Biden-Gaza Genocide Case: Constitutional and International Law Scholars, Ex-Diplomats, Service Members, and Intelligence Officers Back Palestinians’ Appeal by Center for Constitutional Rights

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  • Groups Submitting Amicus Briefs Also Include 139 NGOs From Around the World, Arab-American orgs, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • March 15, 2024, San Francisco – An esteemed array of individuals and organizations is supporting the Palestinians, Palestinian human rights organizations, and Palestinian-Americans who are arguing that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals must consider their claims that U.S. officials failed to prevent – and are complicit in – Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Legal scholars, former military leaders and diplomats, civil and human rights groups, and NGOs from around the world submitted amicus briefs in favor of their appeal after a lower court dismissed their case on strictly jurisdictional grounds while finding a “plausible” case for genocide
  • … The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral argument in San Francisco in June 2024.

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In His Right Mind: The meaning of Aaron Bushnell’s sacrifice. by Keira Havens

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  • Aaron Bushnell has died. He self-immolated on a Sunday afternoon, in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., shouting “Free Palestine” until he could no longer draw breath. There are no other words to put around that act, not really. His own words leading up to the moment were confident and quiet. “I will no longer be complicit in genocide,” he said. “I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all.” 
  • By saying that, Bushnell placed his act within the context of the 143 days of horror Palestinians have suffered since October 7. He refused to be a part of it any longer—not the white phosphorus burning children to the bone, not the indiscriminate bombing that has killed 30,000 people and destroyed libraries, bakeries, schools, hospitals, and entire families, and not the celebrations of genocide happening on the other side of the Gaza border. 

Continue reading at https://www.currentaffairs.org/2024/02/in-his-right-mind

We notified the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that we are appealing the dismissal in DCI Palestine v. Biden. on The Center for Constitutional Rights

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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.

Continue reading at https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/south-african-lawyers-preparing-lawsuit-against-us-uk-for-complicity-in-israels-war-crimes-in-gaza/3109201#:~:text=After%20South%20Africa%20filed%20a,forces’%20war%20crimes%20in%20Palestine

Northwestern Students Face Criminal Charges for Pro-Palestine College Newspaper Parody by Connor Echols

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  • STUDENTS AT NORTHWESTERN University, in the Chicago suburbs, woke up on October 25 to face an unexpected allegation. “Northwestern complicit in genocide of Palestinians,” declared the school’s venerable student newspaper, the Daily Northwestern, in a front-page story.
  • The students, however, weren’t really looking at the Daily Northwestern. Instead, they had found the Northwestern Daily, a parody newspaper attacking the school’s stance on Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. 
  • The mock front page featured fake quotes from school officials, accusations of Israeli war crimes, and a fake ad for Birthright Israel — the travel abroad program that sends young American Jews to Israel — with the tagline “One man’s home is another man’s former home!” Overnight, someone had pinned the mock papers on bulletin boards, spread them on desks in lecture halls, and even wrapped the false front pages around roughly 300 copies of the Daily Northwestern itself.

Continue reading at https://theintercept.com/2024/02/05/northwestern-criminal-charges-palestine-newspaper-israel/

U.S. Court Concludes Israel’s Assault on Gaza Is Plausible Case of Genocide by Center for Constitutional Rights

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  • While Dismissing Case on Jurisdictional Grounds, U.S. Judge “Implores” Biden Administration to Stop its “Unflagging Support” for Israel’s Ongoing Siege of the Palestinian People in Gaza
    … January 31, 2024, Oakland, CA – After a federal court heard arguments and testimony in the case Defense for Children International – Palestine v. Biden on Friday, January 26, charging the Biden administration with failing in its duty to prevent, and otherwise aiding and abetting, the unfolding genocide in Gaza, a federal judge found that Israel is plausibly engaging in genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza and that the United States is providing “unflagging support” for the massive attacks on Palestinian civilians in contravention of international law. 

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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

Defense for Children International-Palestine v. Biden at Northern District of California Court

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  • Case Summary: 4:23-cv-05829-JSW
  • Plaintiffs, representing Palestinian human rights organizations and individuals, sue the US Government under international human rights law for its failure to exercise influence over Israel to prevent genocide.

Watch at https://www.uscourts.gov/cameras-courts/defense-children-international-palestine-v-biden

More than one-third of Americans believe Israel is committing genocide, poll shows by Richard Luscombe

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  • More than one in three Americans believe Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, a poll published on Wednesday has found.
  • According to the Economist/YouGov poll, roughly equal numbers of adults believe Israel’s military campaign against Palestinians, which is estimated to have killed more than 25,000 people since 7 October, amounts to genocide: 35% say it is, 36% say it isn’t, with 29% undecided.
  • Among younger Americans, and along political lines, divisions are more prominent. Almost half of those surveyed aged 18-29, 49%, say Israel is committing genocide, with 24% disagreeing and 27% uncertain.
  • The figures are broadly similar for registered Democrats, who believe 49%-21% in the genocide characterization, while 30% are undecided. Republicans are far more supportive of Israel’s actions, with 57% of respondents saying there is no genocide, only 18% saying there is, and exactly one-quarter unsure.

Continue reading at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/24/americans-believe-israel-committing-genocide-poll

Palestinian civil society’s response to states that claim they cannot support South Africa’s ICJ submission to protect their role as “mediators” by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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  • [M]ediating between the perpetrators of genocide and those being subjected to it can only be relevant once the genocide is stopped. Any serious mediation efforts must uphold the rule of law and premise their actions on international law. For a fair mediation to take place, Israel’s genocidal massacres and starvation of the Palestinians in Gaza must first be brought to an immediate end.
  • The only legal and moral position for any state to take is to support the South African demand for the ICJ to issue Provisional Measures to stop the aggression, allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, and stop and reverse the systematic forced displacement. Nothing else matters as much.
  • Stopping the US-Israeli genocide is not just an absolute necessity to save hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lives. It is also an absolute necessity to save international law and save humanity from the “might makes right” era towards which Israel, backed by the colonial West, is taking the world, undermining peace and security for nations across the globe.

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