Yesterday, the South Africans presented a very strong case, devastatingly articulated by the Irish barrister, Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, an external counsel supporting the South African legal team. South Africa in its application to open proceedings baldly stated:
The acts and omissions by Israel complained of by South Africa are genocidal in character because they are intended to bring about the destruction of a substantial part of the Palestinian national, racial and ethnical group.
The Kapo response has been predictable - blame everything else other than their own lust for child murder. Lying through their teeth, they had the chutzpah to tell the court they respected international law. Like their Nazi alter egos, they seek to sanitise their blitzkrieg of Gaza, the targeted extermination of Palestinian children by their Einsatzgruppen, and their wider Lebensraum policy which by necessity involves ethnic cleansing.
The spurious argument of self defence was scathingly swept aside outside the court with one simple and concise comment from a Palestinian woman who had come to the Hague: “How can an occupier that’s been oppressing people for 75 years say it’s self defence?”The ANC, well experienced in fighting Apartheid and its murderous agents, was not intimidated by the Israelis or their attempts at moral blackmail and reiterations of the old shibboleth about
According to RTE's Tony Connelly it has been a rough couple days for the Kapos. For Israel to be accused of genocide is damning in itself regardless of how the court rules. Having milked the Shoah for capital - financial and political - the Israeli Nazis are finding that the Holocaust Industry is no longer as potent a weapon for silencing critics nor deflecting the criticism that they make. It is having a boomerang effect. The people who cynically exploited the Holocaust are so demonstrably now doing to others what was done to the Jews during those very dark years of Nazi aggression. Championing the Holocaust while at the same time committing genocide, tilts the moral high ground so acutely that it becomes a very slippy slope.
The actions of the murderous IDF are now being scrutinised under an intense international spotlight. Protestations from the government of Genocide Joe that the South African case is meritless simply do not cut the mustard.
The Kapos are people who had they been tried at Nuremburg would have felt the noose tighten around their necks. Netanyahu would not have been out of place swinging alongside Ernst Kaltenbrunner and his genocidal ilk.
Last week myself and a friend joined the solidary vigil in Drogheda. We had met by chance in the town while browsing in a shop. I told him I was heading off to the vigil and he immediately said he would go with me. The attendance was larger than those I had previously been to in the town. Visually, the most impactful image was the range of children's shoes lined across the steps of the chapel. I was reminded of my trip to Auschwitz a few years back.
And tomorrow, I shall be there again.