UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Palestinian People
Hamas movement welcomes the report released by the UN human rights office that lists companies that have relations with Israeli settlements located in the West Bank. The movement thinks that such a move is a step in the right track to isolate the Israeli occupation and hold it accountable for its crimes committed against the Palestinian people, the foremost of them is genocide and displacing the Palestinian people from their land to establish Israeli settlements.
The Israeli government and its allies refuse to accept the sincerity of this or any of the other changes to the charter, and continue to insist that Hamas is a terrorist organisation to be crushed without pity. What else could be expected from a racist state committed to the genocide of the Palestinian people?
The report of the UN Human Rights Commission of Inquiry does not reflect the massive destruction caused by the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, and it is drafted in a biased approach that favors the Israeli occupation. It equates the Israeli executioner with the Palestinian victim, and justifies the war crimes Israel committed in Gaza. Therefore, Hamas demands the UN Human Rights Council to…  Re-draft the report to include the war crimes Israel has committed, and charge the IOF of war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as crimes of genocide and aggression against a defenseless people. These crimes are enough ground to bring the Israeli criminal leaders to the ICC.
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Not a single country is immune to the risk of genocide, said the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide today as he marked the 66th anniversary of the signing of the 1948 Genocide Convention. “As we continue to fight and to realize the objectives, we pay tribute to the millions of men and women who have lost their lives to genocide,” said Mr. Adama Dieng as he briefed reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, as part of a series of events in the run-up to Human Rights Day, commemorated annually on 10 December.
“We owe to them and to ourselves and future generations to realize a world free of genocide. We are still far from that, but we aim to make it happen,” he added. “Genocide must and can be prevented if we have the will of applying the lessons learned from Rwanda, Srebrenica, and the Holocaust. It is important to identify risk factors that would lead to genocide rather than to wait to when people are being killed…”
Answering a question on Gaza, he said he was not here to make a legal determination of genocide but analyse the risk of genocide. Last summer’s conflict may have led to crimes against humanity or war crimes. He was aware of Israel’s disproportionate military response. But when you send rockets from a civilian area, like Hamas did, that is a crime as well.
By many standards, “this has been Israel’s most self-defeating war”, and it seems to have shocked the world more than previous Israeli invasions. “On the diplomatic front”, according to The Brunei Times, “it has been a disaster” in all senses. Instead of making Hamas politically irrelevant and reducing its resistance capability, the invasion has done the opposite. The IDF has been left “tired and humiliated”, and Israel’s ‘self-defence’ rhetoric has been shown to be a façade for genocide.
All three major Canadian political parties (Conservatives, Liberals, NDP) directly enable the Israel genocide against Palestinians by:
staunchly refusing to condemn Israel for its now-routine mass slaughters in Gaza, or for its latest and most brazen mass slaughter in Gaza of the last month;
expressly, repeatedly, and glibly insisting that Israel — the aggressor, occupier, and perpetrator — has a “right to defend itself”;
accepting and enforcing the US-Israel stance that the forefront formation of Palestinian resistance — Hamas, the elected representatives of Gazans — is a “terrorist” organization;
using this contrived classification of Hamas as a false pretext for allowing the Israel genocide to continue unimpeded, and as a pretext to prevent any meaningful negotiations by allowing Hamas to be excluded from all settlement discussions.
The Green party also plays this role admirably well.
“The moral world of humanity must now hold Israel’s political and military factions solely responsible for the genocidal ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people… Israel must be held accountable for its illegal actions and crimes against humanity! Killing poor defenseless men, women and children is a deplorable, unspeakable atrocity. This video outlines the only possible proposal that could and will lead to an accord between the Palestinians and Israels. This war was an outright attempt to destroy the civilian population which is inexcusable. It was an act of terrorism and must be treated as such. A land force with boots on the ground would have been sufficient enough to destroy Hamas. But, the fear of a hand to hand battle between Israeli soldiers and Hamas would have dramatically increased the possibility of Jewish deaths, so they took the easy way out!”
Dieng and Welsh stated that the high number of civilian casualties, particularly among the Palestinians, could demonstrate disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces. At the same time, the launching of rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups into Israeli residential areas constitutes indiscriminate use of force. In this context, “both parties are in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and these acts could constitute atrocity crimes”, the two Special Advisers observed.
The Special Advisers urge all parties to adhere to the principles of distinction between civilians and combatants, and between civilian objects and military objectives. They also call upon the Israeli Defence Forces to fully respect the principle of proportionality…
Israel, as the Occupying Power, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas, have the responsibility to protect the population in Gaza. The Special Advisers call on the three parties to take immediate measures to ensure the protection of the population.
The Israeli economic minister said: “The only difference between us and Hamas in Gaza is that they are deliberately sending their women and children to stand next to missile launchers in order for them to get killed, and then they cry to the world that they are being killed. This is cynical and cowardly. Israel has all the right to defend itself… They started this, they are continuing this, this can all go away the moment they disarm themselves and stop shooting us. Hamas is placing missiles in homes, in living rooms, in schools, in children’s rooms, this is their modus operandi… If Hamas was shooting missiles at your home, from within a school, what would you do? Would you just wait for those missiles to kill you? We fight back. Sometimes yes in wars there is collateral damage, but I’m not going to ask forgiveness for defending my four children that had rockets shot at home this very morning. What Hamas is doing is effectively self-genocide.”
“Israel is one of the biggest armies in the world. They have a navy, they have an air force, the have nuclear weapons, They have missile defence systems. The are absolutely on a deferent scale completely from those in Hamas and other groups that have been launching rockets made within their own areas and territories. This is not a real fight or conflict, this is an onslaught, a genocide against a people.”