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Israel’s ongoing apocalyptic military campaign against Gaza comes on top of its 75+ years of persecution and displacement of Palestinians.
It has resulted in mass destruction, displacement of over 90% of the Gazan population, and the deaths and maiming of thousands of civilians, mostly women and children.
Below we document what many authorities are calling war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Our aim is to give a voice to the voiceless, and raise awareness of the need for international action to ensure Palestinian people are finally free of brutal occupation and colonialization.

Genocidal Intent: In Their Own Words

Senior Israeli officials, including the Prime Minister, the President, and the Minister of Defence, have publicly used dehumanizing and totalizing language about the Palestinians, signalling their intent to destroy and displace the population of Gaza, while imposing an unrelenting siege, and intentionally depriving them of the conditions of life necessary for human survival. Perhaps most disturbingly, Netanyahu cited the Biblical ‘Amalek’ story to justify the Gaza killings. The Amalek were a nation condemned to utter extermination in the Bible, as mentioned in 1 Samuel 15:3 “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

These compilations of statements from Israeli leaders and opinion shapers, both past and present, are by no means exhaustive, and reveal the genocidal intent behind the current military onslaught against the Palestinians.

Civilian Massacres: Nowhere is Safe

Pained eyes of innocence

An injured child is being treated in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital following the bombing of Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on November 13, 2023.

Trapped under her collapsed home

A young girl is photographed stuck under the rubble of her house after it was bombed on October 31, 2023. There are many of Palestinians, specificly Gazans are still under the rubble. Due to continuous bombing and destruction, this number is increasing day by day.

October 31 bombing of Jabalia refugee camp

Israeli fighter jets dropped 6 US-made bombs on the camp, completely flattening over 2,500 sq. meters according to the New York Times, and killing and injuring over 400 people. Several countries recalled their ambassadors to Israel in protest and Bolivia severed diplomatic relations with Israel.

Lost in grief

A mother embraces the body of her young son who was killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza on October 18, 2023

The look

A father embraces his son who was injured by an Israeli air strike that targeted his family home in Khan Younis on October 19, 2023.

Amputated leg and other life-changing injuries

The little girl, Aseel Musameh, aged 7, has life-changing injuries following the bombing of her home during the aggression against Gaza.

Baby’s wounded and burned face

This little girl is beautiful Meera, who was injured by missile fragments from an air strike, October 30, 2023.

Children look on at man buried under the rubble

Children shocked by the grim spectacle of the dead man’s hand protruding from beneath the rubble.

Bloodied and dusty mother and daughter

A mother embraces her daughter after surviving an Israeli strike in Gaza.

The Assessment of Experts:

Israeli War Crimes and Genocide

Leading UN figures and departments, international law experts, as well as worldwide human rights bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have released statements asserting that Israel is committing various war crimes against the Palestinians, ranging from forceable transfer of the civilian population, to collective punishment, to disproportionate use of force. Some have warned of a genocide in the making or even an actual genocide, given the statements of intent of the Israeli leaders, combined with the total siege, destruction, and killing on the ground.

‘This is a text-book case of genocide’

Resignation letter of Craig Mokhiber, director of the New York office of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.

As a human rights lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the field, I know well that the concept of genocide has often been subject to political abuse. But the current wholesale slaughter of the Palestinian people, rooted in an ethno-nationalist settler colonial ideology, in continuation of decades of their systematic persecution and purging, based entirely upon their status as Arabs, and coupled with explicit statements of intent by leaders in the Israeli government and military, leaves no room for doubt or debate. In Gaza, civilian homes, schools, churches, mosques, and medical institutions are wantonly attacked as thousands of civilians are massacred. In the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, homes are seized and reassigned based entirely on race, and violent settler pogroms are accompanied by Israeli military units. Across the land, Apartheid rules.

This is a text-book case of genocide. The European, ethno-nationalist, settler colonial project in Palestine has entered its final phase, toward the expedited destruction of the last remnants of indigenous Palestinian life in Palestine. What’s more, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and much of Europe, are wholly complicit in the horrific assault. Not only are these governments refusing to meet their treaty obligations “to ensure respect” for the Geneva Conventions, but they are in fact actively arming the assault, providing economic and intelligence support, and giving political and diplomatic cover for Israel’s atrocities.

(Letter to High Commissioner for Human Rights, 28th October)

‘Warning of ethnic cleansing’

Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.

Israel has already carried out mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians under the fog of war. Again, in the name of self-defence, Israel is seeking to justify what would amount to ethnic cleansing.

Any continued military operations by Israel have gone well beyond the limits of international law. The international community must stop these egregious violations of international law now, before tragic history is repeated. Time is of the essence. Palestinians and Israelis both deserve to live in peace, equality of rights, dignity and freedom.

(UN Press release, 14th October)

‘A genocide in the making’

UN experts call on international community to prevent genocide against the Palestinian people

Grave violations committed by Israel against Palestinians in the aftermath of 7 October, particularly in Gaza, point to a genocide in the making, UN experts said today. They illustrated evidence of increasing genocidal incitement, overt intent to “destroy the Palestinian people under occupation”, loud calls for a ‘second Nakba’ in Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, and the use of powerful weaponry with inherently indiscriminate impacts, resulting in a colossal death toll and destruction of lifesustaining infrastructure.

(UN Press release, 16th November)

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