“66 years the genocide carries on with the whole world watching supine.”

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

Israel was initially accepted by your organisation on condition it adheres to the 67 borders and on instituting the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees; Neither of these two conditions have been adhered to, and 66 years on, the genocide carries on with the whole world watching supine. How much longer are you going to pretend to be representing the people? How many more have to die before you are spurred into concrete action? It is through your ineffectiveness that the blood of countless innocents taint your hands.

Sandra Watfa
London, United Kingdom

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“Add my name to the growing list of people demanding a consistent and morally defensible stance from your office.”

September 8, 2014

Mr Dieng and Ms Walsh,

I was disturbed to read Tali Shapiro’s capable and thorough analysis of the failures of your office to discharge its responsibilities in relation to the prevention of genocide and related violations of international law and applicable human rights conventions, particularly in relation to recent events in Gaza. Ms Shapiro’s analysis is available here:

http://pulsemedia.org/2014/09/07/lets-talk-about-genocide-the-un-special-adviser-on-the-prevention-of-genocide-standard-and-israel/

Ms Shapiro demonstrates carefully and at length the profound inadequacy – if not, indeed, complicity – of the statement from your office of 24 July 2014, which goes to exceptional lengths to maintain a familiar, unconvincing and immoral “balance” amongst parties involved in or affected by the ongoing illegal Israeli occupation and blockade, and the ongoing oppression and persecution of, and discrimination against, Palestinians.

Please add my name to the growing list of people demanding a consistent and morally defensible stance from your office, and an official, urgent, public inquiry into the possibility that Israel is guilty of committing crimes of genocide against the Palestinian people.

Sincerely,
John Treat
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Boycott from Within Letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

20 July, 2014

Dear Madame/Sir,

We are citizens of Israel who oppose our government’s policies of colonialism, occupation and apartheid against the Palestinian people and its actions which may amount to genocide. We write to you following thirteen days of an ongoing massacre, which is being perpetrated by Israel in the besieged Gaza Strip. As the death toll is rising, it now stands at 400 casualties and 3100 injured. The UN has declared, via UNICEF, that over a third of the victims are children. As you well know, this massacre was preceded by a month of massive Israeli violence and political persecution in the occupied West Bank, including the arrest of hundreds of so-called “Hamas-affiliated” men and boys. Meanwhile, Israeli mobs run wild in the streets of our cities, shouting the chilling “Death to the Arabs” chants (as well as “Death to the Leftists”).

You cannot ignore the fact, especially during this UN-declared “year of solidarity with the Palestinian people”, that two similar massacres have already been perpetrated by Israel in the short span of six years; that Gaza suffocates under Israel’s hermetic siege; that Israel has been perpetrating an ongoing ethnic cleansing against the indigenous people of Palestine since 1948 and up to this day; and that Israel believes it may exterminate hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza every two years and do so with full impunity.

The UN states that “Where genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity do occur, the International Criminal Court, which is separate and independent from the UN, is empowered to investigate and prosecute those most responsible if a state is unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction over alleged perpetrators.” Israel is well beyond the point of prevention and we, its privileged citizens, are hereby charging it with genocide.

We demand that your office will do everything in its power to halt Israeli genocide as it is taking place. We demand that you take immediate action to prevent Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people. We will be following your conduct on this matter.

Sincerely,
BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within

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The Brussels Tribunal also Calls: Write to UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Not to be mistaken with the Russell Tribunal, The Brussels Tribunal wrote the following letter to the  UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide:

20 July, 2014

To UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Gaza – 16 July death on the beach – funeral procession. 17 July, 2014 - The 4 boys slaughtered on the Gaza beach whilst playing football
Gaza – 16 July death on the beach – funeral procession. 17 July, 2014 – The 4 boys slaughtered on the Gaza beach whilst playing football

We are witnessing genocide in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, we are witnessing the use of illegal weapons, the bombings of hospitals, schools, a home for the disabled, the trauma of children, ethnic cleansing on a massive scale. We have heard the statements re Gaza of a desire that mothers are killed so no more children will be born. WHY are you silent? The UN has lost all credibility. Ban’s “concern” and “regret” are weasel words, pathetic – but you, “Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide” leave one speechless at your silence. Shame on you.

The Brussels Tribunal

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