GOLDSTEIN: Shameless hypocrisy of putting Israel on trial for genocide

The International Court of Justice has never issued a direct finding of genocide against any other country since it was founded by the UN in 1945

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At the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Israel is on trial for genocide and, once again, is being judged by standards expected of no other country on earth.

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The ICJ, in its 78-year history since its founding by the United Nations in 1945, has never issued a direct finding of genocide against any other country.

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Not Syria, led by President Bashar al-Assad, where 500,000 people have been killed, including 55,000 children, 10 million refugees and displaced persons forced from their homes, 15,000 prisoners tortured and 100,000 civilians “disappeared” in the 12-year civil war since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011 against al-Assad’s dictatorship.

Not China, for its ongoing genocide of its Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim minority populations in Xinjiang province, including forced sterilizations and abortions, mass detentions of at least one million people, torture, rape, beatings, forced labour and forcibly removing children from their families. In 2021, Canada condemned China for committing genocide by a vote of 266 to 0 in the House of Commons.

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Not Rwanda, where in 100 days from April to July 1994 between 500,000 and one million Tutsis, Twa and moderate Hutus were murdered by Hutu militias wielding machetes and rifles, while 150,000 to 250,000 women were raped and the world did nothing.

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This double standard against Israel is hardly surprising given that the ICJ is the UN’s top court, where the General Assembly last year continued its annal ritual of passing twice as many resolutions against Israel as all other nations on earth combined.

In 2023, there were 14 resolutions passed condemning Israel compared to seven for all other countries on earth – one each for Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, the U.S., and two against Russia.

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While South Africa last week made its case for a finding of genocide against Israel before the ICJ because of its ongoing military campaign against Hamas – which specifically calls for the genocide of the Jewish people in Israel and has pledged to repeat its terrorist attack of Oct. 7 until it achieves it – Israel cannot take Hamas before the same court.

That’s because Hamas is not a state and not subject to rulings by the ICJ.

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But even if Hamas was a state, the UN General Assembly has consistently ignored the “casus belli” of this war – the reason it began.

That was a terrorist attack on Israel on Oct. 7, in which 1,200 people were murdered, women raped and men, women and children, including babies, kidnapped by Hamas, which Canada has designated as a terrorist entity since 2002.

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In the two UN General Assembly resolutions calling first for a humanitarian pause in hostilities and then a ceasefire, the UN has not only refused to say that Hamas started the war – surely a key issue when it comes to a finding of genocide – but refused to even mention the word “Hamas” in those resolutions.

The allegation of genocide against Israel won’t be decided by the ICJ for years, if at all.

But it could, in relatively short order, issue a ruling calling on Israel to end its military campaign in Gaza.

While the ICJ has no way of enforcing its rulings – only the UN Security Council can do that – such a finding will ratchet up international pressure on Israel to abandon its campaign to free the remaining hostages held by Hamas and eliminate the terrorist organization as a threat to Israel.

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No sane person celebrates the death of 1,200 Israelis and more than 23,000 Palestinians, many of them women and children because of this war – although seldom mentioned is the fact that the Palestinian estimates made by Hamas’ ministry of health include the deaths of thousands of Hamas terrorists.

All of the civilian deaths in Gaza are the result of Hamas starting this war and the fact it is embedded in its civilian population and uses them as human shields.

As Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre rightly said of the case against Israel made at the ICJ by South Africa and its supporters:

“I find it incredible that these countries have not accused Hamas of genocide when it’s in Hamas’ (1988) charter that they want to commit genocide against Israel.

“We don’t even need to accuse Hamas because they admit they are a genocidal enterprise. They admit that their Oct. 7 attacks were motivated by genocidal aims. They are backed by the Iranian government which seeks to annihilate the entire Jewish people … this is not about genocide, it is about shamelessly and dishonestly attacking the Jewish people, and the Jewish state, and the Conservative party stands against this dishonest approach.”

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