Reading the ICC Prosecutor’s statements on Palestine from the Global South by Abdel Ghany Sayed

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As predicted, the International Criminal Court prosecutor has applied for arrest warrants to be issued against “both sides” in the situation[1] in Palestine.

…Not unlike the International Court of Justice proceedings where Israel is being accused of genocide, what is “historic” is not how the international legal institution is reacting to Palestinian suffering; it is rather the extreme suffering and criminality that force such institutions to act.

…Israeli officials’ conduct has resulted in two million direct and indirect victims. Their conduct provides a rare example satisfying each possibility that may alone manifest the temporal and geographical aspects of the scale factor. 

…The offenses by or as a result of the conduct of Israeli statesmen include wilful killing and wounding, torture and ill-treatment, rape, starvation, wanton destruction, displacement and unlawful confinement and hostage-taking. These satisfy the “nature” factor and top any conduct by other actors within the Palestine situation, both quantitatively as well as qualitatively.

On the “manner of commission” factor, the Office has ignored the “particular cruelty” demonstrated in the reports concerning sexual violencetorture and summary execution, and the videos that Israeli soldiers post routinely documenting their appalling crimes.

On the “impact” factor, the amount of terror inflicted on the entire population of Palestine is of significant gravity when compared with anything happening in the entire world. 

Continue reading at https://mada38.appspot.com/www.madamasr.com/en/2024/05/23/opinion/politics/reading-the-icc-prosecutors-statements-on-palestine-from-the-global-south/

Statement of ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan KC: Applications for arrest warrants in the situation in the State of Palestine on International Criminal Court website

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On the basis of evidence collected and examined by my Office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Yahya SINWAR (Head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (“Hamas”) in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim AL-MASRI, more commonly known as DEIF (Commander-in-Chief of the military wing of Hamas, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades), and Ismail HANIYEH (Head of Hamas Political Bureau) bear criminal responsibility for the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of Israel and the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 7 October 2023: 

  • Extermination as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(b) of the Rome Statute;
  • Murder as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(a), and as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Taking hostages as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(iii);
  • Rape and other acts of sexual violence as crimes against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(g), and also as war crimes pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(vi) in the context of captivity;
  • Torture as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(f), and also as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity;
  • Other inhumane acts as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(l)(k), in the context of captivity;
  • Cruel treatment as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity; and
  • Outrages upon personal dignity as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(ii), in the context of captivity.

On the basis of evidence collected and examined by my Office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Benjamin NETANYAHU, the Prime Minister of Israel, and Yoav GALLANT, the Minister of Defence of Israel, bear criminal responsibility for  the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 8 October 2023:

  • Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(b)(xxv) of the Statute;
  • Wilfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or health contrary to article 8(2)(a)(iii), or cruel treatment as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Wilful killing contrary to article 8(2)(a)(i), or Murder as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population as a war crime contrary to articles 8(2)(b)(i), or 8(2)(e)(i);
  • Extermination and/or murder contrary to articles 7(1)(b) and 7(1)(a), including in the context of deaths caused by starvation, as a crime against humanity;
  • Persecution as a crime against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(h);
  • Other inhumane acts as crimes against humanity contrary to article 7(1)(k).

Continue reading at https://www.icc-cpi.int/news/statement-icc-prosecutor-karim-aa-khan-kc-applications-arrest-warrants-situation-state

ICC Prosecutor Completely Neglects to Mention the Crimes Committed Against Palestinian Prisoners in Arrest Warrants for Israeli Officials by Addameer

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On May 20, 2024, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that he had requested arrest warrants for two high-profile Israeli officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Security Minister Yoav Gallant. The Prosecutor stated that he had reasonable grounds to believe that Netanyahu and Gallant had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza from at least October 8, 2023. The decision made by the ICC Prosecutor to hold Israeli officials accountable for their crimes marks a significant step towards ending decades of impunity for crimes committed in occupied Palestine. This decision underscores the importance of international justice in addressing long standing oppressions and human rights violations.

Addameer welcomes the decision of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office; however, substantial efforts are still required to achieve comprehensive justice and hold Israeli officials fully accountable for their crimes. 

… Addameer also documented a worrying increase in the acts of torture committed against Palestinian detainees since the beginning of the genocide. Palestinians are systematically victim of torture and mistreatments during their arrest, interrogation, and while in detention. Detention conditions are deteriorating, including with the provision of extremely poor food portions, forcing detainees to sleep in very cold cells, overcrowding of cells, and detainees having to sleep on the floor. Palestinian detainees are subjected to beatings multiple times a day, sometimes until loss of consciousness, forced to stay in stress positions, threatened, including with death, sexual violence, or threats on their families, and regularly strip searched.

… Israeli nationals committing crimes against Palestinian detainees are never prosecuted by the Israeli occupation authorities. According to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), more than 1,400 complaints of torture  were submitted to the what so called Israeli Ministry of “Justice” since 2001 and all the cases were closed without a single indictment.

… Addameer strongly encourages the Office of the Prosecutor to investigate the aforementioned crimes and issue arrest warrants for those responsible… Failing to investigate and prosecute Israeli perpetrators of such crimes will only reinforce injustice and the system of complete impunity created by the occupying state.

Continue reading at https://www.addameer.org/news/5356

Israel’s extortion leaflets and Namecheap: How to do corporate accountability during a genocide by Tali Shapiro

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The leaflets, like much of Israel’s abuse of technology during this genocide, included a QR code leading to a website with more ominous messaging, a snitch box, and a countdown until presumably the threat of outing will be acted upon.

An anonymous group has traced the website to the domain registration company NameCheap, and upon discovering that the company terminated their Russian accounts because of “war crimes and human rights violations,” wrote a letter (text below) demanding similar treatment in this case, stressing the possibility of complicity in war crimes, collective punishment, and genocide.  

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/05/israels-extortion-leaflets-and-namecheap-how-to-do-corporate-accountability-during-a-genocide/

Personal Essay by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

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I am beginning to have fewer dreams. Or nightmares; I am unsure what the most accurate description is. I no longer have a normal sleep pattern—most nights, I am scrolling or stationed in front of satellite news reports, watching a tomorrow that has yet to begin where I live unfold its horrors on our people. I have kept this meager vigil for seven months, trying to absorb every fact and detail of the genocide in Gaza. Poet Fady Joudah writes of our dead, “I am a grief capitalist, I claim them all.” While grief animates my vigil, so does distrust. I know not to trust the record-keeping. I watch our deaths disputed, I watch the months, years, crimes, and devastations of seventy-six years that predate October 7th, 2023, erased before my eyes.

Continue reading at https://prairieschooner.unl.edu/fusion/personal-essay/

Palestinian NGOs Urge ICC to Intervene to Prevent Genocidal Massacre in Rafah, Issue Arrest Warrants for Israeli War Cabinet Members by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Al-Haq, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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We have closely followed the attacks aimed at you, your Office, the Court, its personnel, and family members, including threats of retaliation, with deep concern. We are dismayed and vehemently condemn any attempt to undermine the independence of the Court and its crucial ability to fulfill its mandate. These attacks are intended to perpetuate Israel’s decades-long enjoyed impunity for the most serious international crimes in Palestine, as Israel entrenches its settler colonial apartheid regime, and annexes more territory.  

Despite the challenges posed by these attacks, it is crucial that justice is upheld and that the Rome Statute’s assertion that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished” is honored. We will continue to support and engage with the Court and your Office and will continue to urge states parties to the Rome Statute to abide by their obligations to cooperate fully with the Court, respect and ensure respect for its integrity and independence, and publicly reject and condemn acts or threats committed against the administration of justice. 

… Israel’s actions evidence a blatant disregard for international law and human rights principles, as exemplified by its deliberate refusal to abide by United Nations (UN) Security Council, UN General Assembly, and UN Human Rights Council resolutions, as well as the provisional measures orders issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Israeli war cabinet’s unanimous decision to proceed with the Rafah ground invasion demands one unequivocal response: the immediate issuance of arrest warrants for all its members, particularly those with decision-making powers—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Minister and former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. We note that all three of them are also implicated in international crimes preceding the ongoing genocide, for which arrest warrants could and should have been issued long ago.

Arrest warrants should also be issued for commanders and soldiers from the Israeli military units currently participating in the Rafah ground invasion, including those affiliated with the 162nd Division, particularly the 401st Armored Brigade, which had taken operational control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, and the 215th Artillery Brigade. This action is imperative to hold accountable those involved in ordering and perpetrating acts that constitute international crimes under the Rome Statute, including the crimes against humanity of extermination and forcible transfer, and the crime of genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.mezan.org/en/post/46446

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

Stop the Gaza genocide immediately by Muhammad Abu Salmiya

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I am employed as the Director of Al-Shifa Hospital. What is happening in Gaza cannot be fully described in words. This brief Correspondence is a plea to every human being to help stop this genocide right now—we cannot live like this; the world should not be silent about the killing of civilians in the thousands.

Continue reading at https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(24)00135-1/fulltext

Genocide in Gaza: Analysis of International Law and its Application to Israel’s Military Actions since October 7, 2023 by University Network for Human Rights

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In light of the extraordinary implications of a finding that Israel may be committing genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza, the University Network for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Clinic at Boston University School of Law, the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell Law School, the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, and the Lowenstein Human Rights Project at Yale Law School have conducted a thorough legal analysis of Israel’s acts since October 7, 2023, as situated in their historical context.

…Israel’s violations of the international legal prohibition of genocide amount to grave breaches of peremptory norms of international law that must cease immediately. These violations also give rise to obligations by all other States: to refrain from recognizing Israel’s breaches as legal or taking any actions that may constitute complicity in these breaches; and to take positive steps to suppress, prevent, and punish the commission by Israel of further genocidal acts against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The facts in this report are current as of May 1, 2024. Between its finalization and publication, reports emerged of additional, egregious abuses by Israel against Palestinians in the southern city of Rafah and elsewhere, where more than a million Palestinians are seeking refuge. These developments, though not reflected in the report, further demonstrate Israel’s ongoing genocidal conduct and intent, and underscore the urgency with which the international community must act.

Continue reading at https://www.humanrightsnetwork.org/genocide-in-gaza

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…

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