White House Again Denies That Israel Is Committing Genocide in Gaza

The US has rejected the ICJ's ruling that it's "plausible" Israel is committing genocide in Gaza

The White House on Monday again denied that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza despite the massive number of civilian casualties and the continued restrictions on aid as Palestinians are facing starvation.

“We believe Israel can and must do more to ensure the protection and wellbeing of innocent civilians. We do not believe what is happening in Gaza is a genocide,” White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters. “We have been firmly on record rejecting that proposition.”

The US has rejected the ruling from the International Court of Justice that it’s “plausible” that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. If Israel is found guilty of genocide, it would implicate Sullivan and other US officials as they have provided military and political support to enable the slaughter.

Sullivan said the US was “using the internationally accepted term for genocide, which includes a focus on intent” to reach its assessment on Israeli actions.

In its genocide case against Israel, South Africa cited comments from Israeli officials as evidence of Israel’s intent to commit genocide against the Palestinians living in Gaza. Notable quotes include Israeli Defense Yoav Gallant saying Israel was fighting “human animals” in Gaza and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reference to the Amalek, a nation the ancient Israelites were commanded to destroy in the Hebrew Bible.

Chapter 15, verse 3 of the first book of Samuel reads: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel, and ass.”

The genocidal rhetoric hasn’t stopped as Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich made a reference to Amalek just last month when he called for the “total annihilation” of Rafah and other cities in Gaza. “There are no half measures. Rafah, Deir al-Balah, Nuseirat – total annihilation. ‘You will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven,” he said.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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