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US complicit in Israel war crimes in Gaza: report says

October 19, 2023 at 5:01 pm

Palestinians attend the funeral prayer of the Palestinians who died during the Israeli airstrikes in Dair Al-Balah, Gaza on October 17, 2023. [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

Over 3,000 lawyers affiliated with the US-based Centre for Constitutional Rights have released a comprehensive report of Israel’s perpetration of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the complicity of the United States in this major violation of international law.

This emergency briefing document, composed by 3,300 lawyers, was published yesterday after the United States used its veto power to block a United Nations Security Council resolution that aimed to condemn both Hamas’s attack on Israel and all acts of violence against civilians, while also calling for humanitarian access to Gaza.

Moreover, based on overwhelming evidence, the document asserts that there exists a plausible argument that Israel is either actively engaging in or striving to commit genocide within the Occupied Palestinian Territory, specifically targeting the Palestinian population in Gaza.

It highlights that, despite the US bearing a responsibility under Article 1 of the 1948 Genocide Convention to prevent genocidal actions, the legal and factual analysis provided by the Centre for Constitutional Rights proves how, through its unconditional military, diplomatic and political support of Israel, the US is not only failing to prevent genocide but is also complicit in it.

It states in its report: “The United States has been obligated, from the time learning of the serious risk of genocide of the Palestinian people, to exercise its influence on Israel to prevent the crime. The United States is not only failing to uphold its obligation to prevent the commission of genocide, but there is a plausible and credible case to be made that the United States’ actions to further the Israeli military operation, closure and campaign against the Palestinian population in Gaza, rise to the level of complicity in the crime under international law.”

“The United States – and US citizens, including and up to the President – can be held responsible for their role in furthering genocide.”

This report’s release coincided with President Biden’s efforts to secure additional military assistance for Israel without any conditions.

It will be submitted to national and international stakeholders, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, as well as the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Additionally, copies of the document will be dispatched to President Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and various US officials and relevant agencies.

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