Norman Finkelstein says ex-ICJ president lying about Israel genocide allegations

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American political scientist Norman Finkelstein has accused former International Court of Justice (ICJ) president Joan Donoghue of “lying” by saying that the ICJ did not find Israel plausibly committing genocide in Gaza.

In an interview with Al Arabiya English’s Riz Khan, set to be published next week, Finkelstein said: “In April, the president of the ICJ, Joan Donoghue, said that the ICJ did not find that Israel was plausibly committing genocide … that is a flat-out shameless and shameful lie.”

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Finkelstein said that the court found the “plausible rights” of Palestinians in Gaza were at risk. “Under the jurisprudence of the court, if the plausible rights of the Palestinians in Gaza were at risk, that can only be the case if Israel was plausibly committing genocide,” he said.

“The case was brought before the court under the Genocide Convention … the Palestinians constitute a protected group and so they have rights under the Genocide Convention. The most essential right is the right to live, the right to be protected as an ethnic group.

When the court says there are plausible rights of the Palestinians, it means there are rights which are plausibly at risk under the current situation in Gaza. Now, they could only be plausibly at risk under the Genocide Convention if Israel is plausibly committing genocide,” Finkelstein added.

“What [Donoghue] said - I will tell you without any equivocation - is a flat-out shameless and shameful lie,” he said.

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