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
… the Israeli academia is not a place where freedom of expression is being respected- and much more than that- this is a place that’s being complacent in the face of attempts for a culturcide and the erasure of collective memory, and evidence of the crimes committed in 1948… not only on this, because this particular episode is just a symptom of the overall campaign of Israel throughout the years, to not only erase Palestine and the Palestinians physically, but also to wipe them out, or expunge them, from historical memory and from history.
This is one of those rare cases when we archive an article that doesn’t state the word ‘genocide’ in relation to Israel, but the information in it illustrates acts that amount to genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people. It also features a policy of concealment and genocide denial.
Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Vashitz, from the Arab Department of the left-wing Mapam Party, in the Yad Yaari archive at Givat Haviva. The document, which seemed to describe events that took place during the 1948 war, began: “Safsaf [former Palestinian village near Safed] – 52 men were caught, tied them to one another, dug a pit and shot them. 10 were still twitching. Women came, begged for mercy. Found bodies of 6 elderly men. There were 61 bodies. 3 cases of rape, one east of from Safed, girl of 14, 4 men shot and killed. From one they cut off his fingers with a knife to take the ring.” The writer goes on to describe additional massacres, looting and abuse perpetrated by Israeli forces in Israel’s War of Independence.
Obviously, Charny’s main concern, reflecting his commitment to the State of Israel, is with Shaw’s application of the idea of genocide to Palestine. Shaw pointed out that “none of the ‘revisionist’ historians who now dominate the field doubts that deliberate Israeli policies made a substantial contribution to the destruction of the larger part of historical Arab society in Palestine.” Shaw argued that this was true whether the 1948 removal was the result of Israel’s taking advantage of the “opportunity” to remove it, as Morris continues to argue, or also of extensive “pre-planning,” as Ilan Pappe’s more recent research suggests.41 In this light, Shaw proposed that, within the framework of a broad Lemkinian concept (in terms of which “ethnic cleansing” can be considered genocide), there is “prima facie a strong case for considering the  events partially within a genocide framework.”
…the term has been put to the critical test by legal experts and researchers, because it is often used as a euphemism for cases that should actually be labeled genocide.
The phenomenon of ethnic cleansing is not easily defined. On one hand, it is different from applying pressure to emigrate and population transfers; and on the other, it is also different from genocide. There is widespread agreement in the research field that ethnic cleansing is a form of forced migration — which can become violent and murderous — of an unwanted population from a specific territory because of a racial, ethnic, religious, political, strategic or ideologically based hostility.
While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favoring the elimination of Palestinians.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement in the occasion of the anniversary of Nakba Day, a day marked by Palestinians as formation of Israeli usurping regime in 1948 as their ‘day of catastrophe.’.. “Since May 14, 1948 when the inglorious and illegitimate regime of Israel came to being in the heartland of Islamic world, that is, 68 years ago, the day of Nakba has been reminiscence of the gloomiest day of the Palestinians and endless days of suffering when millions of Palestinians have displaced and become homeless; the 1948 events were the forerunners of even darker days of genocide of the Palestinians which ensued during the next decades by Zionists…”
Sexual Violence and Palestinian Genocide Since the Nakba
Understanding the intensified attacks on Palestinian women’s bodies in times of heightened attacks by the settler colonial regime requires a feminist analysis. Such an analysis takes the Nakba as its analytical point of departure. Israel was built on the ruins of the Palestinian homeland, on its land, pain, and displacement. It was built on the destruction of our communal social ties, the violation and invasion of our homes and bodies.
Rape and killing of Palestinian women was a central aspect of Israeli troops’ systematic massacres and evictions during the destruction of Palestinian villages in 1948. During the Deir Yassin massacre, for instance:
All the inhabitants were ordered into the village square. Here, they were lined up against a wall and shot. One eyewitness said her sister, who was nine months pregnant, was shot in the back of the neck. Her assailants then cut open her stomach with a butcher’s knife and extracted the unborn baby. When an Arab woman tried to take the baby, she was shot…Women were raped before the eyes of their children before being murdered and dumped down the well…
Thus our struggle for indigenous sovereignty within anti-colonial activism as feminists is necessarily situated in the protection of Palestinian women’s bodily safety and sexuality, family, and communal right to life. It is a struggle against the hypermasculine Zionist military and settler apparatuses that frame Palestinian women as inherently threatening racialized Others whose bodies must be violated and destroyed as the internal enemy and “reproducers of Palestinians.” This logic is inseparable from the settler colonial logic of elimination.
To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,
According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 1948, Israel has been committing crimes of genocide against the Palestinian people with malice aforethought beginning with the Nakba up to the present day. Not a day goes past where Israel doesn’t add to its existing crimes of genocide.
Through its UN vetoes and supply of arms to Israel for use against a captive, occupied population and for weapons testing purposes, the US is complicit with Israel’s crimes of genocide. Please act now, and shore up confidence in the UN and international law, which should protect the powerless against the powerful – conduct an inquiry, investigate Israel’s crimes and bring its, and its accomplice’s criminals to justice.
For 66 years Gaza Strip (the present day Auschwitz) was subject to incremental Genocide by Israel. Gaza Strip itself was created by Israel in its earliest war crimes.
In the spring and summer of 1948 Israel uprooted all the population of 247 Palestinian villages in southern Palestine and herded them in a tiny strip, hence named Gaza Strip. Thus the largest and longest-duration concentration camp in the world was created by Israel. Since then Israel continued to exterminate as many refugees as possible.