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.
“This is the current situation that Abbas faces. Abbas’ current stance regarding the current Intifada and his attempt to badly utilise it as a means to resume talks with Israel harkens to the way the first Intifada was utilised to reap the disastrous Oslo Accords, for which the Palestinians are still paying a bitter price. It is clear that the Palestinian [National] Authority is resolute when it comes to its security coordination with Israel, even if the Occupation has committed genocide and war crimes against the Palestinians.”
President Mamnoon Hussain has linked permanent restoration of peace in the Middle East with the resolution of the long-standing Palestine issue…. The OIC summit titled ‘United for just solution’, hosted by Indonesia at the request of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, gathered heads of state and representatives from 49 Muslim countries… He said the conference was important at a time when Palestinians were facing a new wave of violence. He recalled the genocide carried out by Israel in Gaza in 2014 and regretted that the world kept watching the killing of Palestinian men, women and children.
After the war on Gaza left over 2,200 dead, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas labeled Israel’s treatment of Gaza as a “war of genocide,” during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September 2014. Below we remember the victims of that war and the solidarity offered.
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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.
On September 21, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council accused Israel of failing to distinguish “between civilians and civilian objects and military targets… Both the loss of life and the damage to property were disproportionate to the harm suffered by Israel or any threatened harm. Israel’s actions could not be justified as self-defense… The IDF was responsible for the crime of killing, wounding and terrorizing civilians (as well as) wonton(ly) destr(oying) property and that such destruction could not be justified on grounds of military necessity.” The HRC called IDF crimes so grave, “it was compelled to consider whether (genocide) had been committed.” Israel “committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and, possibly genocide in the course of Operation Cast Lead.”
For the first time, Abbas raised the spectre of genocide: Israel was accused of a “new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people”. And while doing so, affirmed the Palestinian right of resistance against Israel’s occupation.
What may be most significant here is that the formal authority structure representing the Palestinian people on the global stage seemed to be in temporary sync with pro-Palestinian civil society activists around the world. For instance, the Russell Tribunal (RT) at an Extraordinary Session held in Brussels on September 24, focused on charges of genocide directed against Israel in connection with Protective Edge. RT found Israel guilty of the distinct crime of “incitement to genocide” under the 1948 Genocide Convention as well as aggravated crimes against humanity. The testimony at Brussels established strong circumstantial evidence of a genocidal intent on Israel’s part. Nevertheless, this evidence failed to convince the jury that Israel’s leaders possessed the specific intent required to establish the crime of genocide…
Israeli poet and Israel Prize laureate, Nathan Zach, defended Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ speech that described the latest Israeli occupation assault on Gaza by “genocide.” In his interview with Army Radio, Zach said that Netanyahu’s speech was “filled with lies” while Abbas’ “spoke the truth…”
Zach made a storm in the media when he defended Abbas’ use of the word “genocide”, saying that Abbas’ has been demanding fruitful negotiations for a whole year now, but Israel was pushing and delaying any solutions. “To some extent, whenever someone is angry after having been strung along for over a year with fruitless negotiations, then one tends to use words that aren’t so effective,” he said. “For Abbas, that word was genocide, or a mini genocide.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a Sunday interview with an Israeli broadcaster that the word “genocide” used by President of the Palestinian National Unity Government Mahmoud Abbas during his recent address at the UN General Assembly was appropriate, saying Abbas was “naming things by their name…” He went on to explain that “naming things by their name is not extreme,” underlining that it was unacceptable that using the term “genocide” had enraged the US and Israel. “Ignoring facts doesn’t mean they don’t exist,” said the Palestinian official in response to the criticism. He added, “In my opinion [the criticism] is inappropriate, not responsible and unacceptable.”
The development came after US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed on Friday that Abbas’ speech “included offensive characterizations” that the US rejects.
“In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people… in the name of Palestine, we pay tribute to everyone who chose to stand with human values and demanded freedom, justice and peace. All of these manifestations of true solidarity constituted an important message to those who were facing genocide in Gaza, helping them to feel they felt that they were not alone… There is an occupation that must end now. There is a people that must be freed immediately. The hour of independence of the State of Palestine has arrived.”
Bolivian Foreign Ministry also calls on the international community to intervene to stop “the genocide” and stressed that “should respect and comply with international agreements and treaties.” The Foreign Ministry also expressed concern about the operation called “[Protective] Edge” that has killed more than 80 Palestinian civilians, including children, adolescents and women, and injured more than 500.
“We urge you to investigate and punish the crimes committed by Israel in this region, in the framework of international law, human rights and international humanitarian law,” the statement said.
Bolivia joins the call of the people of Alba, who strongly condemned the cruelty against the Palestinian people, as a human slaughter has described President Mahmoud Abbas. Venezuela recently criticized Israel for bombing Gaza… and asked the mediation of international organizations.