Brad Parker, a lawyer and senior political advisor at Defense for Children International – Palestine, pointed out that the United States is a signatory to Genocide Convention of 1948, but he considered it through its unconditional support for the massacre committed by Israel in Gazasupports the most serious crime under international law.
He mentioned in an article published by the British Middle East Eye website that when the American President was confronted joe biden As the number of Palestinian deaths escalated, he was asked whether the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Ignoring his requests to minimize civilian casualties, he took the opportunity to casually question Palestinian death toll statistics and declared “I am sure innocent people were killed, and this is the price of war.”
Parker commented on Biden’s statements that they indicate that he is not at all concerned with the scope and extent of harm caused to Palestinian civilians as a result of the Israeli army’s attacks in Gaza.
He added that Biden becomes increasingly complicit every day in a military campaign in which Israeli forces kill Palestinian children in cold blood, which constitutes the crime of genocide.
He pointed out that the number of children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza during the past 24 days is no less than 3,542, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, with estimates that more than 1,050 have been reported missing, and are presumed to be trapped or dead under the rubble, waiting to be rescued or killed. Pick them up. During the same period, Israeli forces killed 36 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.
Failure of the international community
To put the intensity of the current Israeli bombing into context, in the past 24 days Israeli forces have killed more than twice as many Palestinian children as were killed in Gaza in all previous IDF attacks combined from January 2006 to October 6, 2023.
Parker said that before October 7, he and his colleagues in the aforementioned organization documented the killing of 1,171 Palestinian children in Gaza. He pointed out that the organization independently verified the deaths of 547 Palestinian children among those killed in Gaza, 535 of whom were a direct result of Israeli attacks. About 68% of the children killed by Israeli forces were 12 years old or younger.
To put the number of children killed in a broader context, Israeli forces killed more children in Gaza during the past 22 days than the total number of deaths in armed conflicts worldwide over the course of an entire year, over the past three years.
However, the writer believes that the almost complete impunity provided by the United States and enjoyed by Israeli officials and their army means that they have no limits.
He concluded that the international community’s previous failure to hold Israeli officials accountable for war crimes, and perhaps more importantly, to relax and not challenge the United States’ absolute support for Israel, is what led us to where we are now.
He added that the United States is not simply standing idly by, failing to prevent or punish the genocide of Palestinians, but rather is actively enabling and supporting the most serious crime under international law, making it complicit.