Statement by the Independent Task Force on the Application of National Security Memorandum-20 to Israel Regarding the State Department’s Report under NSM-20 Chaired by Noura Erakat and Josh Paul

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The Administration’s report is at best incomplete, and at worst intentionally misleading in defensive acts and behaviors that likely violate international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. Once again, the Biden ministration has stared the facts in the face – and then pulled the curtains.

… the Administration must come to terms with the fact that what it faces in its lethal military assistance to Israel’s operations in Gaza- and beyond- is not a policy problem: it is a legal problem.

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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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What Does It Mean to Be Palestinian Now? by Noura Erakat, Ahmed Moor, Noor Hindi, Mohammed El-Kurd, and Laila Al-Arian

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  • There is little that is more dislocating than witnessing the genocide of your own people: on Twitter, on Instagram, in waiting rooms at doctors’ offices, on the radio, and during all the mundane tasks of survival. There is little that is more demoralizing than watching the world deny a violence that is so simply seen, heard, and broadcast by the people experiencing it themselves.

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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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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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Gaza on the Brink: Israeli Genocidal Intent by Law for Palestine

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Over the last few days, we have witnessed Israel undertaking a crime of genocide against the on the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza strip. Senior Israeli officials have made statements with genocidal intent and followed them up with actions that deliberately inflict on the Palestinian people conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction, amounting to the crime of genocide as defined in international law. This is not an isolated situation but is an extension of systematic grave injustices the Palestinian people have been subjected to, for over a century.

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Ep. 56 – Guerrilla Diplomacy with Noura Erakat on The Palestine Pod

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The PLO historically, according to Paul Chamberlain, did much of what the Vietnamese did, which was fight while talking. They should be fighting and talking at the same time. Instead we’ve been so committed- the leadership, not us, but the official leadership- has been so committed to just talking and proving politeness, that were now in a place where Israelis can all out say- deny the Nakba…
– Or say they’ll bring a second one.
They’re fine with that. They can use the language of genocide and are not held to account. 

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Biden Calls Out Russia For ‘Genocide’ But Not Israel with Noura Erakat on AJ+

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“The ease with which the United States can look at Russia’s operation and call it genocidal, and the way in which it’s not addressed at all in Palestine is also indicative, not merely of a double standard, but a civilisational standard that reflects, again, Eurocentrism.”

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Roundtable on Anti-Blackness and Black-Palestinian Solidarity moderated by Noura Erakat

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In thinking about Black and Palestinian solidarity since the 2014 Gaza bombings, one of the most exciting dimensions is how the genesis of a burgeoning movement against state sanctioned violence inside the US has intersected with the increased visibility and success of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement. Aided by the coincidental timing of the Ferguson protests with Israel’s bloody assault on Gaza civilians last summer, many protestors experienced a convergence of struggles in which young people found themselves facing down military weapons, including tanks, armed assault rifles, Kevlar shod “soldiers”, and CS gas. The juxtaposition of images of human vulnerability in the face of overwhelming force, embodied by Israel’s carpet-bombing of residential areas spanning forty percent of Gaza and of armored vehicles advancing on young Ferguson teens in their own neighborhoods as they kneeled with their hands up, forged a lasting historical memory of the genocidal intent of using weapons of war against civilians. Indeed, at precisely the moment that members of Israel’s Home party openly advocated genocide through attacks on Palestinian women as “mothers of snakes,” African Americans began using the term to describe the state violence they were facing at the hands of law enforcement. In the ensuing months, genocide has become a lingua franca to express the plight of both African Americans and Palestinians. The victories of BDS have literally helped to lift the gag rule of both the mainstream press and particular arenas of social media thereby enabling much more unselfconscious discussion about the shared histories of the US and Israel as “racial states” and “settler societies.” In addition to genocide, recurrent themes are the shared experiences of statelessness, entrapment, and carcerality. This cross-fertilization of political culture and analysis is an incredibly exciting development that links both intellectual production and grassroots protest of African Americans and Palestinians.

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