Category: Israel Crimes

Israeli leaders must know they can go to prison | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli politicians, civil servants, generals and soldiers should have to think twice before they participate in these crimes, knowing that by doing so there is a very real chance they could end up in a prison cell in The Hague.

via Israeli leaders must know they can go to prison | The Electronic Intifada

Israel Terror-Bombs Gaza After Declaring Ceasefire – Stephen Lendman

Police state America and apartheid Israel can never, never be trusted at any time, for any reasons, with no exceptions ever.

Negotiating with them on any issues is an act of futility and self-betrayal.

They operate by their own rules exclusively — extrajudicially, not lawfully, doing whatever they please, blaming victims for high crimes committed against them.

Last weekend, unprovoked Israeli terror-bombing killed and wounded Palestinians in Gaza, others in Damascus.

Terror-bombing Gaza continued for a second day. After both sides agreed to a ceasefire, Israel preemptively resumed terror-bombing.

At least 34 Palestinians were killed, largely civilians, including women and children, over 100 others injured — the latest example of Israeli Nuremberg-level high crimes, unpunished each time committed.

Rockets fired from Gaza at Israel virtually always are in response to Israeli aggression — self-defense when attacked, permitted under international law.

UN Charter Article 51 affirms it, stating:

via Israel Terror-Bombs Gaza After Declaring Ceasefire – Stephen Lendman

The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

Medics evacuate a Palestinian protester who was shot by Israeli snipers during protests inside the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

A year ago, Israeli forces gunned down 64 demonstrators during Gaza’s Great Return March. Palestinian journalist Hind Khoudary was there to see it all — the bloody stretchers, the wounded, and the dead.

via The bloody scenes I’ll never forget from Gaza’s Return March | +972 Magazine

Palestinians Blamed for US/Israeli Crimes Against Them – Stephen Lendman

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Hamas is Palestine’s democratically elected government, not the US/Israeli created PA, what came out of the disgraceful 1993 Oslo Accords, a Palestinian Versailles.

Unilateral surrender permitted permanent occupation harshness, colonialism, and apartheid rule, along with grand theft of Palestinian land and resources – high crimes gone unpunished.

Illegitimate puppet Mahmoud Abbas serves as enforcer against his own people for special benefits received.

Israel controls virtually all valued West Bank land and Jerusalem, more seized regularly, why a two-state solution no longer is possible.

Netanyahu vowed not one inch of Israeli occupied territory will be given back. Trump regime ideological extremists support his ruthlessness, including state terror and aggression.

Two million Gazans are terrorized under suffocating blockade, falsely blamed for misery inflicted on them, the world community largely ignoring their suffering.

via Palestinians Blamed for US/Israeli Crimes Against Them – Stephen Lendman

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

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Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

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After Israeli Army Injures 30,398 Palestinian Protesters in Gaza, Rights Groups Call on UN to Protect Them

LISTEN: Suffering in Gaza isn’t a humanitarian issue, it’s an Israeli political decision | +972 Magazine

A Palestinian man checks the damage following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis, March 10, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

That’s what shames the Jews today is Israel and it politicians not it’s citizens. Fighting for Palestinians today is fighting for Judaism not against it. (ODT)

Recent rockets fired into central Israel by armed groups in Gaza were not ‘mistakes,’ as both Hamas and Israel claim. The counter-intuitive context, Tareq Baconi explains, is a Hamas attempt to get Israel back onboard with a cease-fire agreement. Excerpts from The +972 Podcast.

via LISTEN: Suffering in Gaza isn’t a humanitarian issue, it’s an Israeli political decision | +972 Magazine

How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Trump administration’s illegal and unilateral recognition of Israeli annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights is an unfortunate return to the international jungle of the 1930s and 1940s, when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland and Mussolini annexed Nice from France.

Trump’s policy is Nazi law, as so many of his policies are. His first wife Ivana maintained that Trump kept a copy of Hitler’s speeches on his bed stand. It was said as part of a nasty divorce. But it is, sadly, nevertheless plausible.

The United Nations charter was crafted after World War II in an attempt to create a more just world order. One of the things the UN sought to do was to make aggressive warfare illegal, and to make annexation of other countries’ territory equally illegal.

Article 2, 4 says:

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

Note that although the article does forbid aggressive warfare, it also is concerned to maintain the territorial integrity of existing states. Indeed, the maintenance of that integrity and sovereignty is considered key to the UN goal of preventing further world wars. Trump and Netanyahu have violated that principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of nation states, and it will certainly lead if not to war (Syria is weak) then to violence of some sort eventually.

via How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel

Donald Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump stands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

via Donald Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As Trump Gives Thumbs Up to ‘Illegal Annexation,’ Israel Starts Bombing Gaza Again

U.S. President Donald J. Trump (R) and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (L) deliver remarks to members of the news media during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Oh what a wonderful war. Trump needs a permanent war not wall like Israel for his 2020 future  (ODT)

via As Trump Gives Thumbs Up to ‘Illegal Annexation,’ Israel Starts Bombing Gaza Again

Israel Begins Terror-Bombing Gaza – Stephen Lendman

A screenshot of Glen Le Lievre's contentious cartoon in the Sydney Morning Herald.

State Crime in plain sight. Might is Right is the Rule applied Israel has become Goliath in 2019 this cartoon is anti-Israel not Anti- Semitic. My mother is on the wall of the righteous and Netanyahu shames her. (ODT)

In the White House with Trump, Netanyahu lied saying Israel is “responding forcefully to (Gazan) aggression.” As usual he has things backwards, adding “(w)e will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state.”

Their only threats are internally created by extremist fascist rule. Contemptuous of Palestinian suffering, Trump expressed full support for Israeli aggression, falsely calling it self-defense.

Together with Netanyahu, he signed a proclamation, illegally recognizing sovereign Syrian Golan as Israeli territory – a flagrant international law violation.

via Israel Begins Terror-Bombing Gaza – Stephen Lendman

Israel kills Gaza protesters as UN body condemns “unlawful” force | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli forces killed two protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip on Friday as the UN Human Rights Council condemned the “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against Great March of Return demonstrators.

Around 190 Palestinians were injured during Friday’s protests, more than half of them by live fire, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in Gaza. Two were critically injured, the health ministry said.

Four journalists were hit by tear gas canisters and live fire while covering the protests, according to Al Mezan.

Nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed during the Great March of Return mobilizations, including 41 children, two women, two journalists, three paramedics and eight persons with a disability, Al Mezan said.

via Israel kills Gaza protesters as UN body condemns “unlawful” force | The Electronic Intifada

Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land | +972 Magazine

Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in al-Naqab, which Israeli authorities have demolished 136 times. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli authorities have demolished Al-Araqib over 100 times. Before heading to prison for rebuilding and staying on his land, the village’s leader says he knows justice is on his side.
Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in al-Naqab, which Israeli authorities have demolished 136 times. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished 136 times. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“I have a good feeling I’ll be in prison alongside Netanyahu,” Sheikh Sayeh Abu Madi’am jokes, sitting in a tent in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al-Araqib, which Israeli authorities have demolished well over 100 times — 136 times, to be exact.

via Sent to prison for trespassing on his own land | +972 Magazine

I wish we could mourn Pittsburgh as one Jewish people — but we can’t | +972 Magazine

Mourners take part in a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Tree of Life Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 29. (Governor Tom Wolf/CC BY 2.0)

This is dangerous precisely because the violent, xenophobic nationalism espoused by Trump is the same kind espoused by Netanyahu and Bennett, who repeatedly incite against Palestinians, African asylum seekers, and leftists. Groups like AIPAC and the ADL — in refusing to call out the GOP’s white nationalism, in conflating all Jews with Israel, and in unfairly scapegoating Muslims — are giving them cover and distracting us from what is actually happening.

via I wish we could mourn Pittsburgh as one Jewish people — but we can’t | +972 Magazine

Israel’s Solution to Global Condemnation of War Crimes? Punish Anyone Who Documents Them

Israel’s right-wing government has apparently decided that the best way to stop global criticism of its flagrant human rights violations against the Palestinian people is not to stop committing them, but to silence and punish anyone who attempts to document its crimes.

via Israel’s Solution to Global Condemnation of War Crimes? Punish Anyone Who Documents Them

Int’l Criminal Court must investigate Top Israeli Officials for Gaza War Crimes: HRW

 

New York (Human Rights Watch) – Israeli forces’ repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30, 2018, against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza and wounded thousands with live ammunition.

The United Nations General Assembly should support a resolution that calls for exploring measures to guarantee the protection of Palestinians in Gaza, and a UN inquiry mandated to investigate all violations and abuses should identify Israeli officials responsible for issuing unlawful open-fire orders. The killings also highlight the need for the International Criminal Court to open a formal investigation into the situation in Palestine. Third countries should impose targeted sanctions against officials responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations.

via Int’l Criminal Court must investigate Top Israeli Officials for Gaza War Crimes: HRW

Gaza medic killed by Israel was shot in the back | The Electronic Intifada

 

A photo taken on 1 April shows Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar treating injured persons at an emergency medical tent during protests in Gaza near the boundary with Israel. Al-Najjar was fatally shot by an Israeli sniper as she was helping injured protesters near Khan Younis on 1 June. Ashraf Amra APA images

This article has been updated since first publication.

Israeli occupation forces shot dead a volunteer medic and injured dozens of people as they continued their indiscriminate attacks on Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in Gaza for the 10th consecutive Friday.

Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21, was helping treat and evacuate wounded protesters east of Khan Younis when she was fatally shot on Friday evening.

She was about 100 meters away from the boundary fence with Israel at the moment she was shot and was wearing clothing clearly identifying her as a medic, the human rights group Al Mezan stated, citing eyewitnesses and its investigations. Al Mezan stated that al-Najjar was shot in the back.

via Gaza medic killed by Israel was shot in the back | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli army opens fire on Gaza protesters sixth week in a row | +972 Magazine

Smoke billows from the Gaza side of the Gaza-Israel border during the Great Return March demonstrations, May 4, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Over 7,000 Palestinians took part in Friday’s demonstrations in five different locations along the Gaza-Israel border. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, over 43 protesters were wounded, including three critically, in the clashes with Israeli forces. A total of 45 Palestinians have been killed on the border since the march began.

via Israeli army opens fire on Gaza protesters sixth week in a row | +972 Magazine

Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Update: 6:35 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza is reporting that 701 people have been injured during the Return March protests. 17 of those injured are said to be medical personnel.

Update: 5:30 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health is reporting that over 500 Palestinians have been injured during today’s protests, 122 by live fire.

via Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Israeli troops kill seven and wound 200 Palestinians as Gaza border protests resume: medics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man is seen carrying a boy who appears to be wounded in the head.

Killing kids Israel claims it’s their right of defense

Israeli troops have shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian medical officials say, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances.
Key points

1) 27 Palestinians were killed over the past week and at least 200 wounded Friday by Israeli gunfire
2) Israel has come under international criticism for its use of force
Israel said it acted in self defence and that many killed were militants

They said the demonstrators, including two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, were killed at protest sites along the frontier during a round of daily demonstrations that began on March 30 and are known as “The Great March of Return”.

via Israeli troops kill seven and wound 200 Palestinians as Gaza border protests resume: medics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As soldiers, we too were told to open fire at protesters in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Soldiers have a privilege. Every three or six months they move to a different area. They see only a fraction of Gaza’s despair, but before they even have a chance to process or think about it, they move on to see the despair in Hebron, Ramallah, and Nablus.

via As soldiers, we too were told to open fire at protesters in Gaza | +972 Magazine

For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians

All the while, the ongoing blockade and restrictions imposed on Gaza have made conditions more difficult for the Palestinians who live there. “I want to be shot,” one 22-year-old protester told my colleagues on Friday. “I don’t want this life.”(Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC)

This weekend in Gaza, Palestinians buried their dead after Israeli soldiers killed at least 18 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday. About 30,000 Palestinians had gathered near the fenced barrier separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, both protesting the stifling blockade on their territory and mourning the dispossession of their ancestral lands at the hands of the Israeli state.

As in many other Palestinian protests that take place in the occupied territories, most protesters were unarmed and nonviolent. Families picnicked in the shadow of the Israeli border and flew Palestinian flags. But like so many other Palestinian protests, this one ended in tears.

via For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians

Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship

"It may be objected that Israel is not a dictatorship like that of Yemen or Syria. But for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, that is precisely what it is." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc)

The Israeli army snipers who were ordered to shoot unarmed Palestinian protesters last Friday at the Gaza border, killing 17 outright and wounding hundreds of others, were acting according to the contemporary script of Middle Eastern dictators.

The Israeli army initially admitted in a tweet that the tactic was premeditated and precise, but then deleted the tweet, as the Israeli peace group B’tselem pointed out:

via Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship

Israel’s new Jewish state bill ‘institutionalising the apartheid regime’ | Informed Comment

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The Israeli Knesset is fast tracking a “nation-state bill” which opposition groups have denounced as “institutionalising the apartheid regime”. Knesset members approved the final draft of the bill defining Israel exclusively as a nation for Jews.

The “Zionism’s flagship bill”, as it’s been described by Israeli politicians, will permit Jewish-only communities and mark a dangerous turning point for Palestinians whose democratic rights will come under greater threat.

Critics say the bill will effectively block any chance for Israel’s large Palestinian minority – 20 per cent of the population – to reform Israel in the future into a normal, Western-style democracy. Palestinian members of the Knesset condemned the move saying the bill “institutionalises an apartheid regime in the most blatant way”.

via Israel’s new Jewish state bill ‘institutionalising the apartheid regime’ | Informed Comment

Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

  • Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally endsParadoxically, Trump’s rash intervention this week is potentially a good thing. Inadvertently, it allows for a more accurate, realistic framework in which to bring about a peaceful settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This conflict is at the root of the region’s never-ending tensions.

    The United States is no longer mistaken as a neutral mediator. Its role as a self-appointed honest broker is over.

    What’s needed now is an international, multilateral forum in which Palestinians are at last afforded real equality under international law. The Palestinian sovereign right for national status must be advocated in the context of an illegal occupation by Israeli forces. The full sanction of international law must be applied against Israeli transgressions going back to at least the 1967 war.

    American chicanery, as illustrated again this week by Trump, is part of the problem. It can never be part of the solution, and it is good that Washington’s

     

    Trump’s Jerusalem move a good thing… US pretense of ‘honest broker’ finally ends

Israeli settlers attack Palestinians picking olives near Nablus: Caught on Film | Informed Comment

The majority of settler attacks committed against Palestinians are met with impunity, with Israelis rarely facing consequences for such attacks.Only 1.9 percent of complaints submitted by Palestinians against Israeli settler attacks result in a conviction,

Source: Israeli settlers attack Palestinians picking olives near Nablus: Caught on Film | Informed Comment

German firm whitewashes its plunder of Palestinian resources | The Electronic Intifada

HeidelbergCement tries to present illegal exploitation of land and labor as positive.

Question: Isn’t this what Genie Oil is doing in Syria’s Golan Heights an alleged Rupert Murdoch investment?

Source: German firm whitewashes its plunder of Palestinian resources | The Electronic Intifada

Israelis must speak up about the injustices here, and the world must listen | +972 Magazine

The world is not against us — rather, it is at best indifferent to the oppression of Palestinians, and at worst colludes in it, which is why Israelis must inform decent people about what is happening here. I was invited to attend a series of meetings organized by French activists that were held this week. The participants were involved in Palestine solidarity work, some of them with longstanding ties to Palestinian communities. Several visit Israel-Palestine on occasion, and assist however they can from afar. [tmwinpost] And yes, they are ardent supporters of all forms of non-violent struggle, particularly boycott. Every year, at…

Source: Israelis must speak up about the injustices here, and the world must listen | +972 Magazine

As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

The occupation allows us to demand Palestinians show their identification cards at a whim. It allows us to slap, shove, or shoot them if necessary — even if they are the same age as our fathers or young enough to be our children. By Alon Mizrahi Only last night, once I sat down after a long day, did the memories come flooding back. It was probably a video of a police officer beating a middle-aged Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem, which had gone viral, that triggered it. A reminder of just one story — one out of millions that reflect the absurdity of the occupation. [tmwinpost]…

Source: As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

How nationalism takes shape on Israeli and U.S. borders | +972 Magazine

Americans and Israelis need to resist not only border walls, but also the sentiments and systems that make them possible. By Nadia Naser-Najjab In promising to build a new wall along the American border with Mexico, U.S. President Donald Trump has openly sought to mine the deep racism and chauvinism that runs through parts of American society. Although it has been justified in practical terms, the wall has a particular symbolic significance: it renders a country increasingly unsure of itself and its place in the world, shaken as much by its own contradictions as by an external threat. [tmwinpost] Given that…

Source: How nationalism takes shape on Israeli and U.S. borders | +972 Magazine

How police killed a Palestinian man, tried to blame his cousin | +972 Magazine

A Jerusalem court rejects police attempt to place the blame for their own bullets elsewhere, but it’s not the first time they’ve tried — or succeeded at doing so. By John Brown* On the night between Sunday and Monday of last week, Israeli Border Police officers shot and killed Mustafa Nimer, a resident of Ramat Gan, in Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp. While the police officers initially claimed that the driver, Ali Nimr — Mustafa’s cousin — had tried to attack them, a video of the shooting that surfaced on Tuesday revealed that the officers continued to fire even after the vehicle came to a complete stop and…

Source: How police killed a Palestinian man, tried to blame his cousin | +972 Magazine

New Israeli settlement plans ‘provocative and counterproductive’, says US – Your Middle East

“We are deeply concerned by reports today that the government of Israel has published tenders for 323 units in east Jerusalem settlements,” State Department spokes

Source: New Israeli settlement plans ‘provocative and counterproductive’, says US – Your Middle East

Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria – WTF RLY REPORT

Washington’s Blog The Jerusalem Post reports that an ISIS fighter says that Turkey funds the terrorist group. Turkey is a member of NATO and a close U.S. ally. A German news program – with English subtitles captions – shows that Turkey is sending terrorists into Syria: Opposition Turkish lawmakers say […]

Source: Turkey and Israel Are Directly Supporting ISIS and Al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria – WTF RLY REPORT

ISIS, Israel, Iraq, And Syria: It’s All Part Of The Plan

(ANTIMEDIA) Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice. “Seize the chaos” i, Iraq, ISIS, Israel, Syria,

Source: ISIS, Israel, Iraq, And Syria: It’s All Part Of The Plan

Using stolen water to irrigate stolen land | +972 Magazine

Settlers are trying to spin water shortages as a problem that affects both Palestinians and Jews in the same manner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. By Dror Etkes The recent reports on water crisis in Palestinian areas of the West Bank were accompanied by a story of another water shortage: this time in Israeli settlements. Let’s get one thing straight — there has never been a “water shortage” in the settlements. When settlers open up the tap at home or in their garden, the amount and quality of the water is identical to that which comes out in…

Source: Using stolen water to irrigate stolen land | +972 Magazine