Serial criminality against
humanity is official Israeli policy. Punishment never follows. Ruthlessness
best describes these type abuses. Committing them without accountability
It goes on daily. Western media scoundrels ignore it. Too few people
understand what everyone should. Militarized occupation is hell. Terrorizing
civilian men, women, and children is worst of all.
In early October, Israeli air strikes and artillery attacked Gaza. At
least one death and numerous injuries followed. On October 11, Israeli
aircraft struck again.
Gaza's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood was targeted. Missiles were fired
at residential buildings. Major damage resulted. No injuries were reported.
On October 13, multiple Gazan locations were attacked. Two so-called
Hamas training sites were targeted. Bureij refugee camp was struck.
Material damage resulted. No injuries were reported.
Israel claimed terrorists were targeted. Residents said only nonviolent
civilians were nearby. No one knows from day to day who'll live, die,
remain healthy, or suffer serious injuries. Children are as vulnerable
Occupied Palestine is a war zone. Besieged Gaza is targeted often. No
one is safe throughout the Territories. Attacks can occur anywhere,
Israeli forces show no mercy. Muslims are considered subhuman. Rights
afforded Palestinians under international law are systematically spurned.
Israel gets away with murder because world leaders turn a blind eye.
Failure makes them complicit in crimes against humanity. Their resumes
are long and checkered.
Twenty-seven of them represent EU states. Twenty-one of them are NATO
members. On October 12, they became Nobel Peace Prize recipients. Warmaking
again was honored. It's a Nobel tradition. Its committee members believe
war is peace.
Millions harmed go unmentioned. Militarized occupation punishes Palestinians
grievously. Equity and justice are four-letter words. Fundamental human
and civil rights are denied. Daily examples explain.
On September 6, the Israeli District Court in Jaffa denied Abu Selmiya
family members justice. In 2006, Israel shelled their home. Nine victims
died. They were nonviolent civilians.
The court denied Israeli culpability. Deaths, it said, occurred during
ongoing military operations. International law leaves no ambiguity.
Attacking civilians and non-military related targets is absolutely prohibited.
Israel has its own rules of engagement. Under its "Dahiya Doctrine,"
collective punishment/disproportionate force against civilians and non-military
infrastructure is policy. Anything goes.
Illegal weapons are used. They include depleted uranium, chemical agents,
white phosphorous bombs and shells that burns flesh to the bone, and
so-called thermobaric bombs.
They contain polymer-bonded or solid fuel-air explosives. They're able
to penetrate buildings, underground shelters and tunnels. Its blast
pressure sucks oxygen out of affected areas and people in them. It's
a terror weapon designed to kill and destroy horrifically.
Civilians are specifically targeted. Dahiya institutionalized it. Children
are as vulnerable as adults. World leaders turn a blind eye. Why not!
Their own hands are bloodstained many times over.
As part of its Occupied Lives series, the Palestinian Center for Human
Rights (PCHR) headlined "No child should have to go through this," saying:
On October 7, Israeli forces fired two missiles. Two men on motorbikes
were targeted. They "were passing by Taha Hussain Elementary School
in the Al-Brazil neighborhood of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip."
One died. The other lost a leg. It was so badly injured, amputation
was required. Eight nearby civilians were wounded. They included four
children and a woman. Civilian neighborhoods are attacked routinely.
War crime charges never follow.
Targeted killing is official Israeli policy. Doing so violates fundamental
international law. Murder is illegal. Mostly civilians die or suffer
injuries. So-called militants are lawful freedom fighters.
On October 10, Sabrin Al-Maqousi and her two children were attacked
and wounded. Her cousin, Jehad Al-Qatrous was also injured.
Sabrin was visiting Rafah family members. She explained, saying:
"My son Nassim (age two) was sitting at the entrance of the house when
the missiles were launched. I rushed to bring him inside and found
that he had already been injured by shrapnel."
"He just kept saying, 'There is some blood on me, there is some blood
on me.' Some people came and put him in a car to take him to hospital.
I was trying to calm my other baby (one month old) when I noticed that
she was also bleeding from her head."
"Both of the children were then rushed to the hospital. It was only
after they left that I felt a sharp pain in my leg. I had also been
hit by shrapnel, and was bleeding. My cousin, who lives next door,
was also injured, and we were both rushed to hospital in an ambulance."
Doctors discovered Nassim's wounds were serious. Surgery was required.
He also temporarily lost hearing in one ear. It was injured during the
Imagine living daily under this type threat. Palestinians understand
best of all. So do civilians in all US war theaters. Pentagon policy
targets them in all American wars. Surviving family members aren't afforded
"The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy
of international law as the (way to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian
Its mandate focuses on "the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies."
They include International Court of Justice (ICJ) rulings and dozens
of binding UN resolutions on Palestine.
RToP convened three earlier sessions. They were held in Barcelona, Cape
Town, and London. On October 6 and 7, a fourth was held. New York's
Cooper Union Great Hall was chosen as venue.
Free Speech TV live-streamed proceedings. Media scoundrels ignored what
went on and its importance. Its standard pro-imperial policy.
A draft executive summary explained conclusions reached. Serious Israeli
international law breaches were documented. They include:
violating Palestinian self-determination rights;
violating numerous Security Council resolutions and UN Charter member
violation of "the principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition
of territory by war," as well as Security Council resolutions condemning
the annexation of Jerusalem;
denying Palestinians access to their own resources, including water
and arable land; and
violating numerous international laws.
They relate to lawless settlements, land theft, forced dispossessions,
ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, false arrests and imprisonment,
torture, denying the right of return, violating the International Court
of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Apartheid Wall, as well as indiscriminate/disproportionate
attacks on civilians.
Others documented denying fundamental rights. They include free movement;
freedom of religion; and right to work, to health and education.
Israel also institutionalized "discrimination based on national origin."
Doing so constitutes apartheid. Palestine's functioning nationality
Crimes of war and against humanity are systematically committed. Peace
is a four-letter word. Israel doesn't tolerate it. Its violent culture
Washington is complicit in Israeli crimes. Its economic, military and
political support facilitates them. Since 1948, America "demonstrated
a commitment to Israelís establishment and viability as an exclusionary
Jewish state at the expense of Palestinian human rights."
Washington is guilty of numerous international, constitutional, and
US statute law violations. So is the UN. It's done nothing to protect
Palestinian rights. It fails to hold Israel accountable. Member states
violate Charter obligations.
Enforcing international law is mandatory. Failure constitutes criminality.
A recent General Assembly declaration on the Rule of Law at the National
and International Levels stated:
"(T)he rule of law applies to all States equally, and to international
organizations, including the United Nations and its principal organs,
and that respect for and promotion of the rule of law and justice should
guide all of their activities."
Its own declaration mandates enforcing rule of law provisions equitably.
Denouncing Israeli violations falls short. Accountability is vital.
The so-called Quartet (UN, EU, US, and Russia) was given peacemaking
responsibility. Nothing whatever was done effectively. Good faith is
entirely absent. As a Quartet member "the UN bears responsibility for
The world body violates its Charter and other international law provisions.
Doing so undermines its legitimacy.
"The lack of concrete UN action against Israel constitutes an internationally
wrongful act, which prejudices Palestine and implicates the Organizationís
responsibility. The unlawful nature of the UN omissions is acute due
to their exceptional gravity under international law."
In Cape Town, the concept of "sociocide" was introduced. It refers to
"the systematic destruction of (Palestinian) language, culture, and,
more generally, their society."
These abuses continue daily. They violate international law. RToP "considers
that Israel is currently committing sociocide in Palestine."
International law calls it criminality against humanity. Justice is
denied. The current system proved "itself quite unable to bring about
Mobilizing international public opinion and civil societies is essential.
Emphasis should be placed on "the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
movement, trade unionsÖ.other campaigns, (and) social media networks."
When governments fail to act responsibly, ordinary people must do so
in their place. RToP is committed to keep working for Palestinian justice.
Nothing less is acceptable.
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