- Israel has routinely targeted the civilian police officers tasked with securing aid convoys and the administration of the Kerem Shalom crossing, making chaos the master of the situation when aid arrives and further undermining the distribution of such aid.
- The Israeli army regularly targets Gaza City residents attempting to receive humanitarian supplies, either by gunfire or artillery shelling, stated Euro-Med Monitor. This violence has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries, as well as in the intimidation of those residents who are struggling to find food.
- … The Israeli collective punishments on the Gaza Strip, according to Euro-Med Monitor, are clearly directed towards starving the entire population and putting them at risk of death. Israel also uses starvation as a tactic of war, which is illegal under international law, and as a means of carrying out the crime of genocide against the Strip’s residents that has been ongoing for five months now.
- “My question is about our Gaza coverage,” said the journalist who worked from Lebanon in the fall. “I think it’s no secret that there is a lot of discontent about how the newsgathering process — and how it played out.”
- Instead of finding solace in CNN’s coverage of the war, the staffer continued, “I find that my colleagues, my family, are platforming people over and over again, that are either calling for my death, or using very dehumanizing language against me … and people that look like me. And obviously, this has a huge impact in our credibility in the region.”
- … Another newsroom staffer chimed in to object to the network’s uncritical coverage of statements by Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. “I think a lot of us felt very strongly about the fact that there were very senior anchors not challenging people like, comments like, the defense minister using what is considered under international law, genocidal language, ‘human animals,’ all of those things that made up the first seven pages of the South African legal case at the ICJ,” referring to the International Court of Justice.
- February 28, 2024, San Francisco, CA – Late yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to expedite the appeal of Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans suing U.S. officials for their failure to prevent – and complicity in – Israel’s genocide in Gaza. The Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel at Van Der Hout LLP sought the expedited schedule because of the lethal danger and conditions, including mass starvation, intentionally inflicted upon plaintiffs, their families, and all the residents of Gaza, as Israel continues its genocidal assault on the population and prepares a ground assault on Rafah, where more than a million people have taken refuge following their forced evacuation from northern Gaza. The appeals court will set an early June date for oral arguments in San Francisco.
…In the lawsuit filed in November, a group of Palestinian and Palestinian-American individuals and organizations asked the court to enjoin President Biden, Secretary Blinken, and Secretary Austin from providing weapons and other forms of support to Israel that are being used to further the genocide in violation of domestic and international law.
- UNITED NATIONS, 27 February 2024 – Time is running out for children in Gaza as reports emerge that they are starting to die because of malnutrition[i]while Israel continues to impose restrictions preventing the safe delivery of aid, Save the Children said today.
- With the collapse in communication as well as aid – particularly in northern areas of Gaza where civilians are at highest risk of starvation – the stories reported are likely the tip of the iceberg.
- Ahead of the UN Security Council convening a session on food insecurity in Gaza today, Save the Children reiterated calls for an immediate, definitive ceasefire and the ramping up of safe, unfettered aid access, with the lives of 1.1 million more children hanging by a thread. Already, more than 12,500 children have been killed in nearly five months of war, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.
- Since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel nearly five weeks ago to “take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian aid” as part of its provisional measures to protect Palestinians in Gaza from the risk of genocide, the number of aid trucks entering the Strip has dropped by more than a third, according to UN data.
- Frequent border closures, ongoing Israeli air strikes, continued fighting, insecurity, and demonstrators blocking aid trucks from entering Gaza are impeding aid efforts, including food delivery. In some cases, trucks with food supplies are waiting at the border so long that vegetables are rotten once they arrive in Gaza.
- Aaron Bushnell has died. He self-immolated on a Sunday afternoon, in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., shouting “Free Palestine” until he could no longer draw breath. There are no other words to put around that act, not really. His own words leading up to the moment were confident and quiet. “I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” he said. “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.”
- By saying that, Bushnell placed his act within the context of the 143 days of horror Palestinians have suffered since October 7. He refused to be a part of it any longer—not the white phosphorus burning children to the bone, not the indiscriminate bombing that has killed 30,000 people and destroyed libraries, bakeries, schools, hospitals, and entire families, and not the celebrations of genocide happening on the other side of the Gaza border.
Continue reading at https://www.currentaffairs.org/2024/02/in-his-right-mind
- “The need for an arms embargo on Israel is heightened by the International Court of Justice’s ruling on 26 January 2024 that there is a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and the continuing serious harm to civilians since then”, the experts said. The Genocide Convention of 1948 requires States parties to employ all means reasonably available to them to prevent genocide in another state as far as possible. “This necessitates halting arms exports in the present circumstances”, the experts said.
- The experts welcomed the suspension of arms transfers to Israel by Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Japanese company Itochu Corporation. The European Union also recently discouraged arms exports to Israel.
- The experts urged other States to immediately halt arms transfers to Israel, including export licenses and military aid. The United States and Germany are by far the largest arms exporters and shipments have increased since 7 October 2023. Other military exporters include France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
…“State officials involved in arms exports may be individually criminally liable for aiding and abetting any war crimes, crimes against humanity or acts of genocide,” the experts said. “All States under the principle of universal jurisdiction, and the International Criminal Court, may be able to investigate and prosecute such crimes.”
- South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile
Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America
Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary
China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius
Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar
United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia
Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union
Spain, Fiji and Maldives
South Africa, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belgium https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k13jfq7uqb (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)
Belize, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1g32uhhkw (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240220-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)
Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and United States of America https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1ggyabo49 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-01-0-bi.pdf)
Russian Federation, France, The Gambia, Guyana and Hungary https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1b/k1bb8jev65 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240221-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)
China, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan and Jordan https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k10/k10g8i0fve (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Mauritius https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k15/k15sfyp57d (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240222-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)
Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia and Qatar https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k14/k146vvicz2 (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-01-00-bi.pdf)
United Kingdom, Slovenia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria and Tunisia https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k11/k11pg5qd8i (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240223-ora-02-00-bi.pdf)
Türkiye, Zambia, League of Arab States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and African Union https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1w/k1wlevnxjx (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)
Spain, Fiji and Maldives https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k13/k134ldx1eq (verbatim record https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/186/186-20240226-ora-wri-01-00-bi.pdf)
- Japanese trading giant Itochu’s surprise announcement on February 5 that it was terminating its agreement with the Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems has sent shockwaves throughout corporate Japan. Itochu stated specifically that they based their decision on the International Court of Justice ruling that Israel may be committing genocide in Gaza, and on the position of the Japanese government that the ICJ decision must be implemented “in good faith”.
- “The Court notes that the most recent developments in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, ‘would exponentially increase what is already a humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary-General (Remarks to the General Assembly on priorities for 2024 (7 Feb. 2024)).
- This perilous situation demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures indicated by the Court in its Order of 26 January 2024, which are applicable throughout the Gaza Strip, including in Rafah, and does not demand the indication of additional provisional measures.
- The Court emphasizes that the State of Israel remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and with the said Order, including by ensuring the safety and security of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”
Read the South Africa request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240212-wri-01-00-en.pdf
Read Israel’s observations on the request at https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/192/192-20240215-wri-01-00-en.pdf