Understanding Genocide: The Case of Gaza on Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – PCHR

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“Through this liberal language of international humanitarian law, basically, Israel is searching for impunity. That’s how they immediately defended themselves from the beginning, at the ICJ… This mobilization of international humanitarian law at the service of genocide has also another function. It has- and it will have- the function of telling future generations- or trying to tell future generations- how to narrate the genocide. Israel is constantly trying, like all colonial powers, to write history while erasing the colonized. And so, that’s the function of this mobilization of international humanitarian law. To present and to shape the meaning of violence as legitimate violence, so that in the future- in the next decades- people will remember this genocide, not as a genocide but as something else. As a counter-insurgency campaign which had some excesses but, overall, abided by international humanitarian law.”

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Does the destruction of homes in Gaza constitute genocide? by Priya Gupta

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The illegality of disproportionate destruction of civilian property and dwellings is currently recognized under international law. However, the significance of the destruction of the home warrants further attention. Whether through its existing role in international crimes or additionally as a separate crime, the atrocities in Gaza highlight the need to recognize domicide as deliberately furthering the destruction of a group.

When Israel attacks Palestinian homes in Gaza, it is doing more than destroying property — it is demonstrating a genocidal intention to destroy Palestinians as a group.

Given the widespread current destructionthe indications of an intent to destroy Palestinians as a group and the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the plausibility of genocide in Gaza, there are compelling reasons to assess Israel’s destruction of Palestinian homes as genocide.

Continue reading at https://theconversation.com/does-the-destruction-of-homes-in-gaza-constitute-genocide-225523

Anatomy of a Genocide by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese

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  • After five months of military operations, Israel has destroyed Gaza. Over 30,000 Palestinians have been killed, including more than 13,000 children. Over 12,000 are presumed dead and 71,000 injured, many with life-changing mutilations. Seventy percent of residential areas have been destroyed. Eighty percent of the whole population has been forcibly displaced. Thousands of families have lost loved ones or have been wiped out. Many could not bury and mourn their relatives, forced instead to leave their bodies decomposing in homes, in the street or under the rubble. Thousands have been detained and systematically subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment. The incalculable collective trauma will be experienced for generations to come.

  • By analysing the patterns of violence and Israel’s policies in its onslaught on Gaza, this report concludes that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating Israel’s commission of genocide is met. One of the key findings is that Israel’s executive and military leadership and soldiers have intentionally distorted jus in bello principles, subverting their protective functions, in an attempt to legitimize genocidal violence against the Palestinian people.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/documents/hrbodies/hrcouncil/sessions-regular/session55/advance-versions/a-hrc-55-73-auv.pdf

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The story of Yazan Kafarneh, the boy who starved to death in Gaza by Tareq S. Hajjaj

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9-year-old Yazan Kafarneh died of a congenital illness turned deadly by severe malnutrition under Israel’s genocidal siege. “He didn’t need a miracle to save him,” cries his mother. “All he needed was the food we’ve always been able to provide him.”

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/03/the-story-of-yazan-kafarneh-the-boy-who-starved-to-death-in-gaza/

Attacks on the humanitarian aid distribution system  by UN Human Rights Office – OPT

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  • Israel, as the occupying power, has the obligation to ensure the provision of food and medical care to the population commensurate with their needs, and if it is unable to do so, it must at the very least facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations to deliver that assistance and the access of the population to it in a safe and dignified manner. Israel must also ensure entry of humanitarian aid and all other goods necessary for the survival of the civilian population at the required scale, facilitate the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure and ensure the safety of convoys, routes, warehouses, distribution sites, aid seekers and those securing and delivering aid.

Continue reading at https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/un-human-rights-office-opt-attacks-humanitarian-aid-distribution-system-enar

Gaza: Halt the war now to save children from dying of imminent famine by UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

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  • Deliberate actions such as blocking and restricting humanitarian aid appear to be calculated to bring about the physical destruction of Palestinian children, and we refer in this regard to the interim ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 26 January 2024, which found some rights claims by South Africa under the Genocide Convention to be “plausible”. 
  • We draw attention to the ICJ’s order to Israel to “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of article II of the Convention”, including killing members of the group; to “prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to commit genocide”; and to “enable the provision of… humanitarian assistance”. 

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/03/gaza-halt-war-now-save-children-dying-imminent-famine-un-committee-warns

International community must act immediately to stop Israeli army’s massacre of Palestinians at Al-Shifa Hospital on Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

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  • A survivor who asked to be identified only as “M.K.” confirmed that Israeli soldiers repeatedly took prisoners into the hospital’s morgue area, that gunshots were then heard, and that the soldiers left without the prisoners… Another witness, who preferred to remain completely anonymous due to safety concerns, and who was able to leave Al-Shifa Medical Complex recently, confirmed to the Euro-Med Monitor team that he witnessed Israeli forces taking eight or 10 Palestinian civilians at a time towards the morgue area. He then heard heavy gunfire, and the Israeli forces later left without the civilians. 
  • These civilians were likely subjected to unlawful killings and executions, as all the information obtained by Euro-Med Monitor’s field team suggests that since Al-Shifa Medical Complex was restored on Sunday/Monday night, 100 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in and outside of it.
  • The Israeli army has acknowledged that it killed 90 people during the ongoing military operation in Al-Shifa Medical Complex. An international committee must be established to investigate the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli forces as part of its genocide campaign, which includes planned killings and executions against civilians that are outside the purview of the law and judiciary.

Continue reading at https://euromedmonitor.org/en/article/6232

Israel’s War on the Education Sector in the Gaza Strip by Nour Naim

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  • Palestinians’ experience with displacement, asylum, and dispossession since the Nakba in 1948 sparked what can be described as an educational revolution, leading them to become one of the world’s most skilled and educated societies. At the same time, the education sector in Palestine generally, and in Gaza in particular, has suffered from continuous targeting by the Israeli occupation. Israel’s ongoing genocidal war in Gaza has had massive human and infrastructure costs. It has destroyed schools, universities, and technical institutes and has killed large numbers of teachers and students in an apparent attempt to punish the Gaza Strip by depriving of the means to educate its inhabitants and to prepare them for the future.

Continue reading at https://arabcenterdc.org/resource/israels-war-on-the-education-sector-in-the-gaza-strip/

Famine imminent in northern Gaza, new report warns (World Food Program, March 2024)

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  • Famine is imminent in the northern part of the Gaza Strip and the entire population of Gaza is facing crisis levels of food insecurity or worse, according to the new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today.

Overall, the new report shows that 1.1 million people in Gaza – half of the population – have completely exhausted their food supplies and coping capacities and are struggling with catastrophic hunger (IPC Phase 5) and starvation. This is the highest number of people ever recorded as facing catastrophic hunger by the IPC system, and double the number in IPC Phase 5 just three months ago.

“People in Gaza are starving to death right now. The speed at which this man-made hunger and malnutrition crisis has ripped through Gaza is terrifying,” said WFP Executive Director Cindy McCain. “There is a very small window left to prevent an outright famine and to do that we need immediate and full access to the north. If we wait until famine has been declared, it’s too late. Thousands more will be dead.”

Continue reading at https://www.wfp.org/news/famine-imminent-northern-gaza-new-report-warns

Full IPC report can be accessed here https://www.ipcinfo.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ipcinfo/docs/IPC_Gaza_Strip_Acute_Food_Insecurity_Feb_July2024_Special_Brief.pdf

Babies being born already malnourished in Gaza by Al Jazeera

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  • Dominic Allen, a representative for the UN Population Fund Palestine, recently visited the Emirati hospital in Rafah… “The doctors are reporting that they no longer see normal-sized babies,” Allen told Al Jazeera. “What they do see though tragically is more stillborn babies and more neonatal deaths.”

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/liveblog/2024/3/16/israels-war-on-gaza-live-will-the-netanyahu-government-attack-rafah?update=2775780