UK accused of hypocrisy in not backing claim of genocide in Gaza before ICJ by Patrick Wintour

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  • The UK is facing accusations of double standards after formally submitting detailed legal arguments to the international court of justice in The Hague six weeks ago to support claims that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya ethnic group through its mass mistreatment of children and systematically depriving people of their homes and food.
  • The UK made its 21-page “declaration of intervention” jointly with five other countries, but it is not supporting South Africa as it prepares to try to convince the ICJ on Thursday that Israel is at risk of committing genocide against the Palestinian people.
  • The UK submission on Myanmar argues there is a lower threshold for determining genocide if the damage has been inflicted on children as opposed to adults. The submission said other actions that could be defined as genocidal, if systematic, include forced displacement from homes, deprivation of medical services and the imposition of subsistence diets.

It argues that given declarations of intent to commit genocide are rare, the court’s test should not solely be explicit statements or numbers killed, but reasonable inference drawn from a pattern of conduct and factual evidence.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/law/2024/jan/07/uk-accused-of-hypocrisy-in-not-backing-claim-of-genocide-in-gaza-before-icj

Foreign Office notified of ‘serious risk of genocide’ in Gaza by International Centre of Justice for Palestinians by ICJPalestine

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London, 22nd November 2023 – The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) has written to the Foreign Secretary putting the UK government on notice that there is now a serious risk of genocide being committed by Israel in Gaza. ICJP are also concerned that British citizens, including those with dual nationalities, are fighting as part of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and therefore are at risk of participating in war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide.

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Our statement of solidarity with Palestine by Sex Workers’ Union (formerly USW)

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“We, the Sex Workers’ Union, stand in explicit and unequivocal solidarity with the people of Palestine. There are no words that can adequately convey the depth of our horror, and the strength of our condemnation, at the dehumanization and genocidal violence enacted upon the Palestinian people by the settler colony of Israel.”

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Conference: International perspectives on apartheid and decolonization in Palestine by MEMO

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A conference was held in London yesterday, hosted by MEMO entitled “International perspectives on apartheid and decolonization in Palestine” and included a diverse group of academics and writers discussing three broad themes: apartheid, genocide and decolonisation.

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Reassessing the British Mandate in Palestine: The Contribution of the British Mandate in Realising the Urban Dimension of Herzl’s Plan by Maha Samman on Institute for Palestine Studies

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“During the British Mandate the purchase of land in Palestine and the Jewish migration in groups increased, and continued until the declaration of the Israeli state in 1948. It paved the way for many other detailed ideas, plans and implementation through different means, including extensive use of military power and violence. 
I will talk briefly about Jerusalem now. As you know, several planning schemes were proposed, starting with Mclean 1918 [plan], and then the 1919 Patrick Geddes [plan], and the 1922 [plan], the 1930 [plan], and ending by the Henry Kendal’s 1944 [plan]. Despite some differences, all have proposed the development and the proposals for networks of roads in the western side of the city, concentrated open spaces, public parks; and restricted areas in the eastern part of the city. Outside old city walls the urban patterns that developed were diverse and influenced by the the centralized planning approach. Lands were bought by Jewish organisations and urban ideas designed by architects influenced by the modern European movement rapidly developed. A trend clearly called for in the Hertzel pamphlet. For Geddes, Jerusalem was an integral part of Jewish heritage, and developing plans to protect this heritage was of ought most importance… Crookston emphasises that planners were Jewish
immigrants- and most planning staff in district commissions- employees already were Jewish, not Arab. This again shows the binary of making the Zionist dream a reality while making Palestinian reality a nightmare towards elimination… And if we look at  Jerusalem today, we see how these plans influenced planning with Israeli settlements.. the play with “ideal ideas” to achieve power, domination, and control within a colonial context, to use the urban dimension within the British and the Zionist spheres, until the British [retreated] and announced the Zionist state.”  [59:45]

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Palestine Action Occupy Property Manager of Israel’s Drone Engine Factory by Palestine Action

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“The message to all other firms with Palestinian blood on their hands is simple: until you end your facilitation of Israel’s brutal repression of Palestinians and sever ties with Elbit, Palestine Action will shut you down and cease your contribution to genocide for you.”

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China hawks suffer a setback by Gus Carter

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The House of Commons was due to vote on the so-called ‘genocide amendment’ to the Trade Bill later today. The proposal gives British courts the right to decide if a country is committing genocide and was on course to trigger a major Tory rebellion — with China hawks ready to take a stand. However, that plan has been made much harder. The government intervened last night in a bid to avoid a possible defeat. 

…the government is opposed to the so-called genocide amendment, arguing that trade decisions are for politicians rather than judges. Ministers are worried that it could be used to prevent trade with lots of countries — for example, activists could attempt to undermine any future relationship with Israel by bringing a genocide case over alleged poor treatment of Palestinians. 

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Mandela’s grandson at Palestine Expo: ‘We have a moral duty to support the BDS’ on Middle East Monitor

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My brothers and sisters; Palestine Expo reminds us of the reality of a nation that has now withstood 71 years of the Nakba. It reminds us of homes, farms and villages that was once home to a vibrant community with a proud history, culture, language and cuisine that has been usurped and occupied in gross violation of international law. Seven decades of ethnic cleansing and genocide perpetrated in the name of the myth of a land without people, for a people without land.

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Disinformation and False Accusations of Anti-Semitism: Permitting Israel’s Slow Motion Genocide of Palestinians by Heather Stroud

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The convoys of ambulances packed with medical supplies, (Viva Palestina 2009) grew out of an inspirational idea put forward by George Galloway. Both within the UK and indeed globally, individuals were/and continue to be shocked by the brutal attacks on a largely defenceless population living under siege in Gaza. The Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ of 2008/9 left around 1,440 people dead and many more thousand injured. Ten years on, Gaza continues to face a slow genocide so the motivation to place blame on those who speak out about these outrageous war crimes and crimes against humanity, are well entrenched within the establishment and media.

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Thousands march in solidarity with Palestine in London on Anadolu Agency

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Thousands of people marched through central London in a bid to end Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and the blockade on Gaza.

.. One of the protesters was Allison Pierce. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Pierce said she was “appalled” by what’s happening to Palestinians.
She said: “Do you want to know why I’m here today? I am absolutely appalled by what’s happening to the Palestinians. I think it’s genocide and I think it is murder.”

Continue reading at https://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2019/05/11/thousands-march-in-solidarity-with-palestine-in-london