The Irish Government Must Invoke Genocide Convention


Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Nov 2023 – Nobel Peace Laureate called on the Irish government to trigger the Genocide Convention as a way to help halt the Israeli genocidal attack on Palestinians, in front of the American embassy in Belfast today.

The governments of the US, UK, Germany and most 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 Geneva 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 demonized, suffering ethnic cleansing, and collective punishment. This is a classic case of genocide and the Israeli government must be held accountable.

As the US uses its veto to block action at the UN Security Council, another legal way must be found.  States may invoke the Genocide Convention at the UN.

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 of aggression by Israel. _________________________________________

Mairead Corrigan Maguire, co-founder of Peace People, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. She won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work for peace in Northern Ireland. Her book, The Vision of Peace, (edited by John Dear with a foreword by Desmond Tutu and a preface by the Dalai Lama) is available from She lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. See:

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