‘It’s not just Israel on trial’: Bosnian war survivor’s support for genocide case on The Guardian

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  • Reminded of the atrocities of the war and the Srebrenica genocide, she fears the landmark case brought against Serbia for genocide in The Hague decades ago – which found that genocide did take place in Srebrenica but cleared Serbia of direct intent to commit genocide – will become the precedent for other genocide cases.
  • … After watching proceedings in The Hague last week, Buljušmić-Kustura has gathered more than 1,000 signatures from Bosnian genocide and war survivors across Bosnia, the US and the UK in an open letter to the international court of justice (ICJ). It calls on the UN court to prevent the repetition of history by implementing the “provisional measures” put forward by South Africa requiring actions, such as a ceasefire, to mitigate the risk of genocide.

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Open Letter: Bosnian Genocide & War Survivors Condemn the Genocidal Actions of the Israeli Regime published by Arnesa Buljušmić-Kustura

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“The Gaza Strip, much like our beloved Bosnia and Herzegovina, has long been a place of concern and debate, with discussions of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and the prelude to genocide emerging in response to past escalations. We cannot ignore the racist and dehumanising language and hate speech that have permeated social media. Nor can we forget that incitement to commit atrocity crimes is prohibited under international law.”

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‘Dear God, this is going to be a genocide.’ A Bosnian genocide survivor on Israel’s siege on Gaza by Ismat Mangla

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As someone who not only studies but actually lived through a genocide, what have you been thinking about since Oct. 7? Are there parallels you see between what’s happening in Gaza and what you went through?

My initial reaction to seeing the destruction of Gaza — the videos of children being pulled out of rubble, the bodies of the dead — was that it reminded me so much of my own experience.

It was hard for me these past two weeks to go to sleep and sleep through the night. I would dream of Gaza. I would dream of Sarajevo, I would dream of Visegrad, I would dream of Srebrenica. I was seeing it all play out and it was terrifying. So my initial reaction was: Dear God, this is going to be a genocide.

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From Sarajevo to Jerusalem: Why Israel Should Fear the Precedent of Wartime Bosnia by Rebecca Bardach

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I became increasingly aware of signs of growing extremism about ten years ago: rabbis and mayors calling upon people not to rent to Arabs, demands to exclude women from public spaces like buses and billboards. The phenomena of “price tag” anti-Arab hate crimes with their “Death to Arabs” graffiti, and the politicians manipulating ethnic fears and grievances to win power.

I knew all too well from my Bosnian friends, and from work with refugees from other conflicts, where such rhetoric and actions could take us. 

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World leaders commemorate 26th anniversary of Srebrenica genocide on The Muslim News

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Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman urged the international community to ensure that the crimes against humanity like the massacre of the Bosnian Muslims should not be repeated in Palestine and Kashmir. “Today, as we mark the 26th anniversary of the horrible massacre and ethnic cleansing of the Bosnian Muslims, it reminds us of our collective responsibility to ensure that such horrible crimes against humanity don’t take place in occupied Kashmir and Palestine or elsewhere,” Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said on Twitter.

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Urbicide in Palestine: Spaces of Oppression and Resilience by Nurhan Abujidi

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These discourses of cultural cleansing and cultural genocide suffer from their focus upon the symbolic cultural heritage, which solely refers to one layer of urban destruction, the deliberate destruction of cultural artefacts. In other words, it focuses only upon the buildings whose loss is judged to be a cultural loss. However, the urban environment normally experiences more widespread destruction than these symbolic buildings. From the Bosnian history of cultural destruction it is evident that hundreds of other types of buildings were subject to destruction–for example, houses in Mostar Old Town and in many of the villages in Bosnia. The same can be noted in the Palestinian history of urban destruction–for example, Nablus old town (more details on Nablus are analyzed in Chapter 6). Indeed, urban destruction encompasses buildings that have no distinctive cultural value, or are of distinct cultural provenance. Thus the interpretation of urban destruction as an attack o cultural heritage provides only a partial (though striking) account of the destruction of the urban environment in Bosnia among other cases; it does not account for the scare of destruction or targeting of buildings that are not recognizable as such symbols of culture. Thus, cultural cleansing and cultural genocide are only partially reflecting the process of urban destruction; they reflect the destruction of cultural artefacts, but this destruction does not take place in a pure form or apart from the destruction of other types of urban environment.

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