PETERSEN, Kim. Indigenous human rights activist: "Palestinian Genocide ... Article 2 (a,b,c, & d) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide seems to apply well to the case of 1948 and also today

Kim Petersen (co-editor of Dissident Voice, lives in the traditional Mi'kmaq homeland colonially designated Nova Scotia, Canada; writes extensively about the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the Indigenous  Arab Palestinians, and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine (see: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ).

Kim Petersen on Palestinian Genocide (2007): “Genocide in Palestine. Pappe considers 1948 is a “clear cut case, according to informed and scholarly definitions, of ethnic cleansing.” Simply put, “genocide” is the killing of a group, and “ethnic cleansing” is the removal of a group. But “genocide” is not so simple. Article 2 (a,b,c, & d) of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide seems to apply well to the case of 1948 and also today… What is needed is an independent international institution fully empowered to investigate and identify genocide wherever it may occur in the world and to make public its findings. The ghastly crimes of genocide must not be left to the inexpertise of ad hoc bureaucracy. Countries must not shirk from genocide. They must speak out unhesitatingly, with linguistic clarity and act with forthright remediation. Elementary morality demands, though, that we confront, criticize, act against, atone, and repent of our own great crimes first before we can criticize, with any iota of moral integrity, the great crimes of others. After all, linguistic honesty is more easily practiced when one has a clear conscience.”. [1, 2]

[1]. Kim Petersen, “Bleaching the atrocities of genocide. Linguistic honesty is better with a clear conscience”, Dissident Voice, 7 June 2007: http://dissidentvoice.org/2007/06/bleaching-the-atrocities-of-genocide/ .

[2]. Kim Petersen, “Bleaching the atrocities of genocide, republished as Chapter 27 in  “The Plight of the Palestinians. A long history of destruction”, edited by Willam Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html .

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