“I can no longer in good conscience continue to represent this administration amidst President Biden’s disastrous, continued support for Israel’s genocide…what is the point of having power if you will not use it to stop crimes against humanity?”

These words are taken from the resignation letter of a Biden appointee to the US Department of the Interior. It was delivered on 15th May, Nakba Day, which remembers the forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to make way for the establishment of the state of Israel. She goes on to point out that the Arabic word, Nakba, and the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, Shoah, both mean “catastrophe”. The writer, Lily Greenberg Call, is well qualified to make this point. Her family were Jewish refugees from Europe. She has lived in Israel/Palestine, learned to speak both Hebrew and Arabic and has family members who served in the IDF. Prem Thakker of the Intercept has published her resignation letter in full on X/Twitter.

On the same day, the University Network for Human Rights submitted a 100 page report to the United Nations by independent legal experts at UNHR, Cornell’s Human Rights Clinic and Yale Lowenstein Project that “meticulously documents how Israel’s acts meet the elements of genocide under the 1948 Genocide Convention”.

And today the World Court has scheduled an emergency hearing to decide whether the country’s military attack on Rafah violates orders that it prevent genocide. This arises from the South African petition to the International Court of Justice in which the ICJ ruled that there was a plausible risk of genocide in Gaza and instructed Israel to follow certain rules in order to mitigate that risk.

Israel has ignored all the instructions of the court, hence the emergency meeting. Another court, The International Criminal Court, has the power to indict individuals for war crimes and crimes against humanity. There was speculation that it would indict Netanyahu last month. But the USA has threatened the ICC with sanctions if it goes ahead. Apparently, in the new rules-based world order, it is America who makes the rules and decides who can break them with impunity. International organisations that grew out of the horror and the desire to say never again to the Nazi war crimes and genocide, bodies like the ICC, the ICJ and the United Nations itself, are being side-lined by a western alliance which laughably refers to itself as the defender of the Free World while being complicit in destroying Palestine’s right to freedom and its people’s right to life.

The only power that can make a difference is us. The people who have been marching and demonstrating almost continuously since Israel launched its assault on Gaza, the students in their camps and the academics who have supported them, anyone who makes a stand against this genocide: we can make a difference and persuade our rulers to step back and support our demands for a permanent ceasefire and recognition of the rights of the people of Palestine.

And, if they will not be persuaded, we should never forget, never forgive these genocide enablers, and build a movement that is determined to free Palestine and free us from the ghouls who fashioned Israel as an instrument of their own desire to rule us all and overrule our humanity. Never Again!


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