We are shocked at the complete failure of the Prime Minister to understand the bare basics of the interim orders issued last week by the International Court of Justice in their binding interim orders on South Africa’s claim of Israeli genocide against Palestinians.
New Zealand has a weighty moral duty and a binding legal responsibility not just to condemn genocide but to act to PREVENT the crime of genocide. The court makes this clear as does the wording of the Genocide Convention.
The ICJ has put Israel on probation. The apartheid state has a month to report back to explain how they are meeting the provisions of the genocide convention. Essentially the court has told them to stop killing Palestinians but to date they have ignored the interim orders.
The Prime Minister is unaware of any of this as his blundering answer to a question in parliament on Wednesday afternoon shows.
So far the government has made no clear statement on the court’s decision and has not explained how we will work to prevent genocide in Gaza as we are legally bound to do. All we have so far are a couple of rudimentary tweets from Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
We are not taking action to hold Israel to the terms of the genocide convention or for any of its war crimes such as “collective punishment” of a civilian population, withholding food, water and shelter and denying medical treatment.
Mr Luxon has condemned the killing of Israeli civilians but has refused to condemn the killing of Palestinian civilians or even to call for an immediate permanent ceasefire.
The government is engaged in a tawdry display of Eurocentrism and anti-Palestinian racism.