On 29 October, the President and the Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem savagely denounced Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (pictured), a distinguished member of their own law faculty, for criticising Israel’s assault on the Palestinian men, women and especially children in Gaza, which she described as genocidal. Nonsense, they declared: Israel is acting completely within the law. The term genocide, invented to described the Nazis’ mistreatment of Jews, now applied to Hamas for its attack on Israeli settlements on 7 October. For so grossly misrepresenting Israel’s current actions, they declared, Shalhoub-Kevorkian should resign.

The following letter from Craig Mokhiber, Director of the New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and an eminent human rights lawyer, to Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, powerfully corroborates Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s claim of genocide and goes further by explaining the events that preceded the Israeli assault on Gaza and what should follow.

This original of this letter can be found here.