Categorized | Middle East



Works in Progress:

–          The partition of Palestine (most recently into Gaza Strip; East Jerusalem; West Bank )

–          The partition of Iraq

In Iraq , the occupation is attempting “ethnic” partition.

See second item below: A statement issued yesterday (October 10, 2010) by the BRusselS Tribunal.

In Palestine/Israel, Israel’s security forces are now drilling the concentration, in camps, and mass deportation to the Palestinian Authority of Palestinian citizens of Israel: Yesterday, military affairs reporter, Carmela Menashe, reported (in Hebrew; that a large scale drill simulated “extreme scenarios of violent protests in the Arab sector following accords with the Palestinian Authority on population exchange. A detention camp for Israeli Arabs will be set up at Golani junction to receive detainees. The large-scale drill was administered and led by the Prison Services and included the military Home Command, the Israel Police Force, the Military Police, fire fighting forces and others.” [Translation mine]

See first item below: A statement issued yesterday by Gush Shalom.

Rela Mazali

Israeli security forces practice suppression and mass detention of Israel’s Arab citizens, in implementation of Lieberman’s “population exchange” program.

Gush Shalom: It seems Lieberman is Israel ‘s true Prime Minister

This week Israel ‘s security forces practiced the putting down of mass demonstrations and protests among Israel ‘s Arab citizens and their imprisonment in a large detention camp to be established at Golani Junction in Galilee . The exercise was based on a scenario of the riots being provoked by implementation of Avigdor Lieberman’s plan for “an exchange of populations”, i.e. massively depriving Arabs of their Israeli citizenship.

A week ago Lieberman voiced this heinous idea on the podium of the UN Assembly General and Prime Minister Netanyahu murmured some weak reservations. Now it turns out that the security forces are already preparing to implement it in practice, under the responsibility of none other than Labor Party leader Ehud Barak – the Minister of Defence.

It goes without saying that in a country having any pretence to be a democracy it would be unacceptable and unthinkable for the security forces to practice waging war against the country’s own citizens. Together with the racist “Loyalty Oath Bill” which gained the support of the government, and with the demonstrative resumption of settlement construction in the Occupied Territories , it increasingly seems that Lieberman is the true Prime Minister, and that the government follows on his path, leading the State of Israel in big and rapid strides into the abyss.

Contact: Adam Keller , Gush Shalom Spokesperson 03-5565804 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              03-5565804      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 054-2340749 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              054-2340749      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

From: The BRussells Tribunal []

Sent: Sunday, October 10, 2010 9:17 PM


Subject: Statement: Partition by Census





We, the undersigned, defending the right of Iraq to independence, sovereignty,

unity and territorial integrity, rejecting the attempts of Iraqi puppets promoted

by the US occupation to trade the national rights of Iraqis and to institutionalise

via census the criminal demographic engineering they have pursued by force, declare that:

From the first day of the US-UK occupation of Iraq , the occupation began to undertake a

series of measures, directly or through its local allies, to destroy Iraq as a state and a nation

 and to partition it along ethnic and sectarian lines.

Today, the puppet government of the occupation and its Kurdish partners are trying to hold

 a population census in Kirkuk province whose aim is to give a permanent legal character to

the criminal social engineering, ethnic cleansing and demographic changes that have been

implemented under occupation.[1] This could unleash a full blown civil war across Iraq, and

potentially lead to its partition and a consequent regional war.

In addition to the death of more than one million Iraqis, the ethnic cleansing and other means

 pursued by the United States, United Kingdom and their allies in order to implement the process

 of partitioning Iraq, in its cities and regions, have caused the forced migration of

2.5 million Iraqis out of Iraq and the forced displacement of 2.5 million others from

their homes inside Iraq.The ethnic cleansing suffered by the population in the provinces

of Mosul, Diyala, Salahuddin and the Baghdad area, and most notably in Kirkuk and the so-

called “disputed areas” — where the population is forced by various means, including systematic

assassinations, bombing civilians, collective punishment, transfer, displacement, deportation

and other crimes against humanity, to migrate only to be replaced by people from other

provinces or even from outside Iraq — is a clear crime of destruction and part of the

intended partition of Iraq. The United States , the United Kingdom and their allies waged

an illegal war of aggression against Iraq and occupied its territory. This war in itself is a

crime punishable under international law.

International law, in particular The Hague Regulations of 1907, the Geneva Conventions and

additional protocols, and the Genocide Convention, explicitly prohibits occupying powers from

instituting changes aimed at permanently altering the foundational structures of occupied

territories, including the judiciary, economy, political institutions and social fabric.[2]

International law considers the systematic transfer, deportation or displacement of popula-

tion a crime against humanity.[3] Residents of affected areas, the Iraqi national forces, the

displaced, and the majority of the people of Iraq declare this census null and void. It has no

binding legal consequences and cannot and should not be used to support or justify the

intended partition of Iraq .

We demand that no census be conducted before the free return of all Iraqi refugees.

We demand that the question of ethnicity not be used to instigate the partition of Iraq

and that it be removed from any census, now and in the future. We declare as fraudulent

the justification under occupation of a census on the basis of long term planning in the

context of a temporary and unstable demographic situation.

We demand that the United Nations and the Arab League and all governments, person-

alities, organisations and institutions support the demands of the people of Iraq by not

recognising the results of this census, and by not assisting in conducting it. This census

is designed to reward criminals for their crimes at the expense of their victims.


Dr Ian Douglas, coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, Iraqi political analyst and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal

Hana Al Bayaty, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq

Dirk Adriaensens, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal

Prof. Em. François Houtart,  Participant in the Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal on US Crimes in Vietnam in 1967, Director of the Tricontinental Center (Cetri), spiritual father and member of the International Committee of the World Social Forum of Porto Alegre, Executive Secretary of the Alternative World Forum, President of the International League for Rights and Liberation of People, Honorary President of the BRussells Tribunal and senior advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, recipient of the 2009 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

Prof. Dr. Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, K.U. Leuven / Rits, initiator of the BRussells Tribunal

Prof. Patrick Deboosere , Demographer, VUB – member of the BRussells Tribunal executive committee

Ward Treunen, former TV producer – member of the BRussells Tribunal executive committee

Hugo Wanner, VZW Netwerk Vlaanderen – member of the BRussells Tribunal executive committee


[1] Forced displacement and the construction of walled-in districts and their associated regimes, by contributing to demographic changes in Iraq, contravene international humanitarian law, including Article 49, paragraphs 1 and 5, of The Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in the Time of War, 1949, and as such constitute war crimes.

[2] Articles 43 and 55 of The Hague IV Regulations on Laws and Customs of War on Land, 1907 (HR); Articles 54 and 64 of The Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in the Time of War, 1949. Occupying powers are obliged to manage the resources of the occupied territory under the law of usufruct only. This means that while they may use national resources as necessary to the upkeep of the wellbeing of the population in the occupied territory (Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 64) they cannot profit from the use of such resources or award themselves partial or whole ownership of such resources. The US remains a belligerent occupier of Iraq .

[3] Article 7 (1) (d) of the Elements of Crimes of the International Criminal Court.


To endorse this statement, please send an email to PARTITION BY CENSUS



Denis Halliday


Former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1997-98, recipient of the 2003 Gandhi International Peace Award

Niloufer hagwatB


Vice President of Indian Lawyers Association

Matthias Chang


Trustee of The  Kuala Lumpur Foundation To Criminalise War

Dr. Curtis F.J. Doebbler


International Human Rights Lawyer

Karen Parker


Attorney , Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, partners of the BRussells Tribunal

Salah Omar Al Ali


ex iraqi minister/ex Iraq ‘s ambassador to UN

Abdulkarim Hani


Former Health minister 

Ahmed Manai


Former expert with the UN, President of the Tunisian Institute of International Relations – Tunesia

Naji Haraj


Former diplomat, human rights advocate

Sabah Al Mukhtar


President of the Arab Lawyers Association

Eduardo Galeano


Essayist, journalist, historian, and activist

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky


Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) 

Dr Zulaiha Ismail


Perdana Global Peace Organisation

Dr Souad Al Azzawi


Researcher on the use of DU in Iraq , Asst. Prof. Env. Eng – University of Baghdad  

Gideon Polya


retired senior biochemist, author: biochemical scientific publications and global avoidable mortality

Paola Manduca


Scientist, New Weapons Committee

Stephen Lendman


Writer, analyst, co-host of The Global Research News Hour

Felicity Arbuthnot



Dahr Jamail



Nicolas Davies


Author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq .

Max Fuller


Author of For Iraq , the Salvador Option Becomes Reality and Crying Wolf, deaths squads in Iraq  

Merry Fitzgerald


Europe-Turkmens of Iraq Friendships Association

Sigyn Meder


Member of the Iraq Solidarity Association in Stockholm

Joachim Guilliard


Journalist, Anti-war movement

Inge Van De Merlen




Member of the BRussells Tribunal






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