UN rights council demands halt to arms sales to Israel on AFP

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Geneva (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday demanded a halt in all arms sales to Israel, highlighting warnings of “genocide” in its war in Gaza, which has killed more than 33,000 people. The resolution — which passed with 28 of the council’s 47 member states voting in favour, six opposed and 13 abstaining — marked the first time the United Nations top rights body has taken a position on the bloodiest-ever war to beset the besieged Palestinian territory.

…”We need you all to wake up and stop this genocide, a genocide televised around the world,” Palestinian ambassador Ibrahim Mohammad Khraishi told the council before the vote.

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Declaration of Intervention by the Republic of Colombia (South Africa v. Israel) on International Court of Justice

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  1. 186. The Government of Colombia submits the present Declaration of Intervention in the genuine belief that the States parties to the Genocide Convention should do everything in their power to contribute to ensure the prevention, suppression and punishment of genocide and therefore, to assist the Court in finding the responsibility of any State Party to the Convention, for its failure to comply with the obligations contained therein, especially in the context of such a dramatic situation as that unfolding in the Gaza Strip.

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Former supreme court judges say UK arming Israel breaches international law on the Guardian

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Three former supreme court justices, including the court’s former president Lady Hale, are among more than 600 lawyers, academics and retired senior judges warning that the UK government is breaching international law by continuing to arm Israel.

In a letter to the prime minister, the signatories, who also include former court of appeal judges and more than 60 KCs, say that the present situation in Gaza is “catastrophic” and that given the international court of justice (ICJ) finding that there is a plausible risk of genocide being committed, the UK is legally obliged to act to prevent it.

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Malta Urges the ICC to Hurry Up Its War Crimes Probes in Palestine by BluePass

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Malta has joined the growing voices of countries calling on the International Criminal Court to carry out prosecutions should the court’s investigations in Palestine prove that war crimes have been committed in Gaza and elsewhere in the occupied territories…. Vanessa Frazier, Malta’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said her country, a member of the European Union, is counting on the court to continue its inquiry and, if it finds evidence of guilt, to prosecute relevant parties or individuals.

… In January, the ICJ ordered Israel to guard against any act that might be considered a violation of the Genocide Conventions, adding that it was “plausible” that the Israeli Defense Forces’ actions in Gaza could amount to genocide. 

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Munther Isaac’s sermon in the Easter Vigil for Gaza from Bethlehem by Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac

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“Easter has come upon us, in Palestine, in the most difficult circumstances. It has been 175 days since this genocide began. 175 days of bombardment, siege, and starvation. I would have never thought that we would still be witnessing this by Easter. I thought, surely, this violence would have stopped by now. I thought world leaders do have some conscience at the end of the day. I was wrong.”

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The “Capacity to Influence”, State Responsibility, and the Obligation to Prevent Genocide by Jinan Bastaki

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  • Perhaps the most clear example of failing to prevent is the provision of weapons (which, if states knew of the intent to commit genocide, and genocide is indeed found to have been committed, can make them complicit in its commission). Several European countries, including Belgium, Italy, and Spain suspended arms transfer to Israel, and a statement issued by UN experts warned that any transfer of weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used in Gaza is likely to violate international humanitarian law. As a result of a petition by Dutch NGOs, the Court of Appeal in the Hague ordered the state to stop all export and transit of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel. 

…The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provides support for almost 2 million people in Gaza, and has by far the greatest capacity to aid and assist those in Gaza as well as access to different parts of the Strip. As a result of unsubstantiated allegations against it following the ICJ’s order, several major states decided to cut off funding. Within the context of famine setting in and the blocking of aid from entering Gaza and particularly in the north, the severing of UNRWA aid assists in inflicting severe bodily and mental harm (Genocide Convention, Article 1C) upon the population, as well as creating conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part (Article 1C). 

…The non-exhaustive categories cited in the Bosnia v Serbia case were “political, military and financial links,” as well as “links of any kind.” The Court specifically noted that the strength of these links gave Serbia influence unlike any other state party to the Genocide Convention (para. 434) and it encompassed “all those with whom the Respondent maintained close links and on which it could exert a certain influence,” (para. 435). The responsibility of the authorities was to make “the best efforts within their power to try and prevent the tragic events then taking shape,” (para. 438). As stated previously, states are to contribute to restraining in any degree.

Does this encompass significant trade between countries? One country cutting economic ties may or may not help to prevent genocide, but as the Court pointed out, the duty is to act, and “the combined efforts of several States, each complying with its obligation to prevent” (para. 430) may avert the commission of genocide. As an example, the Japanese company Itochu severed its relationship with Elbit systems, the Israeli defense contractor. The agreement between them was not for the transfer of weapons or the provision of Japanese technology for the Israeli military, but rather to procure material for the Japanese military. Still, as a result of the ICJ’s provisional measures order on the 26th of January and “that the Japanese government supports the role of the Court,” Itochu Aviation decided to suspend cooperation. This is significant as, while Itochu is a general trading company, the partnership with Elbit was based on a request from Japan’s defense ministry. 

… An argument can be made for the fact that several countries, each putting major economic and diplomatic pressure, by cutting off or suspending trade deals, cooperation, and the like, can have a combined effect of, at the very least, restraining Israel.

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Petition: Ban Israel from Eurovisionk on EKO

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Palestinians in Gaza are facing famine at the hands of Israeli forces. Gaza’s cultural heritage sites have been decimated by 6 months of bombing.

Meanwhile, singer Eden Golan is set to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. 

By allowing Israel to participate, Eurovision is whitewashing Israel’s genocide of Palestinians, right on the global stage.

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South Africa Welcomes Additional Provisional Measures Ordered by the ICJ by The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

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Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel): Request for the Modification of the Order of 26 January 2024 Indicating Provisional Measures — Order by International Court of Justice

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  • 45. In conformity with its obligations under the Genocide Convention, and in view of the worsening conditions of life faced by Palestinians in Gaza, in particular the spread of famine and starvation, Israel shall: (a) take all necessary and effective measures to ensure, without delay, in full co-operation with the United Nations, the unhindered provision at scale by all concerned of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance, including food, water, electricity, fuel, shelter, clothing, hygiene and sanitation requirements, as well as medical supplies and medical care to Palestinians throughout Gaza, including by increasing the capacity and number of land crossing points and maintaining them open for as long as necessary; and (b) ensure with immediate effect that its military does not commit acts which constitute a violation of any of the rights of the Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group under the Genocide Convention, including by preventing, through any action, the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

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Judges’ separate opinions https://www.icj-cij.org/case/192

Understanding Genocide: The Case of Gaza on Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – PCHR

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“Through this liberal language of international humanitarian law, basically, Israel is searching for impunity. That’s how they immediately defended themselves from the beginning, at the ICJ… This mobilization of international humanitarian law at the service of genocide has also another function. It has- and it will have- the function of telling future generations- or trying to tell future generations- how to narrate the genocide. Israel is constantly trying, like all colonial powers, to write history while erasing the colonized. And so, that’s the function of this mobilization of international humanitarian law. To present and to shape the meaning of violence as legitimate violence, so that in the future- in the next decades- people will remember this genocide, not as a genocide but as something else. As a counter-insurgency campaign which had some excesses but, overall, abided by international humanitarian law.”

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