31 December 2008

Holocaust in Gaza - We Demand an Israeli War Crimes Tribunal

israel* continues its slow holocaust of the Palestinian people. I say holocaust purposefully because that was the threat made by Matan Vilnai, Israel’s Deputy Defense [sic] Minister, from February of this year: "The more Qassam [rocket] fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves.” In Hebrew, “shoah” refers to the Jewish Holocaust of the 1940's.

I support Francis Boyle's call for an Israeli War Crimes Tribunal: "United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a "subsidiary organ" under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.

The purpose of the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine--just as the ICTY did for the victims of international crimes committed by Serbia and the Milosevic Regime throughout the Balkans.

The criminal regime in Tel Aviv has mounted its re-election campaign on this holocaust in an effort to outdo the criminality of the likud* party.

And according to the Times: "Within hours of Israel launching its offensive against Gaza, lobbyists, spin-doctors and public relations experts were mobilised to head off critical reaction around the globe...The Israelis have prevented foreign journalists from entering and reporting from Gaza, thereby limiting the scope of the coverage from the Palestinian side."

The BBC have just reported that the isaelis will not let them report from Gaza, they do not want the world to see their crimes.

Robert Fisk
rightly points out: "it was instructive yesterday to hear a member of the American Enterprise Institute – faithfully parroting Israel's arguments – defending the outrageous Palestinian death toll by saying that it was "pointless to play the numbers game". Yet if more than 300 Israelis had been killed – against two dead Palestinians – be sure that the "numbers game" and the disproportionate violence would be all too relevant. The simple fact is that Palestinian deaths matter far less than Israeli deaths."

The fact is that civilians are paying the price in Gaza.

This is Gideon Levy in the israeli* paper Haaretz:

"Good boys from good homes are doing bad things. Most of them are eloquent, impressive, self-confident, often even highly principled in their own eyes, and on Black Saturday dozens of them set out to bomb some of the targets in our "target bank" for the Gaza Strip.

They set out to bomb the graduation ceremony for young police officers who had found that rare Gaza commodity, a job, massacring them by the dozen. They bombed a mosque, killing five sisters of the Balousha family, the youngest of whom was 4. They bombed a police station, hitting a doctor nearby; she lies in a vegetative state in Shifa Hospital, which is bursting with wounded and dead. They bombed a university that we in Israel call the Palestinian Rafael, the equivalent of Israel's weapons developer, and destroyed student dormitories. They dropped hundreds of bombs out of blue skies free of all resistance.

In four days they killed 375 people. They did not, and could not, distinguish between a Hamas official and his children, between a traffic cop and a Qassam launch operator, between a weapons cache and a health clinic, between the first and second floors of a densely populated apartment building with dozens of children inside. According to reports, about half of the people killed were innocent civilians. We're not complaining about the pilots' accuracy, it cannot be otherwise when the weapon is a plane and the objective is a tiny, crowded strip of land. Our excellent pilots are effectively bullies now. As in training flights, they bomb undisturbed, facing neither an air force nor defense system.

Meanwhile the israeli* criminals have tried to murder a former US congresswoman, British doctors and a Cypriot MP, and a CNN reporter, and their propaganda and lies have been exposed. First they claimed it was a 'terorist' vessel, then they said it was an accident: "the boat tried to outmaneuver an Israeli navy ship and crashed into it,". They didn't realise there was a former US Congresswoman and CNN journalist on board...

(* I refuse to dignify the terrorist state or its inhabitants with a capital letter)


pensad87 said...

Sus opiniones son lamentables. Es una vergüenza atacar a un país como Israel, que es la única de mocracia en la zona y que defienda a Palestina y a Hamas, que promueven el terrorismo y Hamas viene a ser como la Batasuna de Palestina. Cuando la gente promueve boicots contra Israel y los insulta, se me vienen a la cabeza los 6 millones de judíos asesinados por Hitler.

David Sketchley said...

Es libre de pensar lo que quiera, pero sus opiniones no están basadas en los hechos sino en mentiras y propaganda diseminadas por los israelíes y la prensa occidental que está en larga medida controlada por los grupos de presión afines a los ultraderechas de israel.

Democracia es más que elecciones cada x años. Israel es un estado militar donde todos los hombes y mujeres entre los 18 y 45 años son miembros de sus fuerzas armadas. La ONU está harta de denunciar los crimenes israelíes. Pero como el Consejo de Seguridad etá controlodo por los que tienen veto (principalmente los EEUU) no hay manera de hacer nada.

Palestina está bajo una ocupación militar extranjera y los Palestinos tienen el derecho legal de resistencia.

Deberías informarse un poco mejor. Pero claro gente como ud. no quieren leer nada que van en contra de sus opiniones y cuando no hay mas remedio no creen lo que leen.

Por ejemplo en el barco que fue embestido por las atrulleras israelíes había periodistas de la CNN a bordo que desmintieron la versión israelí. Pero claro ud. no cree ningún hecho verdadero que va en contra de su visión del mundo aunque sea comprobodo por fuentes neutrales.

Debería empezar a leer un poco as pero con la miente abierta no cerrada. Los enlaces en el lado derecho de este blog son un buen comienzo.

Empieze con este:


Lee lo que dice el comisionado para derechos humanos, un judío sobre lo que pasa y el tratamiento que hubo que sportar recientemente. Lee sobre los voluntarios americanos y británicos que han estado vilmente asesinados.

No entiendo su posture. Es igual que defender a Hitler y los nazis.

Hasta Suiza un país independiente, acusa a Israel de crimenes de guerra

Richard Falk aparte de ser el 'Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967' es también catedrático Emeritus de Derecho Internacional de la Universidad de Princeton en EEUU (no exactamente un radical de izquierdas) y mas importante todavía judío. Fue denegado el acceso a los territorios ocupados fue encarcelado durante 18 horas antes de ser expulsado.

En sus propias palabras:

"After this I was returned to the holding room to sit with a dozen or so other people with entry problems, mainly technical passport issues or persons apparently being harassed because of their Palestinian ethnicity. I waited in that room for yet another hour. At this point I was treated not as a UN representative with an official mission but somewhere between a common criminal and a terrorist suspect. I was subjected to an inch-by-inch body search and endured the most meticulous luggage search I have ever witnessed, lasting a couple more hours. I was permanently separated from my two UN companions. I was then taken to the airport detention facility a mile or so away, required to leave my bags and cell phone downstairs and then taken upstairs to a locked tiny room that I was to share with five other detainees. The room smelled of urine and filth and was a standing invitation to claustrophobia. I spent the next 15 hours or so confined, which amounted to a cram course on the miseries of prison life, including dirty sheets, inedible food, with bright lights until early evening and then total darkness. My detained companions were confined for seemingly trivial technical entry reasons, but several had tales of woe that brought to mind Kafka short stories about the petty cruelties of the law.

Of course, my disappointment about being denied entry and the harsh detention that followed were not worthy of notice, given the sorts of hardships that millions around the world daily endure, much less the plight of the Palestinians living under occupation. The importance of my experience is largely symbolic. I was an individual acting on behalf of the UN who was not even accused of doing anything wrong beyond expressing strong disapproval of the policies of a sovereign state. The deeper significance of the incident illustrates a broader Israeli approach that might be called "the politics of distraction," playing a mind game in which attention of the media and the world is shifted from the oppressive reality of the occupation of Palestinian territories to the person with audacity to report upon those conditions. In other words, instead of debating the truth or falsity of what is observed, the emphasis becomes whether the observer is biased or hostile."

Hay miles y miles de hechos documentados sobre Israel. ¿Por qué insiste ud en defender lo indefensible?