John, I like to remind these people that I am an American Indian. We have gotten about eight at last count, apologies, for the genocide that we have gone through. Many people who have misconceptions about genocide have never bothered to read the UN Convention on Genocide, but of course, these same people also do not read any of the primary or secondary factual documents when it comes to Israel. All logic and facts go right out the window for these people and they invariably talk about an invisible skydaddy who hands out land deeds, or they try and run this “thousands of years” nonsense even as the demonstrate they do not know what date it is, nor do they know the first thing about international law.
I remind them that we natives did not have the Hague Convention of 1907, nor the League of Nations Covenant establishing our state, nor the Geneva Conventions, nor the UN Charter, nor the Rome Statute, nor the International Criminal Court of Justice, we had none of these things and Indian Removal was 1830.
The Palestinians have all of these things, their state was promised to them, and their state was duly and legally created under Article 22 of the LoN Covenant so its hardly news to any of us who have read the original documents including all the members of the Israeli government who are well aware of these facts and the crimes they are committing. That’s why they are terrified of both BDS and the ICC.
On genocide, these folks really should read up on it in the Rome Statute, and they can decide for themselves whether Israel decades long actions against Palestinians which has resulted in nearly a hundred thousand deaths, and three quarters of a million ethnically cleansed at Israel birth and before, with another 300,000 after the 1967 war of choice and territorial expansion.
From Article 6 of the Rome Statute:
“For the purpose of this Statute, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(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;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
Under the Rome Statute, individuals and the media can be charged with incitement to genocide, and it is my opinion that there will be a test case soon enough against these weasels who run around claiming there is no such thing as Palestine or Palestinians, clearly an egregious and dangerous lie.