Briahna Joy Gray: HORRIFYING TikToks Reveal Extent of Israeli ATROCITIES in Gaza

The Hill
27 Jan 202416:38

Summary

TLDRThe video script discusses the ongoing legal hearings regarding accusations against Israel of committing genocide, with a focus on the intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group as defined by the Genocide Convention. It covers Israel's denial of such accusations, citing them as unfounded and morally repugnant. The script elaborates on a petition filed by South Africa, joined by 16 other nations, alleging Israel's genocidal intent through its military operations in Gaza. It highlights the international legal framework, potential consequences of the hearings, including increased political pressure on the U.S. to cease military aid to Israel, and the broader implications of international law in addressing and preventing genocide.

Takeaways

  • 📺 The video discusses allegations of genocide against Israel brought to the International Court of Justice by South Africa
  • 👮‍♂️ The genocide convention defines genocide as acts committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group
  • 🤔 The key question is whether Israel had genocidal intent in its actions towards Gaza
  • 😡 Israeli officials have strongly denied the accusations and condemned them
  • 🗣 The petition cites inflammatory rhetoric from Israeli leaders and soldiers about Gaza
  • 💥 It also points to the intensity of bombing and deliberate attacks on civilian infrastructure
  • 😱 There are allegations Israel is trying to make Gaza uninhabitable long-term
  • 🏥 Lack of humanitarian access is leading to health crises and deaths
  • 🇺🇸 The US has dismissed the case but domestic pressure is mounting on Biden
  • 🚨 If the court rules against Israel, it could force changes - but enforcement is uncertain

Q & A

  • What are the key allegations against Israel in regards to genocide?

    -The main allegations are that Israel has cut off essential supplies like food, water, medicine and fuel to Gaza, caused mass displacement of the population, deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure, and made statements showing intent to ethnically cleanse Gaza.

  • What evidence does the South African petition cite regarding Israel's intent?

    -It cites statements from multiple Israeli officials speaking about destroying Gaza, flattening it, parceling out land, and shipping Gazans out of the area as evidence of genocidal intent.

  • How has Israel responded to the genocide accusations?

    -Israel has strongly denied the accusations, calling them anti-Semitic and morally repugnant. Israeli officials say they are fighting militants, not civilians.

  • What legal obligations could be triggered if the ICJ rules against Israel?

    -Israel could be legally obligated to immediately stop its siege of Gaza. However, enforcement is a separate issue, and prior ICJ rulings have been ignored.

  • What domestic US efforts are underway regarding Israel?

    -Some Congress members want to invoke a law forcing a vote on investigating Israeli human rights abuses, which could lead to blocking military aid.

  • How does the assistant view statements about killing white South Africans?

    -The assistant views those statements as incomparable, because an occupied people have a right under international law to resist occupation, even violently.

  • How would the international response differ if the sides were reversed?

    -The assistant believes the world would strongly condemn Israel and commit resources to its defense if Hamas had killed tens of thousands of Israelis.

  • Does the assistant think all Gazans are legitimate targets?

    -No, the assistant rejects that idea and notes South Africa's petition specifically condemns Hamas attacks while alleging Israel aims to eliminate all Gazans.

  • Can international law be meaningful if it only constrains states?

    -The assistant argues that international law is important but acknowledges its limitations regarding non-state actors like Hamas.

  • What happens next in the legal proceedings?

    -The ICJ will hold hearings and decide if the genocide allegations are plausible. If Israel loses, a longer trial process could follow to determine guilt.

Outlines

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😓 Accusations of Israeli Genocide Against Palestinians

Paragraph 1 introduces the context that hearings are being held to determine if Israel is guilty of genocide against Palestinians. It defines genocide and outlines the arguments from both Israeli and Palestinian sides.

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😱 Evidence of Genocidal Intent in Statements by Israeli Officials

Paragraph 2 details many quotes by Israeli officials that imply intent to eliminate and forcibly displace Palestinians in Gaza as evidence of genocide cited in South Africa's petition.

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😡 The Devastating Impact of Israel's Actions in Gaza

Paragraph 3 describes the devastating humanitarian impact of Israel's military actions in Gaza, including destruction of infrastructure, homes, denial of basic needs, and contamination of resources.

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❓ Questions About International Law and Obligations

Paragraph 4 poses hypothetical questions about international law's purpose if it only constrains the occupied and not terrorists, which the speaker rebuts by arguing law obligates stopping ongoing atrocities.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡genocide

Genocide refers to the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group. It is considered an extremely serious crime under international law. The video discusses whether Israel's actions in Gaza could be considered genocide, based on evidence like high civilian death tolls, destruction of infrastructure, and statements by Israeli officials about making Gaza uninhabitable.

💡occupation

Occupation refers to control and governance over a territory by a foreign military force. Israel occupies Gaza and controls its borders, airspace, infrastructure, and resources like water. The video notes that an occupying force has legal obligations to provide for occupied civilians.

💡ethnic cleansing

Ethnic cleansing refers to the mass expulsion or killing of members of an unwanted ethnic group to make a region ethnically homogeneous. The video alleges Israeli officials have made statements about ethnically cleansing Gaza or shipping Palestinians to Congo.

💡collective punishment

Collective punishment means punishing an entire group for the actions of a few individuals. Cutting electricity, water, food to Gaza civilians is described as collective punishment.

💡international law

International law refers to the rules and norms that govern relations between nations. The video examines whether Israel has violated international laws against genocide, collective punishment, disproportionate use of force.

💡ICJ

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules on disputes between nations and breaches of international law. South Africa has petitioned the ICJ to rule on whether Israel committed genocide in Gaza.

💡ceasefire

A ceasefire refers to a temporary stop in fighting and hostilities during a war or conflict. The video notes public support for a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants.

💡military aid

Military aid means providing funding, weapons, or other support to help a nation's military capability. The U.S. provides billions in annual military aid to Israel, enabling its military operations.

💡Iron Dome

Iron Dome is Israel's air defense system that intercepts incoming rockets and missiles. The video notes U.S. funding helps Israel maintain Iron Dome defenses.

💡human rights

Human rights refer to the basic rights and freedoms inherent to all human beings. The video discusses investigating potential Israeli human rights violations in Gaza like civilian casualties.

Highlights

Hearings will establish whether Israel is guilty of genocide according to the genocide convention

The $64,000 question is whether Israel had genocidal intent to destroy Palestinians

Israel completely ignored a 2004 non-binding ICJ opinion that West Bank barriers were illegal

Israeli officials made statements directly speaking to intent to ethnically cleanse Gaza

Israel destroyed 60% of all housing in Gaza, undermining claim of no intent to displace

Reported plans to flood Gaza tunnels with seawater may contaminate aquifers long-term

Israel denying healthcare, letting babies die and decompose, amputating without pain meds

Biden administration "dismissed and found without merit" the genocide case against Israel

If South Africa wins, could temporarily enjoin Israel from genocidal acts

US has a long record of dodging accountability, even threatening to invade Netherlands

Domestic pressure could force vote on investigating Israeli human rights abuses

Hamas has not killed any additional Israelis since October 7

Over 23,000 Palestinians killed, disease spreading from lack of infrastructure

If situation was reversed and thousands of Israelis killed, world would defend them

Allegation is Israel intends to ethnically cleanse Gaza population completely

Transcripts

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Brianna what's on your radar well Robbie

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today marks the first of two days of

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oral hearings that will establish

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whether Israel is guilty of genocide now

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it's important that we're all working

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from the same definition of genocide

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according to the genocide convention

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genocide is a crime committed with the

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intent to destroy a national ethnic

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racial or religious group in whole or in

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part The $64,000 question is is Israel

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guilty of this intent Israel has denied

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the accusation of genocidal conduct via

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its Ministry of Foreign Affairs saying

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that the accusation of genocide against

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Israel is not only wholly unfounded as a

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matter of fact and law it is morally

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repugnant and anti-semitic former

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Israeli Justice Minister AET shaked said

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the genocide allegations amounted to a

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blood liel or an anti-semitic Trope that

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Jews drink the blood of Gentile babies

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and president Herzog said quote there's

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nothing more atrocious and Preposterous

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than this claim domestically Israel's

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Defenders are making arguments like this

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one from Senator John

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fedman who are we who are they really

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fighting it's a group of cowards they

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hide in tunnels they hide behind

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civilians they attack kill and mutilate

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children women and they do that

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stop talking about proportion on that

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they shot their best shot on October 7th

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and they would have taken more lives if

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they couldn't do that but they couldn't

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do it and now let's also talk about that

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now we're talking about genocide and now

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South Africa now is now bringing that

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kind of a a trial maybe South Africa

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maybe ought to sit this one out when

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they're talking about

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criticizing so far the 84 four page

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petition which was filed by South Africa

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has been joined by 16 other nations the

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brief makes clear that genocidal intents

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can be inferred from the nature and

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conduct of Israel's military operation

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in Gaza for example by failing to

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provide or ensure essential food water

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medicine fuel shelter and other

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humanitarian assistance for gazin by

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forcing the evacuation of 85% of the

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population from their homes and killing

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over 21,000 people including nearly

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8,000 children of course those numbers

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have grown in the weeks since South

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Africa's petition was filed it also

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cites the mass murder of healthcare

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workers and journalists who are being

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killed at quote a rate significantly

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higher than has occurred in any conflict

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in the past 100 years and reports of

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summary executions of unarmed people

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including Israeli hostages waving White

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flags of course the intensity of the

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bombing Campaign which outstrips the

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bombing of Dresden in World War II and

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which features so-called dumb heavy

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bombs with enormous blast radiuses being

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dropped in one of the most densely

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populated places in the world those are

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also cited as evidence of genocide if if

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South Africa's petition is successful

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and it is able to meet the standard of

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showing that genocide is plausible

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Israel which is a signatory of the

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genocide convention could be called upon

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to stop its Siege of Gaza immediately

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now whether or how international law

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would be enforced is a different

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question as the New York Times noted

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Israel completely ignored a 2004

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non-binding opinion from the icj that

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security barriers in the West Bank were

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illegal and should be dismantled they're

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still up but certainly a finding from a

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binding International court that Israel

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has committed genocide would

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significantly increase the political

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pressure on Joe Biden to stop

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facilitating Israel's Siege with

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American weapons and billions of dollars

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in military aid the pressure is already

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mounting Al jaer reported a shift in in

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tone from Israel's prime minister as the

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icj hearings approached Netanyahu put

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out a statement yesterday insisting that

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Israel has no intention of occupying

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Gaza note that forced Mass displacement

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can be considered a genocidal act

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however it's important that you know

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that BB's recent statements are in

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direct contradiction with a number of

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statements from senior Israeli officials

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that are cited in South Africa's 84 page

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petition statements that speak directly

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to the question of Israel's intent to

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ethnically cleanse Gaza for example on

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October 9th Israel's defense minister

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declared a Complete Siege on Gaza

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barring electricity food water and fuel

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on the grounds that Israel was fighting

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Human animals he went on to say that

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quote Gaza won't return to what it was

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before we will eliminate everything if

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it doesn't take one day it will take a

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week it will take weeks or even months

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we will reach all places president

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Herzog erased the distin between

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militants and civilians saying it's an

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entire nation out there that is

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responsible it's not true this rhetoric

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about civilians not aware not involved

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is absolutely not true Israeli Minister

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for National Security bavier said on

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November 10th oh to be clear when we say

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that Hamas should be destroyed it also

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means those who celebrate those who

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support and those who hand out candy

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they're all terrorists and they should

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be destroyed the Israeli minister of

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energy and infrastructure tweeted that

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all the civilian population in Gaza is

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ordered to leave immediately Israeli

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minister of Heritage said after a month

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of bombardment quote the north of the

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Gaza Strip more beautiful than ever

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everything is blown up and flattened

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simply a pleasure for the eyes we must

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talk about the day after in my mind we

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will hand over lots to all those who

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fought for Gaza over the years that's

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him openly announcing an intent to

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parcel out Palestinian land to the

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soldiers who destroyed it the Israeli

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minister of Agri culture announced quote

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we are now actually rolling out the Gaza

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nakba Deputy speaker of the knesset and

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member of the Foreign Affairs and

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security committee said now we all have

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one common goal erasing the Gaza Strip

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from the face of the Earth isra Army

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reservist Major General goria elens

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wrote people should be told that they

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have two choices to stay and to starve

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or to leave he later told a newspaper

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that the only way to see the hostages

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alive again was to quote create a severe

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humanitarian crisis in Gaza he's

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repeatedly called for Gaza to be made

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uninhabitable on social media addressing

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the controversy around the Aliva

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Hospital bombing he said quote I hope

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that the head of the CIA got an

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explanation of why this is necessary and

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why the US must ultimately back even an

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operation like this even if there are

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thousands of bodies of civilians in the

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streets afterward these quotes go on for

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pages and pages and pages in South

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Africa's petition now even if you

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discount these admissions Israel's claim

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that it does not intend to permanently

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displace Gins are undermined by the

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choice to destroy 60% of all housing

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stock in Gaza including by conducting

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controlled demolitions one might ask

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whether there's a real threat of Hamas

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hiding in a given building if soldiers

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have time to set charges walk away a

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distance and blow up a building while

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recording it for social media the

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infrastructure and foundations of

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Palestinian life have also been

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deliberately targeted according to the

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petition including court buildings

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legislative buildings the public library

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universities Christian and Muslim

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religious sites museums and the central

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archive containing thousands of

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historical documents and National

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records moreover reported plans to flood

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the tunnels of Gaza with seawater may

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have the effect of of contaminating

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gaza's aquifers and soil for the long

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term undermining the ability to grow any

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crops there literally salting the Earth

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like medieval armies making the land

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uninhabitable reports that Israelis in

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talks to export gazin to the Congo also

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don't exactly scream right of

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return now the South African report also

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notes the consequences of Israel denying

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Health Care to Gaza specifically citing

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five premature babies that were left to

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die and to decompose in an ICU along

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with 40 kidney patients at alifa

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hospital pregnant women are undergoing

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cesarians without anesthesia limbs are

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being amputated without pain meds over

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1,000 children have lost either one or

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both legs infectious disease is

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spreading as there are hundreds of

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Palestinians per every remaining toilet

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and sewage is running in the street even

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the dead aren't allowed to rest as the

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South African report cites an allegation

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that Israeli bulldozers quote excavated

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and exhumed a hospital mask grave on

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December 16th only to quote drag the

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bodies with bulldozers and then crush

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them now after reading all this John

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Kirby Biden's National Security Council

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spokesman says he's

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unpersuaded um as you know the uh you

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dismissed a few days ago the case that

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brought by South Africa against Israel

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the icj did you read the indictment and

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if you did do you believe that cutting

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off water electricity and fuel on a

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civilian population does not constitute

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a war crime by itself nothing else yes I

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read the indictment and as I said and I

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we stand by what we what we said about

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this we find it without Merit we found

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find it counterproductive and I'll leave

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it

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there now if South Africa wins before

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the icj it could lead to Israel being

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enjoined from conduct ing further

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genocidal acts but that injunction would

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be temporary the next step would be a

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trial process that could take years now

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America has a long record of dodging

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accountability on the international

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stage as journalist Abby Martin noted

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America is so adverse to ACC

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accountability that George Bush passed a

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law known as the ha Invasion act which

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would allow the US to invade the

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Netherlands to prevent America from

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being charged with war crimes with no

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way to enforce the icj's decision it's

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worth noting domestic efforts to force

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Biden to end his support for Israel

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Siege which could not continue without

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us

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support Bernie Sanders has in in invoked

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section 502b of the foreign assistance

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act which would force a Senate vote on

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whether Israel has violated the human

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rights of Gins if the vote passes the

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state department would be forced to

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investigate abuses and Congress would

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then vote on whether to block military

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aid as a result of of those findings are

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there 50 Congress members who would do

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the bare minimum of voting for merely an

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investigation into alleged abuses

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committed by a country to which we've

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sent an unprecedented amount of Aid now

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I'd argue that this is where domestic

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political pressure should really turn

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Congress members should be asked about

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their willingness to investigate merely

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investigate Israeli war crimes at town

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halls and presidential candidates on

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both sides of the aisle should be asked

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to weigh in and this is why journalism

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is so important

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if senators are never asked to defend

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their votes they will be able to vote

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with impunity ignoring that 60% of

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Americans want a ceasefire

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accountability requires that there be

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some awareness of what could be done

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will you vote to reelect your Congress

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member if they vote down in mere

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investigation into Israeli war crimes

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while voting in favor of increased

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funding to a country accused of

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genocide so these are the stakes uh

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before as the hearing started being live

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streamed very very early this morning at

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uh regular morning time uh in Europe and

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already you're seeing clips of the South

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African um petitioner making the case

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citing a lot of the evidence that I

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included in this radar and really uh

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interestingly using many Tik toks from

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Israeli soldiers that they posted

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voluntarily to prove the point about

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intent and about the relationship

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between the statements coming from

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senior members of the Israeli government

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uh and the behavior of the army as they

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conduct the sieg

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do you think calls from South African

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politicians to kill the Bowers kill the

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white people are genocidal statements so

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there are a couple of things there under

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international law an occupied people has

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the right to resist including violently

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and if you are the occupier you have an

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obligation to provide basic needs for

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the community that you're occupying so

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Food Water Shelter Etc that's part of

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why this charge of collective punishment

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is such a serious one um secondly uh

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Israel has made the argument that Hamas

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are the real people who have violated

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international law and they should bring

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this petition and they have every right

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to do so but the question is uh under

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the genocide convention to which Israel

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and the United States and Palestine are

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all signatories there is an obligation

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for all of the signatories to play a

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role in not just condemning genocide but

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stepping in and preventing genocides

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from happening so that's what's going on

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right now Hamas has not killed

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additional um it has killed soldiers in

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the purpose of this war but it has not

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killed any additional Israeli civilians

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since October 7th and so the question is

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what are you enjoying Hamas from doing

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on the other side of things you have

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over 23,000 people now that have been

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killed many more stand to die because of

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the um uh hygiene and and and sanitary

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situation in Gaza with disease spreading

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uh quite widely most people living in

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tense millions of people UN unhoused in

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an entire country destroyed from an

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infrastructural perspective and the

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question is is what is the obligation of

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all the signatories of the genocide

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convention to force Israel to stop the

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ongoing actions that are happening right

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now I guess if international law is only

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capable of preventing the victims of a

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terrorist attack from wiping out the

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perpetrators of that some people will

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ask does should international law be

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followed or have some kind of validity

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if it only constrains the Reg State

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actors and does nothing or can do

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nothing to prevent the kind of terrorism

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that Hamas engages in and that a

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majority of the people in Gaza

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support what good is it so I think that

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if if Palestinians were killing tens of

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thousands of uh Israelis over the course

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of the last few months not only will we

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have seen Mass International

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condemnation which by the way the South

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African petition does unequivocally

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condemn the acts of Hamas on October 7

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we would have seen American troops and

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American money committed even more than

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has already been done so I don't want to

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see by the way to defend Israel so this

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is a counterfactual that I think if it

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were the situation went reversed and

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there were tens of thousands of Israelis

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being killed by Palestinian absolutely

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the International Community would have

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risen to their defense the same way that

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we send more money to Israel than any

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other country in the world precisely for

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the Iron Dome and to prevent that exact

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thing from happening but your question

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there Robbie seems to imply that all of

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the people of Gaza are in fact

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legitimate victims legitimate targets

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for Israel what you said there the

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question that you asked I did not say

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that you you specifically just asked is

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the international law appropriate is

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international law good and meaningful

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and something we should support if it

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only constrains Israel from wiping out

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the targets the argument that uh the icj

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that South Africa is making before the

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icj that Israel is not wiping out the

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targets that its statements clearly show

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an intent to wipe out all of Gaza to

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eliminate all of the housing in Gaza to

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make it so that no one can grow um crops

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or drink water in Gaza ever again to

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parcel off the land of Gaza to uh the

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soldiers in Israel to ship people from

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Gaza to Congo or at the very least to

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Egypt and to ethnically cleanse the

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population so there it's no longer a

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population of 2.3 million Palestinians

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in Gaza that's the allegation and that's

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the violation of international law well

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we will continue to follow those

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developments and we'll have more Rising

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right after

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this