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Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine? Ramzy Baroud interviews Dr. Triestino Mariniello

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Article 5 of the Rome Statute – the founding document of the ICC – has an extended definition of what constitutes ‘serious crimes’, that being the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. It could be argued, then, that Israel should be held accountable for all of these ‘serious crimes’. Yet, the ICC opted for what is known as the ‘narrow scope’, thus the investigation will only be looking at the single component of war crimes. Why is that?

…It is surprising not to see any reference to the alleged committing of ‘crimes against humanity’, which, as victims say, is widely documented. There is no reference to the systematic attacks put in place by Israeli authorities against the civilian population in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem or in Gaza. The ‘narrow scope’, which excludes crimes against humanity, is something the Prosecutor should look back into. The overall situation in Gaza is largely ignored; there is no reference to the 14-year long siege; there is no reference to the overall victims of the Gaza war in 2014.
That said, the scope of the investigation is not binding for the future. The Prosecutor can decide, at any moment, to include other crimes. We hope it will happen because, otherwise, many victims will never get justice.

Continue reading at https://kashmirreader.com/2020/07/07/will-the-icc-investigation-bring-justice-for-palestine/

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Gaza Suicides Amid a Gradual Genocide by Israel by Shahd Abusalama

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I worry as I know the immense violence that Palestinians endure, the multigenerational trauma they carry, and the real pressures they navigate around to survive the life of punishment they are born into, for simply being Palestinians. Collective punishment is a war crime according to the 4th Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory. Despite that, Israel continues to act with impunity committing daily war crimes in the occupied terrorises, undermining human rights conventions and International Law. This is happening as the world watches Israel consolidating its system of apartheid across historic Palestine, sentencing Palestinians to a gradual genocide as part of their settler-colonial racist strategies that fights the very existence of the Palestinians on their lands.

Continue reading at https://palestinefrommyeyes.com/2020/07/06/gaza-suicides-amid-a-gradual-genocide-by-israel/

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From Cultural Commodification to Annexation in Occupied Palestine and Indigenous North America by Benay Blend

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Annexation, then, is nothing new. “Hundreds of Indigenous nations were consumed by [a] process of relentless westward expansion,” explain historians Nick Estes (Lower Brule Sioux) and Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. “This is a core feature of settler colonialism,” they continue, “not just the elimination of the Native, but also the naturalization of unnatural settler states built on the annexation of Indigenous land and the genocide of Indigenous people,” a process that could explain, too, Israel’s 72-year Occupation of the land and Indigenous people of Palestine.

Continue reading at https://www.palestinechronicle.com/from-cultural-commodification-to-annexation-in-occupied-palestine-and-indigenous-north-america/

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West Bank annexation and peace by Rustam Shah Mohmand

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 Washington continued to patronise Israel encouraging its usurpation of more Arab land, creating more illegal settlements, displacing more Palestinians and ruthlessly pursuing its policy of apartheid and acting in defiance of international law and UN resolutions. In reward for its policy of genocide and international law violation, Washington provides it annual assistance of more than $3 billion.

Continue reading at https://tribune.com.pk/story/2252693/west-bank-annexation-and-peace

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Chief Justice Mogoeng must resign if he stands by his remarks supporting ‘apartheid Israel’, says Mandla Mandela on IOL

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Pretoria – Member of Parliament and the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, on Friday called on Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to retract his statements expressing his apparent support for “apartheid Israel”.
… Mandela said the statements by the chief justice have done South Africa’s standing in the international community “a great disservice and detracted from our principled stand against apartheid Israel’s genocide and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people”. 

Continue reading at https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/chief-justice-mogoeng-must-resign-if-he-stands-by-his-remarks-supporting-apartheid-israel-says-mandla-mandela-49966588

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Chief Justice’s views on Israel are guided by religion, not the Constitution by Martin Jansen

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As South Africa, we now have a serious dilemma where our chief justice implicitly supports a modern day colonial genocide with disregard for the human rights of the native Palestinians. In concrete terms what are the implications for our judiciary where the highest official of the land is guided by religion in his political opinions and actions? How could this possibly not influence crucial cases that land up in the Constitutional Court — many of which relate to the unfinished business of spartheid and colonialism such as the land question, housing, discrimination?

Continue reading at https://mg.co.za/opinion/2020-06-26-chief-justices-views-on-israel-are-guided-by-religion-not-the-constitution/

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On Hanging from the Blades of a Bulldozer: Al-Naem is Every Palestinian by Ramzy Baroud

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“Israel has the right to defend itself” is the typical retort emanating from Washington and its western allies, and now, even by some Arabs. Translation: Israel has the right to oppress and besiege Palestinians, to disrupt any sense of normalcy in their life, to deny them food and medicine, to block every entrance and every exit, to trap them for eternity; Israel also has the right to kill anyone who dares challenge this inhumane paradigm, and, when it chooses, to dangle his or her corpse from the blades of a bulldozer, so that it can restate the rules of the game over and over again.
Political science cannot help us much here, but history can. The humiliation of the Palestinians is part and parcel of an Israeli historical discourse that has dehumanized the Palestinians to the extent that during the genocidal war of 2014, Israelis gathered to watch the onslaught in Gaza, dancing and barbecuing and cheering every time white phosphorous came raining down on hapless Palestinians.

Continue reading at http://www.palestinechronicle.com/on-hanging-from-the-blades-of-a-bulldozer-al-naem-is-every-palestinian/

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Why I oppose Canada’s bid for the UN Security Council seat by Hanna Kawas, Chairperson, Canada Palestine Association

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Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.” In addition to Canada not abiding by this article, it is directly empowering Israel’s violations of international and humanitarian law.
Please don’t reward Canada for supporting and enabling Israel’s ethnic cleansingwar crimesapartheid and genocide. I call on you in the name of my father, who died without being able to return to live in his beloved homeland, to not support Canada’s bid for a UNSC seat.

Continue reading at http://cpavancouver.org/2020/06/why-oppose-canadas-bid-for-the-un-security-council-seat/

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