Representatives of Israel and Palestine exchanged accusations of "genocide" related to the war in Gaza today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
"The attacks committed by Hamas on October 7 were motivated by a genocidal ideology," said Jela Sitrin, legal adviser to the Israeli mission in Geneva, before diplomats gathered at the European headquarters of the world organization.
On the other hand, the Palestinian representative Dima Asfur assessed that "the catastrophe caused by people, as a result of extensive bombings and the ground offensive of the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip, is a "school example of genocide".
Israel's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip was repeatedly mentioned during an event organized by the UN Human Rights Council on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1948 and is the first act devoted to human rights in the UN, before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It was adopted after the Second World War, emphasizing the horrors of the Holocaust and the obligation to prevent and punish such genocidal action.
Nevertheless, 75 years later, Jews are still the target of attacks, they still feel the violence of anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews, said Jewish representative Sitrin.
"Hamas and its supporters have encouraged the extermination of the Jewish people through social media for years," she added.
"Before the bodies of the victims of October 7 had cooled, anti-Semitism exploded simultaneously on and off the networks," Sitrin added.
According to her, there are many who resort to the tactic of declaring Jews guilty of their own massacre and who seek to protect and defend the perpetrators of murder, whose victims are Jews.
"Many others choose to remain silent and indifferent," Sitrin said, wondering what the world had learned in the last 75 years.
The Israeli government has announced that it wants to destroy Hamas after the attack by the militants of the Islamist Palestinian organization on October 7 on Israeli soil, in which, according to the Israeli authorities, 1.200 people, mostly civilians, died. Hamas also kidnapped 240 people.
Israel retaliated with extensive bombing and a ground offensive in which, according to the Hamas authorities, more than 15.500 people have died in the Gaza Strip, 70 percent of whom are women and minors.
The representative of Iran said that Israel is the perpetrator of the "terrible genocide against the Palestinians", while the representatives of other Muslim countries accused the Israeli leaders of "inciting genocide".
"Signs announcing genocide should encourage us to act, said Asur, referring to the Convention on Genocide.
She added that instead, during the last eight weeks after public calls for genocide, Israel began dropping tons of explosives of enormous destructive power on Gaza.
This was also said by an independent group of UN experts who in November condemned "the failure of the international system to mobilize to prevent genocide".
Assur condemned "a large-scale campaign of digital repression, including disinformation, censorship, online harassment and social media banning, which she says is aimed at silencing Palestinian voices.
She called on tech firms and social networks to take immediate action to protect their users from prejudice online "in light of the genocide taking place in Palestine."