We must recognize the atrocities being committed in Gaza as Genocide. Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is clear:
“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 the term genocide. Israel’s onslaught on Gaza over the years and the indiscriminate killings (Article 2a) and the terrorization of children, the young and the old (mental harm) with the constant bombardment, bulldozers, and drones (Article 2b), the media has been apt at hiding the horrific effects of the blockade – the deliberate infliction of condition of life calculated to bring about physical destruction in whole or in part (Article 2c).
According to Article 3 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, persons committing genocide or complicity in genocide shall be punished “whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.”
Sir, at every turn, genocide has been ignored only to be acknowledged after the fact. As Secretary General of the United Nations, you are obliged to put a stop to the ongoing genocide and punish the perpetrators. If the call to duty, the voice of conscience, and the voices of the signatories to this petition is not heeded, then it is incumbent upon you to resign from your post.
“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”
Go HERE to sign the Petition to Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Then we also have this one directed at the US
With the toll in Gaza surpassing 1,500 deaths, 8,200 wounded, and 180,300 civilians displaced, we are devastated– but more determined than ever to keep pressure on the US to end its unconditional support for Israel.
How can the US purport to be a fair mediator when we are sending billions of dollars worth of weapons to one side of the conflict? A report by Amnesty International shows that just between January and May of this year, the US has sent $62 million worth of munitions to Israel, including nearly $27 million for “rocket launchers”, $9.3 million in “parts of guided missiles” and nearly $762,000 for “bombs, grenades and munitions of war”.
This is atrocious. We should be using that money for diplomacy and rebuilding the lives of Palestinians that have been shattered from decades of violence. The people of Gaza are in desperate need of clean water, healthcare, food, building materials for their homes, and other basic necessities. But unless the blockade of Gaza is lifted, access to these crucial items will continue to be restricted by Israel. You can help by making a direct donation to Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) today.
“There isn’t a single family in Gaza which hasn’t been touched by direct loss,” said Pernille Ironside, the head of the Unicef office in Gaza. “The impact that has on the ability of children to cope cannot be overstated.”
It’s up to us to push our government to stop the cycle of bloodshed. Join us to call for an immediate arms embargo on Israel now.
And of course for Canadians
This is the Harper petition.
Anyone who supports Genocide/War Crimes should never be a leader or any part of any government of any country. They are criminals. The worse kind. Mass Murder is a crime.
Pass this on to all your friends.
Let them know we will not tolerate Genocide any longer.
In other words, hide the truth from the citizens of Israel.
Lest we all forget this was done to an innocent child.
So as a reminder of just how low anyone can go this is the lowest.
Not one main stream media would touch this story.
Hundreds of us asked. Why was it, they would not respond to a unscrupulous thing like this?
So in the end we bloggers got the word out.
So in your wanderings if you see another child being used for this purpose take screen shots share with like minded people so you have loads of witnesses and after a week or two be sure to get the word out one way or the other.