Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 16, 2023

The World Stands with Palestine -- UN: Palestinians in Grave Danger of Mass Ethnic Cleansing

The World Stands with Palestine -- UN: Palestinians in Grave Danger of Mass Ethnic Cleansing

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Native American scholar and member of the Red Nation Nick Estes speaks on Turtle Island's history of supporting genocides and how the Empire's partners silence speech with bombs. Here's part of his speech at a massive protest for Palestine in Minneapolis
Defense for Children, Oct. 16, 2023

GAZA UPDATE: More than 1,030 Palestinian children in Gaza have been killed by Israeli forces since October 7, or about one child every 15 minutes, and more than one-third of the total death toll.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is at the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva:
“The public dehumanization of Palestinians at the highest level of U.S. government has led to skyrocketing repression of activism and all expressions of support for Palestine.” Oct. 16, 2023

Arrests underway at the White House
Now! Arrests are underway at the White House. "American Jews and allies have now blocked more than four doors to the White House. We’re prepared to put our bodies in the way of more slaughter — we’re ready to stay here until Biden forces a ceasefire. No ceasefire, no exit.” -- In Not Now, When

One million people marched in Karachi, Pakistan, for Palestine.

DUBLIN, Ireland now -- "Huge numbers turn out to support Palestine"

A UN human rights expert warned today that Palestinians are in grave danger of mass ethnic cleansing and called on the international community to urgently mediate a ceasefire between warring Hamas and Israeli occupation forces.

GLASGOW, Scotland now rally for Palestine

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Hundreds of protesters outside BBC Scotland demanding an end to the bias coverage of Israel's assault on Palestine
LIVERPOOL, England "Free Palestine" now

SOUTH AFRICA (Above) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa "We pledge solidarity with the people of Palestine." Speaking out against Israel's occupation and Apartheid, Ramaphosa said Israel announced that 1.1 million must evacuate northern Gaza, when it has closed all borders. Speaking on behalf of the African National Congress, he said, "We have called for the humanitarian corridors to be opened," he said, so that food water and aid can be delivered. South Africa stands ready to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

LONDON now, Saturday, rally for Palestine
LONDON -- More than 100,000 march for Palestine today.
Also see: The International Centre for Justice for Palestinians gave written notice to the UK of intent to prosecute for aiding and abetting war crimes in Gaza.

MONTREAL, Canada -- "Gaza, Gaza, don't you cry; we will never let you die!" October 13, 2023 - Upwards of 10,000 people marched in downtown Montreal earlier tonight in solidarity with the people of Palestine and in opposition to war crimes by the state of Israel. No Borders Media.

NEW YORK -- Jewish Voice for Peace, New York City, Friday night "Thousands of Jewish New Yorkers are flooding the entrance to @SenSchumer's home protesting genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. 50+ are blocking the entrance to his home, including rabbis, elders, youth, and NY state electeds
@ZohranKMamdani and @MarcelaForNY" via Twitter/X


SAN FRANCISCO, California -- “Peace is what we’re fighting for!” We are furious that our community and our identity is being weaponized by Speaker Pelosi and other officials to kill Palestinians It is a betrayal of our ancestors and our values. It is a historic shame, and we must oppose it with all our being. Lockdown and rally at Pelosi's office on Friday. via Twitter/X

NEW YORK -- "Over ten thousand are marching in the streets of New York City in solidarity with Palestine! Biden doesn’t speak in our name! Cut all aid to Israel!" -- The People's Forum

FRANCE banned protests in support of Palestinians and used tear gas at a rally in Paris. The support continues.

 Violent police in France sprayed a young woman supporting Palestine in the face with tear gas and knocked her off her bicycle.

ROME, Italy -- Pro-Palestinian protesters are suppressed with batons by police on Friday.
PORTLAND, Oregon, US rally on Friday for Palestine

TUCSON, Arizona -- Rally for Palestine in downtown Tucson.
In a separate event in Tucson, A Pro-Palestinian rally was canceled after the University of Arizona's president spoke out against it. The university in Tucson brags about its partnership with local Raytheon Missiles, a provider of weapons to Israel. A pro-Palestine rally at the University of Arizona was abruptly canceled hours before it was scheduled to take place Thursday after UA President Robert Robbins released a statement calling it 'antithetical' to the school’s beliefs. The rally, which was planned by the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at the UA, was a part of the nationwide organization’s National Day of Action. Earlier, the university partnered with the Pope when it ignored and violated Apache beliefs and ceremonies and built the telescopes on Mount Graham. The university boasts: Raytheon Missiles and Defense is a longstanding partner with the University of Arizona. The company also is one of the largest tenants at the UA Tech Park at Rita Road since establishing its operations there in 1993. Currently, Raytheon partners with the Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to provide weapons to Israel. Raytheon Missiles has a manufacturing plant on the Navajo Nation's commercial farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, near Shiprock, New Mexico.

LONDON: Today Palestine Action spray painted BBC with red paint because of its support for genocide in Palestine.

Another heartbreaking morning in Gaza, IOF has just killed Dr Midhat Saidam, a senior plastic and burn surgeon at Shifa Hospital in Gaza along with 30 of his family members as they targeted their home. via Twitter/X

GAZA UPDATE: At least 724 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli airstrikes and shelling in the Gaza Strip since October 7, according to the Ministry of Health.
                                                   Palestine. Photo courtesy United Nations Special Procedures

UN expert warns of new instance of mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, calls for immediate ceasefire

By United Nations Special Procedures
Censored News

GENEVA (14 October 2023) – A UN human rights expert warned today that Palestinians are in grave danger of mass ethnic cleansing and called on the international community to urgently mediate a ceasefire between warring Hamas and Israeli occupation forces.

“The situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel has reached fever pitch,” said Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.

“The United Nations and its Member States must intensify efforts to mediate an immediate ceasefire between the parties, before we reach a point of no return,” said Albanese. “The international community has the responsibility to prevent and protect populations from atrocity crimes. Accountability for international crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces and Hamas must also be immediately pursued,” she said.
Since 7 October 2023, more than 1,900 Palestinians have been killed, including at least 600 children, more than 7,600 injured, and over 423,000 people have been displaced as a result of the Israeli strikes. This fate befell a population which has already experienced five major wars since 2008 in the context of an unlawful blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, which Albanese said has been widely condemned by the international community as collective punishment.

On 12 October, Israeli forces issued an order for 1.1 million Palestinians in north Gaza to move to the south within 24 hours, amidst ongoing airstrikes. The next day, Israeli forces reportedly began to enter Gaza in order to “clear” the area. Palestinians have no safe zone anywhere in Gaza, with Israel having imposed a “complete siege” on the tiny enclave, with water, food, fuel and electricity unlawfully cut off. Rafah, the only border crossing that remained partially open to the Gaza strip, was closed after damage caused by Israeli airstrikes.

“There is a grave danger that what we are witnessing may be a repeat of the 1948 Nakba, and the 1967 Naksa, yet on a larger scale. The international community must do everything to stop this from happening again,” the UN expert said. She noted that Israeli public officials have openly advocated for another Nakba, the term for the events of 1947-1949 when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and lands during the hostilities that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. The Naksa, which led to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, displaced 350,000 Palestinians.

“Israel has already carried out mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians under the fog of war,” the expert said. “Again, in the name of self-defence, Israel is seeking to justify what would amount to ethnic cleansing.

“Any continued military operations by Israel have gone well beyond the limits of international law. The international community must stop these egregious violations of international law now, before tragic history is repeated. Time is of the essence. Palestinians and Israelis both deserve to live in peace, equality of rights, dignity and freedom,” Albanese said.


Francesca Albanese is the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, since 1 May 2022. Ms. Albanese is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, as well as a Senior Advisor on Migration and Forced Displacement for a think-tank, Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD). She has widely published on the legal situation in Israel and the State of Palestine and regularly teaches and lectures on international law and forced displacement at universities in Europe and the Arab region. Ms. Albanese has also worked as a human rights expert for the United Nations, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organisation and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, Country Pages: Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel

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