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2024

May 17, 2024

     The Hague, Netherlands: as the Dutch government moves to the far right, the International Court of Justice is hearing South Africa’s case against Israel's genocide of Palestinians. Following the initial South African request late last December and the Court's orders of January 26 (see previous), on February 16th the Court denied an emergency request by South Africa to address measures to protect Rafah, believing its Court orders of January 26th were enough. South Africa again requests emergency measures, an intervention by the Court and the order of ceasefire in response to Israel's breaches of the Genocide Convention. Egypt has joined South Africa’s case before the Court. Anadolu Agency notes declarations of intent to join the case in support of Palestine from the Maldives, Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, and Belgium. Germany intends to join in support of Israel's position. Formal applications supporting Palestine have been made by Nicaragua, Colombia, and Libya. Asserting it is protecting the citizens of Gaza Israel again on May 17th denied all charges of genocide. Confronted by the obvious ICJ inaction may risk complicity in a crime. Partial sources: "Egypt says it will join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at ICJ," May 12, 2024, Al Jazeera; "FACTBOX - Which countries have joined South Africa’s genocide case against Israel?" Seda Sevencan, May 13, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Israel denies genocide charges in latest hearing before UN top court," Associated Press, May 17, 2024, CBC.

 

    Middletown Connecticut: in cooperation with law school human rights centres of expertise on international human rights law, The University Network for Human Rights has produced a decisive report which after thorough legal analysis reveals Israel is engaged in genocide in Gaza. The report also cites case law enforcing the obligation to avoid complicity. Located at Wesleyan University, the network partners human rights groups around the world. Partial sources: "University Human Rights Network Concludes Israel Is Committing Genocide in Gaza," May 16, 2024,. Democracy Now!: "Genocide in Gaza: Analysis of International Law and its Application to Israel's Military Actions Since October 7, 2023," May 15, 2024, University Network for Human Rights; International Human Rights Clinic, Cornell Law School; Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Lowenstein Human Rights Project, Yale Law School.

 

      USA: the following are among those known to have resigned from U.S. government work in order to avoid complicity in the genocide of Palestinians. The New York Times reports that Harrison Mann, an army major working in the Defense Intelligence Agency (the Army's CIA) has resigned for reasons of conscience. He found his work contributed to the murder of Palestinians. Among his reasons: "At some point - whatever the justification - you’re either advancing a policy that enables the mass starvation of children, or you’re not" (NYT). He also fears a wider war. Major Mann identifies himself as the descendant of European Jews which may undercut accusations of antisemitism against people objecting to genocide. Lily Greenberg Call, a Biden appointee at the Department of the Interior has submitted her resignation citing her upbringing as a Jew which wouldn't accept Israel's genocide in Gaza. To note other resignations since October 7th, from the State Department - Hala Rharritt, spokeswoman for the Middle East and North Africa; Annelle Sheline, of the Bureau of Democracy , Human rights and Labor; Josh Paul as director of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Tariq Habash, Palestinian American, of the Education Department has also refused complicity by resigning. Partial sources:"Army Officer Resigns in Protest of 'Unqualified' U.S. Support to Israel," John Ismay, May 13, 2024, The New York Times; "Army officer resigns in protest of U.S. support for Israel in Gaza," Alex Horton and John Hudson, May 13, 2024, The Washington Post; "US Army officer resigns over Washington's support for Israel," Servet Günerigök, May 14, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Jewish staffer resigns from Biden administration over Gaza," Yasmeen Abutaleb, May 15, 2024, The Washington Post; "'I Cannot Be Quietly Complicit': Biden Official Resigns Over Gaza Assault," Jake Johnson, Jan 4, 2024, Common Dreams.

 

 

May 6, 2024

      Response to Gaza, genocide emergency: in a brave effort to save the lives of people in Rafah, Francesca Albanese, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine has called for international intervention as Israel moves forward with its intention of military invasion of Rafah. Amidst a humanitarian catastrophe the people have nowhere to go. An interim ruling at the International Court of Justice has found Israel's actions in Gaza "plausible" genocide. Faced with derogation by national leaders from their duties to enforce the Convention on Genocide, the special rapporteur by requesting intervention is doing her job. Some news media are doing their job. Al Jazeera has been raided and banned from Israel by Israel's Parliament. Suppression of news sources as a tactic is used to hide intended war crimes against civilians. Some university students are doing their job, as human beings, as student arrests across the U.S. exceed 2500. In Canada police are currently resisting political pressures toward criminalization of student protesters and violence. In Toronto on the morning of May 2nd a man is reported to have entered his North York synagogue with 'his key' and set the place on fire. Media aren't noting it as an act of madness or of extreme shame, but it must have been the result of extreme pain. A Synagogue member Adam Bobrowski was arrested by Toronto police on May 3rd. On May 6th, some hours after Israel ordered the evacuation of Rafah, Hamas accepted the Quatari-Egyptian proposal for ceasefire. The hope is an impending slaughter will be averted. Partial sources: "UN rapporteur urges Western nations to intervene after Israel's Rafah evacuation order," Beyza Binnur Donmez. May 6, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Protests against Israel's war in Gaza rattle colleges across the US," Rachel Ramirez, May 6, 2024, CNN Business; "CRIME BRIEFS: Toronto synagogue member accused of arson," Kevin Connor, May 6, 2024, Toronto Sun; "Hamas says it's accepted proposed ceasefire agreement from Qatar, Egypt," The Associated Press, May 6, 2024, CBC.

 

 

May 3, 2024

      Colombia: Amnesty International collaborating with Colombian artists has released a song commemorating victims of police violence in the Cali riots of 2021 where Amnesty has documented the police abuses and human rights violations. Song "Pum! Cayó - Afro Legends, El Gioh, Caro Mosquera & TimbiÁfrica." (Youtube). El Gioh lost an eye when struck by a police tear gas bomb. Against ongoing international practices of police violence and killings the group is working with Amnesty toward Global Police Reform. Source: "Hommage musical aux manifestations en Colombie !" Amnistie Internationale, April 30, 2024, Amnistie Internationale /We Could Be Music; "Colombia: Cali: In the epicenter of repression: Human rights violations during the 2021 national strike in Cali, Colombia," Index Number: AMR 23/4405/2021, July 30, 2021, Amnesty International.

 

 

May 1, 2024

      Israel: In a clear violation of the Convention on Genocide Israel's finance minister has called for the total annihilation of Gazan cities. Bezael Smotrich supported his call with reference to a Pre-Columbian command for genocide of the Amalek (The Amalek are noted in 1 Samuel 15:3, "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass" - King James Version). This recent call for total obliteration of a people comes as Prime Minister Netanyahu vows to invade Rafah where over a million surviving Gaza civilians are seeking shelter. The U.S. supplies nearly 70% of Israel's arms imports. On April 25 the UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese, called for an investigation to determine complicity in the crime of genocide by nations providing political and military support to Israel (see U.S. previous) On April 29th Amnesty International called for the U.S. President to stop arms supply to Israel (Background). Partial sources: "Israel’s Smotrich Calls for ’Total Annihilation’ of Rafah, Other Cities in Gaza," Dave DeCamp, April 30, 2024, Antiwar.com; "War on Gaza: Estimated 10,000 Palestinians buried under rubble, civil defence says," MEE Staff, April 30, 2024, Middle East Eye; "U.S.-Made Weapons Used by Government of Israel in Violation of International Law and U.S Law ," Press Release, April 29, 2024, Amnesty International; "Amnesty International calls for Biden to ’immediately suspend’ weapons transfers to Israel," Brad Dress, April 30, 2024, The Hill; "Complicity in Genocide is a Crime in Itself: UN Rapporteur," April 25, 2024, teleSUR; "Israel 'undoubtedly' committing genocide says Holocaust scholar Amos Goldberg," MEE Staff, April 29, 2024, Middle East Eye.

 

      USA : there is inadequate group protest against Israel's evident genocide in Gaza which U.S. policy supports with arms shipments and overwhelming funding. - With the brave current exception of resistance by University students as a group. While the funding resources of America's universities in concern for Jewish students have applied protective policies, genocide protesters - consistently referred to and defined as Pro-Palestinian protesters by the media, are being criminalized for peaceful protest of Israel's policies, and are demanding University divestment of economic support. Across the country over 1200 students have been arrested by police at university protests. The numbers and protests and tactics, are escalating. Some students are being expelled. Some Faculty join the protests or act as witnesses and protectors against police violence. Columbia University in New York, historically unreliable with the rights of student protest, is currently a focal point of the dialogue where the primary crime of genocide is masked by the political differences of Pro-Palestine or Pro-Israel. Similar protests are underway in Canada and France. Partial sources: "How pro-Palestinian college protests have grown, visualized," Júlia Ledur, Hannah Dormido and Clara Ence Morse, April 30, 2024, The Washington Post; "'Divest from Israel': Decoding the Gaza protest call shaking US campuses," Sarah Shamim, April 30, 2024, Al Jazeera; "'We Don’t Want to Trade in the Blood of Palestinians': Voices of Students & Profs at Columbia Protest," April 30, 2024, Democracy Now!; "Israeli Holocaust Scholar Omer Bartov on Campus Protests, Weaponizing Antisemitism & Silencing Dissent," April 30, 2024, Democracy Now!.

 

      Montreal: On April 27 students in Montreal opened on the McGill campus the first student protest encampment in Canada. Protesters are demanding University divestment from companies doing business with Israel. After University threatened police action to remove the encampment as encouraged by Pro-Israel politicians, two students filed a court case to forbid the presence of Pro-Palestine groups within a hundred metres of McGill buildings which could give legal grounds for the encampment removal. On May 1 Justice Chantal Massé dismissed the injunction request. "The court is of the opinion that the balance of inconveniences leans more toward the protesters, whose freedom of expression and to gather peacefully would be affected significantly" (CBC). The University of McGill claims the encampment's size is untenable and that the University has received reports of anti-Semitism despite the participation and representation of Jewish protesters. The University of McGill has not accepted its responsibility to address directly the issue of Israeli genocide. Partial sources: "Judge rejects injunction request for removal of McGill encampment protest," Antoni Nerestant, May 1, 2024, CBC News; "Ben Gvir Wants Israeli Police to Create ’Local Response Teams’ to Protect Jews Outside of Israel," Connor Freeman, April 25, 2024, The Libertarian Institute.

 

 

April 4, 2024

     Washington, D.C.: Senior Airman Larry Hebert, from New Hampshire on leave from his active duty with the Air Force for six years (currently stationed at Naval Station Rota in Spain), is engaged in a hunger strike in front of the U.S. White House. His sign says: " Active Duty Airman Refuses to Eat While Gaza Starves." Fasting in solidarity with the people of Gaza - he plans to continue until they are fed. A new member of Veterans for Peace, he says he was motivated by Aaron Bushnell's self-sacrifice. The Rota base in Spain is processing arms shipments from the U.S. and NATO to Israel and Hebert believes this is wrong. Given Francesca Albanese's report to the Human Rights Council, March 25, 2024, which affirms charges of genocide against Israel, he may be legally as well as morally right. The evidence of Israel's genocide and grave breaches of the Geneva conventions against the people of Gaza, increases. Those supplying weapons to the genocide are then guilty of complicity. Hebert's protest also serves as an emergency call: on March 14th the Spanish Parliament approved an agenda which includes an arms embargo to Israel as well as recognition of the Palestinian state. U.S. military personnel could increasingly be vulnerable to Spanish prosecution under the Geneva Conventions and under other treaties. As USAF enlisted airmen begin to risk their lives for human decency, the officer class remains more silent than wise. The War Crimes Act of 1996 gives both military and civilian courts the option of prosecuting those alleged guilty of war crimes (meaning of grave breaches against the Geneva Convention and other treaties) which could include complicity in the horrific crimes against the people of Gaza and against those who have tried to save. If Israel is found by court to be engaged in for example, genocide, The War Crimes Act of 1996 could prosecute Americans serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. It could also be applied directly in civilian courts to policy makers and those in the arms supply chain, as well as in military courts to U.S. officers enforcing patently illegal orders and the people who obey them. Partial sources: "The Spanish Congress approves ending the arms trade with Israel," March 15, 2024, NOVACT (The Institute Novact of Nonviolence); "Airman Starts Hunger Strike at White House over Gaza, Inspired by Another Airman's Self-Immolation Death," Thomas Novelly, April 1, 2024, Military.com; "Airman on hunger strike at White House over Gaza support," Patty Nieberg, April 1, 2024, Task & Purpose; "Western allies face genocide complicity if support for Israel continues," Simon Speakman Cordall, April 3, 2024, Al Jazeera; "US military plans for Gaza unchanged after killing of aid workers," Leo Shane III, April 2, 2024, Military.com. N.B. : Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act (Canada) [access:< https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-45.9/ >]; The War Crimes Act of 1996 (USA) [access:< https://www.congress.gov/104/crpt/hrpt698/CRPT-104hrpt698.pdf >] (to be read with modifications).

 

 

April 1, 2024

     Massachusetts.

Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can ever commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it; a government which deliberately enacts injustice, and persists in it, will at length even become the laughing-stock of the world... the law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free; they are the lovers of law and order who observe the law when the government breaks it...
                      - from "Slavery in Massachusetts," July 4, 1854," by Henry David Thoreau
 

 

March 31, 2024

     Gaza at Easter: Christians in Gaza are facing extinction. About 800 Christians are reported to remain. A Christian community was there in the first century. On Oct. 17th, 2023 Israeli air forces struck the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital killing 500 civilians sheltering there. See previous. On October 19, 2023, Israel bombed the ancient (it may be the third oldest Christian church) Gaza Greek Othodox Church, Saint Porphyrius, which was attempting to shelter Christians and Muslims. On December 16, 2023, the Sisters of Mother Teresa, the Missionaries of Charity convent was reportedly struck by Israeli rockets. Missionaries of Charity serve "the poorest of the poor"; the Convent was home for 54 disabled people. Israel's airstrike of December 7, 2023, destroyed the Great Mosque of Gaza though Wikipedia says its minaret remains partially standing. Palestinian Muslims and Chrstians are dying equally in Gaza. The Israeli airstrikes message: "nothing is to be kept holy." Partial sources: "Convent in Gaza uninhabitable after taking fire; residents take refuge in parish church," Marinella Bandini, Dec. 20, 2023, Catholic News Agency; "After Baptist Hospital massacre, Israel bombs Gaza Greek Orthodox Church sheltering displaced Palestinians," The New Arab Staff - London, Oct. 20, 2023, The New Arab; "We cry out our cry of hope: Why we cannot overlook Israel's targeting of Palestinian Christians," Daoud Kuttab, Dec. 6, 2023, The New Arab; "This Easter, Gaza's Christian community is on the brink of extinction," Khalil Sayegh, Mar. 28, 2024, The New Arab.

 

 

March 29, 2024

     U.S.A.: While the State Department official spokesman Matt Miller reveals that the U.S. government finds Israel's program in Gaza in accord with international law, Annelle Sheline, "a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor" (Democracy Now!), resigned, citing Aaron Bushnell's request for everyone to stand against genocide. Partial sources: "U.S. State Dept.: We Have Not Found Israel to Be Violating International Law in Gaza," March 27, 2024, Democracy Now!"; "I Could Not Stay Silent: Annelle Sheline Resigns from State Dept. over U.S. Gaza Policy," March 28, 2024, Democracy Now!; "State Dept. human rights staffer quits over Biden's Gaza policy," Hannah Allam, John Hudson, March 27, 2024, The Washington Post.

 

     Israel/Palestine: In an attempt to preserve the validity of the UN Security Council, on March 26th the UNSC voted on and passed UN Security Council Resolution 2728 for an immediate ceasefire during Ramadan & release of hostages by Hamas. The U.S. abstained. Israel has refused to obey the UNSC resolution as it has refused the January 26 International Court of Justice order to prevent acts of genocide. Hamas has not released its hostages, a serious violation of law not commensurate with mass murder. A genocide of Gazans continues. The U.S. has tried to claim the resolution is not binding. Both Russia and China among other nations have found the resolution binding. According to experts all United Nations members are bound by law to follow the resolution's order. A difficulty is that the NSC resolution could require the United Nations adopt a resolution of enforcement and assign a protective military force to Gaza. Since such a resolution would likely be vetoed by the United States this refusal to allow a legal or military action which could prevent genocide may incur charges of complicity in the genocide. Charges of U.S. complicity are already under consideration in an Oakland California court case under appeal.   Craig Mokhiber notes that any protection for the people of Gaza may have to rely on citizen action throughout the world. Partial sources: "Ex-U.N. Official Craig Mokhiber: Israel Must Be Held Accountable for Violating Ceasefire Resolution, Amy Goodman, March 26, 2024, ; UN cease-fire resolution 'binding' on Israel: China, Riyaz ul Khaliq, March 26, 2024, Anadolu Ajansi; "Russia says UN resolution on Gaza binding for all sides," Elena Teslova, March 27, 2024, Anadolu Ajansi; "UN, member states dispute US claim that Gaza cease-fire resolution is 'non-binding'," Merve Aydogan, March 26, 2024, Anadolu Ajansi.

 

     Ireland: A St. Patrick's day statement from Ireland. Familiar with the concept of genocide by starvation as applied to Ireland by the British in the 1840's Ireland has intervened in joining South Africa's attempt to seek justice at the International Court of Justice. Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin has objected to both the atrocities of the October 7 Hamas attack and military tactics of Israel against a civilian population. Partial sources: "Ireland: The Great Hunger of the 1840s," Michel Chossudovsky, March 23, 2024, Michel Chossudovsky; "Ireland to intervene in South Africa genocide case against Israel," Padraic Halpin, March 27, 2024, Reuters.

 

     Geneva: The report, "Two Months after the International Court of Justice's Ruling on Gaza: Escalation in Genocide and Absence of Accountability," by the independent Euro-med Human rights Monitor, documents how Israel responded to the ICJ orders of January 26, 2024 to prevent genocide in Gaza. Israel has continued to commit genocidal acts. Israel has not complied with the Court's order. The same conclusion is reached by Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur on occupied Palestine who states in her report to the UN Human Rights Council, "Anatomy of a Genocide," (Introduction #7): The context, facts and analysis presented in this report lead to the conclusion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating Israel’s commission of genocide is met. Partial sources: "Anatomy of a Genocide - Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967," Francesca Albanese, March 25, 2024, (A/HRC/55/73) Human Rights Council Fifty-fifth session (Advance unedited version); "'Acts of Genocide Committed' After ICJ Ruling - Euro-Med Monitor Report," March 26, 2024, The Palestine Chronicle; "Report: Israel continues to violate ICJ ruling on Gaza," Press release, March 26, 2024, UN News; "U.N. Special Rapporteur Outlines How Israel Is Committing Genocide in Gaza," March 27, 2024, Democracy Now!. Genocide in progress.

 

     The International Court of Justice: on March 28th, the ICJ, in response to South Africa's request for emergency measures in Gaza, issued legally binding provisional orders against Israel to alleviate the suffering of Gazans. Israel's military is now under ICJ orders to not commit acts "preventing, through any action, the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance"(ToI), and to "not commit acts which constitute a violation of any of the rights of Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group under the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, including by preventing, through any action, the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance" (Guardian). Israel is ordered to provide Gazans with basic services and the humanitarian assistance necessary for survival. Partial sources: "'Famine is setting in': UN court orders Israel to unblock Gaza food aid," Peter Beaumont, Lorenzo Tondo, March28, 2024, The Guardian; "Israel must take steps to allow more food and water into Gaza, UN top court orders," AP, March 28, 2024, CBC; "ICJ orders Israel to increase humanitarian aid to Gaza, demands report in 30 days," Jeremy Sharon , Agencies and TOI Staff, March 28, 2024, The Times of Israel.

 

     Sudan: 1. a ceasefire is needed. 2. food production needs to resume. 3. the global food programs need funding. Massive funding cuts risk a mass mortality crisis, greater than any previous. Genocide warning The mass mortality and famine predicted is much greater than in Gaza. 8 million people are reported displaced. Experts have warned that 220,000 children are about to die from lack of food. 1.2 million Sudanese have sought refuge in Chad. Those migrating to Egypt face detention. A thousand a day are reported seeking refuge in South Sudan. Entire Mid-Africa is being destabilized. Refugees from northern Nigeria and from the Central African Republic who have reached Cameroon are similarly threatened by economic aid and food cut offs from UNHCP and the World Food Program. Focusing on Sudan Alex de Waal, a U.S. expert in mass starvation, as interviewed by Democracy Now!, notes the need for an immediate ceasefire, an end to the destruction of food growing infra-structure, and revival of humanitarian aid funding. The terrible damage to UNRWA, insisted on by the U.S. affects the poor world wide and could be understood as pro white-supremacist. According to NATO media the anti-government Rapid Support Forces are to blame for the destabilization of Sudan, currently focused in the Al Jazira food growing region. But media attempts to localize causes of the economic and humanitarian disaster disguise the source and cause of the initial destabilization of Sudan which Night's Lantern covered extensively with genocide warnings (suggested reading) as early as 2004-2007. Background. Partial sources: "World Ignores Sudan Hunger Crisis; 230,000 Children and Mothers Could Die in Coming Months," Amy Goodman, Alex de Waal, March 26, 2024, Democracy Now!; "Will UNRWA collapse without US support?" March 25, 20-24, Al Jazeera; "IRC warns unfettered humanitarian access and scale-up of funding needed to avert catastrophic hunger crisis in Sudan." March 25, 2024, IRC; "Food assistance to refugees in Cameroon at risk of halt amid funding shortages," Press release, March 26, 2024, UNHCR Cameroon; "How Sudan’s civil war has created a massive hunger crisis," March 6, 2024, PBS NewsHour; Tactical Use of Genocide in Sudan and the Five Lakes Region," John Bart Gerald, Feb. 17, 2006, Global Research / Feb.19, 2006, nightslantern.ca.

 

 

March 10, 2024

     Canada: as one avenue of hope for assuring Gazans the right to their lives, founder of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada and mainstay of nightslantern's Law Archive, Gail Davidson focuses on "International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law on Trial at the International Court of Justice in The Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem." The importance of this issue has increased with the genocide in Gaza. Canada's position has been that the issue is not the responsibility of the ICJ, but of the UN Security Council where the U.S. has consistently vetoed any motion for a ceasefire and end to the slaughter. Honor and respect to South Africa which alone on March 6th, implored the ICJ for emergency action, valuing human decency above politics.

 

 

March 9, 2024

     Ottawa: the CBC again reports that Canada will refund UNRWA - the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, due to "the dire situation on the ground." The source is now official, and the affirmation made, by the Liberal Government's Minister of International Development, Ahmed Hussein and Global Affairs Canada. In addition to the re-funding, Canada is sending "100,000 to a Jordanian charity for supplies to Gaza." Partial sources: "Canada confirms it will resume funding United Nations relief agency for Palestinians," Brennan MacDonald, March 8, 2024, CBC News; "Canada to resume funding for UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees," Merve Aydogan, March 9, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Israel's blocking of aid creating 'apocalyptic' conditions in Gaza," Al Jazeera staff, March 7, 2024, Al Jazeera.

 

     International Court of Justice: Israel which does not recognize its actions as genocide, has met with impunity the ICJ's statement of January 26th ordering Israel to prevent the genocide underway in Gaza. Faced with imminent obliteration of the remaining Gazan people, on March 6, 2024, South Africa implored the ICJ to take further action. "Palestinian children are starving to death as a direct result of the deliberate acts and omissions of Israel - in violation of the Genocide Convention and of the court's order." Partial sources: "South Africa asks the UN's highest court to intervene to avert 'genocidal starvation' in Gaza," Victoria Kim, March 7, 2024, The New York Times: "South Africa Urges ICJ for Emergency Order as Famine Looms over Gaza," Kyle Anzalone, March 7, 2024, The Libertarian Institute; "African Union Summit Condemns Israeli Genocide in Gaza," Abayomi Azikwe, March 8, 2024, Global Research.

 

 

March 7, 2024

     Ottawa: a correction to yesterday's posting re. Canada's decision to refund UNRWA. The news is verified by the CBC's "Canadian government will resume funding to United Nations relief agency for Palestinians: source" of March 5th, which states its source as unofficial. Apparently politically threatened by the outrage of B'nai Brith and Conservative Minister Pierre Poilievre known for his opposition to funding UNRWA, the Prime Minister has hedged his bets and claims he is not committed to restoring Canada's funding though he assures the public Canada "puts the protection of civilian life at the forefront of everything we do." So far the civilian death toll in the Gaza genocide has exceeded 30,000 people. Partial sources: "Trudeau non-committal about restoring funding to Palestinian relief agency UNRWA," John Paul Tasker, March 7, 2024, CBC News; "Canadian government will resume funding to United Nations relief agency for Palestinians: source," Catherine Cullen, March 5, 2024, CBC News; "Trudeau says no decision made on UNRWA funding but Canada will 'protect innocent lives,'" Ryan Tumilty, March 7, 2024, National Post; " Canadian officials still haven't seen intelligence linking UN's Gaza aid agency with Hamas: sources," Evan Dyer, Feb. 7, 2023. CBC News.

 

 

March 6, 2024

     Oregon: in a symbol of honor and respect for Aaron Bushnell, 12 U.S. military veterans publicly burned their uniforms the evening of February 28, 2024. Source: "US Veterans Burn Uniforms in Tribute to Aaron Bushnell," March 1, 2024, Telesur.

 

     Ottawa: The Canadian Government is reported to have reinstated its C$25 million contribution to UNRWA, the UN agency which effectively provides emergency relief to Palestinians. See previous. And previous. Gazans are currently the object of starvation as a military weapon, attacks on protected infra-structure, and violence, in all taking the lives of over 30,000 civilians. 70% of Gazan casualties have been women and children. Canada cut back its contribution to UNRWA when Israel tried to implicate twelve of its workers in the October 7th military action by Hamas. B’nai Brith Canada is reported "outraged" by the government's decision and states "It is essential that our foreign aid is used to advance human dignity and justice, and not to promote antisemitism and bigotry," but makes no allusion to the gradual obliteration of Gaza's civilian population. Partial sources: "Israel’s Charges Against UNRWA Baseless? Canada To Resume Funding UN Body Amid Gaza War," Hindustan Times; "Canada to unfreeze funds for UN Palestinian refugee agency, CBC reports," March 6, 2024, Thomson Reuters; "B’nai Brith Denounces Canada’s Reported Restoration of UNRWA Funding," March 6, 2024, B’nai Brith Canada.

 

     Canada: the well-respected Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) with Al-Haq Law of Ramallah and individuals in Canada, have initiated legal action against the Canadian Government to halt the export of weaponry to Israel. Export of military ordnance requires a permit from the Foreign Affairs Minister, currently Melanie Joly. Canada's government has labeled as "non-lethal" the C$28.5 million dollars of permits for "military exports to Israel during the first two months of the war" (Toronto Star). However evidence is cited for permits valued at $1.7 million classified as "bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles and other explosive devices ..etc" (Toronto Star). And $18.4 million of permits for militarily related electronic ordnance. Partial sources: "Palestinian Canadians sue Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, alleging Canada's military exports to Israel are illegal," Tonda MacCharles, March 5, 2024, The Toronto Star; "Palestinian Canadians sue Foreign Minister Joly over arms exports to Israel," Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, March 5, 2024, Al Jazeera; "Canada faces lawsuit over military exports to Israel," Nadine Yousif, March 5, 2024, BBC; CLAIHR Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights website: [access:< https://claihr.ca/ >].

 

     Canada: noting that "Scotiabank with its $500 million investment in Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems is Exhibit A of Canadian capital’s genocide profiteering," the Canada Palestine Association (cpavancouver.org) has issued a call out for "March 15: shut Down Genocide Profiteering! Shut Down Scotiabank." The call out is endorsed by the Canadian BDS Coalition, Just Peace Advocates, Independent Jewish Voices - Vancouver, among other Canadian organizations. According to an article in Mondoweiss June 10, 2023 ("Canada’s Scotiabank is funding Israeli war crimes," Marion Kawas): "As Palestine Action notes, 'Elbit Systems, based in Haifa, is Israel’s largest private arms manufacturer and security company. Elbit’s largest customer is the Israeli Ministry of Defence, with Elbit providing up to 85% of Israel’s land-based military equipment and approximately 85% of its drones.'" The Canadian BDS Coalition extensive "List of Shame" [access: https://bdscoalition.ca/boycott-list-of-shame/ ]) for companies alleged complicit in Israeli apartheid includes: Airbnb, Amazon, Bank of Montreal, British Petroleum, CBC, CIBC, the City of Vancouver, Costco, General Mills, Loblaws, McGill, Paypal, RBC, United Church of Canada, the Universities of Toronto & Alberta & Manitoba, Walmart - in other words Canada's economy is thoroughly permeated by investment in Israel, despite Israel's apparent genocide of Gazans and the impunity of its response to ICJ orders.

 

     U.S. & Canada: Synagogues and temples throughout North American are falling under protest from anti-Zionist groups for hosting meetings with real estate operators who are selling lands in Israel seized by illegal settlement which is a crime under international law. In Montreal on March 5th Quebec Superior Court issued a ten day injunction against protests by anyone of any affiliation, near the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, the Federation CJA building, the Cummings Centre, the Herzliah High School, United Talmud Torahs of Montreal Inc., and the Sylvia Adams YWHA. This follows protest at the Federation CJA building, Monday, where three reservists from the Israeli Defense Force held an event about diplomacy, and a protest Tuesday with counter protest, at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue where protesters were objecting to an event held by Noam Homes a Jerusalem based real estate company, alleged to be marketing occupied lands in Israel/Palestine. Some protesters objected to the use of a religious place for commercial interests. Partial sources: "Protesters face off in Montreal over controversial presentation for land sale in Israel, West Bank," Matt Gilmour, March 5, 2024, CTC News Montreal; "Quebec court temporarily bans protests near several Jewish institutions after groups clash," Sabrina Jones, Isaac Olson, March 6, 2024, CBC; "US, Canadian synagogues sell Palestinian land for illegal settlement," Islam Dogru, March 6. 2024, Anadolu Ajansi.

 

 

March 1, 2024

      California U.S.: concerning an American attempt to prevent by legal means the government's support for Israel's genocide, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has "expedited" the appeal against Judge White's ruling. Judge White, in full knowledge of what was happening in Gaza found Biden's support for the genocide a "political problem" and beyond his jurisdiction (See previous). One can argue that the ruling puts aside morality, ethics and a rudimentary sense of right and wrong which might have spared thousands. Meanwhile children continue to starve and die as Israeli forces are reported to have massacred on February 29th, Gazans who were waiting for food distribution: over 100 deaths with 760 wounded. Palestinian medical care facilities in the area are almost entirely non-functional. The legal case is handled by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Van Der Hout LLP. The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Volker Türk describes the current state of Gaza as "carnage." Partial Sources: "War on Gaza: Federal court expedites appeal of genocide lawsuit against Biden," MEE staff, Feb. 28, 2024, MEE; "War on Gaza: Case against Biden dismissed but US judge says it's 'plausible' Israel is engaging in genocide," MEE staff, Feb. 1, 2024, MEE; "On Eve of Israeli Assault on Rafah, Court Grants Expedited Appeal in Biden Gaza Genocide Case," CCR, Feb. 28, 2024, Center for Constitutional Rights; "Türk calls for end to "carnage" in Gaza," Feb. 29, 2024, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner; "Over 100 killed as Israeli forces shell crowd waiting for aid in Gaza," Muhammed Sabry, Feb. 29, 2024, Anadolu Ajansi; "'Unable to Cope' - Gaza Hospitals Overwhelmed after Israeli Massacre of Palestinians Awaiting Aid," Palestine Chronicle Staff., Feb. 29, 2024, Palestine Chronicle."

 

 

February 28, 2024

      Washington D.C.: on Sunday February 25 at one in the afternoon, in front of the Israeli Embassy, Aaron Bushnell in his fatigues video-recorded his last words "I am an active-duty member of the United States Air Force, and I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal." He poured fluid on himself and lit it shouting "Free Palestine!" Bushnell was on active duty with a USAF intelligence unit. It is said that he wrote a will leaving his cat to a neighbor and his icebox filled with rootbeer to a friend. On December 1, 2023 about midday, a protestor denied identity by the press but subseqently referred to as a woman lit herself on fire in front of the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta Georgia. Leaving a Palestinian flag on the pavement she was taken to the hospital. [The death of the guard who tried to save her was confirmed] (unverified) but her death was not. Since October 7, 2023, verified civilian casualties in Gaza are reaching thirty thousand, with 70% women and children. Those destroyed by armaments or buried under rubble are uncounted. The deaths of specific doctors, teachers, poets and artists are occasionally noted in the media, as well as the deaths of at least 90 journalists. It's unknown how many people of conscience in other countries have already died in efforts to counter the ongoing genocide.

 

 

February 2, 2024

      Canada: Minister of Immigration Honourable Marc Miller has released a more complete version of the Rodal Report, initially released in 1985, to share with the public policies and events that led to the influx of Nazis to Canada after WWII. The report, Nazi War Criminals in Canada: the Historical and Policy Setting from the 1940s to the Present, by Alti Rodal, (Libraries and Archives Canada) helps explain Canada's current lack of resistance to fascism in its support of the genocide of Palestinians and Israel despite the International Court of Justice order that Israel prevent the genocide in Gaza (see previous). You may remember that current Prime Minister Trudeau's Cabinet Minister, Chrystia Freeland, has provided enthusiastic support of and favor to the Ukraine despite its Nazi inspired military units. According to Wikipedia the Russian press has faulted her grandfather's WWII collaboration as an editor/propagandists for the Nazis. Canada's embarrassment of Nazis was raised again by the standing ovations in 2023 for a Nazi introduced by the Prime Minister to Canadian Parliament. You may remember as well that Nazis refused entry to the U.S. often found entry into Canada where the vetting was less stringent. CBC News points out the report's awareness that the U.S. was seeking a place for Nazi the war criminals it was indebted to, and that Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Minister of Justice for Lester Pearson successfully defended the Canadian citizenship of a Latvian Nazi war criminal the Soviets found guilty in the deaths of 5128 Jews. What isn't noted in the report is that post WWII right wing Ukrainians were welcomed by the Canadian government as a buffer to the socialist anti-Nazi sentiment of returning soldiers. Genocide as a crime has no statute of limitations and in response to contemporary genocides record keeping is recommended. (Nightslantern.ca as a website maintaining evidence related to genocide and its prevention since 2001 is available for free download and storage). Partial sources: "New release of Rodal Report in commitment to transparency," News release, Feb 1, 2024, Government of Canada; "Ottawa declassifies more details from Rodal report on Nazi war criminals in Canada," Laura Osman, The Canadian Press, Feb. 1, 2024, CityNews'; "Pierre Trudeau opposed stripping accused Nazi war criminal of citizenship, government document says," Raffy Boudjikanian, Feb. 02, 2024, CBC News.

 

      Global: update of previous. While the U.S. and Canada have pursued a genocidal policy decision to cut funding to UNRWA the head of the United Nations organization has made it clear that without funding of the organization it's likely the Gazan people will all die. Canadian officials are making an effort to assure funding Gaza through alternative means. Publicly joining Jordan, Norway and Ireland in pledges of maintaining funding are China, Belgium, and Spain among others. Partial sources: "Israel Is Brazenly Defying the Order to Prevent Genocide," John Reynolds, Daniel Finn, Feb. 2, 2024, Z; "In Waging War On The UN Refugee Agency, The West Is Openly Siding With Israeli Genocide," Jonathan Cook, Feb. 1, 2024, Z; "In Global Appeal, UNRWA Says Gazans Likely Won't Survive If Agency Abandoned," Jessica Corbett, Feb. 1, 2024, Common Dreams.

 

      Oakland California: see previous. Judge Jeffrey White of the U.S. Federal district Court has dismissed Defense for Children International - Palestine v. Biden on the grounds that his court does not have the necessary jurisdiction. This is the usual grounds used in U.S. courts to knock out a challenge to U.S. policy or the officials who make it on charges of genocide or other war crimes, or in defense of resisting the same. Under the Genocide Convention which the U.S. signed and ratified the Convention must be made applicable under the domestic law of signatory nations. American Justice has through legislation and technicalities assured its non-applicability to U.S. officials despite the Convention's Article IV: "Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article III shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals." Article V states "The Contracting Parties undertake to enact, in accordance with their respective Constitutions, the necessary legislation to give effect to the provisions of the present Convention and, in particular, to provide effective penalties for persons guilty of genocide or of any of the other acts enumerated in Article III." If U.S. Courts cannot judge an effort to prevent the genocide of an entire group of humanity then what meaning does the U.S. system of justice have other than as a lethal ugly stick of the elite? Judge White has forfeited his opportunity to validate American Justice within the U.S. legal system. Yet the Court was aware that "as the ICJ has found, it is plausible that Israel’s conduct amounts to genocide."(Mondoweiss). Partial sources: "US District Court Judge: 'It Is Every Individual’s Obligation To Confront The Current Siege In Gaza'," Juan Cole, Feb. 22, 2024, Z; "Israel intends to ‘eradicate a whole people,’ Bay Area judge says in dismissing suit against Biden," Bob Egelko, Jan.31, 2024, San Francisco Chronicle; "U.S. court: Biden administration should reflect on its ‘unflagging support’ for ‘plausible’ genocide in Gaza," Michael Arria, Feb. 1, 2024, Mondoweiss.

 

 

January 28, 2024

      Global: In what appears to be an attempt to counter the force and affect of the International Court of Justice decision of January 26th, France has followed the lead of the US and Italy and Australia and Canada and Great Britain and Finland and the Netherlands and Germany and Switzerland, where the governments have "temporarily" suspended contributions to UNRWA which is the primary UN agency providing humanitarian aid to Palestine. UNRWA tries to save Gazans from starvation. The suspension of aid follows immediately the ICJ's Order for Israel to cease all acts of genocide in Gaza. This would include the intentional starvation of the people. Israel is ignoring the ICJ's order and so are the above countries who are bound by law to accept its decision. The suspension of funding for any reason or contrived reason knowingly abets the genocide. Are these countries seeking a consensus of white suprematist governments to affirm Israel's genocide of Gazans? Are these Western governments asking their citizens to choose between supporting genocide (as several did under Nazi rule), or of resisting? The suspensions extend the current genocide warning and genocide occurring in Gaza. Jordan, Norway and Ireland have assured their continued funding of UNRWA. Partial sources: "France suspends funding for UN Agency for Palestinians over Israeli allegations," Beyza Binnur Donmez, Jan. 28, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Jordan calls for continued support for UN refugee agency amid Israeli accusations," Laith Al-Junaidi, Jan. 28, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "Türkiye expresses concern over suspension of aid by some countries to UN agency for Palestinians," Anadolu Staff, Jan. 28, 2024, Anadolu Agency; "UNRWA’s lifesaving aid may end due to funding suspension," Philippe Lazzarini (the UNRWA Commissioner General), Jan. 27, 2024, reliefweb; "Which countries have cut funding to UNRWA, and why?" Jan. 28, 2024, Al Jazeera; "Ruling by UN’s top court means Canada and the U.S. could be complicit in Gaza genocide," Jan. 28, 2024, Heidi Matthews, Faisal A. Bhabha, Mohammad Fadel,The Conversation Canada; "Just Like the Nazis Did," music video, David Rovics, Jan 11, 2024, Youtube [access: < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDwl3KTRrvk >].

 

 

January 26, 2024

      The Hague , Netherlands: today at I PM (7 AM Montreal time) the International Court of Justice responded to South Africa's request for "provisional measures" to stop acts of genocide against Gazans. The request accompanies South Africa's charges against Israel for crimes of genocide which may take several years to adjudicate. "Provisional measures" are required when there is a danger of irreparable prejudice - in this case that means when there is a danger the Gazans will be obliterated and so be deprived of their right to legal recourse. The Court under President Joan E. Donoghue (a U.S. lawyer and former State Department employee elected to her position by the UN General Assembly and unanimously by the Security Council) ordered Israel to prevent the commission of all acts under Article II of the Genocide Convention, in particular
a. Killing members of the group;
b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.
c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
While this does not overtly demand a cease fire which opponents of the decision may continue to use as an excuse for the slaughter, Article II can only be effected by a cease fire. The "Order of 26 January 2024" makes clear that under international law all countries are legally bound to the court's decision. Fifteen of the Court's judges consistently voted for the specific items of prevention in the "Order": President Joan E. Donoghue (United States of America), Vice-President Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation), Judges Peter Tomka (Slovakia), Ronny Abraham (France), Mohamed Bennouna (Morocco), Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Somalia), Xue Hanqin (China), Dalveer Bhandari, Patrick Lipton Robinson, Nawaf Salam (Lebanon), Iwasawa Yuji (Japan), Georg Nolte (Germany), Hilary Charlesworth (Australia), Leonardo Nemer Caldeira Brant (Brazil), Judge ad hoc Mr. Dikgang Ernest Moseneke (South Africa). Judge Julia Sebutinde (Uganda) consistently voted against the items of prevention. Judge ad hoc Mr. Aharon Aharon Barak (Israel) voted against most of them. The "Order" confirms that at least some of South Africa's allegations of genocide are verifiable, countering Israeli and U.S. claims that South Africa's allegations are spurious. Humanity is indebted to South Africa. Honor and respect for the judges who made an honest decision while the U.S. and NATO are conducting their largest joint military exercises ever in Europe. The entire Court session of 26 January 2024 is available at: video (CTV); transcript (ICJ).

 

      Oakland California: See previous, "An American Challenge to Genocide." Contrary to expectations the judge at the Northern District Court of California is not Judge Donna M. Ryu, but Judge Jeffrey Steven White originally of Queens New York. Center for Constitutional Rights lawyer Katherine Gallagher presents the Defense for Children International - Palestine v. Biden case, against U.S. President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin, to prohibit further support for the alleged Israeli genocide in Gaza. The plaintiffs are alleging a failure to prevent genocide and these government officials' complicity in genocide. Today's hearing directly follows today's International Court of Justice "Order" for Israel to cease all acts of genocide in Gaza. The U.S. Justice Department argued that the U.S. court has no jurisdiction to challenge political questions of Presidential and Congressional policy. This is the standard U.S. government defense against charges of genocide by U.S. activists who have attempted a "Nuremberg defense" in court for their acts of conscience. It should not apply to crimes under the Genocide Convention. In fact Article IV of the Convention on Genocide is written to specifically apply to government officials. Today expert testimony and personal experience of Palestinians were presented to remind the judge of people. The New York Times finds the case "unlikely to succeed." Partial sources: "Palestinians Take Biden to Federal Court in Groundbreaking Genocide Hearing," Kaitlyn Kennedy, Jan. 26, 2024, TAG24; "Biden: ‘More pressing than ever‘ to remember ‘scourge of antisemitism‘ on Holocaust Remembrance Day," Brett Samuels, Jan 26, 2024, The Hill; "Palestinian Americans‘ Lawsuit in Oakland Seeks to Halt U.S. Support for Israel," Shawn Hubler, Jan.26, 2014, The New York Times; "Arab and Muslim Leaders In Michigan Cancel Meeting With Biden Campaign," Rowaida Abdelaziz, Jan. 26, 2024, Huffpost.

 

 

January 16, 2024

      Yemen: the Orinoco Tribune carries the Ansarallah (Houthi) Movement announcement that on Jan. 12, 2024 the U.S. and Great Britain launched 73 strikes (by planes, warships and submarines) against Yemen and three of Yemen's civilian airports. Antiwar.com notes the UN estimate that 377,000 were killed in the Saudi Arabian war on Yemen (2015-2022), half by starvation. Continuing a policy that risks obliteration of one of the poorest countries on earth. U.S. President Biden has not asked for or received Congressional approval for these current U.S. / U.K. bombings of Yemen. The Houthi resistance has launched sea attacks against international shipping supplying Israel during a genocide of Palestine. The nightslantern.ca entry of October 17th, 2015 gives some idea of the previous dehumanization of Yemen: since March when the fighting escalated the risk of famine has tripled, with over half a million children in the process of starving. Another 1.5 million are considered "moderately malnourished." The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) will know by the end of October whether the catastrophe is officially a "famine." UNICEF considers 5,400 killed in the Saudi led military attacks on the Houthi, and of these, 504 children in the last four months. Almasirah TV notes 6979 killed in 200 days, and of these, 1986 children; over 14000 wounded; the infrastructure of this impoverished country is being destroyed (as in the illegal demolition of Iraq's civilian infrastructure, and Yugoslavia's): "14 airports, 10 ports, 357 bridges and roads, 109 station and electricity networks, 104 communications networks, 105 water supply networks," and "1248 schools and educational centers, 34 universities, 214 hospitals, 564 mosques, 161 factories, 52 tourist facilities, 43 archaeological sites, 29 stadiums, 224 markets, 472 food stores, 212 fuel stations, 103 chicken farms." A continuing genocide warning for the people of Yemen as a national group. Partial sources online: "Half a million Yemen children face severe malnutrition: U.N.," Stephanie Nebehay Reuters, Oct. 16, 2015, Yahoo! News; "'Anfujravek' statistical crimes Saudi American aggression," The Civil Coalition for Monitoring the Crimes of Saudi American Agression in Yemen. Oct. 15, 2015, Almasirah TV [access:< https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk0ADnhKVjI >] apprec. nowar/paix list. Partial sources: "'Unconstitutional': Biden criticized for bypassing Congress with Yemen strikes," MEE staff, Jan. 12, 2024, Middle East Eye; "US Launches More Strikes Against Houthis in Yemen as Escalations Continue," Dave DeCamp, Jan.16, 2024, Antiwar.com; "Yemen: Escalation spells disaster for civilians still reeling from crisis say INGOs," Jan. 16, 2024, UN OCHA.

 

      Syria:

"The Syrian people are condemned to die without being able to say a word," Archbishop Jacques Mourad of Homs told Vatican Radio. "It is a terrible and unfair decision. For us, it is as if the world were telling the Syrian people, 'You are condemned to die, without raising your voice, without saying anything.' And for what? What is the fault of the Syrian people?" he asked. - UCA News.
Overwhelmed by the demands of Ukraine and Gaza and the effects of climate change and war on Africa's food supply the UN's World Food Program (WPF), has stopped its support of the currently reliant 12 million Syrians who now face starvation. International monetary restrictions impede aid to those within the country. Aside from a devastating earthquake U.S. troops are occupying Syria's oilfields. Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard have been assigned. The Assad government which once ran a medically advanced state that could care for its people became the object of covertly incited civil war which has forced millions into exile or displacement with no hope. The U.S. is the major donor to the WFP. A genocide warning continues. Partial sources: "Syria sees 'worst situation ever' as UN food program cuts off aid ," Dale Gavlak, OSV News , Jan. 11, 2024, UCA News; "Syrians lose WFP lifeline as US slashes funding," Natacha Danon, Jan. 16, 2024, Syria direct.

 

     Cameroon: amid covert destabilization and the results of COVID over ten percent of Cameroon's population faces food insecurity. ISIS related incursions in the northwest and Anglophone "Ambaboy" resistance in the southwest are in effect teamed to destabilize the Francophone government of the aging Paul Biya. Alleged by opponents to be corrupt, Biya has made Cameroon a home for hundreds of thousands of African refugees from countries subverted by Western corporate interests, and so far has spared his own people from genocides. Cameroon's struggle for independence in 1960 risked charges of genocide for its treatment of colonial merchants in the bush. Current claims of a separate Anglophone region in Western Cameroon seem increasingly tied to adjacent Nigeria and British interests. Immediately next to Cameroon is Biafra where you may remember those responsible for a genocide-by-starvation of the Biafran people in the late 1960's. On both sides of the border the region is rich in oil. In northern Nigeria (and adjacent northwestern Cameroon) Fulani herdsman have provided a threat to farmers and villagers. Recently in Bokkus Nigeria, northern but more central to Nigeria than close to Cameroon's border, Nigerian troops are reported to have stood security when Fulani took over a mining town for tinsmithing (Genocide Watch). On the Cameroon side of the border villagers remain under attack from ISIS related groups, countered where possible by Cameroon's military which is also attempting to defend government installations, schools and towns to the south against the Ambaboy units which early took over the country's only oil refinery. A continuing genocide warning for the people of Cameroon and those they shelter. Partial sources: "Washington and London Bomb Yemen; Ansarallah Not Deterred (+Reactions)," Jan. 12, 2024, Orinoco Tribune "Unprecedented acute hunger affects millions of people in Cameroon, December 2023," Jan. 16, 2024, UN OCHA; "Cameroon and Nigeria: the Risk of Breathing," J.B.Gerald, June 29 , 2020, nightslantern.ca; "Anglophone vs Francophone in Cameroon," J.B.Gerald, Dec. 27, 2019, nightslantern; "Genocide Warnings for Three African States," J.B.Gerald, Sept. 17, 2019, nightslantern.ca; "Nigerian Army Assists Occupation by Terrorists and Attacks Survivors in Plateau State," Douglas Burton & Masara Kim, Jan. 7, 2024, Genocide Watch.

 

      Ukraine: the Chilean American journalist Gonzalo Lira, has died in a prison in the Ukraine which did not treat in time his pneumonia, then double pneumonia, and pneumothorax. Lira's father claims the U.S. Embassy refused to help his son. You may remember Gonzalo Lira's forthright, remarkably honest, daring, good natured, candid and verifiable accurate reports from the Ukraine as the Russians first invaded. Newsweek describes him as pro-Russian. His YouTube broadcasts were made while fearing Ukrainian police breaking down his door. He was arrested for his reporting, tortured, on bail arrested again while attempting asylum elsewhere . Presente! Gonzalo Ángel Quintilio Lira López. "American Citizen Jailed in Ukraine for His Political Views Dies," Dave DeCamp. Jan. 14, 2024, Antiwar.com; "Who Is Gonzalo Lira? Pro-Putin American Expat Dies in Ukrainian Jail," James Bickerton, Jan. 13, 2024, Newsweek.

 

 

January 12, 2024.

      Chalk River, Ontario: on Jan. 20 2018 nightslantern.ca noted the intention of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) (a private company contracted by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd to work its holdings) to build a surface nuclear waste disposal mound facility within a kilometre of the Ottawa River, less than 200 kilometres above Ottawa. Eventually this may risk the regional water table and drinking water of the capital city and lands by the river in Ontario and Quebec down to Montreal and beyond. 2024 has started with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission approval of the project, despite ongoing Indigenous opposition. Of eleven Algonquin tribes recognized by the government, ten have strongly objected. As I understand it, the project lacks proper Indigenous consent, which openly violates Article 29(2) of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Green Party and the Bloc Québécois have supported the Chiefs . A Bloc report of 2022 found the region unsafe for the nuclear waste facility due to a seismic zone through the west of Quebec and Ottawa valley. Partial sources: "Algonquin chiefs disappointed but unsurprised by radioactive dump approval," Celeste Decaire, Jan.11, 2024, CBC; "Radioactive waste site ‘shoved down our throats,’ critics say," Matteo Cimellaro & Natasha Bulowski, Jan. 11,2024, Ottawa Insider; "Report details dumping water contaminated with tritium, PCBs, other toxins from Rolphton, Ont., site," Julie Ireton, Mar 21, 2018, CBC News; "Algonquin First Nations oppose giant radioactive waste mound beside the Ottawa River on their unceded territory," June 20, 2023, Anishinabek, News; "Bloc Québécois stands with Algonquin Nation against proposed nuclear waste site," Matteo Cimellaro, Oct 31, 2023, Pembroke Observer.

 

 

January 11, 2024

      Gaza. In a case well covered by NATO media the International Court of Justice is hearing January 11th and 12 South Africa's request that the Court immediately demand Israel cease its genocidal actions against Gaza. The case also alleges genocide related charges (see: previous and South Africa's Application Instituting Proceedings). Israel's initial defense January 12th will be thoroughly presented by establishment media. Indications from Israel's leaders and pro-Israel press suggest both seem to be in denial as the ongoing reports of atrocities in Gaza break the norms of civilized society, international law, the Nuremburg code, Geneva Conventions, the laws of war and human decency. Aware of Israel's military attacks on humanitarian workers amid an overwhelming public health disaster the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released a report January 5th stating "Gaza has simply become uninhabitable." It counsels "an immediate end to the war." According to UNICEF "Intensifying conflict, malnutrition and disease in the Gaza Strip creates a deadly cycle that threatens over 1.1 million children [EN/AR]," Jan. 5, 2024, reliefweb.int. "Cases of diarrhea in children under five years of age rose from 48,000 to 71,000" in a week. On Dec. 21rst, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification predicted famine - "almost 1.2 million people are experiencing emergency levels of acute food insecurity." "80 per cent of young children are experiencing severe food poverty" ("Statement by UNICEF on the risk of famine in the Gaza Strip," Dec. 22, 2023, UNICEF). Malnutrition, starvation, lack of potable water, a destroyed health system, lack of medical supplies and emergency humanitarian aid increase the mortality rate from Israel's civilian bombing and ground operations. B'tselem says simply "Israel is starving Gaza" (Jan. 8, 2024). As reported by Anadolu Agency Jan. 10th ("Health situation in Gaza 'beyond catastrophic': Officials," Aysu Biçer) 30 of Gaza's 36 hospitals have been taken completely out of commission. Beyond the statements by Israeli officials and the staggering death rate of women and children such and similar war crimes suggest the intention of genocide. Of war crimes associated with direct profit, The New Arab reports Jan. 6 "Israeli forces digging up cemetery graves and stealing bodies." On Nov. 26, 2023 Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor raised warnings of organ theft by Israel, after documenting the digging up of bodies in the courtyard of Al Shifa hospital which were not released by Israeli forces. Among allegations the article notes that in 2008 a CNN investigation thought Israel to be the primary hub for illegal international organ trade as it participated in organ theft from Palestinian casualties. The Palestine Chronicle reports Jan. 7th, "Israeli Army Loots Money, Gold Items Worth Millions from Gaza," with an estimated value of 25 million U.S. dollars, at checkpoints for those evacuating, or robbing the evacuated homes (evacuations were ordered by the State). In the U.S. and Canada the political elites continue to refuse to demand and effect a ceasefire.

 

 

January 5, 2024

*     Gaza: see (previous). The Nightslantern entry of Dec. 31rst gives the Gazan death toll as nearing 30,000. This figure relies on a Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor report for all Palestinians. To quote the Euro-Med news article/press release of December 27th, 2023, "Nearly 30,000 Palestinians killed during 82-day Israeli genocide in Gaza,": As of Tuesday 26 December, 29,124 Palestinians had been killed, the human rights organisation said. The majority of those killed in the Israeli air and artillery attacks on the Gaza Strip were civilians, including 11,422children, 5,822 women, 481 health personnel, and 101 journalists. Most international news reports (Xinhua, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, etc.) use lower death toll statistics from the Gaza Ministry of Health - often described as "Hamas-run." Reuters reports ("How many Palestinians have died in Gaza? Death toll explained," Ali Sawafta, Maggie Fick, Dec. 9, 2023) suggest that the Gaza Ministry of Health has not been able to supply an accurate count. Centered in Gaza at the Al Shifa hospital after Oct. 7th, by December of four workers one was killed and three dispersed by Israeli military action. The Ministry of Health reports are said not to take into account Gazans buried by the bombing or those who didn't reach hospitals. Reports are increasingly estimates and infrequent as Gaza's health system is destroyed. During U.S. and Coalition wars on Iraq, casualty statistics released by participants reflected the needs of information-war. High casualty statistics are bad for morale. Military advantage gained by slaughtering large numbers of civilians is not justifiable. Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor is a youth-concerned human rights non-profit, based in Geneva Switzerland: its trustees are chaired by Richard Falk, a respected Professor emeritus of International Law at Princeton.

 

 

2023 suppressed news

 

 

A branch that comes from violence will not take root;
for a blighted root is on sheer rock, like reeds by the
banks of a river, which are dried up before any grass; but
kindness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and faithfulness
will be established forever
- from Ben Sira
(Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Abegg et al)

 

at first posting in 2002 this bulletin board was for emergency protests, attempts to counter
genocide, anti-war information, which were suppressed in the media; my interest remains in
how a society is moved into what have become genocidal wars, and how people are able to
resist... it becomes a kind of history in motion and a way to counter enforced forgetfulness,
the lies that say these things never happened, or that there is nothing wrong with the murders
of hundreds of thousands of innocents in other countries, or the continuing move toward
eradication of the poor by death, in north america; this account is against forgetfulness. - jbg
2008 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
May 17, 2024