Do not dismiss the Gaza genocide allegations by Jonathan Ofir, Yonatan Shapira and Ofer Neiman

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In response to Eitay Mack, a human rights lawyer whom we* know well from past campaigns we all cherish, we first note that his Haaretz piece, “Israel Is Not Committing Genocide in Gaza,” goes beyond strict legal arguments. He does not merely discuss the applicability of the crime of genocide to Israel’s current actions in Gaza. Mack’s piece is a multi-pronged political attack on a wide range of activists and experts, including “human rights activists, journalists, who may have honest intentions but are simply wrong.” We wish to address this political analysis and cast doubt on some of the claims put forward by Mack.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2023/11/do-not-dismiss-the-gaza-genocide-allegations/

Israel: Evidence of Bezalel Smotrich’s support for genocide is clear. The US must act by Eitay Mack

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Like all of these previous comments, Smotrich’s statements from last week about the pogrom in Huwwara can only be construed as a direct and public incitement to commit genocide against the Palestinian people. According to article 3(c) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and according to the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda (ICTR) and the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in terms of the mental element necessary for the crime of “incitement” to commit crimes against humanity and genocide, the instigator must act intentionally, that is, there must be an intention to provoke or cause to commit the crime, or at least awareness of the likelihood that committing a crime will be a possible result of his actions.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide establishes on state parties the obligation to take measures to prevent and to punish the crime of genocide (article 1), including by enacting relevant legislation and punishing perpetrators, “whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals” (article 4).

That obligation to “prevent” genocide, in addition to the prohibition not to commit genocide, has beenconsidered a norm of international customary law and therefore binding on all states, including the US… As detailed above, Smotrich, in my opinion, appears to support genocide and the full denial of human and civil rights recognised in international law of those he sees as “enemies”. Under these circumstances, he should be sanctioned in accordance with article 3(b), including inadmissibility to the US and the blocking of his property.

Continue watching at https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-us-bezalel-smotrich-evidence-genocide-support

Israeli Human Rights Groups Call on U.S. to Sanction Ben-Gvir, Smotrich Over Human Rights Violations by Ben Samuels on Ha’aretz

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Israeli Human Rights Groups Call on U.S. to Sanction Ben-Gvir, Smotrich Over Human Rights Violations The letter, signed by more than 200 Israeli activists and human-rights organizations, accused incoming coalition lawmakers and their far-right allies as, among other things, inciting genocide against the Palestinian people and advocating for racial segregation.

Continue reading at https://web.archive.org/web/20221116164338/https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-11-15/ty-article/.premium/israeli-activists-call-on-u-s-to-sanction-ben-gvir-smotrich-over-human-rights-violations/00000184-7ca9-d5ea-a1be-fcfd724b0000