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By Tayyaba Munir

Ms.Munir is a final year law student at Islamic International University and currently serves as an Assistant Researcher in the Registry Department of OICOA Member Institute, Federal Tax Ombudsman of Pakistan. Ms. Munir also holds the honor of being a Youth Ambassador for Federal Tax Ombudsman for the year 2024. She also serves as a TV Anchor for Pakistan’s first legal channel Just1 TV.

Genocide, a crime first recognized under international law in 1946 by the UN General Assembly is on its way to take a practical form as a result of ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel. This conflict which has more or less already taken the form of ethnic cleansing has claimed the lives of more than 25000 innocent Palestinians. This increasing death toll include the lives of civilians among which the highest number is of children and women who have been brutally butchered as a result of indiscriminate attacks by the Israeli forces. It won’t be wrong to call it a genocide in process broadcasted live on social media as 1 out of every 100 people in Gaza is killed mercilessly by the Israeli attacks.

Under the cloak of self-defense, Israeli forces are committing war crimes which is clearly evident not only through the killings of innocent Palestinians but also through the breach of medical neutrality as a large portion of causalities include medical staff. Furthermore, the conflict is termed as the deadliest conflict for the journalists in over 3 decades as more than 100 journalists have been killed till now.

Calling the ongoing conflict as genocide is not exaggeration of the situation as steps taken by Israel exhibits the two elements elaborated in Article II of Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide to constitute the crime of genocide. The elements include commission of act of killing members of group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group, or to forcibly transferring children of the group to another group with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. The specified acts are clearly visible with evidence of heinous war crimes scattered all across social media. Moreover, the genocidal intent is also evident through the statements of Israeli officials since 7 October 2023. Language used by Israeli political and military figures appears to reproduce rhetoric and tropes associated with genocide and incitement to genocide in which dehumanizing descriptions of Palestinians have been prevalent. This genocidal intent has all possibilities of easily tipping into a genocidal action which must be stopped as belatedly condemning it will be of no value.

In this regard the role of UN and OIC is very crucial being important intergovernmental organization. Numerous efforts have been exerted by these organizations and international community to play their role in reducing the plight of the innocent Palestinians. Amidst this grievous situation, OIC Ombudsman Association, an institution created with the objective of strengthening the Ombudsman institutions in Islamic world has also unequivocally asserted its role, as evident from the steadfast stances adopted by its leadership.President OICOA, Şeref Malkoç, has boldly spoken out against the ongoing conflict. He states that;

“In Gaza, in front of the whole world; international law is being violated, and events that proves the failure of human dignity and conscience are occurring. Bombing all residential areas without distinction of civilians and thus causing the death of civilians is a violation of international humanitarian law”

Further amplifying OICOA’s commitment to addressing the crisis, Secretary General Dr. Asif Mahmood Jah condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza’s population. Expressing deep concern for the daily bombings and the rising toll on Palestinian lives, Dr. Asif Jah urgently calls upon the United Nations to intervene and put an end to the harrowing plight of innocent civilians in Gaza. Moreover, he urges OICOA members and fellow Muslim nations to actively support relief operations for the affected Palestinians, collaborating with TURK KIZILAY (Turkish Red Crescent) and other humanitarian organizations working tirelessly in Gaza. In these dire circumstances, OICOA’s resolute stances and proactive engagement underscore its commitment to addressing the humanitarian crisis and advocating for global intervention. The resolute stance of the leadership further reflects the commitment of OICOA to promote and strengthen this Institution in the Islamic World.

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