The Guardian • Issue #2084

Stop Israel’s genocidal assault!

  • by Anna Pha
  • The Guardian
  • Issue #2084
Rally for Palestine, Sydney, 21 January.

Rally for Palestine, Sydney, 21 January.

Millions of people around the world continue to mobilise with marches and rallies calling for a permanent ceasefire and an independent Palestinian state. Australia is no exception, with thousands turning out every week in support of the Palestinian people.

In the Zionist state of Israel there have been protests across the country against the Netanyahu government, calling for an end to the war on Gaza, and the immediate release of hostages held by Hamas.

There is no let-up in Israel’s bombardments of Gaza and brutal treatment of its citizens. According to the Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, 32,246 people had been killed in Gaza between 7 October and last week with 62,234 people injured. A staggering 1.95 million people are displaced, traumatised, and living in fear while attempting to survive in the most appalling conditions.

UN official, Martin Griffiths, told CNN 400,000 Gazans are at risk of starving and most of these are “actually in famine, not just at risk of famine.” Starvation is being used as a weapon of war as Israel continues to restrict the amount of aid entering the besieged territory.

“With each passing day, there is growing evidence that Israeli troops are functioning as mobile mass execution parties in Gaza,” Al Jazeera reports. The media outlet posted interviews with residents who described how Israeli troops systematically torture and execute men.

“After they tortured my husband in front of us and they broke his jaw, and beat up his face, they beat him until his arms were bleeding. They stripped all the men, tortured them, and humiliated them, then executed them. That all happened while we watched,” one woman said.

ICJ

South Africa presented evidence of the state of Israel’s acts of genocide against Palestinians to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on 11 January. Member groups of the International Coalition to Stop Genocide in Palestine (ICSGP) organised activities around the world, including press conferences at The Hague.

Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla, who was at The Hague representing Progressive International, one of the ICSGP’s founding organisations, stated:

“Every single person who witnessed the hearing was left in no doubt that we were reading the most frightening document of our time and hearing evidence of the most gruesome, illegal, and genocidal assault.

“In bringing this case to The Hague, South Africa has issued a resounding call to the Global South to break with the Zionist project and its inextricable links to the history of colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism.

“This is not only Israel on trial. It is the ICJ on trial. It is a test of the humanity of the world and whether the institutions we’ve built to protect it – today, this court in The Hague – withstand the test of Western impunity.”

At present, 27 countries have publicly supported South Africa’s case as well as the Organization of Islamic Countries, which represents 57 nations.

Australia refuses to. Only three nations have publicly denied that Israel is committing genocide – the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, despite the crime being committed before the eyes of the world.

Mexico and Chile requested the International Criminal Court investigate potential crimes against civilians in Gaza.

GREATER ISRAEL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is adamant that Israel will continue its onslaught on Gaza in defiance of international law. “Nobody will stop us – not The Hague, not the axis of evil and not anybody else,” Netanyahu said. (The “axis of evil” refers to China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis.)

Netanyahu stated that he would pursue “the war against Hamas” until “total victory” to ensure Israel’s security and achieve the release of hostages. Once again, he argued that a ceasefire would only send “a message of weakness.”

Defence Minister Galliant said, “We will eliminate everything.”

“We are now rolling out the Gaza Nakba,” said Minister for Agriculture Avi Dichter in a reference to the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to create the state of Israel.

AUSTRALIA

Foreign Minister Penny Wong visited Jordan, Israel, and the occupied West Bank earlier this month. In Jordan she announced $21.5 million in new humanitarian aid “directed to conflict-affected populations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and to address the ongoing regional refugee crisis, with a focus on women and children.” That brings the total pledged to $46 million – a token gesture compared to the hundreds of billions the Australian government is prepared to spend on warfare.

In reference to the occupied West Bank, Wong said, “We have said as a government we believe settlements are contrary to international law. We’ve also consistently said that they are an impediment to peace. The settlements are also inconsistent with a pathway to a two-state solution. But supporting Israel’s genocide in Gaza and turning a blind eye to the settlers’ actions, is in effect support for a one-state solution – a Zionist state without Palestinians.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers now live in the occupied West Bank, and another 200,000 in East Jerusalem.

RISING TENSIONS

There is an increase in tensions in the Middle East with the US making daily attacks on Yemen.

“These continuous, daily attacks on Yemen make clear that the United States has launched yet another endless war in the Middle East, centrally targeting Iran, as part of its global military offensive aimed at Russia and China,” notes Al Jazeera.

Israel has not let up in its attacks on southern Lebanon. Israel extended the scope of fighting with a ‘surgical strike’ on Damascus, Syria, killing five members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The Houthi continue to attack shipping in the Red Sea.

The conflict has widened bringing in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, and Iran.

Australian and British military forces are also involved.

TAKE ACTION

Contact Prime Minister Albanese to demand a permanent ceasefire NOW.

Demand the government expel Israeli diplomats from Australia.

Demand the government pull Australian troops out of the Middle East.

Join the actions in your area.

Demand the government support South Africa in the Hague.

Write letters to the editor.

Use social media to call for a permanent ceasefire and two-state solution.

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