Let’s Talk About Genocide: The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Standard and Israel

Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame’ family.
Mourners fill the mosque during the funeral for 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family, who were killed the previous day during an Israeli attack over the Bani Suhaila neighborhood of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, July 21, 2014. Reports indicate that 15 of the 24 killed were children of Abu Jame’ family. (Taken from 972 Magazine)

I’ll be examining only the first seven main pages of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide’s official website, under the assumption that each and every word there is carefully chosen to represent the Adviser’s standard criteria of what Genocide is. As I do this, I will juxtapose Israel with these criteria. I will also be looking into the performance of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as it seems to be in need of internal inquiry.

Continue reading at http://pulsemedia.org/2014/09/07/lets-talk-about-genocide-the-un-special-adviser-on-the-prevention-of-genocide-standard-and-israel/

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Israel’s extermination of whole families in Gaza reflects genocidal impulse by Rania Khalek

Eighty-nine families that existed seven weeks ago in Gaza have been exterminated by Israel.

On Sunday 24 August an Israeli missile tore through the home of Issam Jouda in Gaza’s Tal al-Zatar neighborhood east of Jabaliya without warning, killing Issam’s wife Rawiya and their four children—Taghrid, Tasnim, Usama and 
Muhammad.

According to the Palestinian health ministry , the Joudas were the eighty-ninth family wiped out in Gaza since the Israeli army started bombarding the besieged coastal enclave on 7 July.

A ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday evening may stop the flow of blood, but it will not heal the raw wounds of the families of more than 2,100 people killed, nor of the more than eleven thousand injured and 100,000 whose homes were destroyed.

Between 7 July and 21 August, the UN documented 140 families in Gaza partially or completely annihilated by Israeli attacks.

Many were crushed beneath the rubble of their homes. Eight members of the Wahdan family, for instance, were killed in their house in Jabaliya refugee camp after beinginstructed by Israeli forces to stay put.

Others were summarily executed in broad daylight by invading Israeli forces in the catastrophically devastated Shujaiya neighborhood. This was the fate of several members of the Shamaly and al-Areer families according to testimony collected by journalist Max Blumenthal.

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has recorded at least 990 people killed inside their homes in Israeli attacks, including 324 children. That’s almost half of all people killed in the Israeli assault.

This is no accident.

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More than 300 Holocaust survivors and their descendants have issued a statement condemning what they call Israel’s “genocide” in Gaza

“As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine…”

Continue reading at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28916761

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‘Moral blackmail’ still stifles debate on Israel by Abukar Arman

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Fast forward to present day. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled “On Gaza, Genocide, and Impunity”. Immediately upon its publication, I started receiving hate emails. This time they all seem to object my usage of the word “genocide” to describe the suffering of the Palestinian people. 

Continue reading at https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/8/16/moral-blackmail-still-stifles-debate-on-israel/

“Let Gaza Live”, “End Gaza Genocide!”, “We Are All Gaza” on EuroMed Feminist Initiative

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To turn a blind eye to Israel’s massacres in Gaza today is to be complicit in Israel’s genocidal attacks against the Palestinian people. As of 2 PM on August 9th, an estimated 1,922 Palestinians have been killed — of whom 448 are children and 235 women — and 7,469 wounded by the Israel since July 7, 2014. At least 86% of casualties are civilians. An estimated 200,000 people are still displaced, of whom 10,000 are pregnant women. 373,000 children are estimated to require psychosocial support.  A conservative estimate of homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair is 65,000. Nineteen ambulance drivers and other medics, nine UNRWA workers and nineteen journalists are among the dead. Israel has targeted hospitals, schools, shelters, NGO offices, fishing boats, universities and mosques. It has destroyed Gaza’s only power plant and only sewage treatment system, and there is fear that sewage may contaminate drinking water. Among recorded war crimes are shooting at children and at fleeing civilians. This is not a war in which civilians are ‘collateral damage’. This is a war in which civilians are the targets.

Continue reading at https://efi-ife.org/fr/node/748

Academic Paper: Israeli War Crimes in Gaza according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by Prof. Paul De Waart

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3.1.1 Genocide
The ICC has only jurisdiction over persons and not over states. The IFFM found no proof that the government of Israel had the necessary genocidal. The committee, however, could not exclude that some individual soldiers may have committed genocide. Their eventual prosecution depends on the possibility to prove that a certain individual acted with genocidal special intent.

By the way, the Genocide Convention, to which Israel is a party, provides for the possibility to submit a violation of the convention to the ICC.  However, in the light of absence of clear evidence that acts of genocide have been committed, the IFFM was unable to recommend that states bring proceedings against Israel under the Genocide Convention.


3.1.2 Crimes against humanity
As for crimes against humanity, the IFFM concluded that the IDF were responsible for murder, extermination, persecution and other inhuman acts during operation Cast Lead. It also concluded that these acts of violence were committed with knowledge of the attack in the sense that the perpetrators knew the conduct was part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population and that they intended to further such an attack.

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Article about Genocide and Israel: Online petition urges ‘Nuremberg for Israel’ over ‘genocide of Palestinians’

People hold a banner in solidarity with Palestinian people during a protest at the Pantheon in Rome. (AFP Photo / Andreas Solaro)
Hundreds of Italians have signed an online petition slamming Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip as a “slow genocide” of the Palestinians and demanding a “Nuremberg trial” for Israel over the “destruction” of Palestine. The petition was signed by 525 Italians, mainly academics, Haaretz reported. The signees say they are dismayed by the events in Gaza and accuse Israel of pursuing colonial policies and “ethnic cleansing” of the Palestinians. The document calls for Israel to face an international tribunal, a Nuremberg-like trial, for its war crimes and the “slow genocide” of the Palestinian people… The online document also blames the US for supporting Israel, and the EU for “active or passive complicity” in Israel’s actions against the Palestinian people. The petition signees also accuse the United Nations of its failure to stop Israel. The Western media, according to activists, paints the events in the wrong light, justifying the Israeli offensive in Gaza as a self-defense operation.

Called ‘Noi Accusiamo’ (We Accuse), the petition was initially published on an academic website…

Continue reading at http://rt.com/news/178220-italy-gaza-trial-israel/

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Israel and the language of genocide by Chris Doyle

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A deputy speaker of a parliament writes to his prime minister and party leader and publicly proposes what I see as a plan for genocide. This project involves turning a piece of occupied territory with 1.8 million people into a city of his own country, for his own people. Those who “insist” on staying, he argues, will be asked to sign an oath of loyalty to their new masters.

Continue reading at http://group194.net/english/article/36699

Academic Paper: International Law, Israel and Palestine by Professor John Dugard

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Ethnic cleansing is one of the most heinous of international crimes. It is certainly a crime against humanity and it may constitute genocide. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the newly formed state of Israel in 1948 was originally portrayed by Israel as the “voluntary departure ”of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to neighbouring states. Today the historical record of the Nakba has been more carefully scrutinized by Ilan Pappe ( The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine ( 2006)) – and others and there can be no doubt that Israel in a cruel and calculated manner drove some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes by a process of terror and violence. 
… The West, and particularly Western Europe, is acutely aware of the sufferings of the Palestinian people and the injustices of the situation. European missions in Ramallah and East Jerusalem report accurately to their governments on the situation as do many European-based NGOs. These governments show their concern by funding humanitarian projects in Palestine on a large scale. European public opinion is also largely sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and support NGOs working on humanitarian programmes in the region. Without this assistance Palestine would not survive.

Continue reading at https://eng.alzaytouna.net/2014/08/05/academic-paper-international-law-israel-and-palestine/#.X4a180IzY63

Fidel Castro, Alice Walker, Bolivian president condemn Israel, join Latin American boycott call, Condemn “genocide being carried out against the Palestinian people”

We express our absolute repulsion at the genocide being carried out against the Palestinian people by a state founded on dispossession and the colonial occupation of Palestinian territories… We condemn the imperialist role of the United States that politically, financially and militarily sponsors and backs Israel, in the face of the extraordinary inaction of the UN Security Council whose resolutions on the question of Palestine are systematically violated with complete impunity by Washington. The United States is once again demonstrating the hypocrisy and cynicism with which it has acted throughout history, threatening sanctions and interventions against the peoples of Latin America, Africa and Eurasia who defend their sovereignty at the same time as its backs the actions of Israel. We denounce the complicity in what is occurring, by default in some cases, of the governments that make up the European Union, as well as the unconditional subordination of the media oligarchs to Washington’s dictates. Enough of calling it a war when in fact it is a genocide being perpetrated by one of the best equipped armies in the world against a people whose defensive resources are infinitely inferior in quantity and quality!

We encourage you to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against the terrorist state of Israel, as it is time for active and creative solidarity that goes beyond statements of condemnation. We have failed the more than 1600 people killed in Palestine over the last few weeks, as well as the more than 9000 injured since the start of the terrorist operation hypocritically named “Protective Edge.”

We demand an end to apartheid and genocide, as well as to the walls and illegal settlements. We call on the governments of the world to demand that Israel complies with UN Security Council resolutions that oblige it to withdraw from Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, return to the borders that existed prior to the “Six Day War” (1967) and guarantee the right of return for Palestinian refugees, as per Security Council Resolution No. 242, November 22, 1967, a resolution that has been consistently ignored by the state of Israel.

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