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The UN Human Rights Council’s report on the Gaza war of 2014 watered down Israel’s crimes in an effort to break through to the Israeli public, but it marks a continuing shift in world opinion against Israel’s actions, and puts more pressure on the International Criminal Court to take action against Israeli settlements, according to Diana Buttu, the Canadian Palestinian lawyer who formerly worked as a negotiator for the PLO.

Buttu gave an interview to Law and Disorder radio 3 weeks ago and was largely critical of the UN report. It creates a “false symmetry” between Israel’s actions, which killed over 2200, most of them civilians, and the actions of Palestinian militants that killed 72, six of them civilians.

It did so by ignoring the context, Israel’s unending occupation.

What this report… ignores is the very context of occupation. They mention the siege, they mention the occupation, but they don’t talk about what it is like to live under Israel’s military rule and what it is like to live under this prolonged siege, and they certainly don’t go into the issue of whether Palestinians have a right to protect and defend themselves against these attacks, which Israel is routinely carrying out..

Buttu said that the Human Rights report strikes this false balance in an effort to distance itself from its predecessor, the Goldstone Report of 2009, and disarm Israeli critics: “what they were trying to do is make it a little more palatable for an Israeli public, to recognize that they did some wrongs.”

But as a result, the report bends over backwards for Israel. Buttu:

I’ll give you an example. One of the things that they talk about in the report is the fear from the tunnels. And this is a topic that the Israelis had consistently been repeating, this fear from the tunnels. Yet… these tunnels weren’t used in any attacks, they certainly weren’t used in attacks against  civilians. And most of the times they were being used either to smuggle in or smuggle out, equipment and foodstuffs, etc. Yet in the report they play up the idea of these tunnels as being so terrifying to Israelis.

You will recall that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu issued “cartoon evidence” of attacks from the tunnels last summer, US politicians went over to examine the tunnels, and the New York Times regularly played up the tunnels, they were a running story for our paper of record, and . (Our own James North repeatedly exploded these claims at the time, here, here and here.)

Netanyahu tweeted this cartoon evidence on July 22, 2014

Netanyahu tweeted this cartoon evidence on July 22, 2014

Buttu then lamented the fact that Israel would face no accountability at all for dropping one-ton bombs on hospitals, schools and neighborhoods, and the United States would continue to condone such practices, to prevent any accountability for Israel.

And yet there is a possibility of a prosecution going forward in the International Criminal Court, and the report is important to Israel’s changing image internationally.

One thing that has changed is… at least this prosecutor is beginning to recognize that there is a problem…. I’m not expecting that anything is going to happen swiftly. But… Israel is reaching the point where the international community is beginning to recognize that every year or two years, it is committing mass war crimes against Palestinians, in addition to the war crimes of building settlements and displacing Palestinian citizens…. It’s certainly creating a shift in public opinion.

Interviewers Michael Smith and Michael Ratner seized on the issue of settlements, and the fact that the report describes crimes in the West Bank: housing demolitions, destruction of olive trees, and movement of settlers into occupied territories.

Ratner pointed out that the issue of settlements is likely to be one part of the submission of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. He said, “There’s no real defense of that. None. The court is almost illegitimate if it doesn’t take that on. That one I can’t even begin to get my arms around– how they cannot take that on.”

Buttu said that the court has evaded the issue by portraying the settlements as a “political issue” that was going to be resolved through negotiations. But this is a smokescreen.

“Negotiations will not ever work, they have not worked in 20 years. The world needs to begin to stand firm on the position of settlements.”

Her fear is that the settlements have been around so long that the ICC and other international bodies have begun to accept that “some settlements are OK, whereas they really are all war crimes.”

Disclosure: This article contains quotations from Michael Ratner, who was a financial supporter of our website at the time the article was published.

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  1. Mondowise on July 19, 2015, 12:47 pm

    i am so thoroughly sickened and disgusted with ‘the world’ ….

    who gives a shit that settlements have been around for sooooo long? so what! it DOESN’T MATTER, settlements are a WAR CRIME, they are ILLEGAL…..PERIOD! and why on earth would anyone even think to appease any criminal????….EVER? who the hell cares what israeli critics say? oh, so a criminal bawls and screams his bloody head off and we say: there there little fella, it’s gonna be ok, we won’t punish you, come get a hug. wtf? for real?

    crime is crime and justice is justice, END OF STORY! world officials in the justice system need to grow some balls and stop being such pansy-assed wimps! i mean, WOW, this is beyond maddening and disturbing at all levels.

  2. annie on July 19, 2015, 1:49 pm

    regarding that cartoon, this ‘narrative’ of the tunnels running under the border from gaza to israel, designed to ratchet up the fear and justify the ground invasion almost two weeks into the 51 day war, didn’t fully explain the israeli government’s (likely) main concern about about the tunnels which i explained in ‘Israeli is in a pickel’

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israel-in-pickle

    Israel is likely in a pickle. Its stated goal for this invasion is to stop the missile fire (and dismantle Hamas’s control of the strip). To do that it must locate Hamas’ weapons arsenal and thus far, it appears it is clueless as to where they are. Israel doesn’t know the extent of weaponry Hamas has amassed, either in quality or quantity. All the blowing up of civilian infrastructure, including homes and hospitals, won’t end the rocket fire because it’s extremely unlikely any central stash of weaponry is stored in homes, schools, hospitals or mosques. The weapons are probably underground which is why it requires a ground invasion to find them. This is what “deal with the tunnels” means when Obama says “the current military ground operations are designed to deal with the tunnels”.

    israel didn’t know how long hamas could keep firing the rockets which was freaking out the israeli public. could they keep firing them for months and months?

    what’s likely is that Israeli intel does not know either the quantity, quality or location of Hamas’ weapons stash which means until they find them, they cannot guarantee the rocket fire will end.

    And, they don’t know where to look, they are on a fishing expedition in part because Hamas had endeavored to eliminate collaborators since Israel’s 2012 offensive. What’s probable is Israel knows it is operating in the dark which is why it jumped at the opportunity for a ceasefire.

    israel was in the dark.

    in the article i embedded: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2014/0718/Gaza-conflict-Israeli-fears-shift-from-skies-to-below-ground-video

    Copying Hezbollah
    Hamas’s tunnel network follows the successful use of tunnels by Hezbollah against an Israeli incursion into Lebanon in 2006.

    The Lebanese Shiite militant group built its first prototype of an underground bunker in the mid-1980s, which can be seen today at its tourist museum in Mlita, Lebanon.

    But it wasn’t until Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000 that Hezbollah began building up an extensive system of underground bunkers and rocket launchers, with an estimated 1,000 facilities by the time of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. During the fighting, some massive underground networks were found, including one with air conditioning, a cafeteria, dorms, medical facilities, and 3-foot-thick cement ceilings – all built secretly in view of a United Nations outpost along Israel’s border.

    Some of Hezbollah’s bunkers are so well-hidden that even with GPS coordinates that lead to within 10 feet of the entrance, they can be hard to spot. While some have been abandoned, Hezbollah is believed to be building even larger facilities, big enough to drive a truck into.

    Many Israeli analysts say that Hamas gleaned its tunnel-building expertise from Hezbollah, though it is unclear whether they traveled to Lebanon, hosted Hezbollah operatives in Gaza, or shared knowledge remotely.

    The tunnels have allowed both militant organizations to build up their rocket capabilities and preserve an element of surprise in their attacks against Israel, though Hezbollah’s capabilities far outweigh those of Hamas.

    i’ve been to Mleeta. it’s an impressive underground bunker system/base and i am sure it pales in comparison to what hezbollah has underground today. again, fear of the tunnels is not just fear of tunnels into israel. it’s fear of the unknown about what hamas has stored underground. i still don’t have any reason to believe israel knows the answer to that question to this very day.

    • annie on July 19, 2015, 2:01 pm

      one more thing i should disclose. i was in lebanon when i wrote this and it’s not random speculation. this is what analysts, journalists and pundits in lebanon were saying from the time the beginning of the offensive which began on the 7th (officially the 8th). 10 days later the “tunnels” talk was in full swing. but nobody was discussing the real threat from the tunnels in the hebrew or english press. not so in arabic.

      phil’s first james north embed reference in the article, written aug 13 ( Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/kindergartens-propaganda-netanyahu#sthash.BZ8H4P0N.dpuf ) referenced when the cartoon on july 22. the offensive was already in full swing.

      Back on July 22, Netanyahu asserted– on the basis of this cartoon drawing he tweeted– that the tunnels were aimed at Israeli kindergartens.

      still, they couldn’t explain their primary reason for needing to locate the tunnels (and justify the ground invasion which began on the 17th), to determine how long hamas could hold out.

    • ivri on July 19, 2015, 5:29 pm

      Annie, you must recognize that it is impossible to ride these two horses at the same time. In one narrative you have Hamas and Hezbollah as grand players that have managed to outwit Israel with some ultra-clever construct of tunnels with missiles – about which Israel is in the dark – by which they can gain an upper hand over Israel if only they decide so (without anything that Israel can do about it – and that`s where the pickled aspect comes in).
      The other narrative is about a ruthless Israel, with advanced military capabilities, which keep victimizing much weaker antagonists – causing them great harm in conflicts that the whole world should be caring about.
      You seem to have a divided mind here. On one hand you have this great wish to see that these two entities teach Israel a real harsh lesson – cause it great harm and impose through that their will on it – while on the other hand almost everything written in this site is about saving them from Israel.
      Very simply, Annie, you can`t have it both ways.

      • annie on July 19, 2015, 9:58 pm

        ivri, i’d rather address your comment after you quote or blockquote something i wrote. i’m having a hard time relating to your paraphrasing. here’s my archives http://mondoweiss.net/profile/annie or feel free to quote from the article.

        alternately, if you’ve got any links countering the information (is gov reps claiming they no how long hamas can hold on firing rockets etc) please provide them.

      • ivri on July 19, 2015, 11:20 pm

        @Annie
        Well, I was talking about the spirit of things – it`s quite clear to me that there is some kind of a dual approach here.
        More to the issues itself: I think what you write (and your visits` impression) has already become outdated by recent big change in circumstances. The whole situation is in a flux now and both Hamas and Hezbollah appear to be at crossroads, including in regard to any warring designs vis-a-vis I Israel.
        Generally, Hamas seems to be rethinking its whole strategy based on lessons from the past war and the fundamentally transformed relations with Egypt. It is possible that despite all the talk otherwise the West-Bank model could be repeated in Gaza in which case this front can get quiet for a long time.
        As for Hezbollah, it faces too dramatically changed circumstances with the emergence of ISIS and its threats for Lebanon (and the Shias there) and unlike with Israel, where a lot is just rhetoric hype, here matters truly deem existential. In such conditions the last thing they would want is a conflagration with Israel. Clearly as far as ISIS is concerned all those tunnels and missiles mean nothing and it is a sheer irony that they have invested so much in what may have become an irrelevancy in terms of their new real needs – and that applies to Hamas too.
        That`s perhaps far-fetched but I cannot even exclude a scenario where both of the two could see Israel as a help source in regard to ISIS. But isn`t that what already append with Saudi-Arabia (and other Gulf emirates) in regard to the Iran/Shias threat, which made it see Israel in a new way?

      • annie on July 20, 2015, 12:14 am

        Clearly as far as ISIS is concerned all those tunnels and missiles mean nothing and it is a sheer irony that they have invested so much in what may have become an irrelevancy in terms of their new real needs – and that applies to Hamas too.

        wow, isis is really coming in handy for israel, since they’re fighting all the same enemies. such a coincidence isn’t it. maybe israel should think of supporting isis..oh wait that reminds me…

        Hezbollah, it faces too dramatically changed circumstances with the emergence of ISIS and its threats for Lebanon

        you mean in the golan .. where israel is upset some of their citizens attacked some isis al nusra syrian rebels? why not just give them medals. oh, because israeli is helping them. maybe israel has figured out it’s better to support terrorist to fight their battles for them. the way we did in iraq.

        anyway, nice segue into isis ivri. way to not back up your earlier speculations.

      • oldgeezer on July 19, 2015, 11:38 pm

        @ivri

        ” by which they can gain an upper hand over Israel if only they decide so (without anything that Israel can do about it – and that`s where the pickled aspect comes in). – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/israeli-settlements-dodges#comment-150162

        While Annie would prefer to wait I’ve read her posts and your response together with the prior article and nowhere does Annie suggest what you postulate in the selected quote.

        Israel has sufficient weaponry that it faces no existential threats other than an existential threat to it’s current and future planned illegal activities.

        In typical zionist fashion you have to distort reality. And the reality is that an Israel, engaged in illegal acts, doubled down on those acts by killing women children and babies. Anything to protect the master plan and avoid peace.

        I will never forget yalon’s tweet that the threat of peace has been avoided. Scum the lot of them.

      • echinococcus on July 20, 2015, 12:21 am

        Annie – ISIS
        10+

      • ivri on July 20, 2015, 2:12 am

        @Annie
        Just one comment: there is a big difference between somebody`s acts helping you (indirectly) and somebody being your planned tool. Many seem to fail to make this distinction with regard to ISIS vs. Israel and also the US (claiming that ISIS is their design).
        ISIS is, fundamentally, a big problem for everybody, including Israel – only, temporarily, its acts happened to help Israel in certain ways.

      • Citizen on July 20, 2015, 9:03 am

        It’s my understanding that ISIS arose from the desperate ranks of Iraq’s Sunni population because the US allowed the Shia component of Iraq to take over as the new government of Iraq, replacing the former Suni government the US had just laid prostrate. The Bush regime had no educated and developed occupation plan. Sort of like if the US invaded Appalachia, killed the Hatfield governing apparatus, and then allowed the McCoys freedom to solely comprise the new Appalachia government and military, etc. Neocons have always been big on the stick, stingy on the carrot sans significant thought to the aftermath for the targeted country. Am I misguided?

        Why is ISIS drawing young idealists from around the world to its cause? Why did my brother, driving in the backwoods of Pennsylvania/NY over the weekend, see so many Confederate battle flags flying when we know that’s Yankee battle land historically and my brother never saw any flags there before in his many decades of driving around that area?

      • annie on July 20, 2015, 1:00 pm

        The Bush regime had no educated and developed occupation plan.

        did it occur to you that constructive (or creative) chaos was the educated developed plan?

        Neocons have always been big on the stick, stingy on the carrot sans significant thought to the aftermath for the targeted country. Am I misguided?

        you’re much too kind. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ledeen

        One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists.
        That’s our mission in the war against terror.

        when the US invaded iraq and destroyed society they left a vacuum — one that created chaos. out of that chaos came the rationale for the US to remain in iraq — which one could argue was their intent all along. they certainly acted like they planned on staying for awhile — with the largest embassy in the world and bases all over iraq. the US needed to create a division in the people, which they set out to do from the get go by dividing people by sect — this was not random. they walled up baghdad, that was not a random decision made after years of war.

  3. HarryLaw on July 19, 2015, 2:26 pm

    I was not aware the ICC have dodged the settlements war crimes allegations. I believe they are contained in the voluminous file the Palestinians presented to the ICC very recently. Most legal observers agree with the opinions 15 Judges to 0 of the International Court of Justice [ICJ 2004] that the settlements, ALL OF THEM are illegal, and in breach of paragraph 6 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Of course the Israelis will look to any excuse to escape justice, http://opiniojuris.org/2013/03/03/how-israel-can-lawfully-avoid-an-icc-investigation-into-the-west-bank-settlements/ Some Israeli lawyers put forward the theory that if Israel joined the ICC under section 124 [ICC] they would be immune from prosecution for 7 years. This would be contrary to the spirit and aims of the ICC and would rebound on Israel, still they will use every trick in the book to try to evade prosecution.

  4. ckg on July 19, 2015, 3:19 pm

    My understanding is that the ICC has not dodged the settlement issue because it considers the matter a political one to be resolved through negotiation, but rather that until recently Palestine had simply not established standing in the court. But I highly respect Ms Buttu and could be mistaken.

    • ckg on July 19, 2015, 3:40 pm

      And it was the PLO that dodged acceding to the court’s jurisdiction until the grassroots pressure became too intense.

  5. Les on July 19, 2015, 4:55 pm

    Does anyone know how the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto paid for the tunnels they built to hide their weapons from the Nazis?

    • Citizen on July 20, 2015, 9:26 am

      As far as I know, the only outside help the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto received was from the Polish Underground, which gave them weapons and explosives for free. Hence, I guess, the tunnels were done with the labor and whatever tools and material were available inside the Ghetto itself. Maybe the Polish Underground also gave tools like shovels, wheel barrels, tunnel making stuff, etc. Again, for free. Seems a reasonable assumption.

  6. HarryLaw on July 19, 2015, 5:05 pm

    It should be noted that at 120. In the text of the ICJ opinion, any measures taken to organize or encourage transfers is also a breach of Article 49.6 of Geneva. Here is that text….
    “As regards these settlements, the Court notes that Article 49, paragraph 6, of the Fourth Geneva Convention provides: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” That provision prohibits not only deportations or forced transfers of population such as those carried out during the Second World War, but also any measures taken by an occupying Power in order to organize or encourage transfers of parts of its own population into the occupied territory”.

  7. HarryLaw on July 19, 2015, 5:13 pm

    For the record, here is the text of the ICC UK 2001 Act. Article 8 [2][b]
    viii) “The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies, or the deportation or transfer of all or parts of the population of the occupied territory within or outside this territory;”
    The ‘indirectly’ part clearly means ‘organizes’ or ‘encourages’ transfer.

    • amigo on July 19, 2015, 6:03 pm

      “The ‘indirectly’ part clearly means ‘organizes’ or ‘encourages’ transfer. “Harry Law.

      ” Israel forgives West Bank and Golan settlements $132.3 million debt
      Haaretz has learned from a senior official in the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division that up to 90 percent of loans have been forgiven.

      The World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division has forgiven about half a billion shekels ($132.3 million) of debt owed by settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights over the past four years.

      The debt resulted from long-term loans given by the Settlement Division to settlements in the Golan Heights West Bank and Gaza, primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. The Gaza debts were wiped out by cabinet decision in 2010.

      The loans were given to both individual settlers and settlement associations for construction and farming.

      In the government’s annual fiscal report, released Thursday, the Finance Ministry noted that “collection over the years of loans given through the Settlement Division is negligible or non-existent.” It was also noted that “conditions have not yet been determined for the repayment” of loans for construction. ” Haaretz

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.666213

  8. ivri on July 19, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Ms. Butto must understand, and that must be simple for her if she is a lawyer, that the way this world is run in general is about proportions. Just repeating million times the “crime” term will not make building houses a focus of the world when it also has to tackle in the Mid-East what it sees going on in at least 5 Arab countries.
    Clearly, if you have in a city a whole bunch of neighborhoods with continual killing sprees plus endless number of displaced people and in another neighborhood some people are building houses on areas where the legality of their ownership is controversial – where would you send your police to? And which cases will attract the attention of the Law?
    Just because Ms. Buttu has a personal agenda with the latter will that convince the judicial authorities to act otherwise?

    • a blah chick on July 19, 2015, 7:25 pm

      “Clearly, if you have in a city a whole bunch of neighborhoods with continual killing sprees plus endless number of displaced people and in another neighborhood some people are building houses on areas where the legality of their ownership is controversial – where would you send your police to?”

      And in what American city do you have this situation?

      You just don’t get it.

    • ckg on July 19, 2015, 7:48 pm

      ivri: some people are building houses on areas where the legality of their ownership is controversial.

      Only in your bubble is it controversial. As Harry noted above, the ICJ judges ruled against their legality 15-0.

  9. ckg on July 19, 2015, 5:42 pm

    Thank you Harry. You are a great resource here.

  10. Bornajoo on July 19, 2015, 6:31 pm

    “Negotiations will not ever work, they have not worked in 20 years. The world needs to begin to stand firm on the position of settlements.”

    Yes.

    Diana Buttu is very impressive

    • Citizen on July 20, 2015, 9:41 am

      US government is complicit in Israel’s poke in the face of the entire Arab world in the ME; as Hillary and Petreus once said, wherever they go in the ME, the first thing out of the mouths of (non-Israeli) diplomats is the issue of illegal Jewish settlements & US de facto funding of them, protecting them in UN SC. They conclude this puts targets on the back of every US person in the ME, civil, or military.

      Israel is the Bill Cosby of US foreign policy. AIPAC knits Cosby’s wholesome family sweaters, and it pays goy hicks in Congress to sell them. Such a deal!

    • Marnie on July 22, 2015, 12:51 am

      @Bornajoo –

      Isn’t it ironic that negotiations have worked with Russia, China, Iran; Cuba has been restored it’s rightful place and the only country that has proven itself over and over and over again to be completely unmovable at the negotiating table is the zionist state? America’s BFF, right. The time for talk is over. The sanctions that have been employed against other countries must be employed on the intransigent, homicidal, war mongering zionist state. Hit ’em where they’ll actually feel it – right in the pocketbook and now.

      • Bornajoo on July 22, 2015, 5:11 am

        “Isn’t it ironic that negotiations have worked with Russia, China, Iran; Cuba has been restored it’s rightful place and the only country that has proven itself over and over and over again to be completely unmovable at the negotiating table is the zionist state? America’s BFF, right. The time for talk is over. The sanctions that have been employed against other countries must be employed on the intransigent, homicidal, war mongering zionist state. Hit ’em where they’ll actually feel it – right in the pocketbook and now.”

        Absolutely Marnie. We saw what happened in 2011. 500k Israelis were out on the streets protesting the cost of living. So we know what really works and it would work REALLY fast if proper sanctions were ever implemented. But as you say, while they are an “indispensable ally” and also “America’s BFF” it’s simply not going to happen. The other negotiations happened because the USA wanted them to happen. So we need to get to the point where the USA really wants/needs it to happen because they hold the real keys to the occupation.

  11. JWalters on July 19, 2015, 7:40 pm

    Zionist money has done an excellent job of controlling the official discussion – so far. Questioning certain premises will get you banished from the that discussion.

    At root, there are only two grounds given for justifyinging the Zionist crimes against the Palestinians.

    (1) The Bible grants this land to Jews. As one woman cheerfully fund-raising in America put it, “How can you steal what’s already yours?” (Christiane Amanpour’s documentary “God’s Warriors”.)

    (2) The Nazis’ mistreatment of Jews justifies Jews’ mistreatment of Palestinians.

    There is also a secular version of (1), in which the Jews are special because of their technical prowess, which ignores the technical prowess of the Nazis.

    These excuses are clearly absurd by today’s standards of justice. The official discussion is silenced on these obvious points only by money, money, and more money. This money has always been an investment to start and maintain a highly profitable religious conflict. It includes a highly organized campaign of deception and emotional manipulation.

    This article pushes toward justice by discrediting that money and its lies with facts.

    • Citizen on July 20, 2015, 9:52 am

      “There is also a secular version of (1), in which the Jews are special because of their technical prowess, which ignores the technical prowess of the Nazis. ”

      Yes, astute observation in context. Twitter is packed with accounts that defend Israel against its universal moral and ethical dirth, by its technical prowess. Those accounts seem totally ignorant that USSR & USA competed with each other as to who could hire more former Nazi scientists and tekkies. Or maybe they know, eh?

      • JWalters on July 20, 2015, 8:09 pm

        Perhaps in the future Russia and the U.S. will compete to hire former Zionist scientists and tekkies.

  12. HarryLaw on July 20, 2015, 6:51 am

    Ivri above thinks the settlements are only controversial, below is an extract from a court case in Quebec, Bil’in village and Yassin v Green Park International this is what the Prosecution said about the war crimes in question [settlements]…
    A war crime, to put it succinctly, is a very serious matter. Further, it is easy to see why the offence in question falls into this special category. Article 49(6) is essentially a law to prevent colonialism. One need look no further than the current condition of the indigenous peoples whose domain once spanned the entire expansive breadth of this continent to appreciate the gravity of the consequences territorial dispossession can inflict upon a population. Most war crimes deal with offences against individuals or groups of individuals, but the offence in Article 49(6) is one that threatens the integrity of an entire people. It clearly qualifies as an exceptional offence of higher order that is of grave concern to the global community as a whole. http://www.thecourt.ca/2009/10/14/bil%E2%80%99in-and-yassin-v-green-park-international-ltd-quebec-court-acknowledges-war-crimes-as-potential-basis-for-civil-liability-claim-ultimately-fails-on-forum-non-conveniens/

    • Mondowise on July 20, 2015, 11:02 am

      let these eloquent, beautiful, wise words from the prosecution NEVER be forgotten! thank you Harry!

  13. Citizen on July 20, 2015, 9:59 am

    Fox News Channel on Cable, in showing us pundits re the Iran Deal, have, over the last few weeks, continually allowed pundits saying the Gaza tunnels are, were, used to attack Israeli kids in schools. No context re the actual use of the tunnels, let alone their context in the fact Gaza is an open air prison.

  14. ET on July 23, 2016, 1:28 am

    International Law Context:
    1 What does the Human Rights Councils Report have to do with the International Criminal Court?
    1.1 UNHRC Report is a peripheral issue
    2 There is no Chapter VII Article 41 UNSC referral to ICC
    2.1 A UNSC Referral to ICC for Israel_Palestine Conflict is the contextual UNSC Resolution that any Palestinian Government should be lobbying to get sponsored
    .
    II The UNGA 181 State of Palestine is a contracting member of ICC:
    1 UNGA 181 State of Palestine has the burden to present specific case breaches of Laws of Armed Conflict by specific persons
    2 Former Foreign Minister & present Defense Minister Lieberman who lives in a settlement is where to start
    2.1 War Crimes Avigdor Lieberman
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=759763204113483&set=a.512491405507332.1073741828.100002394314450&type=3&theater
    .
    3 Specific IDF Officer Corpus

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