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[ Editor’s note: We must not hold our breath for ICC justice. Someone has to pay them and that is a very effective chain that can be jerked. But it is a no lose situation, because if the ICC “heels” on command, then it loses a lot of international prestige, hence all the roadblocks against the Palestinians being able to present their case to the ICC, despite how long they have been suffering.
That is why all communication with the ICC on any case like this should be made public record in real time. Backroom pressure should not be given any assistance in avoiding the spotlight. There may not be any international laws for obstruction of justice, but there sure as hell should be a public price to pay, and we should collect it… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published August 18, 2014 –
The United States and some other Western countries are reportedly exerting significant pressure on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prevent an investigation into Israel’s war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to The Guardian on Monday, Palestinians had demanded that the court in The Hague examine Israel’s war crimes based on a Palestinian request in 2009.
However, The Guardian reported that due to US pressure, the ICC is divided on whether it should launch an investigation.
According to the report, the UK and France, which are both among the biggest contributors to the ICC budget, also try to prevent investigations into war crimes committed by Israel.
The Guardian said that the probe would not only examine Israel’s war crimes in its recent onslaught on Gaza, but also address the issue of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The potential investigation could have broad ramifications for the Israeli regime, The Guardian said.
It added that such a probe has become a key issue in the ceasefire talks between the Palestinians and Israelis in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said he is pushing for a war crimes case at the ICC against Israel due to the Zionist regime’s brutal aggression of the besieged Gaza Strip.
“Everything that has happened in the last 28 days is clear evidence of war crimes committed by Israel, amounting to crimes against humanity,” Malki told reporters after meeting prosecutors at the ICC on August 5.
“There is no difficulty for us to show or build the case. Evidence is there … Israel is in clear violation of international law,” he added.
Palestine is a non-member observer state at the United Nations and its ICC membership has been delayed only because of political quarrels.
Israel launched a major military offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip on July 8, which raged for more than a month.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel had agreed on the extension of a 72-hour truce for five more days late on August 13. The five-day truce is due to expire Monday at midnight.
At least 2,016 Palestinians, including 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, have lost their lives so far and as many as 10,196 others have suffered injuries in the Israeli attacks.
Editing: Jim W. Dean
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Excellent Comment and Definition of Genocide:
Article II describes two elements of the crime of genocide. A crime must include both elements to be called “genocide.”
1) the mental element, meaning the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”, and
2) the physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e.
“Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
It’s neither a matter of opinion or hyperbole. Based upon the above definition, any objective analysis of the history of Israel from the Stern Gang, Irgun, & Haganah, to the Nekba & massacres like Deir Yassin & Ein El Zeytoun, to Sabra & Shantilla, to Operation Cast Lead & Protective Edge, would conclude definitively that Israel has pursued de jure genocide and ethnic cleansing as official policy with remarkable consistency.
Israel is perhaps the world’s 4th most powerful nuclear power, with a modern fully mechanized infantry with over 6,500 APC’s and 4,000 tanks, the largest fleet of F-16’s outside of the US, and an $11 million a day subsidy, versus the world’s largest concentration camp, with no aircraft, no air defense artillery, no armor, no AIPAC, and no blanket UN veto from a permanent member of the Security Council to hide behind. Israel isn’t the victim, they’re the aggressor, and this isn’t defense; it is by definition genocide; a crime against humanity.
All my life I’ve believed that Israel has a right to exist; within it’s 1967 borders pursuant to UN Resolution 242…but no more. From it’s inception the nation of Israel has unilaterally created nothing but a heinous litany of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity in an ever more barbaric series of blitzkriegs for Lebensraum. Israel contributes nothing but suffering and death to humanity, and there’s no reason the civilized world should tolerate this perpetual atrocity any longer.