According to the Quran, … humans are not unique as sentient forms of life but are a class of species in the cosmos who can either be a creative or a destructive force in nature. They are responsible for the safekeeping of the intrinsic balance of nature.
Uncritical support of Israel is destroying the spiritual core of Judaism itself – a dagger in the Jewish heart. Christians had to reckon with their deeds after the Holocaust. Jews need to do that now. Israel may have a right to exist, but not this Israel. It’s counter-intuitive and difficult to digest but conscience can be seduced and obscured: even our own. I promised never again. Never again is now.
As a human rights campaigner and a student of genocides, in my attempts to understand Israel’s physical destruction of Gaza in particular, and its foundational Zionist policies in Palestine, I find most helpful to turn to Raphael Lemkin’s grounded and multi-faceted conception of genocide and Hitler’s “blood-based” ideas of “race-state” and racialized land.
Israel's legal team, a member of which is a Holocaust survivor and the country's ex-Attorney General, will likely frontload the politico-legal mantra of Israel’s right to “self-defence” .
The post-apartheid Republic of South Africa, filing a genocide case against Israel is a significant act pregnant with positive moral consequences while handing the Palestinian liberation struggle an unprecedented strategic weapon.