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Israel & the Genocide Convention: US government put on notice regarding assault on Gaza

At the State Department on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini asked if the US government has been pressuring Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to invoke the Genocide Convention at the International Court of Justice. (See video above.)

He also put them on notice about their own potential culpability under the Convention, reading from a notice that the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) recently sent to members of Congress regarding the Biden administration’s proposed aid package for Israel.

As quoted by Sam in his exchange with the State Department’s Principle Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel, the CCR said in part:

Please take notice that should you vote in favor of that package, you risk facing criminal and civil liabilities for aiding and abetting genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law, and may face investigation and prosecution.

“Do members of the State Department face similar possibilities?” Sam asked.

You can read his full write-up here, on his Substack, which contains analysis from international law professors John Quigley and Francis Boyle.

Update: Craig Mokhiber, who Sam mentions in this exchange, was shown this video by Katie Halper and asked to react to it. See his comments here.