Israeli-Hamas War: Over 14,000 Sign Online Petition Demanding Resignation Of Alice Wairimu, A UN Special Adviser

Over 14,200 people have signed an online petition to demand the immediate resignation of the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Alice Wairimu Nderitu for allegedly supporting the ongoing Israeli attack in Gaza.

She is a Kenyan national serving since November 2020 as the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Alice was accused of taking sides in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants which had resulted in the death of thousands of people, including over 100 UN staff members.

At the time of filing this report, 14,241 people had signed the petition calling for her resignation.

A statement explaining the purpose of the petition accused Alice of condemning Hamas attacks targeting civilians and urging the release of Israeli hostages in October, via a press release from her office.

However, she was accused of failing to criticise Israel’s overwhelming violence against Palestinian civilians and made no further press releases since then.

“The gravity of her failures demands immediate action. The undersigned express profound concern over the UN’s ineffectiveness in preventing genocide in Gaza under Nderitu’s leadership. Genocide is not just a crime against individuals; it is a crime against humanity itself.

“We hereby demand an immediate and transparent review and investigation of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on her failure to fulfill her mandate and to widely publish the outcome of this investigation,” the statement added.

Also, in a video seen by SaharaReporters explaining what led to the online petition written by Concerned Citizens of the International Community, it was alleged that Alice’s failure to condemn the Israeli attack amounted to a breach of the terms and conditions of her engagement.

A lady narrating what led to the petition in the video said, “Now let me introduce you to Miss Alice. Miss Alice is the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide in the UN, of course. Sure, you heard the words, “prevention” and “genocide” and thought this lady must be doing everything in her power to stop the genocide on Gaza. Or maybe she’s at least doing something right. Well, she did do something. She condemned Hamas in a now-deleted press release from the UN.

Yes, I say deleted. They hid this from their website. She condemned the abduction of a very significant number of students, perhaps. She also reiterates that these actions can result in collective punishment. Are you justifying collective punishment, Miss Alice? Because this is exactly what this sentence sounds like so after that the ridiculous press release, a bunch of UN staff members wrote this letter, explaining to her exactly how this is considered the genocide, what’s happening in Gaza and showing her quotes like genocidal quotes and telling her about all the UN staff members that died there because she usually addresses these types of things.

“So, for example, here in January 2021 in central Africa four UN staff members died and she came out and said we strongly remind those behind these attacks that these attacks to atrocity crimes and those were the highest responsibility including political actors will be held accountable.

“But for the 133 UN staff members that have died in Gaza, you know what she’s done so far? Absolutely nothing. In fact, on November 30th she came out and said we need to join hands with leaders and actors for never again to be never again. She mentions the Holocaust, but not one word for Gaza. I’m honestly so done with the UN.

“But a point needs to be made; if you take on a job like the job that she has. You agree to terms and conditions. You agree to actually do your job. You’re currently not doing your job, Miss Alice. You need to resign respectfully.”

The petitioners in the statement posted on Change.org also said, “On the 75th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention, we call for the immediate resignation of Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. The urgency of this request is underscored by her failure to fulfill her mandate throughout the crisis in occupied Gaza Strip, Palestine.

‘As of today, December 9, 2023, the number of Palestinians civilians killed in the Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7 has reached 17,500, including 7,700 children and 5,100 women. More than 46,500 were wounded and nearly 1.8 million civilians were forcibly internally displaced. Among those killed in Gaza are over 133 UNRWA staff, most of them with their families.

“According to aid groups Save the Children and Oxfam the civilian population is deliberately being denied access to basic humanitarian aid of food, water, and fuel.  Even the internationally-funded humanitarian aid response – Gaza’s last lifeline – has been choked by Israeli-imposed restrictions, Save the Children said in a report issued on 9 Dec. Impeding relief supplies is using starvation as a method of warfare, which inevitably has a deadly impact on civilians and children, and considered a serious violation of international law.

“The Genocide Convention defines genocide as acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group.

“Israeli officials have repeatedly announced their intentions of destroying “the people in Gaza” and “wiping it from the map” and starving its population by the prevention of the entry of all lifesaving supplies, especially food, water, and fuel.

“Alice Wairimu Nderitu’s mandate is to raise awareness about potential causes of genocide, sound the alarm in the face of a risk, and advocate for relevant preventative action.

“In an October 15, 2023 press release, Nderitu condemned Hamas attacks targeting civilians and urged the release of Israeli hostages. However, she failed to acknowledge Israel’s overwhelming violence against Palestinian civilians, and has made no further press releases since.”

Culled from Saharareporters