News Release

Irish Nobel Laureate Calls on Governments to Invoke Genocide Convention to Hault Israeli Attack

[On Monday, IPA senior analyst Sam Husseini asked a series of questions about the Genocide Convention at the State Department briefing. For video, transcript and analysis, see here.]

Available for a limited number of interviews, Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire is founder of Peace People and has done peace work based in Northern Ireland for decades.

The Belfast Telegraph reports: “A Nobel Peace Prize winner has called for the Genocide Convention to be invoked against Israel for its actions against Palestine at a rally outside the U.S. Consulate General Belfast on Saturday.

“Mairead Corrigan Maguire told the crowd of more than 4,000 people that international law and human rights need to be upheld in relation to Israel’s conduct of its invasion of the territory.”

She said today: “The governments of the U.S., U.K., Germany and much of Europe are wholly complicit in the horrific assault on the people of Gaza.

“Not only are these governments refusing to meet their treaty obligations to ensure respect for the Genocide Convention but they are in fact actively arming the assault by providing economic and intelligence support and giving political and diplomatic cover for Israel’s war crimes.

“Palestinians in Gaza are being demonised and suffering ethnic cleansing and collective punishment.

“This is a classic genocide and Israeli government has to be held accountable.

“As the U.S. uses its veto to block action at UN Security Council, another legal way must be found and this means  state can invoke Genocide Convention at the World Court. States such as Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, Venezuela, Iran, Spain could help save the lives of Palestinians being cruelly slaughtered in an immoral and illegal war by Israel.”

Boyle is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. His books include The Bosnian People Charge Genocide (1996) Palestine, Palestinians and International Law (2009) and World Politics, Human Rights and International Law (2021).

See Boyle’s lecture: “Stopping Zionist Genocide Against The Palestinians” and IPA news releases: “UN Official Resigns, Calling Israel’s Attack ‘Genocide’ — Will a Nation Invoke the Genocide Convention?” and “On Israel: Lawyer Who Applied Genocide Convention for Bosnia Recommends it Now for Palestinians.”

Also see from Jewish Currents magazine: “A Textbook Case of Genocide” by Raz Segal, an associate professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Stockton University and the endowed professor in the study of modern genocide.