For 2024, we need to build a broad critical mass to convince the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support international calls for a ceasefire – as in this moment, right now.

by Nadia Ahmad, LA Progressive

In January, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we need to know if our elected officials will be hiding in their offices on the Hill, participating in sanctimonious MLK celebrations, or out in the streets calling for peace. In March 1965, King openly expressed his opposition to the war for the first time, stating that while millions of dollars were being spent daily to keep troops in South Vietnam, our government was failing to protect the rights of African Americans in Selma. During an interview on Face the Nation, King stated that as a minister, he had a “prophetic function” and felt a strong concern for global peace and the survival of humanity.

Amid the missiles, bombs, and warships in the Middle East, 2024 brings an unexpected opportunity for peace. The congressional ceasefire resolution, far from being just another political maneuver, offers a shimmer of hope amid the prevailing gloom. Here is the Herculean task of transmuting cold reality into optimism. This resolution is the Democrats’ Hail Mary to rescue their party from impending doom, especially as their current nominee, President Joe Biden, faces a looming threat from an emboldened, insurrectionist Donald Trump.

Palestinian child playing in rubble in Gaza

For 2024, we need to build a broad critical mass to convince the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support international calls for a ceasefire – as in this moment, right now. President Joe Biden’s insolence toward the children of Gaza ruined America’s international standing worse than anything in my lifetime. So, if President Biden does not care about the children of Gaza, he should care at a bare minimum about his reputation abroad as it impacts us in the United States due to international business and trade.

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Several countries' governments have accused the Israeli government of genocide and asked the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israeli officials, but that court answers to the U.S. government and has refused for years to prosecute crimes by Israel or anyone else outside of Africa.

But the International Court of Justice has ruled against Israel in the past, and if any one nation invokes the Genocide Convention, the court will be obliged to rule on the matter.

If the ICJ determines that genocide is happening, then the ICC will not need to make that determination but only consider who is responsible.

This has been done before. Bosnia and Herzegovina invoked the Genocide Convention against Serbia, and the ICJ ruled against Serbia.

The crime of genocide is happening. The intentional destruction of a people, in whole or in part, is genocide. The law is meant to be used to prevent it, not just review it after the fact.

Background article here.

Serbia ICJ ruling.