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    #16
    From https://www.thejakartapost.com/world...-criminal.html
    Title : Erdogan says Israel's Netanyahu 'will be tried as war criminal'
    By Reuters Ankara, December 4, 2023

    Turkish President..said (today) that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would eventually be tried as a war criminal over Israel's ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip, while slamming Western countries supporting Israel. Turkey...has sharply criticised Israel over its campaign in Gaza, launched in response to militant group Hamas' rampage on Oct. 7. More than 15,500 (innocent) people have been killed ... according to Gaza's health ministry.

    In a speech to an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) committee meeting in Istanbul, Erdogan said the Western nations supporting Israel were giving it "unconditional support to kill babies" and were complicit in its crimes. "Beyond being a war criminal, Netanyahu, who is the butcher of Gaza right now, will be tried as the butcher of Gaza..."Those who try to skip over the deaths of all those innocent people by using the excuse of Hamas have nothing left to say to humanity," he added, referring to Western powers, which he said were "blind and deaf"...

    also said that the U.N had failed the test in Gaza and called for an urgent reform, repeating that the Security Council's five permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France - did not represent the world. "The sincere efforts of Secretary General (Antonio) Guterres were sabotaged by the Security Council members," he said. "None of us have to accept this system," he added. "It is not possible for such a structure to bring peace or hope to humanity."

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      #17
      From https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/ne...ng-death-toll/
      Amnesty International , 08 December 2023

      Reacting to the United States (US) veto (today) of a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel, Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

      “By vetoing this resolution, the US has displayed a callous disregard for civilian suffering in the face of a staggering death toll, extensive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe happening in the occupied Gaza Strip.

      “The US has brazenly wielded and weaponized its veto to strongarm the UN Security Council, further undermining its credibility and ability to live up to its mandate to maintain international peace and security.

      There can be no justification for continuing to block meaningful action by the UN Security Council to stop massive civilian bloodshed. The use of the veto is morally indefensible and a dereliction of the US duty to prevent atrocity crimes and uphold international law. “

      On top of blocking the adoption of a ceasefire that would end mass humanitarian suffering in Gaza, aid the return of hostages, and calm tension multiplying in the region, the US continues to transfer US-made munitions to the government of Israel that contribute to the decimation of entire families. “

      “As the only (country) to veto, it’s clear the US stands isolated from much of world, and a large portion of its own population. It is displaying a complete absence of global leadership and failing to understand the historical significance of the moment.

      “The US purports to champion a rules-based international order, however its brazen double standards and disregard for international law has repercussions that extend well beyond the horrific catastrophe in Gaza, weakening the already enfeebled international system for protecting civilians in conflict.

      “As a movement of over 10 million people, we urge everyone across the world to act now and press their governments to show that international law exists to protect everyone by ending this carnage via an enduring ceasefire. Restoring humanity is a pre-requisite to lay the foundation for a future grounded in the rights of all, and end to apartheid, and justice and reparation for victims.”

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        #18
        From https://apnews.com/article/un-assemb...492008cde0aaf6
        Title : UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly to demand a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza
        By EDITH M. LEDERER , Updated 7, December 13, 2023

        The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday (12 Dec 2023) to demand a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza in a strong demonstration of global support for ending the Israel-Hamas war. The vote also showed the growing isolation of the United States and Israel.

        The vote in the 193-member world body was 153 in favor, 10 against and 23 abstentions, and ambassadors and other diplomats burst into applause as the final numbers were displayed. The United States and Israel were joined in opposing the resolution by eight countries — Austria, Czechia, Guatemala, Liberia, Micronesia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay.

        The support was much higher than for an Oct. 27 (2023) Arab-sponsored resolution that called for a “humanitarian truce” leading to a cessation of hostilities, where the vote was 120-14 with 45 abstentions.

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          #19
          From https://www.reuters.com/world/middle...rt-2024-01-08/
          Title : What is South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the ICJ?
          By : Stephanie van den Berg , January 12, 2024

          The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold hearings this week on a case brought by South Africa accusing Israel of genocide in the Gaza war and seeking an emergency suspension of its military campaign.

          WHAT IS THE ICJ?
          The ICJ, also called the World Court, is the highest United Nations legal body...

          WHAT IS SOUTH AFRICA'S CASE?
          In its 84-page filing South Africa says that by killing Palestinians in Gaza, causing them serious mental and bodily harm and by creating conditions on life "calculated to bring about their physical destruction", Israel is committing genocide against them.

          It lists Israel's failure to provide essential food, water, medicine, fuel, shelter and other humanitarian assistance to the Gaza strip during the more than 3-month-old war with Hamas. It also points to the sustained bombing campaign which has laid much of the enclave to waste, forced the evacuation of some 1.9 million Palestinians and killed over 23,000 people according to Gaza health authorities.
          .....

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            #20
            From https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/...-israel-at-icj
            Title : Which countries back South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at ICJ?
            By : Sarah Shamim , 09 Jan 20249 Jan 2024

            Which countries have welcomed South Africa’s ICJ case against Israel?

            The Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC): The 57-member bloc, which includes Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and Morocco, voiced their support for the case on December 30.

            Malaysia: In a statement released on January 2, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the South African application. It reiterated a call for an independent Palestinian state “based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital”.

            Turkey: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Oncu Keceli posted on X on January 3 welcoming South Africa’s move.

            Jordan: Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on January 4 that Amman would back South Africa.

            Bolivia: On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia dubbed South Africa’s move as historic, becoming the first Latin American country to back the ICJ case against Israel.

            The Maldives, Namibia and Pakistan: The three countries expressed support for the genocide case filed by South Africa during a UN General Assembly session on Tuesday.

            The Arab League: The 22-member alliance also affirmed its support for the South African case on Wednesday in an X post made by Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit.

            Colombia and Brazil: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and Brazil expressed the country’s support in individual press releases on Wednesday.

            Besides countries, many advocacy groups and civil society groups worldwide have also joined South Africa’s call. These include Terreiro Pindorama in Brazil, Asociacion Nacional de Amistad Italia-Cuba in Italy, and Collectif Judeo Arabe et Citoyen pour la Palestine in France, reported independent outlet Common Dreams.


            Who is not backing South Africa’s ICJ case?
            The United States has voiced its opposition to the genocide case . National security spokesperson John Kirby called South Africa’s submission “meritless, counterproductive, and completely without any basis”...

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              #21
              From https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/...-century-oxfam
              Title : Gaza daily deaths exceed all other major conflicts in 21st century: Oxfam
              By : Al Jazeera and other News agencies , January 11, 2024

              The killing of civilians in Gaza is at a scale unprecedented in recent history, monitoring groups have said, as Israel continues to pound the besieged coastal enclave more than 3 months into the war.

              Britain-based charity Oxfam said on Thursday that the daily death toll of Palestinians in Israel’s war on Gaza surpasses that of any other major conflict in the 21st century, while survivors remain at high risk due to hunger, diseases and cold, as well as ongoing Israeli bombardments.

              “Israel’s military is killing Palestinians at an average rate of 250 people a day, which massively exceeds the daily death toll of any other major conflict of recent years,” Oxfam said in a statement.

              For comparison, the charity provided a list of average deaths per day in other conflicts since the turn of the century: 96.5 in Syria, 51.6 in Sudan, 50.8 in Iraq, 43.9 in Ukraine, 23.8 in Afghanistan, and 15.8 in Yemen.

              Oxfam said the crisis is further compounded by Israel’s restrictions on the entry of aid into Gaza, where only 10% of weekly food aid that is needed gets in. This poses a serious risk of starvation for those who survive the relentless bombardment, it said.

              Also on Thursday, United States-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its World Report 2024, which said civilians in Gaza have been “targeted, attacked, abused, and killed over the past year at a scale unprecedented in the recent history of Israel and Palestine”...

              In its report, HRW noted that Israel’s war on Gaza has included “acts of collective punishment that amount to war crimes and include the use of starvation as a method of warfare”, including cutting off essential services such as water and electricity and blocking the entry of most critical humanitarian aid.

              Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank, HRW said during the first eight months of 2023, incidents of settler violence against Palestinians and their property reached the highest daily average since the United Nations started recording this data in 2006. At least 3,291 Palestinians were held in administrative detention without charge or trial, according to Israel Prison Service figures.

              “Israeli authorities’ repression of Palestinians, undertaken as part of a policy to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians, amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution,” HRW said.

              According to an analysis of Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite data by the CUNY Graduate Center & Oregon State University, the war has killed more civilians than the US-led coalition did in its 3-year campaign against ISIL (ISIS).

              The offensive has wreaked more destruction than the razing of Syria’s Aleppo between 2012 and 2016, Ukraine’s Mariupol or, proportionally, the Allied bombing of Germany in World War II, researchers found, according to a report by The Associated Press.

              Israel’s offensive has likely either damaged or destroyed more than 67% of all structures in northern Gaza and a quarter of buildings in the southern area of Khan Younis, according to satellite data collected by the research group.

              That includes tens of thousands of homes as well as schools, hospitals, mosques and stores. UN monitors have said that about 70% of school buildings across Gaza have been damaged...

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                #22
                From https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-ha...-for-genocide/
                Title : The Hague’s decision means Israel is now in the dock for genocide
                By Jeremy Sharon , 26 Jan 2024

                ...the ICJ ruling will give a tailwind to international calls for trade sanctions and arms boycotts against Israel.

                ...the court nevertheless accepted the highly damaging allegation that there is “plausibility” to South Africa’s claims that the Palestinians in Gaza need protecting from genocide, and indeed did so in an overwhelming 15 to 2 decision.

                ...And it is this aspect of the decision that could have serious repercussions for Israel’s moral standing, its international reputation and its diplomatic standing. Because, as court President Joan Donoghue stated, the court is not dismissing the case out of hand, as Israel requested.

                The State of Israel is thus in the dock for genocide, with the ICJ saying there is prima facie evidence that there is a case for Israel to answer...


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                From https://www.timesofisrael.com/12-min...dium=desktop_s ite&utm_campaign=the-hagues-decision-means-israel-is-now-in-the-dock-for-genocide
                Title : 12 ministers call to resettle Gaza, encourage Gazans to leave, at jubilant conference
                By Jeremy Sharon , 29 Jan 2024

                15 coalition MKs also take part, with many dancing at right-wing confab attended by thousands; Likud minister appears to endorse coercive measures to promote Palestinian emigration

                In front of an impassioned audience of thousands of right-wing activists, 12 government ministers and 15 coalition lawmakers pledged Sunday night to rebuild Jewish Israel settlements in the heart of the Gaza Strip and encourage the emigration of the Palestinian population after the war with Hamas is over.

                Smotrich (Finance inister) and Ben Gvir (National Security Minister) , together with six coalition MKs, all signed what was dubbed the “Covenant of Victory and Renewal of Settlement,” which pledged that the signatories would “grow Jewish settlements full of life” in the Gaza Strip.

                Alongside them, Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi...also called for building settlements in Gaza and “encouraging voluntary emigration.”

                But Karhi (Communications Minister) went one further than his fellow ministers, saying that the war imposed on Israel by the Hamas terror group meant that Gazan civilians could now be coerced into saying they want to leave the territory...


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                From https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...s-gaza-israel/
                title : Why countries are pulling funding from the U.N. agency for Palestinians
                By Annabelle Timsit, Bryan Pietsch and Sammy Westfall - Updated January 29, 2024

                A rapidly growing list of countries suspended funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinians in Gaza, following allegations from Israeli authorities that some employees of the organization were involved in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.

                “We discovered that there are UNRWA workers that actually participated either directly or indirectly in the Oct. 7 massacre,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Britain’s TalkTV.

                U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said 12 UNRWA employees (from over 30'000 employees total , around 13'000 in Gaza) were implicated in the alleged misconduct. Of those, “nine were immediately identified and terminated,” one is “confirmed dead,” and “the identity of the two others is being clarified,” he said Sunday.

                The move by the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia and others to pause funding to UNRWA, pending an investigation into Israel’s allegations, puts over 2 million people who depend on it “for their sheer survival” at risk, said UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini...Lazzarini said in a statement: “It is shocking to see a suspension of funds to the Agency in reaction to allegations against a small group of staff.”

                Which countries have suspended funding?
                United States , Canada , Australia , Germany , United Kingdom , Italy , Netherlands, Finland , Japan , Austria (+ France , Switzerland and Norway but less Austria , according to https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCon...y-in-Gaza.aspx , AFP 29 Jan 2024) ...

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                  #23
                  From https://news.sky.com/story/israeli-i...pings-13059967
                  Title : Israeli intelligence report claims four UNRWA staff in Gaza involved in Hamas kidnappings
                  By Alistair Bunkall , 30 January 2024

                  Sky News has seen Israeli intelligence documents that Israel claims are evidence that staff working for a UN agency were connected with Hamas in Gaza.

                  The report...alleges that 6 employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) infiltrated Israel. Four of them were allegedly involved in kidnapping Israelis, while another worker is said to have provided "logistics support".

                  Further claims include accusations that "out of approx. 12,000 UNRWA employees in GS [Gaza Strip], about 10% are Hamas/PIJ [Palestinian Islamic Jihad] operatives and about 50% are first-degree relatives with a Hamas operative".

                  Critics of Israel's actions say the number of staff allegedly involved is a tiny percentage of the agency's overall workforce, and the decision by governments to suspend funding in response to the claims is a cruel and disproportionate move.

                  The Norwegian Refugee Council said it was "outraged" at foreign governments for pausing donations...

                  The Israeli intelligence documents make several claims that Sky News has not seen proof of and many of the claims, even if true, do not directly implicate UNRWA.

                  Following the allegations, a number of countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and Australia, suspended funding to the agency pending further investigation...

                  The move to cut funding has been severely criticised by other aid organisations. Action Aid said it "spells a death sentence for millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the surrounding regions."

                  UNRWA has paid a heavy price during the war - 152 of its staff have been killed in Gaza and 145 of its facilities have been damaged.

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                    #24
                    From https://www.wionews.com/world/explai...res-how-684886
                    Title : Explained | Countries pausing funding for UNRWA might be violating genocide convention. Here’s how
                    Edited By: Nishtha Badgamia , updated: Jan 30, 2024

                    ...New Zealand, on Tuesday (Jan 30) joined a growing number of countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the US, to halt the funding to the UNRWA...

                    UN special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories, Francesca Albanese, warned that the decision taken by several countries to pause the funding to the UNRWA “overtly defies” the order by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to allow effective humanitarian assistance to reach Gazans.

                    “This will entail legal responsibilities - or the demise of the (international) legal system,” said the UN expert, in a post on X...

                    She also noted that by pausing the funding, countries are “collectively punishing millions of Palestinians at the most critical time, and most likely violating their obligations under the Genocide Convention”.

                    Meanwhile, an American International law professor Francis Boyle at the University of Illinois College of Law, who also serves as a legal adviser to the Provisional Government of the Palestinian Authority, in an interview with MSNBC called the suspension of funding “inconsistent” with the court order.

                    The governments who have made this decision without any due process or investigation, according to Boyle, are in violation of Article 2(c) of the Genocide Convention, which states “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”...

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                      #25
                      From https://abcnews.go.com/International...ated-107219904
                      Title : Hospitals in Gaza are devastated after 5 months of Israel's war against Hamas
                      By The Associated Press , February 14, 2024

                      The war between Israel and Hamas, now in its fifth month, has devastated hospitals in the Gaza Strip, with less than half of them only partially functioning as Israel's daily bombardments kill and wound scores of people.

                      Israel accuses the militants of using hospitals and other civilian buildings as cover.

                      The number of Palestinians killed during the war in Gaza has surpassed 28,000 people, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.
                      A quarter of Gaza’s residents are starving...

                      Canada, Australia and New Zealand are warning Israel that a ground offensive in the Gaza border city of Rafah would be catastrophic...

                      French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, during which Macron expressed France’s “firm opposition to an Israeli offensive in Rafah.”

                      With 1.5 million Palestinians taking refuge in the area where there was an already dire humanitarian situation, the impacts on Palestinian civilians from an expanded military operation would be devastating...

                      The 22 Arab countries at the United Nations are urging the U.N. Security Council to demand an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and unhindered humanitarian assistance, and to prevent any transfer of Palestinians out of the territory...

                      Ireland and Spain have sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressing deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and urging the body to “undertake an urgent review” of whether Israel is complying with its obligations regarding human rights in the area...

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                        #26
                        From https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/l...ive-rcna138759
                        Title : U.N. agency says Gazans are being 'pushed further into abyss'
                        By Patrick Smith , 15 Feb 2024

                        The United Nations' humanitarian agency in Palestine has warned that continued bombardment has forced displaced families to move yet again, as Israel's military turns its sights on the city of Rafah.

                        United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) said in a post on X on Wednesday: "The exodus continues as people move from Rafah to middle parts of the Gaza Strip, in search of safety where there is none."

                        The agency added: "How many times have these families been displaced?"

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                          #27
                          Form https://www.france24.com/en/middle-e...estinian-state
                          Title : Netanyahu rejects international recognition of Palestinian state
                          By FRANCE 24 , 16 Feb 2024

                          Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu said late Thursday that he rejected a plan for international recognition of a Palestinian state, saying such an initiative "would offer an enormous reward to terrorism". Netanyahu's comments follow a similar rejection by influential far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, who responded to reports of the plan in The Washington Post.

                          Yesterday's key developments:
                          Israel has hit back at what it described as an "unjustifiable" South African appeal to the United Nations' top court to apply more legal pressure over a threatened offensive on the southern Gazan city of Rafah...

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                            #28
                            From https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...ael-palestine/
                            Title : ICJ hearings on Israel’s occupation: What to know
                            By Kelsey Ables and Niha Masih , Updated February 21, 2024

                            The International Court of Justice (ICJ) held the third day of hearings Wednesday on the legal consequences of Israel’s policies and practices “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”...

                            Palestinian officials offered impassioned remarks on Monday, with one arguing that “successive Israeli governments have given the Palestinian people only three options: displacement, subjugation or death.”

                            Israel said it does not recognize the legitimacy of the hearings and will not attend...

                            What are the hearings about?
                            The hearings come in response to a 2022 resolution from the U.N. General Assembly. They will look at the legal consequences of what the document calls Israel’s “ongoing violation” of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination; its “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation” of Palestinian territories; and Israel’s “adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures.”...

                            Human rights groups maintain that the Palestinian territories — the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza — have been occupied by Israel since 1967, in what Amnesty International calls “the longest and one of the most deadly military occupations in the world.”

                            Israel has argued that it does not “occupy” the Gaza Strip after it withdrew and ceded control there in 2005. However, human rights groups say it has maintained control over the territory in other ways, such as through a blockade imposed when the militant group Hamas took power in 2007...

                            An estimated 700,000 Israelis are living in the West Bank in settlements that are considered illegal by the international community and that have been expanded under Netanyahu. This month, the Biden administration sanctioned Israeli settlers accused of attacks in the West Bank, where Palestinians have faced record levels of violence since Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel. Human rights groups say Palestinians living there are subject to excessive force, arbitrary detentions, land grabs and mass surveillance, among other rights violations...

                            What are the implications of the hearings?
                            They are expected to result in an advisory opinion from the court, according to an ICJ news release. It will then be up to the organization that requested the opinion, in this case the U.N. General Assembly, to “give effect to [the opinion] or not, by whichever means they see fit,” the ICJ’s website says.

                            The hearings deal with the broader topic of the Israeli presence in the Palestinian territories and represent a wider assessment of Israeli and Palestinian relations, but the resulting opinion could increase international pressure on Israel over its military campaign in Gaza.

                            Bryan Pietsch, Emily Rauhala and Joe Snell contributed to this report.

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