Saturday, September 6, 2014

War Crimes in the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict

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By Carlos Latuff  via Wikimedia Commons

Articles from various sources, arranged chronologically, oldest articles first.  Newest articles are at the bottom of post.


"Israel Braces for War Crimes Inquiries on Gaza"


United Nations Human Rights Council to hear international allegations that the Israeli military committed war crimes against Gaza.


Destruction of mosques in Gaza is a war crime 


 "The destruction of 41 mosques over the last five weeks during Israel’s military operation in Gaza is a war crime, the Palestinian Authority Tourism and Antiquities Ministry charged on Thursday."

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"Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry"


 " . . .  The ICC's founding charter, the 1998 Rome statute (pdf), describes as a war crime "the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies"." .  .  .   "I think the prosecutor could easily exercise jurisdiction. Law is a choice. There are competing legal arguments, but she should look at the preamble to the ICC statute which says the purpose of the court is to prevent impunity."  . . .  "Potential ICC investigation into actions of both the IDF and Hamas in Gaza has become a fraught political battlefield".

The entire article is worth reading!


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"Unlawful forced transfer"


"Israeli occupation soldiers surrounded the home of Palestinian Legislative Council member Khalida Jarrar in Ramallah to hand her a military order in the early hours of 20 August. 

"Jarrar was ordered to leave Ramallah and travel to the district of Jericho where she would be required to stay for six months. The military order is supposedly based on secret information and states that Jarrar “poses a threat to the security of the region, so she must be put under special monitoring.”

"Jarrar — who is a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and a board member of Addameer Prisoner Support — refused to sign the order. Forced transfers are a violation of international law."

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 Medical personnel claim Israel tested new weapons during attacks on Gaza


“The worst illegal weapons are the siege, which is illegal collective punishment, the disproportionate use of force and the lack of discrimination between civilian and military targets . . .”

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Fatah official calls for dual nationality troops to be prosecuted 


Senior Fatah official Muhammad Shtayyeh called for Israeli soldiers with dual nationality to be prosecuted for war crimes.


Boycott for Peace!


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  1. " . . . there has been little coverage of certain types of Middle Eastern news in the United States. This virtual blackout has largely been a function of American media self-censorship. Especially on television, where most Americans get their news, there has been little detailed reportage on conditions in the Israeli-occupied territories (indeed of the very fact that there is an Israeli occupation, maintained by violence), and there has been little coverage of routine domestic repression, violations of human rights, and restrictions on democracy and freedom of expression in America's Arab allies and client states. Such reports are common in the media of Europe and the rest of the world, and even in Israel."


    Kashid Khalidi, 'The Iron Cage, The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood.'

  2. 'Canada’s vocal opposition to the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC).' Brings up many important points. A must read!

    Highlight the URL and then right click to open the article.