After the terror attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand, Prime Minister Ardern famously told the world “They are us”
They are us, the fiction
The New Zealand government has condemned the Hamas terror attack on IsraelThey are us, the reality
Israelis – They are us;
“New Zealand condemns unequivocally the terror attacks led by Hamas on Israel. We are appalled by the targeting of civilians, and the taking of hostages which violate fundamental international humanitarian law principles,” Acting Prime Minister. Chris Hipkins
John Minto has called on the current government of Christopher Luxon to condemn the genocide in Gaza
“Government must condemn genocide in Gaza” John Minto
Palestinians – They are not us
The current acting Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is a lawyer, Winston Peters is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as both a lawyer and head of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Peters would be well aware of the international legal definition of the crime of genocide and of his ethical moral duty to condemn it.
Israel’s war on Gaza is quite clearly a war of extermination, in method identical to the German extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto.
The two tiered Israeli Justice System that routinely imprisons Palestinians indefinitely, without any charges or any trials, admits that Hamas for all the savagery of their attack on October 7 was not committing genocide.
The same, however cannot be said for the IDF and the Israeli government’s attack on Gaza
In legal terms for a genocide to be proved, the prosecution must not only show evidence of mass murder, but evidence of the intent to commit mass murder. Usually “intent” is the hardest thing to prove in making the case for genocide.
Even the prosecutors at Nuremburg struggled to find official statements by the Germans of their intent to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.
However, unlike most other allegations of genocide, Israel’s intent is the most easiest thing to prove, with multiple statements by Israel’s government and military officials declaring that their intent to cut off food and water and other means of life to make Gaza “unlivable”.
“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.’”
We know for a fact that the 17 Hamas fighters captured alive by Israel on October 7 will not be charged and tried by Israel with committing or intending to commit genocide. More like they will be murdered and buried in the desert without trial, as is typical of country that routinely flouts international and domestic legal norms and laws and gets away with it.
Yes, the Israelis “are us”
Patrick O’Dea is a staunch Unionist and human rights activist