Russell Tribunal finds evidence of incitement to genocide, crimes against humanity in Gaza

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The Russell Tribunal on Palestine’s Emergency Session on Israel’s Operation Protective Edge held yesterday in Brussels has found evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution and also incitement to genocide.

The Jury reported: ‘The cumulative effect of the long-standing regime of collective punishment in Gaza appears to inflict conditions of life calculated to bring about the incremental destruction of the Palestinians as a group in Gaza.’

‘The Tribunal emphasises the potential for a regime of persecution to become genocidal in effect, In light of the clear escalation in the physical and rhetorical violence deployed in respect of Gaza in the summer of 2014, the Tribunal emphasises the obligation of all state parties to the 1948 Genocide Convention ‘to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide.’

The Jury heard evidence from eyewitnesses to Israeli attacks during the Gaza war 2014 including journalists Mohammed Omer, Max Blumenthal, David Sheen, Martin Lejeune, Eran Efrati and Paul Mason, as well as surgeons Mads Gilbert, Mohammed Abou Arab, Genocide Expert Paul Behrens, Col Desmond Travers and Ivan Karakashian, Head of Advocacy and Defence for Children International.

In terms of the crime of incitement to genocide, the tribunal received evidence ‘demonstrating a vitriolic upswing in racist rhetoric and incitement’ during the summer of 2014. ‘The evidence shows that such incitement manifested across many levels of Israeli society, on both social and traditional media, from football fans, police officers, media commentators, religious leaders, legislators, and government ministers.’

The Tribunal also found evidence of the following war crimes:

  • Willful killing
  • Extensive destruction of property not justified by military necessity
  • Intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population and civilian objects
  • Disproportionate use of force
  • Attacks against buildings dedicated to religion and education
  • The use of Palestinians as human shields
  • Employing weapons, projectiles, and material and methods of warfare which are of a nature to cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering which are inherently indiscriminate
  • The use of violence to spread terror among the civilian population

The Tribunal further stated: ‘It is recognised that in a situation where patterns of crimes against humanity are perpetrated with impunity, and where direct and public incitement to genocide is manifest throughout society, it is very conceivable that individuals or the state may choose to exploit the conditions in order to perpetrate the crime of genocide.

It further noted: ‘We have have a genuine fear that in an environment of impunity and an absence of sanction for serious and repeated criminality, the lessons from Rwanda and other mass atrocities may once again go unheeded’.

The Tribunal calls on Israel to fulfill its’ obligations under international law and for the state of Palestine to accede without further delay to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, fully cooperate with the human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry and fully engage the mechanisms of international justice.

The Tribunal also reminds all states to cooperate to bring to an end the illegal situation arising from Israel’s occupation, siege and crimes in the Gaza Strip. In light of the obligation not to render aid or assistance, all states must consider appropriate measures to exert sufficient pressure on Israel, including the imposition of sanctions, the severing of diplomatic relations collectively through international organisations, or in the absence of consensus, individually by breaking bilateral relations with Israel.

It calls upon All states to fulfill their duty ‘to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide’.

The Full and detailed findings and recommendations of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine can be found at the Russell Tribunal website: www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com

The Tribunal will present its’ findings to the European Parliament today.

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  1. Mayhem
    September 25, 2014, 9:39 am

    Looking at the members of the Russell Tribunal it is obvious that to qualify to be on this panel the only requirement is that you are a confirmed Israel basher. The Russell Tribunal is clearly nothing more than a kangaroo court.

    • just
      September 25, 2014, 10:18 am

      From your comment I can only infer that you support Israel’s “war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution and also incitement to genocide”, Mayhem.

      Did you watch the testimony? Were you a participant in the latest massacre of the Palestinian people? Did you try to stop it or did you support it? This was no “kangaroo court”, though it’s a common term used by those in extreme denial of Israel’s multitudinous crimes.

      From their website:

      “The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of citizens involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East”

      ““May this Tribunal prevent the crime of silence“…

      …declared Lord Bertrand Russell to define the spirit and the objective of the International War Crimes Tribunal constituted in 1966 to investigate crimes committed in Vietnam and judge them according to international law.”

      “The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is composed of eminent people from all states, including Israel, which will be one of the states investigated. The legitimacy of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine does not come from a government or any political party but from the prestige, professional interests and commitment to fundamental rights of the Members that constitute this Tribunal.”

      http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/about-rtop

      Yes, Israel has been found guilty by good citizens of the world. You don’t believe it or like it? Prove otherwise.

      • amigo
        September 25, 2014, 10:34 am

        “Did you watch the testimony? Were you a participant in the latest massacre of the Palestinian people? Did you try to stop it or did you support it -” Just to mayhem.

        You joke just, he was probably in the thick of it.Up to his zionist butt in war crimes.

      • amigo
        September 25, 2014, 11:01 am

        “May this Tribunal prevent the crime of silence“.

        Here is a shortlist of weisel,s hypocracy.

        1, “Only the guilty are guilty. Their children are not.” weisel.

        Tell that to Israel.

        2, “No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them”

        Dittto.

        3,“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”

        I believe the Russel tribunal is taking his advice which he himself ignores.

        http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1049.Elie_Wiesel

      • ActivistGal
        September 25, 2014, 3:37 pm

        That’s a little harsh, Just. I’m no supporter of Israel at all and yet I am just as critical of these proceedings. Why? Because I have a legal background and have a respect for the rule of law.

        What happened here was no courtroom, it was an entirely one-sided process. No case was made for Israel (even the accused has the right to a trial) and everyone on the trial has a vested interest in seeing Israel held accountable. (As do I.) Normal juries tend to be impartial.

        Talk to regular folk (who aren’t activists) about the Russell Tribunal and they will tell you that they have had no clue that any of this was going on and will be intensely puzzled as to the one-sided nature of this event and the lack of justice it will achieve. How many people know about the previous four proceedings either? Very few outside of the bunch of folks who are interested in I-P.

        This has no semblance of legitimacy and, as a result, will be brushed off just as readily at the EU and UN level as the last four proceedings were.

        (Not all Palestine solidarity activists were happy with how RT was being run, you know. The Portuguese Committee pulled out after a while, despite having signed up to it initially, because they had concerns (different from my own though) and the American guy who was the lead co-ordinator for the Portuguese committee has been a long-time solidarity activist. That should give people some pause as to how credible this process is.)

      • oldgeezer
        September 25, 2014, 4:12 pm

        @ActivistGal

        I’m not clear on the extent of your legal background but in the end I fail to see any relevance.

        You are right there was no case made for Israel and even the guilty deserve a fair trial.

        In the first instance Israel was asked to participate but refused. In most legal systems trials do not stop going forward because the parties refuse to participate (unless it’s the state refusing to prosecute of course).

        Refusing to participate then complaining about the result just isn’t going to fly with any reasonable thinking person.

        In the second instance it’s not a trial. No one has been convicted. The Palestinians are being encouraged to join up to the ICC in order to prosecute. While I am not an American it would seem more analagous to a grand jury hearing in any event. Even if that analogy is inappropriate then it’s not really an issue as per above.

      • just
        September 25, 2014, 4:14 pm

        I read your other comments on Ewa’s post. I believe in international law and have a healthy respect and hunger for the exposure of violations of same.

        Shimon Peres was invited. He did not show. I think that the Russell Tribunal is a valuable and proper forum for testimony. I hope to see the case go before the ICC/ICJ in the near future. I don’t share your derision of the Tribunal at all. Sorry that it did not light your fire nor conform to your standards, ActivistGal.

      • ActivistGal
        September 25, 2014, 5:26 pm

        @ Oldgeezer & Just

        But that’s just it, it HAS been touted as a trial, or as a mock trial at least, but what good is any of this going to achieve? It has zero semblance of credibility with ordinary folk (though as I have said earlier it DOES provide a platform for important testimonies to be heard) and it will have NO impact on any decision to refer the crimes committed in Gaza to the ICC. That decision ALONE rests with the Palestinians, and thus far, as we all know, Abbas has refused to sign off on such a decision.

      • Donald
        September 25, 2014, 6:06 pm

        “t has zero semblance of credibility with ordinary folk (though as I have said earlier it DOES provide a platform for important testimonies to be heard)”

        I think that’s probably right. I have a beat up old copy of the first Russell Tribunal on Vietnam–found it in a used bookstore. As you say, it provided a platform for important testimonies about what was happening in Vietnam and when I’ve read portions of the book, I read the testimonies, never the verdicts.

        I suppose one could say that the Russell Tribunal plays the same role that human rights groups play, but the problem there is that the human rights groups try to be impartial and put out reports on the human rights violations of all parties in a given conflict. I don’t think the Russell Tribunal does this. The one I have on Vietnam is about the crimes of the US and it is a good source of info on that, but again, I only care about the testimonies, not about the “verdicts” that I’ve never bothered to read.

    • amigo
      September 25, 2014, 10:31 am

      “Looking at the members of the Russell Tribunal it is obvious that to qualify to be on this panel the only requirement is that you are a confirmed Israel basher. ” mayhem

      Much like the open inquiry the zionist entity held to find the two Palestinians they carried out an “Extra Judicial killing “on a few days ago.

      That Kangaroo court was staffed by Palestinian lovers –eh mayhem.

      Just like the open court procedures that decide to demolish the homes of “suspected” Teerrrooooreeests.

      Speaking of which??< when will the homes of the terroreeests who burned the Palestinian boy alive.

      Hmmmm, mayhem.

      • amigo
        September 25, 2014, 10:36 am

        Add –“be demolished ” to the above.

      • just
        September 25, 2014, 10:51 am

        Will the perpetrators of the heinous act face the same onslaught and extrajudicial murder as the 2 alleged kidnappers did the other day?

        Or are they still under “house arrest”?

        “The three Israelis who are the main suspects in the brutal murder of an Arab teenager on 2 July that ignited the worst unrest in Jerusalem in years have confessed to dousing their 16 year old victim with petrol and burning him alive, police said today.

        ….

        Police are investigating three others for involvement in the killing and they remain under house arrest.

        Abu Khdeir’s mother, Suha, was not consoled by the arrests.

        “I don’t have any peace in my heart, even if they captured who they say killed my son,” she said.

        “They need to treat them the way they treat us. They need to demolish their homes and round them up, the way they do it to our children.””

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/mohammed-abu-khdeir-murder-three-israeli-jews-admit-kidnapping-teenager-and-burning-him-to-death-9605371.html

        Dan Cohen wrote about the grotesque injustice here:

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/certain-receive-justice

    • amigo
      September 25, 2014, 10:46 am

      “Looking at the members of the Russell Tribunal it is obvious that to qualify to be on this panel the only requirement is that you are a confirmed Israel basher. The Russell Tribunal is clearly nothing more than a kangaroo court.”mayhem.

      I doubt they could find any Israel lovers willing to be impartial to sit on the panel.

      Israel never ever co-operates with courts/inquiries or investigations of any kind if Israel is the subject of said inquiry.They then come back later and claim they were excluded.

      See Goldstone report for proof.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Goldstone

    • Chu
      September 25, 2014, 12:05 pm

      takes one to know one, Israel is a kangaroo nation. lol

    • Kay24
      September 25, 2014, 12:56 pm

      Clearly, you support the murder and mayhem caused by Israel, for it seems you disagree with the findings of this Tribunal. There is plenty of evidence, and witnesses, for these officials to reach this conclusion. There are videos of little boys playing soccer and being blown up by human animals, as the media watched, there is ample evidence that the UN gave a number of notices to the UN that they were sheltering hundreds of refugees, yet those shelters were bombed unmercifully.
      You can deny all you like, but these distinguished officials would have analyzed and examined all the evidence, before they concluded (what we knew already), that Israel indeed did act in the most brutal ways, to terrorize and kill innocent civilians, all based on lies.
      Over 2000 civilians killed thousands more injured, and Israel lost 3 civilians, that alone explains it all.
      Netanyahu was absolutely wrong, the human animals are the ones he unleashed on helpless civilians, who had no iron domes (paid by us) to protect them.

      • Elisabeth
        September 25, 2014, 3:24 pm

        And Kay, let us not forget that heartwrenching video of the unarmed young man, Salem Shammaly, looking for family members in his bombed out neigborhood during a cease-fire, who was killed by three shots from a sniper. I will never forget those images. That was just ONE victim, but his murder happened to be recorded, and is irrefutable evidence of how Israeli troops behaved to unarmed civilians in Gaza.
        Later, statements from Israeli soldiers came out. They said that in revenge for the killing of some of their comrades the days before, their commanders allowed them to shoot just anyone who happened to cross some arbitrary ‘red lines’ they had drawn accros the neigborhood.

      • Kay24
        September 25, 2014, 4:28 pm

        I agree Elisabeth. That video was heart wrenching, and the IDF brutality on display, yet again.
        There are indeed lots more of unbelievable cruelty, unnecessary violence, and an unacceptable number of civilians carelessly bombed in their homes, schools, shelters, hospitals, and even Mosques, all witnessed by the media. There are no excuses for such excessive force against unarmed women and children. For the brainwashed hasbrats to keep denying recorded events, simply shows a lame effort to make people doubt what they have witnessed, or heard first hand from excellent reporters.

    • adele
      September 25, 2014, 1:09 pm

      Mayhem,

      is that what you mean by a “kangaroo court”?

      Virtually all – 99.74 percent, to be exact – of cases heard by the [Israeli] military courts in the [Occupied] territories end in a conviction, according to data in the military courts’ annual report, which has been obtained by Haaretz.

      http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/nearly-100-of-all-military-court-cases-in-west-bank-end-in-conviction-haaretz-learns-1.398369

      PS: as always, thank you for the opportunity you provide us to highlight even further Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

      • amigo
        September 25, 2014, 2:01 pm

        Adele, dont you know you are not supposed to annoy mayhem with facts.Here is his response to me , when I pointed to the Likud charter as a way to point out his hypocracy , when he made certain references to Hamas,s evil plans for Israel.

        “@amigo, please spare us the same old obfuscations and distractions.
        We are not discussing the charter of one of Israel’s political parties but you have to go there – like a moth that is attracted to the light. ” mayhem

        Any comment that does less than kiss the zionist posterior is considered a distraction .Mayhem , long ago lost credibility here.Probably on his first post.I am too lazy to go find it in the archives even though it is quite simple to locate.

        The poor fellow is fighting a losing battle and he and his fellow war crimes apologists will end up losing it all.

      • just
        September 25, 2014, 2:46 pm

        Hard to read, adele.

        Contrast with: ” @DrGilbert : 1 Israeli soldier convicted for killing mother & her daughter waving white flag. He got 45 days for ‘involuntary manslaughter'”

        1 conviction.

        https://twitter.com/dancohen3000

        “A former Israeli soldier is to serve 45 days in prison on charges in connection with the deaths of a Palestinian mother and daughter who were shot while waving white flags during the three-week war in Gaza in 2008-09.

        The ex-soldier, who has not been named, agreed to a plea bargain under which he was convicted of shooting without permission, and the original manslaughter charge dropped. He was the only soldier to be indicted for manslaughter as a result of Operation Cast Lead, in which around 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.”

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/aug/12/former-israeli-soldier-jailed

      • just
        September 25, 2014, 8:32 pm

        Here’s more about that “democracy”

        “More than 90% of complaints against police not investigated, ministry says

        The Interior Ministry also allegedly fails to keep complainants informed during proceedings, and ignores photographic evidence of beatings.’

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.617629

    • Sycamores
      September 25, 2014, 2:48 pm

      the most outspoken is an Israeli.

      “One of the most powerful testimonies came from a former Israeli soldier who had been collecting first-hand accounts from soldiers involved in the recent conflict. He spoke movingly about revenge attacks carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces against civilians in Gaza.”

      http://www.derryjournal.com/news/politics/latest/sinn-fein-anderson-attends-russell-tribunal-on-palestine-1-6318916

      the former Israeli soldier is Eran Efrati http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/03/israeli-army-whistle-blower-leaks-account-of-revenge-attacks-against-civilians-by-israeli-troops-in-gazas-shujaiyya/

      • just
        September 25, 2014, 3:02 pm

        A very real person of conscience who will not be silenced.

        http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/9/12/part_2_former_israeli_soldier_eran

      • Sycamores
        September 25, 2014, 4:08 pm

        @ Just,

        without doubt even with the threats he stays strong.

        AMY GOODMAN: The Shin Bet is like a combo of the FBI and the CIA.

        ERAN EFRATI: Something like that, yeah. It’s more like the FBI, I would say. And we got the Mossad, which is like the CIA. And the Shin Bet are interrogating me for years about my research, but it was never so serious, I think, like this summer. This summer, after the publication, I was picked up in the middle of Jerusalem, brought down into a facility of the Shin Bet, where I was told that I was lying for about 20 minutes. They were coming and saying that I was lying. And after 20 minutes of saying I’m not, someone else came into the room in civilian clothes and told me, “Are you sure you’re not lying? Because if you’re not lying, it’s even worse. If you’re not lying, you’re breaking the censorship in Israel. You sure you do not prefer to lie?” And when I say no, a few hours of interrogation goes on. Well, my life has been threat very directly. My partner’s life, Maya Wind, another activist in Israel, life has been threat. And I’ve been advised to leave as soon as possible. They’re telling me sentences like, “Enjoy the day. You’re on a vacation here. Enjoy. Have fun, because you never know what will happen to you tomorrow. You better leave the country.” And this is how I find myself here now, continuing to work on my research.

      • Dutch
        September 25, 2014, 7:13 pm
    • DaBakr
      September 25, 2014, 3:56 pm

      don’t insult kangaroos.

      • DaBakr
        September 25, 2014, 11:23 pm

        and…as far as ‘kangaroos’ are concerned-I couldn’t get my very reasonable but decidedly anti-russel trib opinion past mod because I can only assume that sarcasm is only tolerated by those here like ‘house’ humorist mssr. at least admit that it tends to be true that the type of ‘opposition’ tolerated here are the pro-Israelis who either spout off un-nuanced bigoted pro-Zionist pr whose comments can be set up like pins to be easily knocked down by the pro-P faithful.

        The only semi-legitimate reason I could imagine for moderating my comment was it slightly echoed ‘mayhem’ but wasn’t even as harsh. Just a cynical take on an admittedly biased proceeding that serves very little purpose outside of the insular left-wing community of I/P activists and the handful of uneducated who believe the proceeding are ‘just’ by international standards of law.

        I get how the regulars here enjoy slamming any pro-Zionist opinon as one that either is based on”
        1) cruelty
        2) lies
        3) even more and more lies

        which they then proceed to enunciate over and over. I do get that. What I don’t get is why the mod eliminates reasonably posed opinions that may -admittedly-irritate those devoted activists but are not wriiten with that strict intention. The intention is-as always-point out that no matter how ‘just’, how righteous the faithful here belive they are there are as many you believe their opposing views are equally as righteous. based on circumstance and truth and see efforts like the RT as nothing more then narrowly focused witch hunts that do nothing to draw either side out of their corners. And while I also understand that many here think the time has long past where anything but forceful action will prod (or force) Israel to make changes it sees as harmful to its interests it is fairly simple minded to simply chide these voices as nothing more then ‘facist’, bigoted, racist. asn so on and so forth. Even a simple film like the stupid gay Israeli love story is parsed ad nauseum by some young man who probably has no clue of what life in Palestine vs.Israel is like for a homosexual. And please explain how Palestinian society is any different then other Arab societies in how they view homosexuality versus how it is treated in Israeli society. One can cry about some made up term p-washing but even Palestinian Arabs no damn well how the societies differ greatly on this issue. Just because its pointed out does not mean Israel is automatically implying its a superior culture. But if the truth is it is superior on this one aspect-which it is-there is nothing inherently wrong with this. Unless one wants to apologize for why the predominantly Muslim/Arab world is taking a bit longer to come to terms with this issue then some other cultures the only point i can see in criticizing a film thats been so widely embraced is to make sure that NOTHING with the Israeli brand on it ever escapes criticism for anything it does regardless of its intent. I have no doubt that Palestinian mother love their homosexual sons as much as any mother but try and imagine a Palestinian film maker filming a story about an Israeli refusnik who after fully rejecting Zionism and Israel somehow came to fall in love with a Fatah militant and was embraced by the Palestinian family and physically endangered by discovery in Israeli society. possible? maybe. Realistically possible? hardly.

      • Sycamores
        September 26, 2014, 11:43 am

        hi DaBakr,

        how did you get from the Russell Tribunal to homosexuality?

        while we on the subject, Israel has shown the world how it abuses the sexual preference of others for its own benefit.

        from false claims

        Israeli Police Falsely Report Murdered Palestinian Boy Was Gay, Flooding Social Media with Disinformation

        http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/02/israeli-police-plant-false-story-murdered-palestinian-boy-was-gay-flood-social-media-with-disinformation/

        to blackmail

        Israel surveils and blackmails gay Palestinians to make them informants

        http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/blackmails-palestinian-informants

        Israel is far from superior on this one.

      • Mooser
        September 26, 2014, 11:44 am

        “at least admit that it tends to be true that the type of ‘opposition’ tolerated here are the pro-Israelis who either spout off un-nuanced bigoted pro-Zionist pr whose comments can be set up like pins to be easily knocked down by the pro-P faithful.”

        Gee, my Mondoweiss Lanes (The Only Bowling Alley with an all-Zionist-troll-crew-of-pinsetters!) analogy, is being adopted by everybody.

        DaBakr, aren’t you forgetting something? We don’t write those comments that get knocked down, you do.

      • catporn
        September 26, 2014, 2:13 pm

        “Just a cynical take on an admittedly biased proceeding that serves very little purpose outside of the insular left-wing community of I/P activists and the handful of uneducated who believe the proceeding are ‘just’ by international standards of law.”.

        The purpose of the Russell Tribunal is clear, take evidence about what happened in Gaza this summer from people that were there, get it on the record, assess the level, if any, of the crimes committed, write a report about their findings.
        As far as I can see they’ve done exactly that. They’ve catalogued a litany of war crimes and tried to warn anyone willing listen that Israel has descended into a fog of racism and hate, so much so that the potential for genocide is a real possibility.
        Most people will rather watch TV shows about karaoke or cooking than a tribunal on mass murder, that’s not really their fault, what else can they do but try and raise awareness, and now the news cameras are pointing somewhere else, remind people its still going on. Its strange that people think this is a waste of time, not a real trial, the International Court of Justice ruled that the wall constructed in the occupied West Bank was illegal, must be torn down, and that Israel was obliged to pay reparations for the damage caused by its construction in 2004, nothing happened. Numerous UN rulings on Israel, all well documented, all ignored or vetoed, the impunity afforded Israel is maybe the most disturbing aspect of these past 66 years. So all anyone can do is keep the issue alive, keep pushing in any way they can, because even though very little action has been taken yet, there’s probably more worldwide support and solidarity with the people of Palestine today than at any other time in the past, its just a matter of maintaining the momentum.
        So it might ‘serve little purpose’ to you DaBakr but I think its extremely worthwhile, if on the other hand you have a better way of dealing with Israel I’m genuinely interested in hearing about it.

        Also, your assertion that homosexuality is embraced in Israel is false, homophobes are prevalent throughout Israel and Palestine, this is more a generational attitude than ethnic. Laws in Israel are arbitrary.

      • Mooser
        September 27, 2014, 5:01 pm

        I get how the regulars here enjoy slamming any pro-Zionist opinon as one that either is based on”
        1) cruelty
        2) lies
        3) even more and more lies

        DaBakr, why to you prevaricate like this when the answers are very easily obtainable on the web? Sure, there’s plenty of “cruelty, lies, and even more lies” in Hasbara, but the basic 4 rules (not three! Didn’t you get no religious education?) for Hasbara are:

        1) Israel Rocks!
        2) Arabs Suck!
        3) You Suck! (that’s why you are talking bad about Israel)
        4) Oy, The Whole World Sucks! (so why can’t we kill all the Palestinians?)

        That you would try to replace that classic framework with your own crude “cruelty and lies and more lies” system is simply unconscionable, a breathtaking act of presumption,, beyond chutzpah!

    • michelle
      September 25, 2014, 4:35 pm

      .
      those who support wrong choices/actions are truly the “bashers”
      shameful
      .
      G-d Bless
      .

    • Miss Costello
      September 26, 2014, 2:58 pm

      Yeah, it would be, wouldn’t it.

  2. seafoid
    September 25, 2014, 10:50 am

    Naftali Bennett famously accused the people of Gaza of self genocide recently. I accuse Zionists of self dehumanization via the following photo comparison

    1. The Palestinians, brimming with humanity

    http://www.tampabay.com/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/07/a4s_BEATINGFOLO070714c_13474815_8col.jpg

    2 The poor lost bots, overflowing with hatred
    pic.twitter.com/0CeAyoYQuV

    • just
      September 25, 2014, 11:30 am

      Very true, seafoid.

      iirc, it was Mads Gilbert who gave testimony yesterday that it was IMPOSSIBLE for any Palestinian to use another as a ‘human shield’ because of their culture and their care for each other.

      On the other hand, plenty of testimony was given (including by a young Palestinian himself) that Israel DOES use Palestinians as human shields.

      Dan Cohen live tweeted the session, and these are from Max Blumenthal’s testimony:

      “describes pattern of Israeli soldiers asking if anyone speaks Hebrew. Those who answered in the affirmative were shot dead.”

      Israeli Jewish society is primed for genocide and thanks to the special relationship with the US has the capacity to do so

      The ZIonist Left is responsible for the bulk of the violence in the history of the conquest of Palestine”

      and

      “There are audible gasps from the audience at @davidsheen talking about Israelis praising the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir”

      https://twitter.com/dancohen3000

      • Shmuel
        September 25, 2014, 11:51 am

        it was Mads Gilbert who gave testimony yesterday that it was IMPOSSIBLE for any Palestinian to use another as a ‘human shield’ because of their culture and their care for each other.

        There’s a lot to be said about the Israeli use and abuse of the “human shields” argument, but this is no better than drawing conclusions about Palestinians because theirs is “a culture of death” or because “they don’t love their children”. Palestinians are human and capable of the entire range of human behaviour — including using civilian (even protected) structures to hide and safeguard military activity. What remains to be seen is whether such things were actually done (and not by Israel’s self-serving standards and definitions).

      • Shmuel
        September 25, 2014, 11:53 am

        In any event, alleged Palestinian violations of international law in no way justify Israel’s attacks against civilians.

      • seafoid
        September 25, 2014, 1:05 pm

        ‘Palestinians are human and capable of the entire range of human behaviour'[

        Palestinians seem to get a more rounded education, Shmuel. They are less likely to think the world hates them. That must have an impact on behavior.

      • Shmuel
        September 25, 2014, 1:33 pm

        Palestinians seem to get a more rounded education, Shmuel. They are less likely to think the world hates them. That must have an impact on behavior.

        Don’t worry, seafoid. Palestinians have plenty of their own complexes — some of them remarkably similar to those of Israeli Jews.

        I heard a Palestinian speaker the other day, who painted a particularly rosy picture of Palestinian culture and society. The moderator asked him, but tell me, after all you’ve been through, don’t some Palestinians, at least, feel hatred toward their oppressors? He replied that Palestinians don’t know the meaning of hatred. They want justice, but bear no ill-will to anyone and, what is more, have no prejudices whatsoever and treat all human beings as brothers — always have and always will.

        Speaking for myself, my solidarity goes out to imperfect humans, not otherworldly saints.

      • seafoid
        September 25, 2014, 2:23 pm

        What is sad about Israeli society, Shmuel, is the social engineering that was required to get that 95% approval for the summer carnage. Palestinians are as wonderful and as fu $$ ed up as people anywhere. Israelis by contrast are lost. They could become a normal society but it would be too damaging for the status quo.

      • Elisabeth
        September 25, 2014, 3:50 pm

        I agree completely with you Shmuel. It is stupid to generalize positively about Palestinans and negatively about Israeli’s. You only need to see how collaborators are sometimes treated by Palestinian militants to know that Palestinians are definitely capable of hatred.
        Shooting collaborators in war time is a universal behavior, known very well also from my own country during the war, but dragging people behind motorcycles as has happened in Gaza, or beating people and forcing them to walk the gauntled through their own town after the war in front of their crying children, as my grandmother witnessed, is clearly a sign of hatred.
        That is how people are, unfortunatley, and Dutch people and Palestinan people are no exception.

      • seafoid
        September 25, 2014, 5:18 pm

        There is something seriously dysfunctional in Israel society, Elisabeth. Israelis individually are wonderful people but the collective is a mess. Palestinians have to get on with it- they have no power. Israelis do and every morning they make the wrong choice. How Israelis think about Palestinians is a huge part of the problem. How they educate their children is crucial.

        Israel is a tragedy . And that photo I linked to above goes against all the Israeli framing of the Palestinians, who are portrayed as monster, inhuman, barbarian, all the easier to kill them.

        Even if it became free tomorrow Palestine would be a mess. Years of pauperisation and brutality will do that. But the biggest losers in this whole mess are the people of Israel. They destroyed their society for YESHA . And they had so much going for themselves in 1967

      • Mooser
        September 25, 2014, 6:43 pm

        “Speaking for myself, my solidarity goes out to imperfect humans, not otherworldly saints. “

        What’s a Palestinian Gandhi to do? You don’t think maybe you are asking a little much from people operating under the most horrible of exigencies?
        So the speaker was somewhat pretentious, so what? His speech didn’t have the proper national modesty you expect?

  3. David Doppler
    September 25, 2014, 12:37 pm

    This is an important development, and Mondoweiss seems to have scooped the world. It will be interesting to see if/how it is covered in Haaretz, NYTimes, etc.

    • ActivistGal
      September 25, 2014, 4:08 pm

      I wouldn’t hold your breath. Even the Guardian only published one piece on the RT from Nov’11 and that is because it was written by Tutu and Mansfield. NYT (&Haaretz, et al) is likely to be very critical or ignore all together.

      • American
        September 26, 2014, 4:13 pm

        Wake up and smell the coffee ActivistGal.
        Making a presentation to the EU parliament and attracting 1 million views to your videos on this issue is not a small thing.
        Out of curiously what are you an activist on? The I/P issue or some other?

        https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal

        David Sheen @davidsheen · Sep 25

        10-minute video by @MaxBlumenthal & myself on Israel’s persecution of African refugees just surpassed 1 million views http://bit.ly/newrace

        https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal

        Max Blumenthal retweeted
        David Sheen @davidsheen · 23h

        IMAGE: @MaxBlumenthal, @Mogaza present @russelltribunal evidence of Israeli crimes in Gaza at the EU parliament today pic.twitter.com/pH4miTuGYS

  4. ivri
    September 25, 2014, 5:32 pm

    This tribunal reminds me of a caricature where the Boss, sitting in his huge armchair, points to a blackboard behind him and says to the frail and trembling Statistician in front of him: These are the conclusions, Substantiate them

    • amigo
      September 26, 2014, 10:25 am

      “This tribunal reminds me of a caricature where the Boss, sitting in his huge armchair, points to a blackboard behind him and says to the frail and trembling Statistician in front of him: ivri

      Thanks for raising that ivri.

      This what you had in mind ???

      “The report concludes that Israel’s presence in the West Bank is not an occupation,[3] and that the Israeli settlements are legal under international law,[4] It recommends the legalization of unauthorized Jewish settlement outposts by the state,[3] and provides proposals for new guidelines for settlement construction.[1]

      In May 2014, it was reported that the Government was covertly carrying out the recommendations of the Report.[

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levy_Report

      ivri , you are indeed an invaluable contributor.

      Keep up the good work.

      • ivri
        September 26, 2014, 10:54 am

        Amigo, these recommendations that you cite are valid. The West-Bank belongs formally to no sovereign – Jordan, the previous one has officially relinquished claim on it after 1967 and there is no formal Palestinian state – so, therefore, in principle, Jews can immigrate to there as they can to the US and live side by side with the earlier inhabitants there.
        I hope I am living up to your stated standards in clarifying some basic FACTS in this regard

      • Annie Robbins
        September 26, 2014, 11:09 am

        therefore, in principle, Jews can immigrate to there

        whose principle?

        I hope I am living up to your stated standards in clarifying some basic FACTS in this regard

        the only ‘facts’ here are the ‘findings’ of these hacks:

        Haaretz, the “members were meticulously chosen”:[2] Levy, who served as deputy mayor of Ramle on behalf of the Likud before being appointed as a Supreme Court judge,[6] was the single minority justice to oppose the 2005 unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, declaring that it violated the rights of the Jewish settlers,[2] Baker who is a resident of the West Bank settlement Har Adar was on the payroll of a settlers’ organization which advocates legalization of outposts, and Shapira, the daughter of former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren,[7] is a sister-in-law of right-wing ideologue Israel Harel.[2]

        ‘in principle’? can you please reference another source for this alleged ‘rights of jewish settlers’ levy refers to? where does it come from besides the apartheid government of israel.

    • ivri
      September 26, 2014, 6:23 pm

      @Annie: `In principle`? can you please reference…..
      The point is that if you go to live in a place that has no sovereign then, as the early settlers in the US (when gone to empty areas), you are not stealing anything (as people in this site often refers to that) just join the locals as a new settler. This requires no referencing just plain common logic

      • Annie Robbins
        September 26, 2014, 7:10 pm

        i didn’t ask your point* ivri, i ask “whose principle?” iow: according to whom?

        your “just plain common logic” allegation runs contrary to international law. and if it were common, israel wouldn’t be isolated against global opinion on the issue of the settlements. you can claim it’s logical til the cows come home, it isn’t. and it certainly is not common in this day and age, very so last last and last century.

        why not just be honest and say, ‘the principle of colonialism’?

        *and please don’t think you’re fooling anyone when you say “just join the locals as a new settler.” we all know that is a lie.

      • just
        September 26, 2014, 7:17 pm

        The ‘logic’ of a thieving criminal.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 26, 2014, 7:26 pm

        just, maybe ivri thinks if he claims something is a ‘fact’ (especially in all caps!) we’ll magically think there’s some truth to it. hasbara #fail.

      • just
        September 26, 2014, 7:33 pm

        I can’t even fathom how anyone can say/write such things as though they are the reasonable folks with international law on their side…

      • adele
        September 27, 2014, 3:54 pm

        Ivri,
        if “in principle” you can settle any “empty” (by the zionist’s self-serving definition of course) land then why do you need an army to subdue the native inhabitants?

        It pains me how zionists/nationalists/fascists/colonialists abuse and torture the human faculty of logic, notwithstanding morality and common human decency.

      • Mooser
        September 27, 2014, 5:10 pm

        “I can’t even fathom how anyone can say/write such things…”

        Just, you just can’t recognize the sacred, can you? When a Zionist speaks, 5776 years of history speak through him! The minds of all great Jewish thinkers, from Maimonides to Einstein to Madoff, speak through his mouth! From his mouth , God speaks, with +15 Ashkenazi IQ, even.

        Haven’t you noticed, when a Zionist speaks, everything he says is right, because he, a Zionist (whose every word is illuminated and informed by Zionism’s omniscience) speaketh!

        You got a better explanation?

  5. RoHa
    September 25, 2014, 7:48 pm

    Obviously the Russell Tribunal is just a bunch of long-haired, ageing, anti-Semitic, hippies.

    • amigo
      September 26, 2014, 11:35 am

      To ivri up thread.

      “I hope I am living up to your stated standards in clarifying some basic FACTS in this regard ” ivri

      “In May 2014, it was reported that the Government was covertly carrying out the recommendations of the Report”wiki.

      Why so covertly –dropped your standards again ivri.

      BTW, Jews will be allowed through the normal immigration process to gain citizenship of Palestine , if and when Israel learns how to live with their neighbours and not continue stealing from them and killing them.

      For the moment , it is citizens of the occupier –Israel , (note Israeli Jews or Arab ) who have no legal right to be there.

      Did someone perform a lobotomy on the section of your cranial area that houses the truth.

  6. M. Kalundi
    September 26, 2014, 6:38 am

    The Case Against Fatou Bensouda by Mary Serumaga [657 words]

    Now that the Russell Tribunal has carried out an investigation of the actors in ‘Operation Protective Edge’ and found evidence of incitement to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, it is time the Prosecutor of the ICC begin her own investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators to trial.

    The impression is widespread that the Prosecutor can only investigate if the Palestinian Authority accedes to the Rome Statute. This is not so. Israel would be obliged to accept the jurisdiction of the ICC by virtue of being a signatory to the Rome Statute and if the crimes were committed either in the signatory State, per Article 12(a) or by nationals of the signatory State per Article 12 (b). In fact the only action a non-signatory State (here, Palestine) would be obliged to take in order to receive justice would be to make a declaration to the Court accepting the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to the crimes in question. And this only if Article12(a) and 12(b) are not satisfied.

    Note the alleged crimes in question were committed by Israeli nationals, satisfying 12(b). Others, such as incitement to genocide were committed in Israel and involve public statements by opinion leaders. This satisfies 12(a).

    There is another widespread erroneous impression or belief that the Prosecutor can only initiate an investigation if the Gaza situation is referred to her by the victim State, i.e. Palestine. The story goes that because the Palestinian Authority has not acceded to (i.e. signed) the Rome Statute, complaints about violence to Palestine cannot be received, much less investigated. Wrong. The Prosecutor may initiate an investigation once a situation is referred to the ICC by a signatory State, any signatory State. It makes you wonder why all those African leaders who fulminate about Gaza and the alleged racism of the ICC but do not make formal referrals about Gaza to the Prosecutor.

    Additionally, the Prosecutor herself may initiate an investigation on her own initiative. In doing so she may rely on evidence received from anywhere, even the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Article 15 needs to be quoted here, “The Prosecutor shall analyse the seriousness of the information received. For this purpose, he or she may seek additional information from States, organs of the United Nations, intergovernmental or non-governmental organizations, or other reliable sources that he or she deems appropriate, and may receive written or oral testimony at the seat of the Court. So, during such an exercise the Prosecutor is empowered to receive testimony from witnesses, much as the Russell Commission has done. If the Prosecutor concludes that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, he or she shall submit to the Pre-Trial Chamber a request for authorization of an investigation, together with any supporting material collected. Victims may make representations to the Pre-Trial Chamber, in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.”

    Finally, the Rome Statute empowers individuals to write directly to the Prosecutor in what are called Communications. While the Court considers whether or not to allow the investigation to continue, the Prosecutor is further empowered to continue collecting evidence which might otherwise be lost. At the end of her investigation the Prosecutor may conclude the case is not serious enough to be heard by the ICC or she may find the defendants (here Israeli leadership) is carrying out its own independent investigation which will suffice. Article 53 allows her to shelve the matter if she believes “there are nonetheless substantial reasons to believe that an investigation would not serve the interests of justice.” Her findings must be communicated to the pre-trial chamber. What she is not entitled to do is to maintain a supercilious silence in the face of slaughter of innocents in Gaza or anywhere else.

    If Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s hands are tied and she cannot investigate, they are not tied by the Rome Statute. She must have other difficulties.

    • just
      September 26, 2014, 8:21 am

      “What she is not entitled to do is to maintain a supercilious silence in the face of slaughter of innocents in Gaza or anywhere else.

      If Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s hands are tied and she cannot investigate, they are not tied by the Rome Statute. She must have other difficulties.”

      Thanks M.Kalundi. I think that Mary Serumaga is correct.

  7. Talkback
    September 26, 2014, 8:58 am

    Oh these hypocrit Ziopuppets are just hilarious.

    Attacking the Russel tribunal for investigating and not mentioning a single word about the real “kangaroo court” who is incapable of doing so:

    ““the military law enforcement system is a complete failure” and is “incapable of conducting professional investigations. … “The inescapable conclusion is that the Government of Israel is not willing to investigate harm caused to Palestinians,” said Yesh Din’s Director Neta Patrick.”
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/leading-israeli-investigations

  8. seafoid
    September 26, 2014, 11:26 am

    Did the tribunal mention the number of entire families that Israel wiped out ?

    • just
      September 26, 2014, 2:19 pm

      There was testimony given wrt entire families being massacred.

      Plenty of it.

      • just
        September 26, 2014, 2:27 pm

        Short video from RT presentation to EU:

        http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en/

      • seafoid
        September 27, 2014, 12:52 am

        Thanks Just

        In other news, how about this 2010 Gaza poem from Lilian Rosengartner, a well known self hating Jew ?

        http://mondoweiss.net/2010/10/2-poems-for-gaza

        “A friend reminded me of this timely poem by W H Auden:

        “ September 1, 1939
        Now I and the public know
        What all school children learn
        Those to whom evil is done
        Do evil in return.”

        I leave you with a short poem written on our journey.

        GAZA

        Israel!
        You have risen from
        Ashes of the holocaust
        To become your own enemy.
        We weep for you.

        Israel!
        You should have learned so well
        Man’s inhumanity to man
        Is hell.

        Palestine!
        We are your brothers and sisters too.”

  9. just
    September 27, 2014, 6:40 am

    Inspired & true.

  10. Ruth1940
    September 27, 2014, 2:17 pm

    The critics refuse to look at the evidence. Surely if anyone has the story right, it’s Miko Peled:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ZfnpN4Dfc

    Insist that our media start balanced reporting so the public understands that Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every three days for the last 13 years. The United States government needs to wake up.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/what-the-medias-getting-wrong-about-israel-and-palestine-and-why-it-matters/193607

  11. Ruth1940
    September 27, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Remember those in privileged groups responsible for inequities would never participate in such a tribunal. It would like delaying the Nuremburg trials until Nazis agreed to be on the deciding panel or waiting to get rid of apartheid until whites in South Africa decided change would be a good thing.

    In Palestine we’re talking about Israel’s breaking international law for decades, enabled by the United States.

  12. Ian Berman
    April 10, 2016, 6:43 pm

    To the writer and editor,

    http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/

    While the link above works if you copy just the URL, the hyperlink beginning with Mondoweiss does not.

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