States defunding UNRWA may be violating genocide convention: expert on The New Arab

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  • A UN expert warned Sunday that countries defunding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees were breaching a court order to provide effective aid in Gaza and could be violating the international genocide convention.
  • A number of donor countries – including Australia, Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy – on Saturday followed the lead of the United States in suspending additional funding to UNRWA.
  • That came after Israel alleged that several of the UN agency’s staff members were involved in Hamas’s 7 October attack. The Israeli allegations were based on confessions obtained in interrogations and have not been independently investigated. Israel has killed more than 150 UNRWA staff in Gaza since the start of its latest offensive on Gaza.
  • Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories, warned that the decision to pause funding to UNRWA “overtly defies” the order by the International Court of Justice to allow effective humanitarian assistance” to reach Gazans.
  • “This will entail legal responsibilities – or the demise of the (international) legal system,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

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Gaza: At EU Foreign Affairs Council, Ministers should call for an immediate ceasefire by Amnesty International

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  • The organization views these proceedings, including the potential provisional measures to be taken by the ICJ, as an important step for protecting the lives of Palestinians, their rights, and international justice. This is an opportunity for EU member states to engage with, and show their commitment to, international law and institutions. States should recognize that the present ICJ proceedings are above all concerned with avoiding the risk of genocide and other risks to human rights. The duty to prevent genocide falls on all states, and is a matter of concern to the international community as a whole. 

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NST Leader: EU’s Israeli myth on New Strait Times

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For [Ursula von] der Leyen to see dynamism, ingenuity and groundbreaking innovations instead of genocide, persecution and settlement colonialism is a willing suspension of truth. Bloom or blood, der Leyen? 

What is even more disturbing is this: leading newspapers in the West have chosen not to challenge der Leyen’s false narrative. Unlike them, this newspaper has chosen to bury this European myth once and for all. The desert of Palestine bloomed long before the Europeans settled the genocidal Zionists in the holy land.

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