Possibility of criminally trying Zionists thugs

The international court in the Hague, under pressure from the world public opinion, announced that it will soon look into the war crimes committed in Gaza and will pursue criminal Zionists.

The Zionist newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth stated that Louis Moreno Ocampom, a prosecutor for the international court, announced in an interview with an Argentinan newspaper that The Hague has started its research into the crimes committed by the Zionist regime in the latest war.

He added that this court will look into the widespread usage of white phosphorus bombs by the Zionist regime throughout the military invasion of Gaza.

Yedioth Ahronoth added that the hatred for the Zionist regime after the Gaza war has increased.

This Zionist newspaper clearly stated that the war against the people living in Gaza created a wave of hatred and enmity towards Israel – so much so that it has not been seen in the last two years.

This wave of hatred caused anti-Israeli protests which demanded the ambassadors of Israel to be expelled from the respective countries and warned that the Israeli leaders will be criminally tried. The relations with the European Union fell and Israel is in a bad state now.

The international prosecutor stated that many requests were sent from the Palestinian people to the Hague and are all being reviewed.

Also, a French lawyer, along with forty other French lawyers, announced that the time has come for the criminals of Gaza (the Zionist regime) to be tried.

Jill DeFayrz in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, announced in regards to the Zionist crimes that, along with 40 lawyers, a draft will be written and will be presented to the international court backed by 450 law firms.

She said that the purpose behind this action was to implement the law and to oppose the crimes which this regime committed in Gaza.

She clearly stated that the people who committed crimes in Gaza must not be able to escape the law otherwise the rights of the oppressed would not be recognized.

This French lawyers said that the crimes committed were the murder of 1300 Palestinians living in Gaza and injuring the same amount – most of them being left without limbs.

DeFayrz added that these injured people are evidence of how Israel targeted schools, homes, and hospitals.

She added that she has proof that shows that Israel used phosphorous bombs in broad daylight during this war.

George Galloway, one of the opposition leaders in the British Parliament, also stated in this regards that the west must wake up from the spells of Israel.

He added that Israel attacked Gaza and killed many people. Unfortunately the world remained silent and The Hague also forgot to try the Zionist regime for their crimes.

The Zionist regime is afraid that some more Israeli soldiers would be captured by the Palestinian forces and therefore raised the security level.

The Zionist newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth stated that the commander in chief of the Israeli army called for a complete ‘on guards’ for the whole army.

This newspaper stated that the purpose of this ‘on guards’ is because Palestinian groups are trying to capture Israeli soldiers. Ahronoth added that on Wednesday one of the Arab residents in Jerusalem wanted to capture an Israeli air force captain in the bazaar.

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Gaza: a test ground for forbidden weapons

The 22-Day-War in Gaza was another scene of the Zionist regime in Israel breaking international treaties. Israel did create any red lines for itself in this war and used forbidden weapons as much as possible. It is unfortunate that the international community, who should have supported the oppressed nation at that time, remained silent and allowed the Zionists to continue their crimes.

Active medics in Gaza confessed that the Zionist regime used forbidden weapons in the Gaza War; weapons which were forbidden in international law.

They announced that when the injured Palestinians – injured by white phosphorus bombs – were treated burns were seen that were not seen in any other burn victims.

A German physician witnessed the injured Palestinians and stated that he saw victims of chemical warfare throughout the war and that this was the first time he was faced with such patients. Many other doctors were faced with these types of patients.

These new injuries and burns show that Israel used forbidden chemical weapons abundantly because the victims were numerous.

The doctors in Gaza believe that the injuries inflicted might not seem so deep but in the future the damage that they caused to their muscles and joints will be seen.

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Iran moves to hold war crimes tribunal

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The Iranian cabinet introduces a bill to take action on individuals accused of war crimes amid a seeming ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

The cabinet of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad laid out details of the bill on Sunday, discussing methods to track down and prosecute individuals accused of committing or issuing the order for war crimes.

Under the newly-introduced bill, launching a military offensive, killing civilians, employment of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), laying a siege to civilians and military personnel and imposing food shortages on them are regarded as war crimes.

Individuals charged with committing or ordering such crimes, depending on the extent of their involvement, would be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison by an Iranian court or would face execution.

Should the bill receive Iran’s Majlis (parliament) vote of approval, the country’s legislative assembly would then task penal institutions with prosecution of the accused.

Under international law, war crimes are “violations of the laws or customs of war” including murder, the ill-treatment or deportation of civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps, the murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war, the killing of hostages, the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and any devastation not justified by military necessity.

The International Criminal Court, a treaty-based court located in The Hague, came into being in 2002 to take legal action against war crimes committed on or after that date.

However, countries like the United States and Israel have so far refused to sign the treaty which created the court and therefore do not permit The Hague to have jurisdiction over their citizens.

While Israel cannot be tried in the International Court of Justice, any country that is a signatory to the Geneva Convention can try to prosecute individuals who took part in the Gaza operation as culpable of war crimes.

The move by Iran’s cabinet comes as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed Sunday to protect any Israeli soldiers accused of war crimes in the Gaza Strip from prosecution overseas.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Olmert said, “The commanders and soldiers that were sent on the task in Gaza should know that they are safe from any tribunal and that the State of Israel will assist them in this issue and protect them as they protected us with their bodies during the military operation in Gaza.”

The use of controversial chemical white phosphorous shells as well as indiscriminate firing during the offensive in the densely-populated coastal sliver are among accusations the Israeli military is facing.

According to Health officials in the embattled Gaza Strip, 23 days of intense Israeli military operation left more than 1,330 Palestinians dead and some 5,450 others wounded.

Following the shelling of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters with phosphorus munitions in Gaza, UN officials called for independent probes into whether war crimes were committed during the Israeli offensive.

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So, I asked the UN secretary general, isn’t it time for a war crimes tribunal?

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It’s a wrap, a doddle, an Israeli ceasefire just in time for Barack Obama to have a squeaky-clean inauguration with all the world looking at the streets of Washington rather than the rubble of Gaza. Condi and Ms Livni thought their new arms-monitoring agreement – reached without a single Arab being involved – would work. Ban Ki-moon welcomed the unilateral truce. The great and the good gathered for a Sharm el-Sheikh summit. Only Hamas itself was not consulted. Which led, of course, to a few wrinkles in the plan. First, before declaring its own ceasefire, Hamas fired off more rockets at Israel, proving that Israel’s primary war aim – to stop the missiles – had failed. Then Cairo shrugged off the deal because no one was going to set up electronic surveillance equipment on Egyptian soil. And not one European leader travelling to the region suggested the survivors might be helped if Israel, the EU and the US ended the food and fuel siege of Gaza.

After killing hundreds of women and children, Israel was the good guy again, by declaring a unilateral ceasefire that Hamas was certain to break. But Obama will be smiling on Tuesday. Was not this the reason, after all, why Israel suddenly wanted a truce?

Egypt’s objections may be theatre – the US spent £18m last year training Egyptian security men to stop arms smuggling into Gaza and since the US bails out Egypt’s economy, ignores the corruption of its regime and goes on backing Hosni Mubarak, there’s sure to be a “compromise” very soon.

And Hamas has had its claws cut. Israel’s informers in Gaza handed over the locations of its homes and hideouts and the government of Gaza must be wondering if they can ever close down the spy rings. Hamas thought its militia was the Hizbollah – a serious error – and that the world would eventually come to its aid. The world (although not its pompous leaders) felt enormous pity for the Palestinians, but not for the cynical men of Hamas who staged a coup in Gaza in 2007 which killed 151 Palestinians. As usual, the European statesmen appeared hopelessly out of touch with what their own electorates thought.

And history was quite forgotten. The Hamas rockets were the result of the food and fuel siege; Israel broke Hamas’s own truce on 4 and 17 November. Forgotten is the fact Hamas won the 2006 elections, although Israel has killed a clutch of the victors.

And there’ll be little time for the peacemakers of Sharm el-Sheikh to reflect on the three UN schools targeted by the Israelis and the slaughter of the civilians inside. Poor old Ban Ki-moon. He tried to make his voice heard just before the ceasefire, saying Israel’s troops had acted “outrageously” and should be “punished” for the third school killing. Some hope. At a Beirut press conference, he admitted he had failed to get a call through to Israel’s Foreign Minister to complain.

It was pathetic. When I asked Mr Ban if he would consider a UN war crimes tribunal in Gaza, he said this would not be for him to “determine”. But only a few journalists bothered to listen to him and his officials were quickly folding up the UN flag on the table. About time too. Bring back the League of Nations. All is forgiven.

What no one noticed yesterday – not the Arabs nor the Israelis nor the portentous men from Europe – was that the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting last night was opening on the 90th anniversary – to the day – of the opening of the 1919 Paris peace conference which created the modern Middle East. One of its main topics was “the borders of Palestine”. There followed the Versailles Treaty. And we know what happened then. The rest really is history. Bring on the ghosts.

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Not in My Name

On my birthday last year, I declared my independence from a national leadership that, through its votes in support of the war machine, is now complicit in war crimes, torture, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.

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I declared my independence from every bomb dropped, every veteran maimed, and every child killed.

I noted that the Democratic leadership in Congress had failed to restore this country to Constitutional rule by repealing the Patriot Acts, the Secret Evidence Act, and the Military Commissions Act.

That it had aided and abetted illegal spying against the American people. And that it took impeachment off the table.

In addition, the Democratic Congressional leadership failed to promote the economic integrity of this country by not repealing the Bush tax cuts. They failed to institute a livable wage, Medicare-for-
all health care, and gave even more money to the Pentagon as it misuses our hard-earned dollars.

We can add to that list, too, an abject failure to stand up for human rights and dignity.

If the Democratic and Republican leadership won’t respect the right of return for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita survivors, how can we expect them to champion the right of return for Palestinians?

If this country’s leadership tolerates the wanton murder of unarmed black and Latino men by law enforcement officials—extra-judicial killings—how can we expect them to stop or even speak out against targeted assassinations in the Middle East?

If the Democratic and Republican leadership accept ethnic cleansing in this country by way of gentrification and predatory lending, why should we expect them to put an end to it in Palestine?

If the leadership of this country impedes self-determination for native peoples in this country, why should we expect them to support indigenous rights for anyone abroad?

And sadly, the sensationalist corporate media would rather trick us into thinking that reporting on a pastor, a former Vice Presidential nominee, and a former cable TV magnate constitutes this country’s
much-needed discussion of its own apartheid past and present, so why should we expect an honest discussion of apartheid and Zionism?

By: Cynthia McKinney