The Irish Times: Internationalising the conflict

In withholding $127 million in Palestinian Authority (PA) customs revenues from the authority, as retaliation for its application to join the International Criminal Court(ICC), the Israeli government has once again dangerously escalated tensions… The Palestinians may also have difficulty in making the case that, however reprehensible, the Gaza killings rise to the ICC prosecution threshold for genocide or war crimes, of “unimaginable atrocities that deeply shock the conscience of humanity”. Are they a deliberate strategy or the byproducts of a misguided but “legitimate” war? These are legitimate questions and Israel should prepare to answer them instead of taking revenge on those who ask them.

Continue reading at http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/internationalising-the-conflict-1.2055052

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Mohammed Abu-Khdeir and the Politics of Racial Terror in Occupied Jerusalem by Sarah Ihmoud 

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In Genocide and Settler Society, Dirk Moses argues that in colonial contexts, genocide is a dynamic process that has the potential to be released in ‘circumstances of crisis’ (2004, p. 33). Flashpoints of exterminatory violence released by colonial agents and social hysteria among settler communities on the frontier, what Moses terms ‘genocidal moments’ (ibid. p. 34), reveal not only the complex relationship between settler communities and the state in its various forms, but also the deep structure of settler society. Shalhoub Kevorkian has argued that the Israeli settler colonial project is energized by a structure of genocidal dispossession, a structure predicated on a racial schema that evicts Palestinians from the realm of the human, relegating them to zones of non-being and death (2015b).
What interests me here is not only the creation of a genocidal moment that gave way to Mohammed’s murder, one that further evidences Israel’s structure of genocidal dispossession, but also the resurgence of a discourse of colonial sexual violence in conjunction with the creation of this genocidal moment.

Continue reading at http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol14no1_2015/Ihmoud_jerusalem.pdf

“I am ashamed to be a citizen of a government and member state of a world organization that condones and legitimizes Zionist murder, oppression and land theft. ICC and UN investigations now.”

4 December, 2014

To the U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide,

I am ashamed to be a citizen of a government and member state of a world organization that condones and legitimizes Zionist murder, oppression and land theft.
ICC and UN investigations now.

Stef MCK
Melbourne, Australia

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Humanitarian Hypocrisy by Shad Saleem Faruqi

Many human rights agencies including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN Security Council, the Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights are selective about their commemorations and condemnations. Mass murderers in the USA, Israel, UK and France appear absolutely immune from international sanctions. For example the ICC has ruled repeatedly that there is “insufficient evidence” for it to investigate Israel for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Continue reading at http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Columnists/Reflecting-On-The-Law/Profile/Articles/2014/11/27/Humanitarian-hypocrisy/

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80 Palestinian NGOs call to speed up achievement of national unity to face challenges, urge consensus government to take over full authorities in the Gaza Strip on PNGO Portal

THE DANGER OF THE “ETHNO-NATIONALIST” STATE BY BILL FLETCHER, JR.

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Abu Ramadan stated that the appeal expresses the Palestinian civil society’s concern regarding the harsh conditions under which the Palestinian people live as well as the Israeli occupation’s daily escalations in the Gaza Strip to impede the reconstruction process… Abu Ramadan pointed to the continuation of the serious repercussions of the Israeli occupation’s continued blockade on the Gaza Strip particularly after 51 days of offensive when the occupation not only committed crimes against humanity but a genocide against people in some neighborhoods.

Continue reading at http://pngoportal.org/pngo/?p=6564&lang=en#.Xg25rBczb1L

Call to Action from International Conference on Women’s Freedom, Peace and Dignity in Palestine: UN Security Council Resolution 1325 for Accountability by Young Women’s Christian Association

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“UNSCR 1325 is about Women, Peace, and Security. It is about engaging women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and building a just and lasting peace. The 1325 resolution is also about ending impunity and prosecuting those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Fredrik Gjernes, Director of the YWCA YMCA Global in Norway

Continue reading at https://web.archive.org/web/20150303202734/http://www.ywca-palestine.org/viewer.php?ID=290

Israelis must pay for their war crimes By Tariq A. Al Maeena

In its short history, ICC has chased down events in relation to crimes of aggression primarily in some countries in Africa. However, despite repeated calls, it continues to ignore calls for investigations into crimes committed by the Israelis against Palestinians. It has remained mysteriously silent on the massacres of the residents of Sabra and Shatilla and the butchery of civilians in Jenin, crafted by Ariel Sharon, the then Israeli prime minister, followed by a public display of pre-designed genocide of women and children of Gaza at the behest of the current Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Continue reading at http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/israelis-must-pay-for-their-war-crimes-1.1409730

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Saudi Gazette: Have we forgotten Israeli war crimes in Gaza?

In its short history, the ICC has investigated crimes of aggression primarily in some African countries.  Despite repeated calls, it has continued to ignore crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinians.  It has remained mysteriously silent about the massacres of residents of Sabra and Shatila, the butchery of civilians in Jenin crafted by Ariel Sharon the Israeli premier at the time and the public display of genocide of the women and children of Gaza at the behest of the current Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu… The question then for the ICC is this:  When will it hold the Israelis accountable for such continued barbarity?

Continue reading at http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20141015221179

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ILPS: US and Israel officials guilty of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity

As demanded by the peoples and all justice and peace-loving forces, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) calls for the prosecution before the International Criminal Court of Israeli officials and military commanders for committing war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, and US leaders for aiding, abetting, and assisting in the commission of these crimes during the murderous rampage of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in their 50-day military aggression on Gaza codenamed Operation Protective Edge… US officials have aided, abetted and assisted the commission by Israel of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity by providing the latter with the military means to commit these crimes…

The ILPS supports the action taken by the US’ National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists in urging Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders, and aided and abetted by US officials in Gaza.

Continue reading at http://ilps.info/index.php/en/office-of-the-chairperson/statements-and-calls-to-action/764-us-and-israel-officials-guilty-of-war-crimes-genocide-crimes-against-humanity

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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

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The Crime of Genocide is defined in a declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946:

The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Article 2

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Article 3

The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.

Article 4

Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

We are people from all around the world who fear that we are witnessing the genocide of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel. Witnessing Israel’s daily violations of Palestinian human rights- military take-over of land, restriction of movement, economic strangulation, house demolitions, restrictions on basic foodstuff, mass arbitrary arrests of both adults and children, torture, extra judicial executions, and large-scale massacres of whole families, openly calling for genocide and extermination by law makers and other public figures- we can not keep silent about this 67 year-old atrocity, unfolding before our eyes.

We demand the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor take action and investigate the possibility that Israel is committing the Crime of Genocide against the Palestinian People, and that the office publish its findings and recommendations.

Please see our call to action and act now.