Thursday, 5 February 2009

Bring the Israeli War Criminals to Justice

Contributed by Edna

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Israeli War Criminals cc Edna Spennato 2009.

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The response to violence is justice. Please sign the universal petition to urge the ICC to bring the war criminals to justice.

pproximately 300 among NGOs and associations ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation on the war crimes committed by Israel in Gaza. Our support is indispensable. Sign and circulate this urgent «universal petition».

To the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Law is the distinguishing mark of human civilisation. All progress made by humanity coincides with the consolidation of rights. The challenge that Israel’s aggression against Gaza poses to us consists in affirming, when confronted with such great suffering, that the response to violence is justice.

War crimes? Only courts are able to bring about a sentence, but all of us can bear witness, because a human being only exists in his relationship with others. The circumstances show the breadth of their dimension in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1949, «All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.»

The protection of populations, and not only of States, is the reason why the International Criminal Court exists. A population without a State is the most threatened of all, and before History, they are placed under the protection of international bodies. The most vulnerable populations must be the most protected. Killing Palestinian civilians, the Israeli armoured tanks have caused humanity as a whole to bleed. We have been insisting that the power of the Prosecutor be put at the service of all the victims, and this task must allow that the entire world receives a message of hope, that of the construction of international rights based on human rights. And together, one day, we can pay homage to the Palestinian people for the contribution that they have given to the defense of human freedom.


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War Crimes Charges Filed On 15 Israeli Officials

International attorneys have filed war crime charges against 15 Israeli political and military officials including Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak.

Palestinian and international efforts continue to institute legal proceedings for the prosecution of Israeli officials in the commission of war crimes.

Although Israeli forces are involved in thousands of cases, local experts such as the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights believe that the recent major attacks on the Gaza Strip will be successfully prosecuted.
“They were well-documented, televised and the world was paying attention,“ a member of the Gaza City team commented.

After the very public detection of large-scale atrocities which included the use of white phosphorus bombs in enclosed civilian areas and the liquidation of children there is little defense, PNN reported.
Fifteen specific names are now pending for prosecution in The Hague’s war crimes tribunal.
Those listed for prosecution include Israeli political and military officials, namely Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak.

Israelis are being warned internally against leaving its boundaries due to fears of arrest.

French lawyer Gilles Dovers is handling the complaint in Paris calling for the “open investigation into war crimes“ committed by Israeli forces during three weeks in Gaza.
Dovers said today that 500 complaints are being submitted by Arab, European and Latin American officials. Bolivia is preparing its own case, as is Venezuela.

Argentine international prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is deciding whether to go ahead with an investigation.

The French lawyer said there is some fear of interference from the United Nations Security Council under pressure from the United States to stop the proceedings and prevent the achievement of access to trial. The founding texts of the International Criminal Court empower the Security Council to suspend its work.

Today’s invitation to try at least 15 Israeli officials is being delivered by 30 international lawyers of several nationalities.

In parallel, the intention of a group of French lawyers to file a complaint on behalf of French citizens of Palestinian origin to the French courts against Israeli officials is gaining attention in the cities of Paris and eastern France.

Coordination with other lawyers in Belgium and Spain is underway as similar complaints against the Israeli officials are being made in Brussels and Madrid. Belgium is among the countries who issued charges against Ariel Sharon in the past.

Moroccan lawyers also disclosed on Thursday practical steps toward filing a lawsuit against “the perpetrators of war crimes“ in Gaza. Six lawyers are working with the Minister of Justice of Morocco.
As reported by PNN throughout the week, in Tel Aviv Israeli activists published 15 names:
Ehud Barak, Amir Peretz, Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Avi Dichter, Carmi Gilon, Dan Halutz, Doron Almog, Ehud Olmert, Eliezer Shkedy, Gabi Ashkenazi, Giora Eiland, Matan Vilani, Moshe Bogi Yaalon, Shaul Mofaz and Tzipi Livni.

Preparing Against Crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has put the justice minister in charge of defending Israel against charges of war crimes during its 22-day Gaza assault, a government source said Friday.
Daniel Friedman will lead an inter-ministerial team to coordinate a legal defense for civilians and the military, the source said.

Ehud Barak, the Defense Minister and architect of the offensive, ordered the army to establish an incrimination team of intelligence and legal experts to examine any evidence that could be used against Israeli officials in law suits. That could possibly include Major-General Yoav Galant, the chief of Israel’s southern command, as well as other senior officers.

According to human rights groups, Israel killed more than 1,400 Palestinians with a third being children and also wounded at least 5500.

Israeli massive offensive also destroyed UN schools and the main aid headquarters where tons of food was stocked were bombed beside mosques, hospitals, government buildings.

Compelling Evidence

UN human rights expert and retired Princeton law professor Richard Falk said on Thursday that there is compelling evidence that Israel violated the laws of war by “conducting a large-scale military operation against an essentially defenseless population.“

“There needs to be an investigation carried out under independent auspices as to whether these grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions should be treated as war crimes,“ the professor said, adding that he believes “that there is the prima facie case for reaching that conclusion.“

“This is the first time I know of where a civilian population has been essentially locked into the war zone, not allowed to leave it despite the dense population and the obvious risks that were entailed,“ Falk pointed out, “the civilians in Gaza were denied the option of becoming a refugee.“

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"International law progresses through violations"

Two surgeons from the UK, Dr Ghassan Abu Sittah and Dr Swee Ang, summarize some of the many war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the JIZ - the morally indistinguishable coven of Jews, Israelis and Zionists - in their latest installment in an ongoing project of slaughter and mayhem, all in aid of their psychopathic extremist eliminationist racist supremacism. Note in particular the attempts to destroy the basis of civil society by attacking policemen, schools, government buildings, and the fertility of agricultural land. This provides further proof that the JIZ psychopathy is genocidal in intent. I also note the intentional destruction of archaeological evidence as part of the JIZ blueprint to eliminate any evidence of non-JIZ settlement in the area.

Note also the new JIZ plan: "International law progresses through violations". In other words, the JIZ intend to bring all of humanity down to their animal level by a constant process of getting away with worse and worse moral outrages. The 'progressives' always ready with the slur are their aiders and abettors in this dreadful, but well thought out, conspiracy to destroy international law.

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