduct an enquiry as to whether Israel is committing the act of genocide against the Palestinian people.

While the focus of this letter has been on Gaza, the ethnic cleansing of so much of the West Bank, the constant killing of Palestinians, the apartheid regime they are subjected to, also demand that the spotlight be put on Israel for its crimes and that finally some concrete action is taken to protect the Palestinian people and uphold their inalienable rights.

Yours sincerely,

Zoë Lawlor and Mags O’Brien,
Co-ordinators Gaza Action Ireland

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“I’m calling on the United Nations to investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinian people.”

7 October 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

I’m calling on the United Nations to investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinian people. Since 1967 Israel has occupied territories mandated by the UN as Palestinian, it has deprived Palestinians of access to basic needs such as medicine, food, shelter, and the means to earn a living, has incarcerated without charge hundreds of Palestinians including children, and has repeatedly conducted military attacks against Palestinian civilians, most notably in Gaza in 2008-2009, 2012 and early this summer. My understanding is that by international law, Israel as an occupying power has the obligation to protect the people in the territories it occupies, but Israel has, in fact, done the opposite. Palestinians, particularly those in Gaza, have literally nowhere to escape the measures Israel has inflicted on them and there seems to be no action Palestinians can take to effect a change in Israel’s actions and policies towards them except to disappear altogether. Certainly this situation demands investigation by international authorities with findings made available to the global public and with sanctions and other actions deemed appropriate implemented as quickly as possible before conditions worsen.

Thank you,

Colin MacWhirter
Montreal, Canada

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“U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide: Gaza and world justice demand a consistently moral stance from your office claiming authority on the Crime of Genocide.”

30 September, 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

Gaza and world justice demand a consistently moral stance from your office claiming authority on the Crime of Genocide – and an an enquiry of yours publishing its findings and recommendations as to the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide.

Dino Barberini
Italy

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“Your silence on the cause of the real problems for the people in Gaza makes you complicit in a slow genocide of the people of Palestine.”

29 September, 2014

To the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, in particular Mr. Adama Dieng, and Ms. Jennifer Welsh:

I have read your statement on the situation in Israel and in the Palestinian Occupied Territory of the Gaza Strip dated 24 July 2014. I notice that you have drawn an equivalency between the government of Israel and Hamas, which does not have a military. I think that is the first point I would like to make. You have drawn an equivalency between a government of a country, one that has one of the biggest and most powerful militaries in the world, and the government of a stateless population, one that is and has been living under perpetual occupation since 1967, has been subjected to a prolonged siege lasting many years, and whose population largely consists of refugees who were ethnically cleansed from their homes and villages in what is now Israel, a government that does not have a military and has never had a military.

You call on that government, Hamas, to protect the people of Gaza. In consideration of the fact that the siege on Gaza is an act of war and is causing the deaths of many civilians in Gaza over a long period of time and which promises to only get worse, with the resultant deaths of many more civilians as long as it is in place, how is Hamas to protect its population if not by confronting the government of Israel with the only means at its disposal? And furthermore, how is it that you call on Hamas to protect the people of Gaza, but you don’t speak out against the siege on the people of Gaza, the very thing that Hamas must try to protect the people of Gaza against?

How can you, in good conscience, call upon Hamas to protect the people of Gaza while at the same time denying it the only means it has to even make an effort to do so? How can you responsibly tell Hamas anything at all about what it should or shouldn’t do if you will not even condemn the very thing that is causing the slow death of the population of Gaza.

Israel, as the power that occupies Gaza has sole responsibility, according to international law, to protect the people who live under its occupation. Why do you not take Israel to task for violation international law when it deprives the people of Gaza of the necessities they need in order to live? And when it drops bombs on civilians in Gaza even when Hamas is upholding a ceasefire and not sending any rockets into Israel, something that happens with great regularity.

Your equivalencies are false equivalencies. And your silence on the cause of the real problems for the people in Gaza makes you complicit in what is surely a slow genocide of the people of not only Gaza, but of all of the people of Palestine. Please take the principled stance of upholding international law and stop aiding and abetting Israel’s war crimes, crimes against humanity, and incremental genocide of the Palestinian people. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Carol Dale

 

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“State clearly and unambiguously that you will be conducting an inquiry into the possibility that Israel has committed the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinians.”

28 September, 2014

Dear Special Adviser on The Prevention of Genocide

I welcome your statement regarding the killing of civilians in Gaza, in particular that you recognise that ‘the ongoing Israeli operations in Gaza’ could in your words ‘demonstrate disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces’ .

However, I find it incomprehensible that you effectively equate this action with that of the Palestinian groups by saying, ‘At the same time, the launching of rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups into Israeli residential areas constitutes indiscriminate use of force’. Consequently you conclude that “both parties are in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and these acts could constitute atrocity crimes”

In the light of the massive loss of lives and destruction of property in Gaza compared to the negligible loss of lives of Israelis, I urge you to reconsider your statement in favour of one which states clearly and unambiguously that you will be conducting an inquiry into “the possibility that Israel has through it’s actions committed the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinians”. And that you commit to publishing the findings of the inquiry.

Regards
Sidney Luckett BSc, MPhil, PhD
South Africa

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“I demand a direct and immediate action to condemn the Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.”

28 September, 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

I as a Christian, I demand a direct and immediate action to condemn the Israeli genocide against the Palestinian people.

In the last 66 years the Palestinian population has been systematically tortured, humiliated, deprived of their most basic human rights, forced to survive under a fierce occupation who arresting children as if they were criminals by the mere fact of being Palestinian.

The last Israeli military operation in Gaza has killed more than 2000 innocent people, 70% of them children between 0 and 14 years, women and elderly, has destroyed every one of the basic structures for life, condemned to 1.800.00 people to live in a state of poverty, despair and anguish that reminds me the worst moments of Nazism. Where is the Justice? Where are the rights of the real owners of Palestine?

I need an answer and millions of Palestinian parents also needed. The answer is in your hands …… Israel should be condemned for their criminal actions against a defenseless population.

Justice will prevail over war crimes in the day we see child murderers in jail.

Fabiana Ezcurra
Barcelona, Spain

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“Conduct an enquiry, publish its findings and recommendations as to the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide.”

28 September, 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

Please , would take an official stance on what happened on Gaza and would you, please, conduct an enquiry and publish its findings and recommendations as to the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide.

Martine Ndiaye
France

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UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People

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The Crime of Genocide is defined in a declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946:

The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Article 2

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article 3

The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.

Article 4

Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

We are people from all around the world who fear that we are witnessing the genocide of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel. Witnessing Israel’s daily violations of Palestinian human rights- military take-over of land, restriction of movement, economic strangulation, house demolitions, restrictions on basic foodstuff, mass arbitrary arrests of both adults and children, torture, extra judicial executions, and large-scale massacres of whole families, openly calling for genocide and extermination by law makers and other public figures- we can not keep silent about this 67 year-old atrocity, unfolding before our eyes.

We demand the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor take action and investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinian People, and that the office publish its findings and recommendations.

Please see our call to action and act now.