South African lawyers preparing lawsuit against US, UK for complicity in Israel’s war crimes in Gaza by Tufan Aktas

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  • After South Africa filed a case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for genocide in Gaza, the country’s nearly 50 lawyers are preparing a separate lawsuit against the US and UK governments on the grounds that they are complicit in Israeli forces’ war crimes in Palestine.
  • The initiative, led by South African lawyer Wikus Van Rensburg, aims to prosecute those who are complicit in the crime in civilian courts in collaboration with lawyers from the US and UK, with whom he is already in contact.

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States defunding UNRWA may be violating genocide convention: expert on The New Arab

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  • A UN expert warned Sunday that countries defunding the UN agency for Palestinian refugees were breaching a court order to provide effective aid in Gaza and could be violating the international genocide convention.
  • A number of donor countries – including Australia, Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy – on Saturday followed the lead of the United States in suspending additional funding to UNRWA.
  • That came after Israel alleged that several of the UN agency’s staff members were involved in Hamas’s 7 October attack. The Israeli allegations were based on confessions obtained in interrogations and have not been independently investigated. Israel has killed more than 150 UNRWA staff in Gaza since the start of its latest offensive on Gaza.
  • Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories, warned that the decision to pause funding to UNRWA “overtly defies” the order by the International Court of Justice to allow effective humanitarian assistance” to reach Gazans.
  • “This will entail legal responsibilities – or the demise of the (international) legal system,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Watch at https://www.newarab.com/news/gaza-defunding-unrwa-may-be-violating-genocide-convention

Criminal Complaint Alleging UK Government Ministers’ Complicity in War Crimes made to Scotland Yard by Centre of Justice for Palestinians

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  • London, 16th January 2024- The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) have handed evidence to Scotland Yard in relation to alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza under applicable UK legislation.
  • A meeting between ICJP and Scotland Yard took place confidentially at the end of last week and saw ICJP’s Investigation Unit hand over hard drives and evidence dossiers to Scotland Yard’s War Crimes Unit (SO15). The information was given to SO15 in response to the Metropolitan Police’s request for evidence of war crimes in Israel and Gaza.
  • In the dossier, evidence was provided in relation to senior UK politicians, including government ministers, as well as Israeli ministers and private British individuals.

Continue listening at https://www.icjpalestine.com/2024/01/17/criminal-complaint-alleging-uk-government-ministers-complicity-in-war-crimes-made-to-scotland-yard/

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.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/law/2024/jan/07/uk-accused-of-hypocrisy-in-not-backing-claim-of-genocide-in-gaza-before-icj

Open Letter from the Climate Movement: We stand in solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle for liberation on Mondoweiss

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Settler colonialism and imperialism fundamentally shape the world we live in, the struggles that connect us, and the climate emergency we face. The expansion of the fossil fuel industry, against which we fight, is facilitated through colonial extraction and military operations in the Middle East and beyond. The US military-industrial complex, a ‘tremendous fountain of CO2 pollution’, dispossesses indigenous people of their rightful land in Turtle Island and abroad.2 Amidst its ongoing genocidal assault which attempts to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from Gaza, Israel has handed out 12 gas exploration licenses to companies including BP and ENI off the coast of the strip. It is this system of planetary destruction that produces, motivates, and profits from the weapons fueling Israel’s genocide.

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2023/12/open-letter-from-the-climate-movement-we-stand-in-solidarity-with-palestinians-in-their-struggle-for-liberation/

Foreign Office notified of ‘serious risk of genocide’ in Gaza by International Centre of Justice for Palestinians by ICJPalestine

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London, 22nd November 2023 – The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) has written to the Foreign Secretary putting the UK government on notice that there is now a serious risk of genocide being committed by Israel in Gaza. ICJP are also concerned that British citizens, including those with dual nationalities, are fighting as part of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and therefore are at risk of participating in war crimes, crimes against humanity and acts of genocide.

Continue reading at https://www.icjpalestine.com/2023/11/22/foreign-office-notified-of-serious-risk-of-genocide-in-gaza-by-international-centre-of-justice-for-palestinians/

Palestinian Prisoners Call For Release Of Jailed Factory Activists In Wales on voice.wales

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The sentence came after Judge Rowlands refused to allow evidence of Israel’s war crimes to be heard at court, and would not allow the defence to make the argument that their actions ‘prevented a greater crime’ or ‘acted to save lives’… Following the sentencing, Palestine Action said: “The four activists are the longest serving prisoners for taking action with Palestine Action to disrupt the war machine. Their incarceration demonstrates Britain prioritising the interests of an arms industry which facilitates the genocide of the Palestinian people, over the freedom of its own citizens.

Continue reading at https://www.voice.wales/palestinian-prisoners-call-for-release-of-jailed-factory-activists-in-wales/

Israeli ministers can go around making genocidal remarks about Palestinians, and the UK government won’t even condemn them, let alone impose sanctions for the illegal outposts in the West Bank. by MP Andy McDonald

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Conference: International perspectives on apartheid and decolonization in Palestine by MEMO

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A conference was held in London yesterday, hosted by MEMO entitled “International perspectives on apartheid and decolonization in Palestine” and included a diverse group of academics and writers discussing three broad themes: apartheid, genocide and decolonisation.

Continue reading at https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20230205-international-perspectives-on-apartheid-and-decolonization-in-palestine/

Palestine Action activists crash awards ceremony hosting arms firms on Morning Star

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PALESTINIAN rights activists crashed an engineering awards ceremony in London to protest the event’s role at “celebrating the worst of Britain’s military-industrial-colonial complex.”

Members of the Palestine Action group snuck into the event, hosted by engineering body Make UK at the opulent East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday night.

The action came after Israel launched its deadliest raid on the West Bank in years, killing 10 Palestinians.

One stormed onto the stage and grabbed the mic, telling attendees: “This morning, 10 Palestinians were murdered by the occupation forces, the zionist forces, using Elbit’s weapons.

“The engineering industry is guilty of genocide.

“Arms companies are responsible for millions dead around the world — are you happy to profit from murder?”

Continue reading at https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/activists-crash-awards-ceremony-hosting-arms-firms