The Potential and Limits of International Law in Achieving Accountability in Gaza by Noura Erakat at Georgetown University Qatar

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“So as a note, this analysis, in particular, in regard to genocide as a legal framework- in particular- as inscribed in the 1948 convention. Right? Raises some problematics for us. the primary challenge is that something that legal scholar, Rabea Eghbariah, wrote about brilliantly and published in the nation when the Harvard Law Review refused to publish it, even after its editors accepted it, when he said, namely, that the Nakba is not an internationally recognized crime in international law. The Nakba features ethnic cleansing, apartheid, and- more recently- genocide. It combines hot and cold violence as it accomplishes territorial consolidation and genocidal expansion. And failure to examine the Nakba on its own terms has created this legal and analytical challenge for us now, which is a problem of legal translation. We have to describe the Palestinian condition through analogy and through drawing on legal frameworks that come from other geographic, social, political contexts. And although genocide and apartheid are universal, they remain closely associated with the case studies that canonize them, namely the Shoa at the hands of the Nazi regime and apartheid rule in South Africa. That is why we are often distracted by comparisons to either case studies as somehow relevant, as somehow telling us that 30,000 killed is not enough to prove genocide. As somehow telling us that because 20% of the Palestinian population that wasn’t ethnically cleansed has second-class citizenship, that it’s not apartheid. But we have to examine these, as we do as legal scholars, as treaties taken to a high level of abstraction and application. And still, absent the legibility of the Nakba in criminal law and absent a racial colonial analysis of Zionism- historically enshrined in UN General Assembly resolution 3379 of 1975 that condemned Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination and later rescinded by the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1991 as a precondition for entering into the Oslo sovereignty trap- we are making our arguments today in translation as genocide and apartheid.”

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Melbourne’s 75th Nakba Exhibition in St Paul’s Cathedral by Gideon Polya

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From 16 September to 27 October 2023 there is a very moving Nakba 75th Anniversary Exhibition at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in central Melbourne… I am a genocide-impacted, anti-racist Ashkenazi Jewish Australian scientist and humanitarian from a famous Jewish Hungarian family and with a sole allegiance to Australia. The key messages from the WW2 Jewish Holocaust (and indeed from all genocides and holocausts) are “zero tolerance for lying,” “zero tolerance for racism,” “bear witness,” and “never again to anybody” (including the sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians and Indigenous Australians). Please inform everyone you can.

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“It is 75 years of agony, 75 years of killing and murder, 75 years of genocide” by Kouthar Sambo

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Once the crowd eventually arrived at Parliament, various political organizations, activists, and religious scholars addressed the crowd and delivered their speeches on the Israeli oppression and genocide committed against Palestinians on a daily basis. “It is 75 years of agony, 75 years of killing and murder, 75 years of genocide – so it’s not a once-off catastrophe, it’s been going on for 75 years,” says Director of Al-Quds Foundation of South Africa Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels.

… National spokesperson of Al Jama-ah, advocate Shameemah Salie outlines the daily life of Palestinians living in the besieged Gaza Strip. “We talk about load-shedding in South Africa, in Gaza there is constant load-shedding, there is the constant difficulty of securing a basic right of water in Palestine, their homes are bombed, and their children are killed, there is a genocide and an ethnic cleansing that’s been happening for 75 years.” 

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Al-Nakba 75: A Challenge to Defeat Colonizers of Palestine by Iqbal Jassat

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The tragedy that befell Palestine during the period leading up to 1948 and beyond, resulting in the displacement and dispossession of millions of Palestinians, is defined as Al-Nakba or “Catastrophe”. 75 years later, while atrocities against Palestinians continue unabated and with impunity, it is scandalous that some people see it fit to celebrate settler-colonialism which possesses hallmarks of genocide.

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Nakbeh turns 75, Palestinian struggle continues unabated on The Jordan Times

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During the Nakbeh, Zionist extremists took control of 774 Palestinian villages and cities, 531 of which were destroyed. The inhabitants of the villages and cities were subject to massacres. The Israeli atrocities still continue today, the latest of which being the Gaza massacre which took place a few days ago. 

Around 176 settlements were erected throughout the Palestinian West Bank, which was occupied in 1967, with the aim of erasing Palestinian history, Secretary-General of the Royal Committee for Jerusalem Affairs, Abdullah Kanaan said. “In the face of this tragedy and barbaric genocide, Israel continues its plan to complete its scheme of the Nakbeh by replacing the term Nakbeh with ”independence and establishment”, Kanaan added. 

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Outrage in West Bank after Gaza massacre by Mohamed Najib

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Palestinian Premier Mohammad Shtayyeh… said: “The aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip is organized state terrorism, and an attempt to export the internal crisis that the extremist government of Israel is facing, and a practical translation of the doctrine of killing, arson and genocide, which those in power in Israel have long professed. The aggression against the strip is an extension of the catastrophe that befell our people in 1948…”

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Jewish scholars dare to bring up the Nakba, at Center for Jewish History — to boos by Philip Weiss

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One day young Jews will demand that the Nakba be named and consecrated inside liberal American Jewish entities that armed the ethnic cleansing, and denied it. They will demand the inclusion of Palestinians who describe the Nakba as a “genocide.”

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Israel’s new far-right government: Unprecedented challenges and opportunities by the BDS National Committee

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Supporting the recent pogrom by fascist Jewish-Israeli militias against Palestinians in Huwara near Nablus in the occupied Palestinian territory and overtly inciting state terrorism, senior Israeli government minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a self-declared “fascist,” said, “I think Huwara needs to be erased. The state should be the one to do that.” Smotrich, however, is not the first Israeli leader to publicly embrace or threaten genocidal acts against Indigenous Palestinians. Labor Party leader Matan Vilnai in 2008 threatened Palestinians with “a bigger shoah [Holocaust]” if resistance groups did not stop their armed retaliation to Israel’s criminal siege and violent attacks on Gaza. A recent error by Israel’s censors accidentally has revealed secret documents exposing David Ben Gurion’s support for “wiping out” Palestinian villages during the 1948 Nakba, with a minister in his first government admitting, “Let us say that instances of rape occurred in [the ethnically cleansed Palestinian city] Ramle. I can forgive instances of rape, but I will not forgive other acts,” such as forcibly removing “jewelry from women.”

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Rising Palestinian casualties as Israel escalates the war by Amira Howeidy

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By officially embracing policies that virtually translate into the genocide and mass expulsion of Palestinians, the Israeli government is declaring war on the Palestinians, warned Israeli columnist Amira Hass in the left-leaning Ha’aretz newspaper on Monday.

“During a war, it will be easier to reprise the Nakba [expulsion] of 1948,” Hass said.

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The Tantura massacre’s perpetrators confessed. Its survivors have this to say by Baker Zoubi

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Though not using the word ‘genocide’, Tantura massacre survivors and descendants describe Zionist militia crimes, framed by the collective Palestinian experience of the Nakba.

“Apart from Tantura’s former prosperity, the most striking thing my father remembered was seeing people being killed before his eyes, and how they spent the first days after the Nakba in hardship and poverty, without shelter.”
… “Our parents carefully told us about what happened, how my uncle and grandfather were martyrs,” Masri said. “How they forced people to dig their graves. How they put dozens of people in mass graves. My grandfather on my mother’s side said that the number of dead reached 150 and that he buried them. He said that not only is the parking lot over graves but there are several more mass graves.

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