Some reflections on the occasion of Genocide Memorial Day by Michel “Mikado” Warschawski

“Never again!” was the answer of international society to the Nazi genocides and, indeed, it gave birth to several crucial initiatives: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions, as well as hundreds of UN resolutions against war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocides. “Never again” must be a universal guideline, never again genocide, against any human group, by any human group, and under any circumstances… Many will claim that the colonial wars conducted by Israel, from 1947 to the aggression against Gaza in 2013, were not aimed at eradicating the Palestinian people, but “just” to cleanse territorial areas from their presence. In that sense, they will add, these were not genocidal wars. However, if one reads the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, it will be clear that Israel very well may have committed blatant crimes of genocide as defined in the Convention, including most recently in Gaza.

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