So Israel is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity but not technical genocide – a victory for dictionary definitions, a catastrophe for Palestinians

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Oh look at that, Israel is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity but not technical genocide – a victory for dictionary definitions, a catastrophe for Palestinians…

Israel, Hamas accused of war crimes in new UN report

Israel and Hamas have been accused of committing a litany of war crimes and human rights abuses since 7 October in a new independent report to the UN Human Rights Council.

The damning accusations, compiled by investigators from the UN’s Commission of Inquiry, accused both sides of war crimes for mounting attacks against civilian populations and “murder or wilful killings”.

The report, which covers the period up to the end of 2023, specifically accused Israel of crimes against humanity for torture, “extermination” and “gender persecution targeting Palestinian men and boys”.

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…oh, so the Israeli’s are using sexual torture and those allegations of Palestinian sexual assaults didn’t stand up to scrutiny…

…Jesus wept.

Let’s just all pause as human beings and acknowledge the horror that desperate frightened angry vengeful human beings can cause one another.

Israel is committing ethnic cleansing war crimes and crimes against humanity and a ghoulish collection of sub horror human rights abuses that few of us even knew existed.

The sheer malicious cruelty disproportionately meted out against the Palestinian people is an obscenity no matter the defence of the dictionary definition of genocide.

We only have further to disgrace our species in. an ocean of violence exacerbated by Netanyahu’s need for conflict to retain political power and a Hamas movement alienated by the Abrahams Accord and devoid of any future have masochistically plunged Israel and themselves into an existential crisis.

We can not rub shoulders with this military in two weeks time!

It is outrageous in the extreme that the NZ Defence Force will train with the Israeli Defence Force on June 26th as part of the US-led (RIMPAC) naval drills!

Our Military’s  honour and mana is stained by rubbing shoulders with an Army that is currently accused of genocide and conducting a real time ethnic cleansing war crime.

It’s like playing paintball with the Russian Army while they are invading the Ukraine.

No one in NZ is even aware that the NZDF will be training with the IDF in 2 weeks time because no one in NZ knows what RIMPAC is or why we are involved.

We have 2 weeks to demand this Government pull out of training alongside an army willing to massacre 274 Palestinians to rescue 4 hostages.

That’s not eye for an eye, that’s an eye for a nose, a chin, half the face, most of the jaw and all 4 limbs!

Let me be clear – there’s no excuse for October 7th, but equally there can be no defence for a disproportionate response that sees 37 000 dead, 10 000 under the rubble and almost 85 000 injured.

If we train alongside the IDF we condone their war crime and we are stained with their dishonour.

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  1. You don’t need technical definitions to know that the Israelis are morally bankrupt. There is no dispute internationally that they are land thieves and the hardliners are already pushing to steal more. Thats part of the reason they continue to slaughter Palestinians. It is certainly not about hostages. Hamas are scum but Israel are showing they are equally as bad.

  2. “Israel is committing ethnic cleansing war crimes and crimes against humanity and a ghoulish collection of sub horror human rights abuses that few of us even knew existed.”

    Even worse is the fact that the so-called leader of the free world – the USA – is bankrolling this entire atrocity. They could stop this in an instant by halting funding, arms supplies and military support to Israel but they refuse to do so. And even worse than this is the fact that we, Westerners, look up to, and more often than not, believe without question, whatever the US govt has to say. This is what happens when both mainstream media and governments throughout the West, blindly support US interests over the interests of their citizens. Of course it is no surprise that our military is about to rub shoulders with the Israeli slaughter machine.

    Our government is rotten, bent towards serving US interests over our own, our media is rotten, bent to support our government’s compromised interests over public interest and this tragedy of tragedies exposes these stark realities like no other event ever has before.

    But again, thanks to our compromised media and political class, most of us are absolutely none the wiser. Unless we can somehow change this, wake up the world, then what is happening to Palestinians can just as easily happen to any one of us in the not too distant future.

    Information is key, this is why the free flow of information has never been under greater attack than has been the case today.

    • Great stuff AO – clearly and succinctly you have ticked all the boxes and there is nothing more to be said, except perhaps to note; when being right is all that’s left, it’s cold comfort.

  3. When you starve more than 2 million people (probably 100,000 less because of the indiscriminate bombing) beside the other atrocities coupled with practicing apartheid there’s no other word but to call it a “GENOCIDE”

    And the MSM is depicting “RIMPAC” as a naval exercise with the US navy obscuring apartheid Israel involvement. The Hasbara or imperial lies is also a pakeha trait meted against Maori. As with the Hasbara narrative pakeha negative spin of Maori is constant interchangeable and repeated even when the lies are exposed. This is white supremacy masking itself as “Free Speech” and is not only exclusive to Israel or NZ its worldwide particularly in the west.

  4. Kind of important that pacific rim nations it very clear to China that we’re not kidding around. There’s a nasty price we have to pay for that, but it may be one worth paying no?

    • Actually, most human beings don’t see much profit in your desire for a race war against all Chinese people. Have you considered just not being a racist psycho?

      • Yeah. See, that’s not the central thrust of my point as per above is it? I’ve noted the tone of your comments on here previously. You seem pretty big on reductive/ up down/ right wrong positions. Fair enough. I’m more into your average, workaday line of ‘maybe there’s a bit more to it’, or ‘I’ll make sure I know what they really mean before I start attacking their argument; I’ll try really hard to make myself understood before getting defensive; and I’ll try really hard to make it about ideas, rather than personalities’ So in the spirit of goodwill let me attempt to be clear what I meant – when I located China as a threat I was talking about the political institution of China, not the population/ peoples of China. I apologise if that was unclear. I am very sympathetic to the population/ peoples of China who find themselves under the thumb of an expansionist communist govt. Please note, by ‘the population of China’ I include all the various ethnic/ religious/ racial groups that includes. I am not interested in any sinophobic war – but the RIMPAC exercise is an important opportunity for NZ to take up our part in making it abundantly clear to the Chinese Communist Party that ‘the western democratic bloc’ (if you will) is still co-operative and united in taking a stand against any more expansion of CCP geography. The citizenry of Taiwan deserve to know that. I completely accept that we (NZ) are in a difficult/ conflicted position when it comes to the inclusion of the IDF, but I also offer that we need to take our part as members of the Western Democratic (Pax Americana even!) world.

  5. the thing is words meaN things and when you self define them you devalue them

    the word genocide was used because of it’s severity and connotations attempts to redefine it as a tactical political manouver cheapens it irredemably

    get on with the ethnic clensing tack which is a charge that can stick

  6. ” Even worse is the fact that the so-called leader of the free world – the USA – is bankrolling this entire atrocity. They could stop this in an instant by halting funding, arms supplies and military support to Israel but they refuse to do so ”

    Probably why we have been ” directed ” to train with the IDF so we are proving we are real friends and security partners.

    Another reason to march in protest against this deplorable decision but this won’t be a P.R disaster for the government because apart from a few thousand who turn out in marches so far most people don’t care.
    Many are desensitised to the appalling suffering of their fellow human beings and their Netflix fix provides an alternative reality to death and misery and a people being eliminated.

    We are an ally of Israel with ambassadors to represent both countries interests including military engagement while this mutilation of an entire race of people is playing out.

    Those with long memories in South Africa will be astonished at this country that stood and fought in 1981 to prevent a racist countries rugby team playing here and that pressure eventually assisted to remove apartheid and here we are 40 years later turning our backs and supporting the same system to continue to oppress a people who have had their homeland stolen and are now being executed. In many ways this is many times worse than the suffering of black South Africans under apartheid.

    The irony cannot be lost on John Minto.

    Words can be used just as effectively as weapons when you choose ” technicalities ” to lessen the impact of the crimes Israel and the Americans are guilty of here.

  7. Whose winning the war in Gaza? The USA is in $trillions of debt. So far USA has granted IDF $13billion since Oct23 and are scheduled to grant a further $4billion this year and each year till 2027. That’s all borrowed money, so banks are winning. The shareholders of US and Israeli MIC companies are winning. Once the Palestinians are all dead or forced off their last little bit of land they won’t be able to claim ownership, develop their offshore oil & gas or use missiles to protect their resource from development by privateers. So Western and Israeli oil is winning.

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