“It is only recognized by States long after it has been committed”: why do Governments refuse to accuse Israel of genocide?

There are “reasonable grounds†to believe that Israel is “committing the crime of genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza,†said the United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in the territories a few days ago of Palestine. In the presentation of her report, “Anatomy of a Genocide†, to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Francesca Albanese listed the acts in question: “blatant and systematic massacre of Palestinian civilians†€, as well as “the use of illegal weapons, the total destruction of vital civilian infrastructure, including the deliberate attack on all Gaza hospitals, and the man-made starvation of Palestinians”, alongside a narrative “anti-Palestine†.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court, also demanded this month that Israel “immediately halt its offensive on Rafah, keep the Rafah crossing open for humanitarian assistance, guarantee access to any investigative body mandated by the UN to investigate allegations of genocide and report to the ICJ on all measures taken to comply with this order.”

The International Court of Justice has warned Israel that it must prevent its Army from committing acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, following the complaint filed by South Africa. But several world authorities have preferred to remain cautious , refusing to use the word “genocide†, even though they express their condemnation of the Israeli actions in Gaza. This was the case of Paulo Rangel, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, who defined it as unfair to assume that Israel intends to eliminate the Palestinian people. What does this mean and what are the difficulties in applying the term?

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Francesco Giganti

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