Palestinian rights advocacy and international law by Alex Neve

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

UN Experts and more than 800 international law and genocide scholars have characterized Israel’s current military assault on Gaza as giving rise to a risk of, or even amounting to an unfolding, genocide,[21] defined by the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and Rome Statute as certain acts “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.”[22] Legal experts have also provided detailed opinions on this question in the context of litigation that has been commenced in the United States, alleging that US officials have breached their duty to act to prevent genocide.[23] That includes an opinion from Canadian academic William Schabas, widely recognized to be one of the world’s leading legal authorities with respect to genocide.[24].

…As stated by Richard Falk, Albert G Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967: “In the end, we are left with the imperative of protecting free speech, especially in calling genocide genocide, and with a challenge to take all responsible action to end this scourge by actions that go beyond words of lament and condemnation, and consider what forms of boycott, divestment, and sanctions can be brought to bear to stop genocide in Gaza.”[45]

The treatment of Palestinian rights advocacy as hateful, racist, discriminatory, defamatory, or otherwise wrongful inverts both fact and law. When such advocacy calls for action to address ongoing gross violations of the international protected rights of Palestinians, including with respect to apartheid and genocide, and draws attention to Canada’s continuing abdication of its international legal obligations, far from being restricted or limited, speech of that nature should be respected and protected.

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For ‘love’: charity-washing colonialism, fascism and genocide by Azeezah Kanji

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Such absurdities expose the contradictions of the “non-profit industrial complex”: which, like the military-industrial and prison-industrial complexes, serves to enforce deeply-rooted structures of domination. The difference is that the non-profit version operates under the mantle of benevolence and love – “love” being the literal translation of the Latin term caritas, from which the word “charity” is derived.

… Political philosopher Hannah Arendt famously analysed the “banality of evil”. Here, we have the “benevolence” of evil. Violence is rationalised not simply as mundane, but morally imperative.

Against this colonial caritas, communities and movements are demonstrating their own forms of decolonial love: building up interfaith and intercommunal solidarity against the politics of genocidal nationalism and fascism, from Myanmar to India to Israel to the US.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/12/for-love-charity-washing-colonialism-fascism-and-genocide

Call It by Its Name by Azeezah Kanji and David Palumbo-Liu

Please TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW and send your letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.

The persecution of the Rohingya is atrocious in scale but not exceptional in nature: it has been inspired and enabled by the decades-long persistence of military occupation, genocide, and apartheid in Palestine and Kashmir. Indeed, the Rohingya genocide has been actively aided and abetted by political, military, and economic support from both Israel and India.

Continue reading at https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/rohingya-rakine-state-genocide-palestinians-kashmiri