For War Crimes and Crimes
EHUD BARAK & Amir PERETZ & Ehud OLMERT
In June 2007, the suspect imposed a siege on 1.5 million residents of Gaza. The siege, which is ongoing in 2009, is collective punishment according to International Law. The year and a half long siege caused severe food and fuel shortages, intermittent drinking water and electricity supply, disruption to sewage treatment plants and shortages of medicine and essential medical equipment, affecting the lives of 1.5 million people - a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and Rome Statute.
On 27 December 2008, the suspect ordered the aerial bombardment of Gazan population centers. The attacks involved hundreds of aircraft sorties, dropping hundreds of tons of bombs on Gazan neighborhoods At least 1,200 people - men, women and children were killed and 5,300 people were injured. The bombs damaged thousands of homes and turned hundreds of thousands of people into refugees.
On 10 December 2008, a formal complaint was submitted by Lebanese lawyers to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, against Ehud Barak and four other Israeli: Ehud Olmert, Matan Vilnai, Avi Dichter and Gabi Ashkenazi on the suspicion that they had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by ordering and maintaining a siege on Gaza.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 65 years old, lower than average height, graying hair, brown eyes, with glasses.
Anyone who has information about the suspect when he is outside of the Israeli borders, report immediately to:
Fax +31 70 515 8 555
Indeed, as The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, the best friend of Israel and the Saudi ruling family, has argued recently, in doing so, Israel is engaged in a pedagogical exercise of "educating" the Palestinians. ...
The major argument here is two-fold, namely that while Israel has the right to defend itself, its victims have no similar right to defend themselves. In fact, the logic is even more sinister than this and can be elucidated as follows: Israel has the right to oppress the Palestinians and does so to defend itself, but were the Palestinians to defend themselves against Israel's oppression, which they do not have a right to do, Israel will then have the right to defend itself against their illegitimate defense of themselves against its legitimate oppression of them, which it carries out anyway in order to defend itself legitimately. http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11886
Israel destroyed the PA in Gaza because it could no longer ensure its collaboration there after Hamas was elected and assumed political power there. After Hamas won the free elections, Israel arrested the majority of Hamas elected officials to ensure that the Fatah leadership continues to collaborate unhindered. The PA survives as an illegal entity in the West Bank today, because Israel still banks on its collaboration, most evident in PA police repression of demonstrations across the West Bank which sought to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. Injecting the illegitimate and illegal PA with more funds with which to torture the Palestinian people and stuff the pockets of its collaborators will hardly make it a more attractive choice to the majority of poor Palestinians who have been the ultimate losers of PA rule and the Oslo Accords.... http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11920
In the meantime, the West and Israel will continue to defend Israel's right to defend itself and to deny the Palestinians the right to defend themselves. While some call this international relations, in reality it is nothing short of inter-racial relations wherein Jews, who since World War II have been inducted into the realm of whiteness, have rights that the Palestinians, like their counterparts elsewhere in the non-European world who are forever cast outside the realm of whiteness, do not. Thomas Friedman is right; Israel has been trying to educate the Palestinians that it will punish all their attempts to check its white colonial power to oppress them and that they must understand that they deserve to be punished and defeated for not being white.
The problem is that the Palestinians, students of a universal humanism in which they consider themselves equal to everyone else, keep failing Israel's racial lessons and tests. What the Palestinians ultimately insist on is that Israel must be taught that it does not have the right to defend its racial supremacy and that the Palestinians have the right to defend their universal humanity against Israel's racist oppression. Will Israel and its allies ever learn that lesson? Israeli history tells us that as students of racial supremacy, Zionists have always failed the test of universal humanism. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html
If Americans knew....
A 19-year old Swedish human rights worker had her cheekbone broken by
an Israeli settler in Hebron today. Tove Johansson from Stockholm
walked through the Tel Rumeida checkpoint with a small group of human
rights workers to accompany Palestinian schoolchildren to their homes.
They were confronted by about 100 settlers in small groups, who
started chanting in Hebrew “We killed Jesus, we’ll kill you too!”, a
refrain the settlers had been repeating to internationals in Tel
Rumeida all day.
After about thirty seconds of waiting, a small group of very
aggressive settler men surrounded the international volunteers and
began spitting at them, so much so that the internationals described
it like “rain.” Then settler men from the back of the crowd began
jumping up and spitting, while others kicked the volunteers from the
back of the crowd and from the side.
The soldiers who were standing just a few feet behind the
internationals at the checkpoint just looked on as the internationals
were being attacked.
One settler then hit Tove on the left side of her face with an empty
bottle, breaking it on her face and leaving her with a broken
cheekbone. She immediately fell to the ground and the group of
settlers who were watching began to clap, cheer, and chant. The
soldiers, who had only watched until this point, then came forward and
motioned at the settlers, in a way which the internationals described
as “ok… that’s enough guys….”
The settlers, however, were allowed to stay in the area and continued
watching and clapping as internationals tried to stop the flow of
blood from the woman’s face. Some settlers who were coming down the
hill even tried to take photos of themselves next to her bleeding
face, giving the camera a “thumbs-up” sign.
At this point, an international was taken into a police van and asked
to identify who had attacked the group. The international did this,
pointing out three settlers who the police took into their police
vehicles. However, the settlers were all driven to different areas of
the neighborhood and released nearly immediately. When one settler was
released on Shuhada Street, the settler crowd that was still
celebrating the woman’s injuries applauded and cheered.
A settler medic came to the scene about 15 minutes after the attack
and immediately began interrogating the internationals who had been
attacked, about why they were in Hebron. He refused to help the
bleeding woman lying on the street in any way.
Five minutes after the settler medic arrived, the army medic arrived
and began treating the injured woman. When she was later put on a
stretcher, the crowd of settlers again clapped and cheered.
Police officers at the scene then immediately began threatening to
arrest the remaining internationals if they did not immediately leave
the area, though they had also just been attacked.
The injured woman was taken to Kiryat Arba settlement and then to
Hadassah Ein Keren hospital in Jerusalem.
Internationals were later told by the police that the police had not
even taken the names of the settlers who were identified as having
attacked the internationals and that one of the main assailants had
simply told the police that he was due at the airport in two hours to
fly back to France.
Earlier in the day at least 5 Palestinians, including a 3-year old
child, were injured by settlers, who rampaged through Tel Rumeida
hurling stones and bottles at local residents. Palestinian
schoolchildren on their way home were also attacked. The IDF, which
was intensively deployed in the area, did not intervene to stop the
Every day those co skunking yids show themselves more and more as the
animals they are.
When they openly start attacking people from other countries it is
time for the people of those countries to force some reaction from
their gutless and spineless fu *cking so-called Governments' elites....