Tag Archives: international law

Why does Abbas block ICC application?

SERIOUS QUESTIONS WITH FEW ANSWERS
A curious piece of theatre took place outside the Chief Prosecutor’s Office in the International Criminal Court in The Hague on August 5. This was 28 days into Israel’s attack on Gaza, just over half way through, and the Palestinian foreign minister banged the drum. Continue reading Why does Abbas block ICC application?

Israel worried US veto in UNSC not a sure bet

LONG-STANDING PROTECTION NOT GUARANTEED
The American patrons of “Israel” have always either abstained or vetoed any UN Security Council resolution that would entail consequences for its land theft, human rights abuses and general lawlessness and impertinence. But that veto is not guaranteed, though successive servile Americans have slavishly worked to ‘protect’ and ‘defend’ the diminutive state in the Security Council as part of their job description. But now that the savage and barbaric nature of “Israel” has been laid bare for the world after its genocidal project on Gaza, its unprecedented theft of privately-owned Palestinian property 4,000 dunums (400 hectares/1000 acres/1.5 square miles) on 31 August, followed by theft of half that amount (2,000 dunums/200 hectares/500 acres/.77 square miles) on 7 September as punishment for Abbas’ new initiative. The Palestinian plan does not limit itself to approval by “Israel” or its patron, USA, which has the “Israeli” government spitting with fury, and no small amount of fear. Continue reading Israel worried US veto in UNSC not a sure bet

Hamas agrees: one step closer to unity government signing Rome Statute

PALESTINE CAN NOW JOIN ICC
Hamas has signed agreement to accede to the Rome Statute and join the International Criminal Court. This gives it jurisdiction to accept a case filed by Palestine for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated on its soil currently and retroactively to 2002, the date of the creation of the ICC. This is what “Israel” fear almost more than losing the patronage, protection and largess of the Americans. Colonialism, apartheid, genocide, violations of the Geneva Conventions and war crimes are likely charges to be levelled against the “Israel.” The UN Human Rights Council will be investigating these -of both “Israel” and resistance factions in Gaza, their report is due to be completed in March 2015. Continue reading Hamas agrees: one step closer to unity government signing Rome Statute

Gaza: Israel’s position of weakness and its false flag attack

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING
Unsurprisingly, “Israel” wants to continue its siege and occupation, assassinations, and general repression and oppression of Palestine. So used to being able to bully, badger, wheedle, whine and blackmail in order to get its way it is unused to dealing with a strong opposition. The feckless Fatah and “Palestinian Authority” are merely lackeys and subcontractors, though Hamas is anything but. And Hamas is not going to abandon the legitimate and lawful rights of Palestine: sovereignty, which entails control over its land/sea and airspaces, imports and exports, and ingress and egress. With the ceasefire extended for 24 hours, “Israel” and its friendly-neighbourhood ally, al-Sisi of Egypt, are trying to divide-and-conquer the Palestinian delegation in order to avoid any concessions. But make no mistake, “Israel” is actually negotiation from a position of weakness. Continue reading Gaza: Israel’s position of weakness and its false flag attack

Israel desperate to avoid war crimes charges

Despite the fact that the patron of “Israel,” the USA, are not a ratified signatory of the Rome Statute, “Israel” have begged its patron to help it avoid war crimes charges. And it has employed other means designed to avoid the ICC as well: initiation of its own Commission of Inquiry, which of course will find no unlawful acts or wrongdoing. And that COI will drag on for years, hoping the world will forget the barbarity of the genocidal project on Gaza. We won’t. Continue reading Israel desperate to avoid war crimes charges

Rights are not negotiable

FREEDOM, RIGHTS ARE NOT CONDITIONAL
It’s absolutely baffling that anyone would accept the “Israeli” narrative and assertion that anyone’s political, social or human rights must be negotiated. Rights exist, and are also enshrined in law. Rights are not subject to the whims of this country or that. It is the height of arrogance to demand that the State of Palestine and the Palestinian people compromise with the occupying power and cede not only territory in the State of Palestine but inherent rights. It is not a requirement of law anywhere to cede rights of a State or people or individual to anyone or any country.  And it is detached from law, common sense and morality for anyone to expect Palestine to accept the absurd demand of its occupier and oppressor. Continue reading Rights are not negotiable

“Day of Rage” across world shows overwhelming support for Gaza

PEOPLE SUPPORT GAZA, DEMAND END TO GENOCIDE
Now the governments of the world have no illusions as to the wishes of the populace they govern. We demand the end to the siege of Gaza, to the genocide, to the occupation of Palestine and full sovereignty. And will not be silent, we will not rest until that occurs. No amount of Jewish pressure and lobbies drown out the sound of our call for Palestinian freedom. We demand the end to “Israeli” impunity, to hold it accountable for its many crimes. Continue reading “Day of Rage” across world shows overwhelming support for Gaza

As ICC case looms, Israel panicking and preparing its defense

BEGGING THE AMERICANS TO SAVE THEM
According to published reports, Prime Minister Netanyahu implored a delegation of “Israel-firster” lawmakers from America to help keep his country out of the ICC. No doubt the contingent of willing traitors will do their utmost to accommodate him. Meanwhile the military of his country is said to be “gearing up” for the imminent war crimes case at the Hague. Continue reading As ICC case looms, Israel panicking and preparing its defense

Gaza: Were war crimes committed by Israel or not?

SPECULATION BY EVERYONE, EXPERTS WEIGH IN
Gaza - tiny little boy trying to be brave by himselfWhile most people have never heard of the Laws of War, it is an instinctual reaction to recoil in horror from the barbaric and savage attacks “Israel” has wrought upon Gaza. Intentional destruction of civil infrastructure, attacking protected civil facilities such as hospitals, schools, banks and mosques, as well as outright targeting of civilians are obviously objectively and morally wrong, laws or no laws. Every parent who sees the images of dead children, injured and terrified children and ponders how many are now homeless and orphaned cannot help but be moved. But there are laws that govern conduct in wars, and all countries and parties to a conflict (in the case of non-state actors, and in this case of a non-sovereign State of Palestine). Violation of these laws are war crimes. But what to the experts say about “Israel’s” choice of targets and slaughtering of entire families? As the State of Palestine is poised to accede to the Rome Statute and drag “Israel” to the Hague, their insight, knowledge and opinions are timely and informative. Continue reading Gaza: Were war crimes committed by Israel or not?

Lack of cooperation with investigation won’t protect Israel from ICC

STONEWALLING WON’T WORK.
The Foreign Ministry of “Israel” has advised Prime Minister Netanyahu not to cooperate with any UN investigation into war crimes the country committed in its genocidal project in Gaza. But this tactic will not shield the military state from prosecution of war crimes. In fact, the overt lack of cooperation shows the need to hide information that show war crimes were committed. Continue reading Lack of cooperation with investigation won’t protect Israel from ICC

al-Malki at the ICC: Deconsruction of the hasbara in Western Media

REUTERS ARTICLE ON ICC AS AN EXAMPLE
Israeli hasbara (its propaganda) is ubiquitous in Western media and is consumed uncritically by most, especially the Americans. It’s already been established that hasbara has no connection to reality, but this article will deconstruct how the hasbara “talking points” infect coverage in one article run by Reuters. Continue reading al-Malki at the ICC: Deconsruction of the hasbara in Western Media

Qassam: We don’t have Israeli soldier, likely killed by shelling

NO KNOWLEDGE, NOT IN CUSTODY
If there is one thing one can count on with Al Qassam Brigades, besides only fighting “soldiers” not women and children, it is that it take responsibility quickly and publicly when it has captured (not “kidnapped”) an enemy soldier. In this case, the Israeli “soldier” is not in its custody and it has no knowledge of his whereabouts. One must therefore conclude one of two things: 1) the “soldier” was killed by Al Qassam or Islamic Jihad fighters, or 2) there was an attempted capture and the Israelis implemented the “Hannibal directive” of killing its “soldier” to avoid his capture. Continue reading Qassam: We don’t have Israeli soldier, likely killed by shelling

Gaza: the Laws of War in context

LAW VERSUS PROPAGANDA
It is said that “truth is the first casualty of war.” Every war sees propaganda put out by each party for domestic consumption, enemy consumption (comprising an aspect of psychological warfare), and international consumption, and this recent genocidal project is no different. But noticeably absent from any commentary or news reporting is how the Laws of War are being followed or broken. Accusations without evidence simply constitute propaganda, however, there is ample evidence of violations of the Laws of War in this genocidal war on Gaza that Israel call in Hebrew “Operation Strong Cliff.” Continue reading Gaza: the Laws of War in context

Israel fears investigation, and it should

EVIDENCE OF WAR CRIMES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
What Israel dreads almost as much as loss of American military and financial support and diplomatic protection is investigation into its acts in Gaza and the ‘West Bank’ of Palestine. There is ample evidence of war crimes such as targeting undefended civilian dwellings and protected facilities (medical and UN schools), using banned weapons such as DIME and flechette shells. And there is also ample evidence of crimes against humanity. Somehow Israel managed to get itself on the Human Rights Council, but it shouldn’t be mistaken that it can derail investigations into its bad acts. Continue reading Israel fears investigation, and it should

Israel to humanitarians: Why don’t you support our genocide in Gaza?

“BUT WE’RE THE VICTIMS HERE!”
Always the victim even, and especially, whilst victimising Others. Sure, almost two thousand have been killed, but there are still almost two million left to kill in Gaza! Sure we keep changing the ostensible reason for making war on the population we have under siege, but we’re the victims here! The psychopathology of the rotting Jewish society in Israel has been exposed several times, but none more clearly than a plea to the humanitarians in the world support its genocide in Gaza. Continue reading Israel to humanitarians: Why don’t you support our genocide in Gaza?

Unsettling the Jewish settler colonists

BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING, THEN THE END WILL COME
The settler-colonies are illegal, it is undeniable. But too many attempt to start explaining the issue or proffering a solution in the middle, instead of the beginning. That will never work. In order to expel the hostile invaders colonising Palestine, one must begin at the beginning to understand the colonial mentality and process. Then the end will come. Continue reading Unsettling the Jewish settler colonists

World getting fed up: Israel declared a terrorist state

CONDEMNATION AND SCORN ON BARBARIANS
The barbarity ans savagery of the genocidal campaign on Gaza has not escaped notice. While Western governments, notably in the EU and of course the Americans are in thrall to zionists, Latin America is not. They have condemned in no uncertain terms the disgusting carnage that is not only inflicted by the Jewish military state, but cheered by its Jewish citizenry. Finally, it has been declared what it truly is: a terrorist state. Continue reading World getting fed up: Israel declared a terrorist state

MSF: Patching up torture victims in an open-air prison

DOCTORS TELL THE TRUTH WHEN GOVERNMENTS WON’T
Governments in thrall to zionism or blackmailed into support by the American NSA kindly giving all raw data to Israel, hold back when the Jewish military state commits wanton destruction and war crimes in Gaza. But doctors don’t have those constraints. And doctors are horrified by this ugly situation in “the world’s largest open-air prison.”  Médicins Sans Frontières has relayed this in stark, honest fashion. Continue reading MSF: Patching up torture victims in an open-air prison

Gaza: UNOCHA Emergency Situation Report 29 July

29 July, 2014
The Gaza emergency enters its fourth week amidst a severe deterioration in the humanitarian situation. Last night witnessed one of the heaviest Israeli bombardments so far, resulting in dozen of additional civilian fatalities along with widespread destruction of civilian property. An external wall of Shifa, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, was hit and damaged, and another UNRWA staff member was killed, mounting to five UNRWA staff killed so far. Continue reading Gaza: UNOCHA Emergency Situation Report 29 July

Israel cannot win, must make a fateful choice

CONTINUATION MEANS HUMILIATION, ISOLATION
Israel couldn’t beat Hezbollah, what it considered a rag-tag militia. It lost to Hezbollah twice. Israel cannot beat Palestinian resistance in Gaza, what it also considered a collection of rag-tag militias. It is finding out that just as it did with Hezbollah, underestimating one’s adversary is fatal. It’s losses, in terms of “soldiers” and equipment are mounting, the damage from resistance rockets inside 1948 Israel are being hidden from the world, but they are mounting as well. it’s inherent weakness is becoming more obvious by the day, despite destroying entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. International isolation is growing, calls to boycott by members of governments are becoming more common. It has lost billions in revenue from tourism and manufacturing. It is losing on all fronts, and it must make a fateful choice. Considering its history, it will chose wrong, again. Continue reading Israel cannot win, must make a fateful choice

Policy Statement, State of Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Palestine continues to struggle with mourning, grief, and loss. However, The Palestinian people remain proud, refusing to surrender to humiliation, murder, and wanton destruction that is borne out of racism and fueled by a resounding international failure of morals and responsibility. Continue reading Policy Statement, State of Palestine Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Gaza: Let’s talk about war crimes

OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE INVADERS WAR CRIMES
Hospitals, medics/ambulances, and rescuers. Schools. Mosques. Undefended civilian dwellings. Civilians fleeing on the street. Children playing on the beach and a playground. Those are all protected facilities and buildings, prohibited to attack them according to the Laws of War, Article 25 and 27. Using banned weapons such as white phosphorous, DIME and flechette shells are prohibited by the Laws of War Article 23. Civilians are also not legitimate military targets. Civilians, especially children, and media are not legitimate military targets and are protected by the Geneva Conventions. There are many good people that are documenting the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel, the Jewish military state, is committing in Gaza that will be presented to the ICC. Continue reading Gaza: Let’s talk about war crimes

ICRC Update 27 July

REACHING OUT TO ALL VICTIMS AMIDST GROWING CRISIS
The conflict now under way affecting the Gaza Strip and Israel is exacting an appalling price from the civilian population. While attempting to reach all people in need of help, humanitarian workers themselves face acute security risks. A Palestinian Red Crescent volunteer was killed as he attempted to treat wounded people in Khuzaa, south of Gaza City, on 25 July. Other paramedic volunteers who tried to rescue him were also targeted, making it impossible to bring him to hospital in time. Another volunteer was killed and three others wounded in Beit Hanoun earlier the same day. Continue reading ICRC Update 27 July

Worldwide, West Bank protests continue, deaths and injuries reported

PALESTINE WILL NOT BOW DOWN
Dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured, Saturday, across the West Bank region, with at least two reported dead, including one child who died of critical injuries suffered earlier in the day, during clashes which occured near Bethlehem. Supporters from New York to London and Paris continue to march in solidarity with Gaza. Continue reading Worldwide, West Bank protests continue, deaths and injuries reported

Video: Tactics and ethics of of warfare on PBS

This PBS Newshour segement reflect’s PBS’s concern wiht the “growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas” which “raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides.” Judy Woodruff invites Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of the University of Utah to discuss and debate accusations that “Hamas is using civilians as human shields and the ethics of targeting civilian areas.”

The video speaks for itself

Let it end: ceasefire without end of seige is useless

ONLY END OF SIEGE CAN END THIS
It really isn’t too much to ask. Palestine is a separate country, no many how many deranged people say it isn’t, or wish it wasn’t. And as a state, it is entitled to sovereignty and not be under the Jewish jackboot of oppression, occupation and siege. This is recognized worldwide, though the Americans for some reason insist on allowing its client state to violate all international laws and norms. This is ending. Continue reading Let it end: ceasefire without end of seige is useless

FINALLY! Case filed in ICC against Israel

LONG OVERDUE
Though the State of Palestine still has no acceded the Rome Statute, a case on behalf of Palestine has been filed by a French barrister. This comes after the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, warned this week Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, and 4 UNRWA schools have been intentionally attacked by the Jewish military state in 4 days. The massacres in Shujiaya and Khan Younis as well as Kuza’a will be very damning. Continue reading FINALLY! Case filed in ICC against Israel

Gaza: Cast Lead Redux – UN School housing refugees

DEJA VU

In a horrible repetition, the UN school housing refugees who fled their homes in Beit Hanoun, Northern Gaza, has been bombed.  Many dead, many more wounded. This is what Gazans feared: If they follow the ‘ advice’  of the Jewish military state and leave their homes, that they would be killed in the ‘ safe place’ anyway.

Continue reading Gaza: Cast Lead Redux – UN School housing refugees