THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the case Nicaragua v. Germany – oral arguments

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Germany

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Verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/193/193-20240408-ora-01-00-bi.pdf

Germany https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11f8yi2wu

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German civil servants demand ‘immediate’ end to Israeli arms supplies by James Jackson

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A group of German civil servants have written to Chancellor Olaf Scholz and other senior ministers calling on the government to “cease arm deliveries to the Israeli government with immediate effect”.

“Israel is committing crimes in Gaza that are in clear contradiction to international law and thus to the Constitution, which we are bound to as federal civil servants and public employees,” the statement says, citing the International Court of Justice’s ruling in January that Israel’s military actions are “plausible acts of genocide”.

… The civil servants sent the statement via email to ministries last week, with the disclaimer that “due to the sensitive content and the excessive state repression that criticism in this area is met with, we want to remain anonymous”.

… Internationally, civil servants are increasingly speaking out against Western support of Israel. In February, 800 civil servants in the US and the European Union signed a “transatlantic statement” that warned Western support for Israel could amount to “grave violations of international law”, and complained of expert advice being ignored.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/7/german-civil-servants-demand-immediate-end-to-israeli-arms-supplies

Read the full statement here https://www.instagram.com/the_james_jackson/p/C5ef14qsq8Y/

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.

Watch at https://www.newarab.com/news/gaza-defunding-unrwa-may-be-violating-genocide-convention

Poll: 1 in 3 Germans say Israel treating Palestinians like Nazis did Jews on Times of Israel

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Asked to voice their position on the statement “What the State of Israel is doing to the Palestinians today is in principle no different than what the Nazis in the Third Reich did to the Jews,” a full 36 percent of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed, while another 25% said they did not know. 

Continue reading at https://www.timesofisrael.com/poll-1-in-3-germans-have-poor-view-of-israel-dont-see-responsibility-toward-jews/

The Dark Side of Germany and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies by Dan Lieberman

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Post World War II Germany has exhibited commendable characteristics — publicly atoning for its Nazi past, working assiduously to create a thriving nation, designing a truly democratic country, integrating its European compatriots into a common market, leading others in opening borders to refugees, and modifying its previous ultra-nationalism to form the European union. Behind these praiseworthy attributes lurks another Germany and with a deadly appearance. Germany, which committed the World War II genocide, actively aids and abets another genocide ─ the genocide of the Palestinian people.

Continue reading at https://countercurrents.org/2022/07/the-dark-side-of-germany-and-the-american-institute-for-contemporary-german-studies/

When It Comes to Israel and Palestine, Germany Needs to Remember Its Commitment: ‘Never Again’ by Agneska Bloch

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On one hand is Germany’s “special relationship” with Israel, rooted in Germany’s “special historical responsibility for Israel’s security,” as German Chancellor Angela Merkel put it in a 2008 speech to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. On the other is the oft-repeated injunction “nie wieder” (never again), a commitment to prevent genocide based on the principles of human rights and the protection of minorities after the Holocaust. Yet the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, which the normalization deals reinforce, and annexation, which they only postpone, are clear violations of this duty.

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Germany’s decision to equate BDS with anti-Semitism is ‘immoral’ on Middle East Monitor

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Germany’s decision to equate the boycott of Israel with anti-Semitism “violates international law”,  “international legitimacy” and is “immoral”, the Boycott Campaign – Palestine said in a statement today… “We call on the German parliament to immediately reverse the decision and support any popular action against any occupation around the world, especially the Israeli occupation, which continues to commit war crimes and genocide against the defenceless Palestinian people.”

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190522-germanys-decision-to-equate-bds-with-anti-semiitism-is-immoral/

Statement about German nightclubs blacklisting DJs over support for the BDS movement by Hiro Kone

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This is about freedom and equality for the Palestinian people, what it’s not about is any one insular community coming to grips with a movement that has been growing for some time. I think we’ve all had plenty of time, in fact, to come to grips with the fact that the Israeli government is heavily armed and genocidal.

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Germany: Do not collaborate in Israel’s Cultural Crimes in regards to the Looted Palestinian Dead Sea Scrolls and respect international law by PACBI

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The confiscation and theft of Palestinian cultural heritage are part of Israel’s attempts to erase Palestinian memory and cultural identity… 

As US legal expert David Nersessian notes:

“Cultural genocide extends beyond attacks upon the physical and/or biological elements of a group and seeks to eliminate its wider institutions… Elements of cultural genocide are manifested when artistic, literary, and cultural activities are restricted or outlawed and when national treasures, libraries, archives, museums, artifacts, and art galleries are destroyed or confiscated.”

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Angry protesters greet Israeli justice minister in Berlin (i24News, 2015)

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Left-wing activists and BDS supporters gathered outside the Justice ministry, where Shaked opened a conference titled “Democracy and the Rule of Law,” with German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas… “She was talking about genocide, and in Germany, her statements would probably have landed her in jail,” said Iris Hefets of “Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East,” which organized the rally alongside several BDS groups. The organization also sent letters to the heads of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, urging then to reconsider their decision to host a dinner in honor of Shaked.

Continue reading at http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/94882-151207-angry-protesters-greet-israeli-justice-minister-in-berlin