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Former Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers back GOB stance on Israel: “there are no two sides to a genocide”

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2023. 9:58 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A quartet of men with significant foreign policy experience insist that Belize is right to suspend diplomatic relations with Israel.

In their previous separate statements, former Prime Ministers Said Musa and Dean Barrow (who were both also Ministers of Foreign Affairs) and former Ministers Assad Shoman and Godfrey Smith, spoke out about Israel’s conduct of its response to the October 7 terror attacks laid on by Hamas.


Their joint statement issued today goes even further, reminding that Belize is obligated under the Convention on Genocide and the Geneva Conventions to denounce and seek to stop violations of those conventions.

The men say the current Government is not taking sides when it is clear that Israel has gone beyond the legal conventions of war, bombing, laying siege, and invading even places as sacred as hospitals in the full knowledge that many innocents including babies are placed at risk. Two million people are at their mercy in an area about a fifth of the size of the Corozal District but with 57 times the population, and the death toll has mounted to more than 12 thousand.

The four continue that the events in Gaza have nothing to do with religion, but with colonialism and “illegal occupation” of Palestinian territory by force, and why the Jewish people and the state of Israel ought to be distinguished when members of the former say “not in our name.”

Referring to Belize’s own plight as “as a nation that depends for its very existence on the principles and laws being violated by Israel today, Belize too must say “not in our name,”” and the current administration has been courageous enough to do so despite Israeli condemnation and Hamas’ vocal approval.

 

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