UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, International Criminal Court Prosecutor, International Court of Justice President: Investigate the Possibility that Israel is Committing the Crime of Genocide Against the Indigenous Palestinian People.
A cross-examination of Zionism, from Israel, reveals the violent, racist, and even genocidal policies and practices that Israel, as a settler colonial state, has been using against indigenous Palestinians, among others.
The Guardian Australia reported the 1 million-strong rally in Paris that was led by leading figures in the US Alliance: “Here were some of the most powerful people on earth jostling for space in the Paris boulevard named after Voltaire, the French Enlightenment writer, historian and advocate of freedom of religion and speech. The leaders then set off, arm in arm, Hollande in the centre, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to his left. To his right, Ibrahim Boubacar Këita, the president of Mali – where French troops intervened to push back Islamist forces in 2013 – the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the British prime minister, David Cameron. As they marched, the crowds that lined the route broke into cheers and applause” (see “Paris anti-terror rally: all religions, ages and nations in a massive show of unity”, The Guardian Australia, 12 January 2015).
What hypocrisy by these leaders and the covering media. Thus rally-attendees Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and David Cameron are major players in the post-1990 Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide in which 12 million Muslims have been killed by violence or by violently-imposed deprivation and Western governments of the US Alliance in 2015 are variously bombing and killing Muslims from Mali to Pakistan (Google “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”). Apartheid Israeli prime minister and rally-attendee, Binyamin Netanyahu, is key figure in the ongoing Palestinian Genocide in which 2 million Indigenous Palestinians have been killed by violence (0.1 million) or by violently-imposed deprivation (1.9 million) since 1936 and of about 12.5 million Palestinians, about 6.5 million are prevented from even stepping foot in their own country, 4.3 million are held hostage without human rights in West Bank mini-Bantustan ghettoes or in the Gaza Concentration Camp, and only 7%, the adults of 1.7 million Palestinian Israelis, are permitted to vote for the government ruling all of Palestine, albeit as Third Class citizens denied even freedom of speech under Nazi-style Israeli Apartheid laws.
“It’s important to remember that you don’t need millions of dead bodies and a Nazi industrial system of extermination to constitute genocide under the relevant convention,” writes Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a Washington-based media watchdog. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines “genocide”as inflicting on a group “conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.” As the very title of the treaty suggests, a genocide need not be anywhere near completed—the destruction need not be “in whole”—for genocidal behavior to merit the label. What matters is the motivation, not the body count.
“While conflict has many causes, genocidal conflict is identity-based,” says the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, an expert on such things. “These conflicts are fomented by discrimination,” as well as “hate speech inciting violence.”
Now, consider: Israel is a state that openly discriminates on the basis of identity, denying Palestinian refugees the ability to visit their old villages in what is now Israel while granting citizenship to anyone with a Jewish mother who wants it. Israel is a state where the deputy speaker of parliament openly calls for replacing the indigenous population of Gaza with Jewish settlers, and where a leading newspaper just published an article titled “When Genocide Is Permissible.” It’s the sort of place where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels comfortable calling the 20 percent of the population that isn’t Jewish—the indigenous people who weren’t pushed out—a “demographic threat” to apartheid, their continued reproduction posing a serious challenge to continued ethnic supremacy west of the Jordan River. So why are people afraid to use that word: “genocide”?
It seems, however, and again, as Ilan Pappe notices, that even horrendous crimes, such as the genocide in Gaza, are treated as “discrete events, unrelated to events in the past and dissociated from any ideology or system.” Supporters of Palestine must always relate today’s massacres to the original sin of colonization of the land which Israel has claimed for its own and the dispossession of its indigenous people.