What It’s Like on the Front Lines of Gaza’s Hospital Hell: Talking to Dr. Tanya Haj-Hassan by Mary Turfah

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One of the first posts on @GazaMedicVoices, a social media page that provides firsthand accounts from healthcare workers on the ground in Gaza, was shared on October 12, 2023. It presented the testimony of a consultant surgeon in Gaza, dated to just three days into Israel’s extermination campaign—before, to many, it was recognizable as such. “Having spent five days without leaving the hospital, I find myself at a loss for words,” the surgeon pleaded. “Never before in my entire life have I witnessed anything like this, and I am unable to articulate what I have seen. I am left speechless.”

Continue reading at https://res.cloudinary.com/restless-beings/image/upload/v1715610887/restless-beings-report-2024.pdf

MASS EXTERMINATION,MASS EXPULSION: Documenting Israel’s War Crimes in Gaza by Restless Beings

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Given the massive military aid that Israel receives from USA and given Israel’s highly equipped IDF it’s unmet stated military objectives should be discerning for the Israeli leadership. Rather, it seems quite apparent from the patterns identified in this report and by the price of thousands of civilian deaths and 80 years’ worth of destruction and debris, that Israel’s likely actual military objective was to cause mass ‘extermination’ (labelled as such because Israel clearly sees Palestinians as less than human with senior administration using terms such as ‘human animals’) and mass expulsion– policies of violent colonisation and occupation… The Gaza civilian population is in risk of starvation, forced displacement to a third country and of further attacks whilst Government(s) do not recognise the Israeli strategy of attacks on Gaza…

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Eurovision 2024: The beloved contest has become an ugly mess on DAZED

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This year Eurovision’s mantra ‘united by music’ rings hollow as the European Broadcasting Union doubles down on including Israel in this year’s contest.

… in 2022, following outcries from artists and international broadcasters, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) made the decision to disqualify Russia from the song contest following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement at the time, the EBU said that based on meetings with Eurovision’s governing body, the rules of the event and “the values of the EBU… [that] the inclusion of a Russian entry… would bring the competition into disrepute”. Such sentiments sour when considering the EBU’s attitude towards Israel and the organisation’s failure to consider experiences of those living in Palestine. It’s baffling that Russia’s assault on Ukraine is considered the antithesis of what Eurovision stands for but an ongoing genocide is permissible. 

Continue reading at https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/62587/1/eurovision-2024-israel-palestine-boycott-olly-alexander-eden-golan

Application of the Convention on the Preventionand Punishment of the Crime Of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel) at International Court of Justice

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The Republic of South Africa (‘South Africa’) regrettably finds it necessary to return to the Court to seek an urgent Order from the Court in the case of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel) for the protection of the Palestinian people in Gaza from grave and irreparable violations of their rights, and of South Africa’s rights, under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (‘Genocide Convention’), as a result of Israel’s ongoing military assault on Rafah.

South Africa


Israel

Continue reading at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240510-wri-01-00-en.pdf

Watch South Africa’s oral argument https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k18/k18rdl3nhe (verbatim record)

Watch Israel’s oral argument https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k17/k17n7h7vz9 (verbatim record)

Statement by the Independent Task Force on the Application of National Security Memorandum-20 to Israel Regarding the State Department’s Report under NSM-20 Chaired by Noura Erakat and Josh Paul

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The Administration’s report is at best incomplete, and at worst intentionally misleading in defensive acts and behaviors that likely violate international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. Once again, the Biden ministration has stared the facts in the face – and then pulled the curtains.

… the Administration must come to terms with the fact that what it faces in its lethal military assistance to Israel’s operations in Gaza- and beyond- is not a policy problem: it is a legal problem.

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Israel’s Rafah invasion must stop now, say UN experts by Francesca Albanese, Tomoya Obokata

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“In light of the grievous humanitarian situation on the ground, no evacuation order issued by Israel can be considered compliant with international humanitarian law,” they said. International law stipulates that Israel must ensure displaced civilians are protected and have continuous access to food, safe water, and medical assistance. “This is even more critical when Israel has been warned that its acts may amount to genocide,” the experts said. “Further displacement of Gaza’s population through evacuation orders or military operations contravenes binding provisional measures imposed on Israel by the International Court of Justice.”

…“States with influence over Israel have described any incursion into Rafah as a ‘red line’,” the experts said. “They must immediately put those words into practice and stop this disastrous campaign by ending the flow of arms into Israel and withholding investment and political support.”

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/05/israels-rafah-invasion-must-stop-now-say-un-experts

Dear Mark Zuckerberg and Leadership by Meta employees

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Meta leaders have posted numerous strong statements of support for our Israeli colleagues along with condemnation of the attack on Israel on October 7th that took the lives of ~1,200 civilians, both on internal and external platforms. Mark stated on his public Facebook – 
“The terrorist attacks by Hamas are pure evil. There is never any justification for carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent people. The widespread suffering that has resulted is devastating. My focus remains on the safety of our employees and their families in Israel and the region.” 

However, bias and inequity is painfully apparent when those same leaders do not similarly share support for our Palestinian colleagues and allies nor condemnation of the attacks on Palestine, which have now taken ~35,000 civilian lives and created a humanitarian crisis of displacement and starvation for ~2 million Palestinians. This has created a hostile and unsafe work environment for hundreds of our Palestinian, Arab, Muslim, anti-Zionist Jew, and anti-genocide colleagues at the company, who have felt consistently alienated and uncomfortable at work. Many have tried to articulate this through posts on Workplace only to be censored, rebuffed, and/or penalized. Feedback shared directly with leadership on Workplace Chat has been met with dismissiveness. Bias and inequity for the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Gaza is also apparent when compared to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after which there was an outpouring of leadership support on all fronts, including additional resourcing and investment through various social impact initiatives. The lights in the Dublin office were even painted with the colors of the Ukraine flag. Leadership must do better to achieve true equity and inclusion.

Continue reading at https://www.metamates4ceasefire.com/

Open Letter: States Must Urgently Intervene to Stop a ‘Srebrenica’ Massacre in Rafah and Enforce a Ceasefire by Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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We, the General Directors of the Palestinian human rights organisations, Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, write to you to urge your immediate and direct intervention to stop Israel’s attack on Rafah in Gaza, amid Israel’s genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, ongoing for 213 consecutive days.

… The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has twice stated the need to prevent genocide, an erga omnes obligation of all signatory States to the Genocide Convention which is persistently violated by States that continue to arm and financially support Israel’s settler-colonial, apartheid, and genocidal regime. Our organisations urgently request that States immediately halt all military support for Israel and make clear that attacks on Rafah must be met with a unified, tangible response. This should include a two-way arms embargo, economic sanctions, including freezing the assets of all Israeli government and army officials, as well as travel bans and divestment from all Israeli activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

In order to convey to Israeli leaders that the long-standing impunity they have enjoyed has now ceased, States must publicly support South Africa’s proceedings before the ICJ. Moreover, as we continue our work to ensure the issuance of the long-awaited arrest warrants of Israeli officials and perpetrators by the International Criminal Court (ICC), we call on States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to urgently refer the Situation to the Court and support the Office of the Prosecutor in its investigation. This includes the sharing of information, where relevant, cooperating on arrest warrants, and making financial contributions to the Court and the Trust Fund for Victims to ensure the viability of the Situation in Palestine.

Lastly, the international community as a whole must actively and meaningfully work towards ending Israel’s illegal occupation and dismantling the settler-colonial apartheid regime against the Palestinian people. The process of emptying Gaza and destroying Palestinian life and culture therein is a manifestation of the ongoing Nakba. Just as the international community stood by then, it stands by now. Echoes of condemnation from world leaders have the same effect as silence. What is needed is action.

The ongoing genocide in Gaza is a stark reminder to the harsh reality of unchecked impunity and the bleak world it creates.

Continue reading at https://pchrgaza.org/en/open-letter-states-must-urgently-intervene-to-stop-a-srebrenica-massacre-in-rafah-and-enforce-a-ceasefire/

Onslaught of violence against women and children in Gaza unacceptable: UN experts by Reem Alsalem and others

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“The treatment of pregnant and lactating women continues to be appalling, with the direct bombardment of hospitals and deliberate denial of access to health care facilities by Israeli snipers, combined with the lack of beds and medical resources placing an estimated 50,000 pregnant Palestinian women and 20,000 new-born babies at unimaginable risk. Over 183 women per day are giving birth without pain relief, while hundreds of babies have died because of a lack of electricity to power incubators,” they said. “The dreadful conditions have resulted in increases in miscarriages by up to 300 percent. 95 per cent of pregnant and breastfeeding women face severe food poverty”.

The experts said women in labour deliver their babies in horrific circumstances. According to UNFPA, around 155,000 pregnant women and new mothers are struggling to survive and access basic health care. In addition, an estimated 690,000 women and girls in Gaza who require menstrual hygiene supplies are unable to manage their menstrual cycle in privacy and with dignity with some reports of contraceptive pills being taken to avoid the unhygienic menstrual conditions.

… “Nothing illustrates systematic violence being inflicted on women and their children better than the story of an infant who was saved from her mother’s womb after she was killed in an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip, and died days later in an incubator on 26 April,” the experts said.

They were dismayed at continued reports of sexual assault and violence against women and girls, including against those detained by Israeli occupation forces. 

Continue reading at https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2024/05/onslaught-violence-against-women-and-children-gaza-unacceptable-un-experts

Israeli Military Escalates Bombing of Civilian Homes in Rafah Amid Threats of Ground Invasion by Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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[T]he Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan, and Al-Haq — reiterate their warning of the heightened risk of launching a large-scale military invasion on Rafah, and warn that Israeli forces may seek, through intimidation by bombing homes and killing large numbers of civilians, intensifying artillery shelling, and breaking the sound barrier, to force the population into displacement again. This pattern has been observed in recent weeks with the escalation of Israeli threats to attack Rafah.

In this regard, we highlight that the continuation of these heinous crimes is a result of Israel’s long-enjoyed impunity emboldened by the international community’s inaction and Third States’ unwavering military and political support. Therefore, we call on the international community to take serious and immediate action to compel Israel to end its ongoing genocidal military campaign, and adhere to the binding decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering the end of all genocidal acts in Gaza. 

Continue reading at https://pchrgaza.org/en/israeli-military-escalates-bombing-of-civilian-homes-in-rafah-amid-threats-of-ground-invasion/