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
Raza Kazim, the Chair of IHRC Trust, introduced the event remembering the Commemoration of the Genocide Memorial Day by IHRC. Kazim noted that ‘the theme of this year’s GMD is “How states sanitise genocide and genocidal acts.” Considering that this GMD is commemorated on the anniversary on the end of Operation Cast Lead, a genocidal act committed by the Tel Aviv regime in 2008-2009 it is appropriate to mention the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu labelled this Tel Aviv regime as worse than the Apartheid regime of South Africa. The word Apartheid, amongst other things, symbolizes the process of dehumanizing a people which creates the environment for genocidal acts to take place.
On Sunday, 20 January 2019 Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) held at the P21 Gallery its annual Genocide Memorial Day event for the 10th year running since its inception in 2010. The philosophy of Genocide Memorial Day is to remember “man’s in humanity to man” through raising awareness of genocides and genocidal acts that have taken place and are still taking place around the world. This year’s Genocide Memorial Day theme was “Genocide as a Tool for Colonialism” and particularly, examined the current genocide and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.
Academic and filmmaker Professor Haim Bresheeth told the Genocide Memorial Day conference in London yesterday that the sons and daughters of the victims of the Nazi genocide are now committing a genocide against the Palestinians.
He said: “A genocide is planned by the extreme Israeli government and if we don’t act to stop it, it will happen at a moment of their choice. And it happens in instalments – it happened in Gaza, it happened in Lebanon and they are now planning for a total decimation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.”
Remembering man’s inhumanity to man. That was the slogan at the sixth annual genocide memorial day organized by the Islamic Human Rights Commission. This unique conference took place on Sunday in parallel with several countries around the world. Speakers were invited from across the globe to discuss the steps leading to genocide and what can be done to stop them. A common talking point at the conference was the plight of the Palestinians who some felt were victims of a modern day genocide.