Larry Kerschner Writes
to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime
of Genocide, genocide is defined as an act committed with the intent to destroy,
in part or in whole, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.
Complicity in genocide is to be punished along with the direct crime
whether committed by constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or
replete with acts of genocide. In
first came to the Caribbean the Native population of the
was about twelve million. By 1850,
Native population was estimated at 237,000.
Between 1915-1918 one and a half million Armenians were killed by the
Turks. Between 1932-1933 Josef
Stalin's forced famine in the
resulted in seven million deaths. During
1937-38 the Japanese Army killed half of the 600,000 Chinese living in
. Between 1938 and 1945
the Nazis murdered six million Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah's
Witnesses. Between 1975-1979, Pol
Pot, with the formal support of the
United States, was responsible for the death of two million Cambodians. In
in 1994 800,000 Tutsis were killed by the Hutu militia with machetes.
Between 1990-2003, one million Iraqis (including 500,000 children) died
as a result of economic sanctions maintained by the United States.
and the State of Israel seem to have arrived at a genocidal solution to the
“Palestinian Problem”. The
recent killing of Palestinian picnickers on a
beach typifies the value placed on Palestinian children. The U.S. Congress is
complicit in the genocide that is occurring in
. On May 23, 2006 the House of
Representatives voted 361-37 to cut off all aid to non-governmental
organizations that provide a minimal safety net in
. These two States have colluded to
prevent other governmental aid from the Palestinian Authority.
This action is exactly described in the Convention on Genocide as a crime
against humanity. During
administration the Secretary of State revealed our crime when she stated that
death of other people's children is a price we are willing to pay.
The Israelis follow along this line.
According to a 2004 study published in the British Medical Journal
“two thirds of the children killed at checkpoints died from small
arms fire, directed in over half the cases to the head, neck, and chest – the
sniper's wounds”. Reminiscent of
atrocity against the children of
, one quarter of Palestinian infants under the age of five are acutely or
chronically malnourished. To cap
this, the infamous Israeli wall will isolate 97 primary health clinics and
eleven hospitals from the Palestinian population that they are meant to serve.
Without the 140 billions of dollars in
aid since the Second World War and the
military weapons the Israelis would have long ago found a way to live in peace
with the Palestinians. The current
genocidal war against the children of the Palestinians belongs to the United States
as much as to the Israelis.