“Let’s not mince words. Israelis are committing genocide in Gaza. But the United Nations is loath to use the “G” word and it us using the “C” (condemn) word instead. Why? Money talks. The top financier of the United Nations is America, with a whopping 22.00% in direct funds (followed by Japan 10.83%, Germany 7.14%, France 5.59%, and GB 5.18%); if the United Nations called out the genocide in Gaza, its top financier would have to be punished for its complicity.
According to Article 3 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, persons committing genocide or being complicit in genocide shall be punished “whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.” The United States not only supports and funds the ongoing genocide in Gaza, replenishes Israel with more funds and weaponry, but it also uses its political clout to enable Israel to continue its ruthless crimes against humanity.
While many have not been shy about calling these crimes genocide, they have come under attack for using the “G” word. Is genocide an appropriate term to use? Well, it is if one has respect for international law and the rules of the genocide convention. Article 2 of the Convention clearly spells out:
“In the present Convention, genocide means any [emphasis added]of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part [emphasis added], a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
• (a) Killing members of the group;
• (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
• (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
• (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
• (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
There is little argument and ample evidence that Israel’s actions against the people of Gaza in particular, and Palestine as whole, constitute genocide.
…Never has the world witnessed so much impunity. The United Nations refuses to acknowledge genocide and takes no part in preventing or punishing it. The silence of those guarding our rights and our laws makes them the silent partners in this crime against humanity. As Jonathan Swift said, “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.””
Israel Speaks: “We Purposefully Attack Civilian Targets… Because They Deserve It” (excerpts, please read the entire article, with numerous links to the many former sadistic massacres of Gaza and generally genocidal Zionist policies):
“In a video recording dated in 2012, Netanyahu can be seen speaking to what presumably are family members, women and children, completely unawares to the fact that his remarks are being recorded the entire time. Netanyahu explains that, “The main thing, first of all, is to hit them [the Arabs]. Not just one blow, but blows that are so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne,” a policy doctrine we are now seeing play out in Israel’s current assault on Gaza in which the ‘price’ that is intended to be ‘too heavy to be borne,’ is measured in the indiscriminate murder of innocent civilian lives- their homes, their playgrounds, their beaches, their schools, their mosques, their hospitals; Israel has shown in Protective Edge that no one and no place in Gaza, not even children’s playgrounds and hospitals in which no militants whatsoever are present, is immune from the all-powerful roar of the highly-tuned, well-oiled and technologically sophisticated multi-billion dollar US-made killing machine that it has now descended upon the mostly defenseless, economically strangled, and poverty-induced population of Gaza (a WikiLeaks cable quoted an Israeli official in 2008 telling the US that they would “keep Gaza’s economy on the brink of collapse,” to ensure that the economy was “functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.”)
Nafeez Ahmed reports that,
“White highlights a Ha’aretz report from 2009 which revealed that “IDF officers were receiving legal advice that allowed for large numbers of civilian casualties and the targeting of government buildings.” “The people who go into a house despite a warning do not have to be taken into account in terms of injury to civilians, because they are voluntary human shields,” said one senior official of the international law division (ILD) of the Israeli Military Advocate General’s Office. “From the legal point of view, I do not have to show consideration for them. In the case of people who return to their home in order to protect it, they are taking part in the fighting.” (emphasis added)
This statement presupposes that Israel has the right to order people out of their homes, without having to give a justification, without having to prove that it is a military outpost, just an arbitrary pronouncement by the military and either the civilians must flee or be murdered in cold blood by the IDF, in which case they will be referred to as ‘human shields’ and their extrajudicial slaughter justified in the eyes of the military machine and its legal aides; even if the civilian does flee, Israel presupposes the right to destroy their homes, property, and belongings- in other words, their property (and as well their lives) belong to us, because we say so.
…In the leaked recording of Netanyahu mentioned at the beginning of this report, the Prime Minister further clarifies the ‘pain’ he wished to inflict upon the Arabs, “A broad attack on the Palestinian Authority, to bring them to the point of being afraid that everything is collapsing.” A women can then be heard asking the question, “Wait a moment, but then the world will say ‘how come you’re conquering again?’”
“The world won’t say a thing. The world will say we’re defending.””
–The Artist Taxi Driver: Gaza ceasefire: Israel UK US House of Saud don’t want peace [VIDEO COMMENTARY]
“The Israeli regime is cynically using “humanitarian ceasefires” as a way of luring Palestinian civilians into further killing zones with the diabolical aim of “improving” its genocidal operation, which has been dubbed with the Orwellian name “Protective Edge.”
On Friday morning, the Tel Aviv administration of Benjamin Netanyahu had declared a 72-hour truce. But the so-called cessation of Israeli violence was no reprieve for the death-trapped Palestinian population. Far from it.
In the next hours more than 40 Palestinians were slaughtered when Israeli tanks and soldiers started firing on the Rafah Crossing on the Gaza border with Egypt.
In another location, near Khan Younis in southern Gaza, a whole village was flattened by Israeli tanks, also on Friday. The number of dead is not yet known but media reports described the “stench of death everywhere.”
In other words, a day of supposed “peace” was just another day of killing, wounding and destruction by Israeli forces.
The term “humanitarian ceasefire” is yet another Orwellian misnomer that means the opposite in reality. As noted in an earlier column, the Israeli forces are using these periods for reloading and refueling their killing machine – with fresh supplies from American government arms depots in the region.
This is the third time that the Israeli regime has declared a truce since it began pounding the Gaza Strip on July 8. Why bother calling these meaningless ceasefires?
Partly, it is a bid by the criminal Israeli regime to deflect mounting international outrage over the obscene spectacle of innocent civilians being mass murdered. The slaughter of children while asleep in United Nations’ shelters has even prompted Israel’s sponsor in Washington this week to issue words of unusual rebuke (while also reloading the Israeli tanks and guns.)
Partly, as noted above, these seeming pauses in Israeli state terrorism are also a logistical means of re-grouping and replenishing military forces.
But what is now becoming clear too is that the Israelis are using the cover of “ceasefires” as a way to increase the pernicious efficiency of killing the Palestinian population.
When a “humanitarian ceasefire” is called, obviously the 1.7 million Gaza population – at least 25 per cent of whom have been made homeless over the past three weeks – desperately grasp the chance to find meager food and water rations, or to find their missing loved ones, rush to hospitals, or try to flee to what they consider a safer location.
As people circulate under a false sense of relative security, the Israeli killing machine finds more targets to eliminate.
The killing of more than 40 people at the Rafah Crossing on Friday was nothing more than a gratuitous slaying of desperate civilians trying to find a safer refuge.
Earlier this week, the same murderous ploy was seen at Shujayea market when 15 people were killed by Israeli artillery. It was on the same day, Wednesday, that the UN school at Jabaliya was hit by Israeli tanks killing 20 civilians, including many children.
The Israelis that day had called a “humanitarian truce” and people reportedly ventured out to Shujayea market to eke out whatever basic supplies they could find. After the first Israeli shell struck the marketplace, an ambulance arrived to tend the injured. Within seconds, as graphic video footage shows, two more shells slammed into the street, killing and wounding many more, including the rescue workers.
As soon as Israeli ceasefires are called in Gaza, it is noticed that a temporary lull is accompanied by increased drone flights in the sky above the 40-kilometre-long coastal enclave. It can be safely surmised that these drones are relaying pictures of population movements. From the rubble of artillery-stricken buildings incurred over previous days, families will emerge to seek a safer shelter and basics of food and water at markets.
That’s when the Israeli killing machine can then strike again with nefarious success.
For let’s be clear, when Netanyahu and his regime talk about “wiping out the Palestinian resistance” that purpose is not limited to militant groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The Palestinian resistance is the Palestinian people. The Zionist machine will never stop its murdering process while there are Palestinian people still alive on this earth.”