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"Certainly, Israel and its predecessors-in-law – the Zionist agencies, forces, and terrorist gangs – have committed genocide against the Palestinian people that actually started on or about 1948 and has continued apace until today in violation of Genocide Convention Articles II(a), (b), and (c).  For at least the past six decades, the Israeli government and its predecessors-in-law – the Zionist agencies, forces, and terrorist gangs – have ruthlessly implemented a systematic and comprehensive military, political, and economic campaign with the intent to destroy in substantial part the national, ethnical, racial, and different religious (Jews versus Muslims and Christians) group constituting the Palestinian people.  This Zionist/Israeli campaign has consisted of killing members of the Palestinian people in violation of Genocide Convention Article II(a).  This Zionist/Israeli campaign has also caused serious bodily and mental harm to the Palestinian people in violation of Genocide Convention Article II(b).  This Zionist/Israeli campaign has also deliberately inflicted on the Palestinian people conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction in substantial part in violation of Article II(c) of the Genocide Convention.   

"Article I of the Genocide Convention requires all contracting parties such as the United States 'to prevent and to punish' genocide.  Yet to the contrary, historically the 'Jewish' state's criminal conduct against the Palestinians has been financed, armed, equipped, supplied and politically supported by the 'Christian' United States.  Although the United States is a founding sponsor of, and a contracting party to, both the Nuremberg Charter and the Genocide Convention, as well as the United Nations Charter, these legal facts have never made any difference to the United States when it comes to its blank-check support for Israel and their joint and severable criminal mistreatment of the Palestinians – truly the wretched of the earth!" said Boyle. 

"The doctrine of 'humanitarian intervention' so readily espoused elsewhere when U.S. foreign policy goals are allegedly at stake has been clearly proved to be a joke and a fraud when it comes to stopping the ongoing and accelerating Israeli campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people.  Rather than rein in the Israelis – which would be possible just by turning off the funding pipeline – the United States government, the U.S. Congress, and U.S. taxpayers instead support the 'Jewish' state to the tune of about 4 billion dollars per year, without whose munificence this instance of genocide – and indeed conceivably the State of Israel itself – would not be possible.  What the world witnesses here is (yet another) case of 'dishumanitarian intervention' or 'humanitarian extermination' by the United States and Israel against the Palestinians and Palestine.   

"In today's world genocide pays so long as it is done at the behest of the United States and its de jure or de facto allies such as Israel," said Boyle. 

In April 1993 and again in September 1993, Boyle won World Court Orders on the basis of the 1948 Genocide Convention for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina against the rump Yugoslavia to cease and desist from committing all acts of genocide against the Bosnians.  

In an era of weapons of mass destruction, the seriousness of the crime of genocide and the importance of the public understanding and discussion of genocide are impossible to overestimate.  Outside the interests of genocidaires, there is no benefit associated with defining mass murder as genocide only after huge numbers of dead make it impossible to deny that genocide has been committed.  Those who define genocide by the numbers of millions of dead would eliminate the prevention function of the Convention on Genocide, making it possible for genocide to occur again and again.   

Failure to define and prosecute genocide earlier and proactively, based on evidence of intent and acts committed, invites potentially catastrophic consequences for all humanity.  The burden of proof must be placed where it belongs, on those who commit war crimes and, also, on those who rush to condone such crimes even before investigations begin, an act that may have, and may be calculated to have, the effect of reducing or thwarting public pressure for investigations.     

The most serious of crimes are eminently worthy of serious public discussion and debate.  Any well-informed discussion of war crimes will involve the careful examination, with an appropriate degree of skepticism, of statements by public figures about such crimes.  Indeed, without such public scrutiny and discussion, however uncomfortable it may make some, we can hardly expect to avoid the worst. 

Americans must question and hold accountable their leaders and public figures at every level who condone or deny genocide and other, lesser war crimes, perhaps especially those who are responsible for educating us about human rights. 

The Convention on Genocide will serve its intended prevention function only when more citizens demand that courts and governments recognize and act on evidence of intent when such evidence is available in combination with any of the acts listed in Article II of the Convention.  

It is time to restore the prevention function of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

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Michael Gillespie is a contributing editor at The Independent Monitor, the national newspaper of Arab Americans. His work also appears regularly in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. His analysis and opinion pieces have been published (more...)
 
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