Genocide “laid bare” in Gaza/ By UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Francesca Albanese

Transcript:

The world’s failure to hold Israel to account has led to genocide laid bare in Gaza.

The world now sees the bitter fruit of impunity afforded to Israel.

This was a tragedy foretold.

It is my responsibility to remind you that the Genocide Convention includes a jus cogens norm and erga omnes obligation to prevent the commission of genocide, a reality the International Court of Justice recognized as plausible exactly two months ago.

The time for states to act was then, and as they did not, the time is now.

In this darkest hour the international community can not continue to ignore that its Israel’s project to rid Palestine of Palestinians in defiance of International Law, and the world’s failure to call Israel to account that has led to genocide laid bare in Gaza.

The denial of reality and the continuation of Israel’s impunity and exceptionalism is no longer viable, especially in light of yesterday’s binding Security Council Resolution.

I implore member states to abide by their obligations, which start with imposing an arms embargo and sanctions on Israel and so ensure that the future does not continue to repeat itself.