02 March 2009

02/03/09 Updated-Israel may face war crimes trials

UPDATE from my post
“Top Israelis Wanted for War Crimes”

Woo Hoo, more on the call for investigation and charges of Israel War Crimes. According to the Guardian today, “Israel may face war crimes trials over Gaza”

Although I doubt that any Israeli will ever stand before a court, as their government protects them when they commit crimes and murder. Still, it will keep the world focused on the criminals that they surely are, and will only further the horrendous world view of Israel. As the world remains focused and outraged, they cannot carry on with “business as usual” by continuing their holocaust in Gaza.

From the Guardian:

The deliberations would potentially open the way to putting Israeli military commanders in the dock at The Hague over the campaign, which claimed more than 1,300 lives, and set an important precedent for the court over what cases it can hear.

Following talks with the Arab League's head, Amr Moussa, and senior PA officials, moves have accelerated inside the court to deliver a ruling on whether it may be able to insist on jurisdiction over alleged war crimes perpetrated in Gaza, with a decision from the prosecutor's office expected within "months, not years".

The latest moves in The Hague come amid mounting international pressure on Israel and a growing recognition in Israeli government circles that it may eventually have to defend itself against war crimes allegations. The Guardian has also learned that a confidential inquiry by the International Committee of the Red Cross into the actions of Israel and Hamas during the recent conflict in Gaza is expected to accuse Israel of using "excessive force" - prohibited under the fourth Geneva convention.

In the case of Israel, the Red Cross is expected to highlight three areas of concern: the Israeli Defence Forces' "use and choice of weapons in a complex and densely populated environment"; the issue of "proportionality"; and concerns over the IDF's lack of distinction between combatants and non-combatants during Operation Cast Lead. Hamas is likely to be challenged over its use of civilian facilities as cover for its fighters; its summary executions and kneecappings of Palestinians during the campaign; and its indiscriminate firing of rockets into civilian areas.

Yesterday, Ehud Olmert, Israel's prime minister, warned Palestinian militants their continuing rocket attacks on Israel would not go unpunished.

Olmert's warning came as Israel's attorney general notified the prime minister that he was considering indicting him on charges of allegedly taking cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman. Five corruption cases are pending against Olmert, although he has denied all wrongdoing. His spokesman said yesterday the charges against the prime minister would "disappear in the end".

Olmert is not only a war criminal, but a petty low life criminal as well.
Why does this not surprise me?

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