Is ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan Fit for Purpose? by Hasmik Egian and Mouin Rabbani

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The “inventory before the Office” that was subject to its review consisted of cases that had not been referred to the ICC by the Security Council and included the two separate “situations” – Palestine and in Afghanistan. Both investigations have been vociferously denounced by the United States, and in 2019 Washington revoked Bensouda’s US visa. In 2020, it smacked her and other Court officials with sanctions normally reserved for designated criminals.

… Khan’s lofty proclamation before the Council that “no safe haven is given to war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide” notwithstanding, he appeared to be reassuring Washington and its allies that the Palestine and Afghanistan files, along with several other investigations, would collect dust in his filing cabinet. It was that rare instance in which a  senior international official publicly announced his dereliction of duty at the very start of his tenure.

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Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Teach-In Series — International Law & the War on Palestine on Jadaliyya

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I think that really exemplifies sort of the rules of genocide and how people talk about genocide. So I think of these rules- I kind of divide them into two categories- there are the rules that are about how the powerful get to use the term and get to exploit it; and then there are the rules that are about preventing the less powerful from talking about genocide and making use of it.

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Turmoil at the BBC: “Gravest Possible Concerns” at Its Gaza Coverage on Jadaliyya

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The article quoted extensively from an email that was sent on 24 October by a BBC correspondent based in Beirut, Rami Ruhayem, to the Director General of the BBC, Tim Davie, voicing ‘the gravest possible concerns’ about BBC coverage of unfolding events in Gaza. 

… “Dear Tim,

I am writing to raise the gravest possible concerns about the coverage of the BBC, especially on English outlets, of the current fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions.  It appears to me that information that is highly significant and relevant is either entirely missing or not being given due prominence in coverage. This includes expert opinion that Israel’s actions could amount to genocide.”

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The War on Palestine Podcast: Episode 1 by Jadaliyya

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“In this moment Israel has targeted 29 UNRWA schools, eight of which were providing shelter at the time. Has targeted 12 out of 35 hospitals that are critical to ensure life. Has cut off water, has cut off electricity, has bombed humanitarian convoys, has prevented the creation of any humanitarian corridors. We must understand this as a genocidal campaign. And if we understand it as such, as defined by the 1948 Genocide Convention, which has two critical elements; both genocidal intent, as well as specific underlying acts- which have been demonstrated exhaustively by legal scholars, genocide scholars, legal institutions- then we must also agree that there is no condition on how we apply ceasefire now. There is no legal or moral code that justifies genocide. Not in the name of self-defense, not in the name of National Security, not in the name of achieving any kind of resolution. There should be no equivocation on demanding an unequivocal ceasefire now. Not just to cease the hostilities but literally in order to stem a genocide.”

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BDS and Our Movements for Justice: The Academic Boycott at the American Anthropological Association on Jadaliyya

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Sarah Ihmoud: “BDS is one such opportunity for feminist praxis. As Israel’s ongoing settler project remains an enactment of genocidal violence against an indigenous people, through technologies of war, capture, and militarized dispossession… Feminist organizing in Palestine has been deeply invested in dismantling structures of settler colonialism and apartheid that place women and queer folk disproportionately in marginal positions. Like in other colonial and genocidal contexts, Israel has targeted the bodies and sexualities of Palestinian women, as symbolic peripheries of the Palestinian nation.”

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Scholars of Genocide, Mass Violence, and Human Rights Statement on Ongoing Developments in Palestine and Israel on Jadaliyya

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As scholars of genocide, mass violence, and human rights, it is our moral and intellectual responsibility to center the voices and perspectives of victims and survivors of state violence. We study and teach about a wide range of processes and cases of mass atrocities and state violence. Unfortunately, Israel—like many other modern states—also commits state violence, and we must not remain silent about it. Indeed, we teach students about the dangers of remaining silent and about the importance of speaking up and taking action. This is particularly significant in this case, as Palestinians, their history, and the ongoing Israeli state violence against them since the Nakba in 1948 have been marginalized in our field for far too long. 

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Protesting Israel’s Dehumanization and Demonization of the Palestinians by Shahd Abusalama

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Israel’s culture of impunity assumes they can continue committing a gradual genocide against our existence, without us fighting back to reclaim our humanity and hold them accountable. If we “dare to dream,” to use Eurovision’s slogan this year, we face Israel’s multi-faced violence, which chases us wherever we go, even when we physically break free of Israeli systems of oppression to Europe. And unfortunately, the Israeli narrative continues to enjoy Western bias despite growing resistance from believers in global justice across the world. As a result, our suffering and yearning for freedom and justice is left unheard and unseen in the mainstream. Meanwhile, Israel and Western governments are criminalizing the BDS movement, which has given us an empowering non-violent tool to tackle those intersecting international systems of oppression against us, and a solidarity tactic to break this chain of complicity.

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Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide by Mark LeVine and Eric Cheyfitz on Jadaliyya

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For these reasons, we feel it is important to raise awareness about the expanding scholarly understanding of genocide precisely because such discussions can and should ultimately lead to similar discussions in the relevant international tribunals. The idea of establishing a scale of genocidal behavior (not to be confused with incitement, conspiracy, or intent to commit genocide) that would include the experiences of groups such as West Papuans and Palestinians, and in the process also reintegrate concepts like cultural and political genocide (originally termed “politicide”) into the matrix of legal meanings is worthy of study by scholars and advocates. Such an approach would seem to make room for the concepts of incipient (Shaw), incremental (Pappé), or slow motion (Anderson) genocides discussed here to become part of the legal discussion as the term evolves.

However, in the current legal environment, we believe it would be very difficult to prove that the Israeli government has intended or conspired to commit genocide during the occupation (whether incremental or concentrated). (Others have reached the opposite conclusion, including, most recently, an analysis published by the Center for Constitutional Rights titled “The Genocide of the Palestinian People: An International Law and Human Rights Perspective.”)

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Incremental Genocide: An Interview with Ilan Pappe by Malihe Razazan

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The Israelis were happy with the PA controlling the Gaza strip. So this was a kind of an open prison, if you want. But still a prison. But in 2005, the inmates- if one can call it this way, using the same metaphors of the prison- had enough, and rebelled against this strangulation and ghettoisation by starting a resistance movement. And the Israelis turned the open air prison into a maximum security prison, which they bombed from the outside, whenever they feel like, or whenever the rebellion is too much for them. And because the can’t divide the Gaza strip into areas A, B, and C, as they do in the West Bank, they can’t hope that the Palestinians would move to Egypt as they hoped that they would move from the West Bank to Jordan. And they know, I’m sure they know, they are fully conscience that if they don’t allow these people to be united with the rest of Palestine, if they do not check out, expel all these people, they leave them at their mercy in this huge prison which is called “the Gaza Strip”. And once this prison rebels, they are the strongest army in the area, if not in the world, they use the weapons that were made- originally- for fighting brigades of tanks and hundreds of thousands of soldiers. They use it on an urban space [equivalent to] a small city in America. So this is how it becomes genocidal.

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