One point raised by the Palestinian and civil society organisations was to relaunch the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid, which was established in 1962 through UN Resolution 1761 in response to South Africa’s apartheid regime. Like other terms, however, including genocide, the UN does not apply the same measures to entities such as Israel, which it has taken upon itself to protect at all costs.
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Priority issues that have contributed to humanitarian concerns include access restrictions, military operations and settler violence, followed by incursions, demolitions, planning restrictions and poverty. Essentially, the report can be viewed as an unfortunate affirmation of increasing hardships that is cleverly diverted away from the political issues. The depravity however, lies in the selective notions of illusory accountability and responsibility. Given the lack of legal enforcement, as well as Israel’s brand of impunity that has been endorsed at an international level, the report will most likely serve as a tool to heighten awareness and, in return, bolster Israel’s macabre deceit. For, according to UN predictability, a calculated form of slow extermination will not constitute genocide and hence, needs, dependency and deprivation will be assessed separately from the wider issue of colonial violence.
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Operation Protective Edge, which was also in ways endorsed by the Palestinian Authority through its remarks that ridiculed Palestinian resistance against Israeli aggression, was another attempt at reducing population and territory through massacres and displacement, thus ensuring that while half-hearted attempts by international organisations such as the UNHRC would suggest war crimes as a possibility, Israel would remain safely ensconced, away from the parameters that define genocide within international law’s interpretation.
Additionally, threats against Palestinians in Gaza have once again emanated from former MK Dr Michael Ben-Ari. According to Israel National News, refusal on behalf of Hamas to cooperate in returning the bodies of two complicit soldiers, who Ben-Ari defines as “saints”, Israel should seek retribution.
“If they want to live let them return the bodies of the warriors. There is no reason that we should be ‘responsible’. This is the time to go crazy and to show IDF soldiers and their families that they are the dearest thing to us,” declared Ben-Ari.
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However, despite the accumulating evidence of atrocities and restrictions upon the Palestinian population in Gaza, Israel’s allies, including the U.N., continue to disregard colonial violence and, in particular, restrict the interpretation of genocide to one that encompasses the Holocaust and its guilt industry, in order to prevent a wider interpretation that should also encompass Israel’s genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.
According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1946), genocide is punishable under international law, regardless of the period during which it is committed. Articles II and III of the convention stipulate how genocide is distinguished and which acts should be punishable. These acts include killing, inflicting serious bodily or mental harm, creating conditions to bring about physical destruction, imposing measures to prevent birth — this is evident in the killing of pregnant Palestinian women — the forcible transfer of children between groups, as well as the intent, conspiracy, complicity and attempt to commit genocide.
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