UK accused of hypocrisy in not backing claim of genocide in Gaza before ICJ by Patrick Wintour

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  • The UK is facing accusations of double standards after formally submitting detailed legal arguments to the international court of justice in The Hague six weeks ago to support claims that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya ethnic group through its mass mistreatment of children and systematically depriving people of their homes and food.
  • The UK made its 21-page “declaration of intervention” jointly with five other countries, but it is not supporting South Africa as it prepares to try to convince the ICJ on Thursday that Israel is at risk of committing genocide against the Palestinian people.
  • The UK submission on Myanmar argues there is a lower threshold for determining genocide if the damage has been inflicted on children as opposed to adults. The submission said other actions that could be defined as genocidal, if systematic, include forced displacement from homes, deprivation of medical services and the imposition of subsistence diets.

It argues that given declarations of intent to commit genocide are rare, the court’s test should not solely be explicit statements or numbers killed, but reasonable inference drawn from a pattern of conduct and factual evidence.

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OP-ED: The Rohingya and Palestinian crises, compared by Ahtaram Shine

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As a Rohingya refugee, I have found that our people have much in common with Palestinians. Both populations have been persecuted, repeatedly displaced, denied citizenship, and now subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing. Both Israelis and Myanmar Buddhists have the same goal — to drive them out of these countries. All too often, killing and torture have occurred in addition to land grabs.

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For ‘love’: charity-washing colonialism, fascism and genocide by Azeezah Kanji

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Such absurdities expose the contradictions of the “non-profit industrial complex”: which, like the military-industrial and prison-industrial complexes, serves to enforce deeply-rooted structures of domination. The difference is that the non-profit version operates under the mantle of benevolence and love – “love” being the literal translation of the Latin term caritas, from which the word “charity” is derived.

… Political philosopher Hannah Arendt famously analysed the “banality of evil”. Here, we have the “benevolence” of evil. Violence is rationalised not simply as mundane, but morally imperative.

Against this colonial caritas, communities and movements are demonstrating their own forms of decolonial love: building up interfaith and intercommunal solidarity against the politics of genocidal nationalism and fascism, from Myanmar to India to Israel to the US.

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/12/for-love-charity-washing-colonialism-fascism-and-genocide

UAE deal with Israel a betrayal to Palestinian cause by The Asean People’s Coalition for Palestine

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The Asean People’s Coalition for Palestine rejects and unreservedly condemn the normalisation deal between UAE and Israel, brokered by the US… By signing normalisation agreements with Israel, the UAE is in complicit with it in its genocidal crimes against the Palestinians.

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Middle East Monitor event (March 28): Cultural genocide & indigenous peoples on Eventbrite

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An international conference looking at the on-going cultural genocide of indigenous peoples in Palestine, Myanmar and China. Throughout the last century, the Palestinian people were subjected to policies that have often been described as genocidal. They included acts aimed at destroying their national culture, political autonomy and national will. A central feature of this tragedy was the destruction and depopulation of some 418-531 villages. These acts were not consequences of war; they were, in fact, carefully planned and executed.

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To keep the Rohingya alive by JB Gerald

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The ICC has given its chief prosecutor the go-ahead for a thorough investigation of Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya. Charges can be made without approval of the Security Council. A difficulty arises in a separate issue; the ICC chief prosecutor has decided there is grounds to pursue war crimes committed in Israel and awaits the court’s sureness that it has the jurisdiction to do so. Israel objects. The Palestine Authority has subscribed to the court. Israel has not. Israel’s Netanyahu has urged the world’s Christian Evangelicals to stand against the World Court, (ie, against international law). While this might protect Israel from charges of genocidal acts against Palestinians, it would also deprive the world’s peoples an ability to counter and correct Myanmar for its crimes against the Rohingya.

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Questioning genocide by Wong Chee Tuck

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There are definite and obvious merits of joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, say the moral standing to oppose and condemn genocidal states like Israel and Myanmar. 
However, there is no necessity to wait for its ratification first to carry out the necessary institutional reforms to prevent and punish genocide.

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‘The world is creating another Palestine’ on Middle East Monitor

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The IRO was the first Arab charity on the ground in Cox’s Bazar when tens of thousands of refugees fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the ethnic cleansing and genocide at the hands of the military in Myanmar.

“What I saw reminded me of Palestine,” said Badawi, whose family is from Gaza, but now has German citizenship. “There are many parallels, but at least those in the camps at Cox’s Bazar are safe from continued persecution.” Unlike, he pointed out, Palestinian refugees who are still being brutalised and oppressed today. “However, unless the international community acts swiftly the situation could turn into another intractable situation, which has been allowed to happen to the Palestinians.”

The Algerian MP nodded his agreement. “I am afraid that if this issue with the Rohingya people is not resolved soon it will indeed turn into a crisis like Palestine,” he told Chaudhury.

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India blames Pakistan for Rohingya issue by Sultan M Hali

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India has joined the fray for two reasons; firstly, the current ruling junta of India, which is guided by hate and bigotry of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and led by the “Butcher of Gujarat”, Narendra Modi, is a sworn enemy of the Muslims; secondly, in the garb of the repression against the Rohingyas, Modi finds it expedient to blame Pakistan for its alleged support to the downtrodden Muslims of Myanmar. Readers may recall that Israel is committing unprecedented atrocities against the Palestinians in Gaza but instead of condemning the genocide of Muslims, India embraces Israel as its mentor and seeks new methods of inflicting violence on the Muslims of IOK.

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Rohingya ethnic cleansing: A painful reminder of the Palestinian tragedy by Mustapha Karkouti

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“What’s happening in Myanmar is in many ways a painful reminder of what’s been unfolding in Palestine over seven decades. Huge mass evacuation and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and expropriation of their land since the creation of Israel in 1948. Both peoples, Rohingya and Palestinians, have been repeatedly persecuted, displaced and denied citizenship… Suu Kyi is certainly neglecting her moral responsibility as a former human rights leader, to say the least. If she gets away with it, as many believe she will, her inaction would only encourage states such as Israel, and its most extreme government to escalate persecution against the Palestinians.”

Continue reading at http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/rohingya-ethnic-cleansing-a-painful-reminder-of-the-palestinian-tragedy-1.2092738