Over 20,000 dead, 50,000 wounded, 1.9 million uprooted.
Our heart aches for Gaza, and we must do all we can to stop this madness Israel is perpetrating on the Palestinian people. Signatories to the UN's first human rights treaty; the Genocide Convention should be calling for a case to be opened against Israel. We need to push them.
If, after an investigation, the ICJ concludes that Israel should be prosecuted for the crime of genocide, the UN General Assembly, even if the US and Israel kick and scream, can pressure the International Criminal Court to prosecute the crime of genocide in Gaza.
As signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, 153 nations are obligated not just to punish genocide but to prevent it. Under the Convention, genocide is defined as acts perpetrated to bring about the physical destruction, in whole or in part, of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.
Israel’s bombing of 2.3 million Gazans over the last 75 days, while denying access to water, food, medicine and fuel and no escape from the slaughter, undeniably meets the criteria for genocide.
- Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said: “Where is humanity? And where is the global conscience that has become absent regarding the genocide being committed?”’
- Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram said: ‘”We cannot mince our words; we have to tell the Israelis: stop the genocide.”
- South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The collective punishment of Palestinian civilians through the unlawful use of force by Israel is a war crime. The deliberate denial of medicine, fuel, food and water to the residents of Gaza is tantamount to genocide."
- Türkiye’s President Tayyip Erdogan called on Israel to “immediately end its operations amounting to genocide.”
Marcy, Nour and the entire CODEPINK team
P.S. Join CODEPINK and the American Muslim Task Force for Palestine on Saturday, January 13th, 2024, as we march in DC demanding a #CeaseFireNow and an end to Israeli occupation of Palestine!