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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 04:53:31 PM EST
Nicaragua Sues Germany at Int'l Court of Justice to Halt Weapons to a "Genocidal" Israel | Informed Comment |

Nicaragua's opposition online newspaper, La Prensa, reported that proceedings began at the International Court of Justice in Managua's complaint against Germany for abetting Israeli genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza with its weapons shipments. Nearly half of arms shipments to Israel during the past six months have come from Germany, and it is second only to the United States as an arms supplier to Tel Aviv. Germany has increased arms transfers to Israel by a factor of ten.

Carlos José Argüello Gómez, Nicaragua's ambassador to The Hague, said, "Germany seems unable to differentiate between self-defense and genocide. Germany is not fulfilling its own obligation to prevent genocide or ensure respect for international humanitarian law."

The ambassador pointed to a German double standard. Merely on Israel's say-so, Berlin  halted financing for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza. But the German government has ignored much more credible allegations that Israel itself is committing genocide in Gaza.

Israel's charge that UNRWA was riddled with Hamas militants was fact-free and lacking in any sound evidence, and most of the countries that suspended support for UNRWA after Netanyahu's scurrilous accusations have now restored their donations.

Argüello said, "The Palestinian people are being subjected to one of the most destructive military actions in modern history."

He said that without the unstinting support of countries such as Germany, Israel would not be able to act with impunity.

The ambassador acknowledged that Germany recognizes a special obligation to assist the Jewish people because the National Socialist government of Germany genocided them during World War II. He observed, "that is an understandable and commendable policy if it were addressed to the Jewish people, but the State of Israel, and particularly its current Government, should not be confused and equated with the Jewish people."

Argüello has a point. The policies of the current extremist Israeli government are often being dictated by people like Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, who are plausibly characterized as fascists.

For Germany to be compliant with demands of Smotrich and Ben-Gvir is to compound the sins of the Holocaust, not to alleviate them. You can't make up for mass murder committed by fascists by supporting fascists committing mass murder.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 9th, 2024 at 05:51:07 PM EST
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