War Crimes

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‘Israeli soldier’ from notorious unit confesses to US citizen’s killing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 6:33am in

In recordings obtained by The Grayzone, a self-proclaimed soldier from Israel’s infamous Netzah Yehuda battalion detailed his unit’s killing of a 78-year-old Palestinian-American, and flaunted his genocidal views. After announcing plans to sanction the battalion, the Biden administration has inexplicably pulled back. The Biden administration has balked after announcing plans to sanction five units of the Israeli military accused of wanton human rights abuses in the occupied West Bank. “Four of these units have effectively remediated these violations, which is […]

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Israel murders 7 in Jenin, West Bank – including 3 children, teacher, senior doctor

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 2:36am in

Occupiers slaughter 7, wound at least nine and bulldoze homes and buildings as regime responds to news of war crimes warrants – with more war crimes

An Israeli sniper during an earlier brutal Israeli raid in Jenin (image: Creative Commons 3.0)

Israeli forces have brutally attacked the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, killing at least seven people and wounding at least nine, two of them critically, before bulldozing homes and buildings. Video in circulation shows Palestinian children fleeing under fire from troops, snipers and tanks, while a local hospital director reported that Israeli troops were firing at people in the hospital’s courtyard.

Among the murdered were three children, as well as senior surgeon Dr Osayd Jabarin and teacher Allam Jaradat, who was shot in his car as he tried to drive to work:

The Red Crescent reported that Israeli forces stopped emergency crews from reaching wounded people. Israel claimed it only killed armed men. Other raids took place in Tubas, Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah.

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced on Monday that he had applied for war crimes arrest warrants for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant. The regime has been in panic mode since and has tried to enlist the US to pressure the ICC into denying the warrants – but Netanyahu and co will not stop piling up the evidence of their criminality and contempt for humanity.

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US Congress passes Act to defund Defense, State Depts and NSC unless Israel gets all arms

US political insanity regarding Israel in a nutshell as politicians move to cripple their own government unless it enables foreign regime’s genocide

The US Congress has passed a bill that will de-fund the Defense Department, State Department and National Security Council if Joe Biden does not immediately agree to send Israel any and all weapons it wants, with no strings attached.

Biden had delayed some shipments of the largest and most indiscriminate bombs, in a token effort to show that he is not enabling Israel’s genocide, after polling showed many usual Democrat voters will not back him in November’s presidential election because of his support for Israel despite its slaughter of tens and tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians, mostly women and children and its deliberate creation of famine in Gaza. But it seems even that token show of resistance is intolerable to Zionist groups.

More than a dozen Democrats colluded with Republicans to pass the new Act titled “To provide for the expeditious delivery of defense articles and defense services for Israel and other matters” by 224-187 votes. The text of the Act reveals the genocidal insanity of a majority of US politicians, most of whom will have received significant funding from pro-Israel groups, or else been threatened that the same groups will fund their opponents at the next election. It mandates the defunding of the three key government departments if Biden does not submit and send Israel :

The world has not gone insane in the fact that so many western politicians – including in the UK – are prepared not just to turn a blind eye to genocide, but to actively enable it. It has long been insane, but the madness has been exposed by apartheid Israel’s nakedly genocidal ambitions.

Biden is said to be prepared to veto the legislation if the Senate does not block it.

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ICJP director warns UK MPs ‘justice is coming’ over complicity in Israeli war crimes

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/05/2024 - 8:29am in

Senior lawyer says ‘ink is almost dry’ on the guilt of many MPs who have enabled and covered Israel’s atrocities

Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak and other UK MPs may be looking uneasily over their shoulder tonight after receiving a renewed warning from the lawyer leading a pro-Palestinian justice group about their own guilt regarding Israel’s war crimes, after International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced he has requested arrest warrants for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant.

Tayab Ali, a partner in Bindmans, one of the world’s leading human rights law firms, and a director of the International Centre for Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) published his stark warning on Twitter/X this evening, telling MPs who have supported and enabled Israel’s atrocities against the people of Gaza that it is now too late for them to do much to avoid their guilt and complicity, because ‘the ink of history on your potential complicity is almost dry and you already made your decision’ – and that ICJP will be demanding personal legal accountability for guilty MPs:

Scotland Yard has already called for evidence after the ICJP warned Tory PM Rishi Sunak and notionally-Labour leader Keir Starmer that it would prosecute them if they colluded in war crimes against the Palestinian people. Starmer has even gone as far as to tell a radio interviewer that Israel had a ‘right’ to cut off food, water and fuel from Gaza, with several of his front bench MPs publicly defending his statement until he later tried to pretend he hadn’t said it.

Israel has killed at least 40,000 civilians and potentially as many as 100,000, overwhelmingly women and children, with double that number maimed and wounded and many more set to be murdered as Israel continues its invasion of Rafah and its block on the entry of food, fuel and medicines for more than two million people.

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Demands to Halt UK Trade Talks and Arms Sales with Israel As Netanyahu Faces Potential Arrest Over War Crimes Claims

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 11:53pm in

Calls to suspend UK trade talks and arms sales to Israel have been renewed after the International Criminal Court announced that it is seeking arrest warrants for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as the leaders of Hamas, over alleged violations of international law. 

The ICC alleges that Netanyahu and Gallant bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza in its response to the 7 October Hamas terror attacks last year.

They are accused of using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare – a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which came into force in 2002. 

They are also accused of “wilfully” causing great suffering, serious injury, and cruel treatment, which are classified as war crimes.

If arrest warrants are issued, Netanyahu and Gallant, along with the three senior Hamas individuals also charged by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), would be active in the 124 countries that are parties to the Rome Statute – including the UK. That means that UK police would have an obligation to arrest those individuals if they travelled to the country.

The UK Government has said it does "not think the ICC has jurisdiction in this case".

The ICC charges include wilful killing and murder as war crimes, with specific reference to attacks on Gaza’s civilian population. 

The allegations also state that Netanyahu and Gallant intentionally directed attacks against civilians, violating multiple articles of the Rome Statute. 

And the court contends that Israel systematically deprived Gaza’s civilian population of essential supplies and services, including food, water, and electricity, as part of a siege strategy.

The actions are described as part of a “widespread and systematic attack” against Palestinian civilians, aiming to eliminate Hamas, secure hostage returns, and “collectively punish” Gaza's population.

“These crimes, in our assessment, continue to this day,” the prosecutors argue. 

The effects of Israel blockading Gaza and closing border crossings for aid include severe malnutrition, dehydration, and increasing deaths, with famine present in some areas and imminent in others, they allege. 

Hamas leaders are accused of attempting “extermination” as a crime against humanity, and using murder as a crime against humanity. 

Three Hamas figures are accused of leading the terrorist group’s efforts to take hostages and use rape and other acts of sexual violence, as well as torture, as crimes against humanity, among other charges. 

UK Arms Sales Continue

The UK Government has granted licences for the sale of British weapons to Israel under a wide range of categories in recent years, according to the Global Legal Action Network. Since 2015, there has been £472 million in limited value ‘standard’ licence grants, and 58 unlimited value ‘open’ licences.

This includes sales of body armour, military communications equipment, military electronic equipment, components for military radars and targeting equipment, components for military aircraft displays and unmanned air vehicles, components for military support and combat aircraft, naval vessel components, and much more.

"Given that these items are all capable of being used in Israel’s actions against Palestinians, many of which are criminal acts under international criminal law, there is plainly a ‘clear risk’... meaning the Government should not be issuing these licences" under its own rules, a spokesperson for the Global Legal Action Network said in November.

However, since then, the UK Government body responsible for decisions on arms exports has refused to change its rules on sending military gear to Israel.

The Scottish National Party's Westminster Leader Stephen Flynn MP said: "This is a deeply serious development that once again pulls into sharp focus the full extent of the horrors committed by Hamas, as well as the grotesque and deadly Israeli Government response.

“Both the UK Government and the Labour Party must stand by international law and, whilst this application for an arrest warrant is determined, confirm that they will both fully support the final determination that is made by the court.

“In the meantime, the supply of arms to Israel must be halted and an immediate ceasefire demanded. Westminster’s equivocation has left it complicit in the deaths of thousands of civilians and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people must now stop."

The SNP has previously attempted to table a motion to force the UK Government to immediately end arms sales to Israel, but the move was blocked. 

A letter signed by 134 MPs and Lords from across the political spectrum earlier this month called on the Foreign Secretary and Business Secretary to "immediately suspend export licenses for arms transfers to Israel". 

An Israeli official told The Times of Israel that ICC chief Karim Khan’s statement was a “baseless blood libel against Israel” that “crossed a red line in his lawfare efforts against the lone Jewish state and the only democracy in the Middle East”.

Foreign Office in Firing Line

But a UK-based non-profit consisting of lawyers and campaigners, the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians, welcomed the move.

Representatives had submitted evidence to the ICC, collected from “first-hand eyewitnesses including from a significant number of medical professionals who have been in Gaza since October”, according to the group.

It said its investigation team included former British police detectives, who collected the evidence to British police force standards. 

The ruling came amid reports that there were threats and attempts to undermine the independence and impartiality of the ICC – cited in the organisation's statement today. 

The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians says that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office must now take “clear action to protect the rules-based international order by supporting the ICC’s move”.

“FCDO must ensure with all certainty that it is in no way complicit with the current Israeli Government, especially now that the war crimes of its leadership have been made more explicit than ever,” a spokesperson said.  

Tayab Ali, director of the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians, added: “Whilst many doubted the ICC would apply for arrest warrants for Israeli suspected war criminals, we did not.

"Any independent analysis of the evidence will result in an overwhelming appreciation that Israel has engaged in the most serious of war crimes. It was on this analysis that we based our view and trust in the ICC that it would live up to its mandate.

“But now, finally, the ICC has taken the first step to break impunity and hold Israeli politicians and military personnel accountable.

“We will continue to provide the ICC with credible evidence of war crimes and work with the international community to guard the ICC against unlawful interference with its proceedings. There is still a long road ahead before we can say that justice has been done.”

Emily Apple, Media Coordinator for Campaign Against the Arms Trade, added that the UK Government "cannot ignore the implications" of the ICC potentially issuing arrest warrants.

"Israel is committing horrific war crimes with the aid of UK military equipment. Time and again, Sunak and Cameron have refused to suspend arms sales. But the law is clear - the UK must suspend arms sales when there is a clear risk they could be used in violations of International Humanitarian Law," Apple told Byline Times.

Five Steps to for UK to Change Course

Last month, 1,100 lawyers, academics, and retired judges, including the former President of the Supreme Court Baroness Hale, signed an open letter and legal opinion to remind the British Government of its obligations under international law.

Today is has been reshared by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, urging the Government to take, amongst others, five key actions: 

  • To work actively and effectively to secure a permanent ceasefire in Gaza; 
  • To take all available measures to ensure safe access to and delivery of the essentials of existence and medical assistance to Palestinians in Gaza, including confirmation that UK funding to UNRWA will continue with immediate effect; 
  • To impose sanctions upon individuals and entities who have made statements inciting genocide against Palestinians; 
  • To suspend the provision of weapons and weapons systems to the Government of Israel;
  • To suspend the '2030 Road Map for UK-Israel bilateral relations' and negotiations towards an enhanced trade agreement, and to initiate a review into the suspension of the UK’s bilateral trade agreement with Israel and consider the imposition of sanctions. 
  • To work actively and effectively to secure a permanent ceasefire in Gaza; 
  • To take all available measures to ensure safe access to and delivery of the essentials of existence and medical assistance to Palestinians in Gaza, including confirmation that UK funding to UNRWA will continue with immediate effect; 
  • To impose sanctions upon individuals and entities who have made statements inciting genocide against Palestinians; 
  • To suspend the provision of weapons and weapons systems to the Government of Israel;
  • To suspend the '2030 Road Map for UK-Israel bilateral relations' and negotiations towards an enhanced trade agreement, and to initiate a review into the suspension of the UK’s bilateral trade agreement with Israel and consider the imposition of sanctions. 
  • Government Quizzed

    Conservative Ministers Andrew Mitchell MP and Alan Mak MP are set to be questioned by the cross-party Business and Trade Committee on Government policy on UK arms exports to Israel tomorrow.

    The committee is likely to ask about the scale of UK military and 'dual-use’ (civilian and military) exports to the country, and whether they remain confident that licencing decisions remain compliant with domestic and international law.

    The UK is still engaged in ongoing trade talks for a possible trade deal with Israel, Rishi Sunak's spokesman confirmed to journalists in recent weeks.

    A Government spokesperson told this outlet: "We do not believe that seeking warrants will help get hostages out, get aid in, or deliver a sustainable ceasefire. This remains the UK's priority.

    "As we have said from the outset, we do not think the ICC has jurisdiction in this case. The UK has not recognised Palestine as a state, and Israel is not a state party to the Rome Statute."

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    ICC prosecutor asks Court to issue arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Gallant

    Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 10:24pm in

    Israeli PM and ministers in panic mode, denouncing move

    Karim Khan, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, has asked the Court to issue arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant, telling the ICC that there are reasonable grounds to believe that they bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity since at least 7 October last year.

    However, in what appears to be yet another instance of the ‘both-sidesing’ that treats oppressor and oppressed as equivalent, Khan has also requested warrants for Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and military chief Mohammed Deif, repeating against them Israeli allegations of rape that have long been debunked and discredited, including by Khan’s UN colleagues who investigated Israel’s claims.

    Israeli government spokespeople are already publicly attacking Khan and appealing again to the US to help kill the warrants. On 30 April, Netanhyahu described the possibility of warrants as an ‘outrage of historical proportions’. Israel is not a signatory to the ICC, but if warrants are issued every country that is would have a legal obligation to arrest him and Gallant if they enter their jurisdiction, and deliver them to The Hague. The UK would, of course, be likely to ignore this obligation as it has its obligations under the Genocide Convention to intervene in Israel’s slaughter of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

    Israel has so far murdered at least 40,000 people, mostly women and children, in Gaza and maimed double that number. However, some estimates put the death toll at over 100,000.

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    Israeli army airdrops photos of children with warning to run to IDF in psych warfare

    Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 8:17am in

    Vile psychological warfare as flailing occupiers try to turn Palestinians against each other

    The Israeli military has begun airdropping leaflets with the faces, names and security numbers of Palestinians, including children, claiming they have been exposed as collaborators with Israel and listing a number to call to ‘save yourself’, in a naked attempt to sow suspicion and division among the Palestinians of Gaza, who refuse to allow their spirits to be broken by Israel’s genocide and endless war crimes. At least one child pictured is a toddler of two or at most three years old.

    The disgusting tactic exposes the desperation of an occupying, apartheid state whose own commentators and media are voicing opinions that Israel has lost the so-called ‘war on Hamas’ in which Israel has murdered as many as 100,000 innocent Palestinians and wounded around twice as many.

    Leaflets showing adults have also been dropped:

    United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese, who has announced her finding that Israel is indeed committing genocide, confirmed the foul tactic in a post outlining the way in which Palestinian children are threatened and blackmailed by Israeli forces, a practice dating to long before 7 October, a phenomenon she dubbed ‘unchilding’:

    Albanese also spoke to Watermelon Reports and described how thousands of children are kidnapped by Israel and held, sometimes for years, without limit:

    More than two thirds of those murdered by Israel since 7 October last year have been women and children, with many tens of thousands more maimed or orphaned in targeted attacks on family homes, including the families of medics, journalists and UN workers. The apartheid, racist state has nothing but contempt for the lives of Palestinian innocents, even the youngest and most vulnerable.

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    MAYDAY: Assange extradition decision tomorrow – get there if you can, watch live if not

    Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 7:36am in

    Wikileaks founder faces court tomorrow to find out if UK will give in to disgraced US extradition case – supporters have asked for you to join them at the High Court if possible and will be streaming live from London

    Julian Assange faces the High Court tomorrow in London to find out whether judges will agree a disgraced US request to extradite the Wikileaks founder to the US to face 175 years in maximum-security jail. The US case fell apart when its main witness admitted he had been lying the whole time, but the UK state has continued to hold and punish Assange pending extradition for revealing US war crimes, despite known US plots to kill him – plots that the court has already refused to admit as new evidence.

    His campaign has asked anyone who can get there to gather tomorrow at the High Court by 8.30am and will also be running a live-stream of developments from 6.30am, which will run below as soon as it goes live:

    Video will go live from 6.30am on Monday 20 May

    Freedom for Assange is a moral imperative, but it is also essential for all our freedom, as governments try to increase suppression of information vital to democracy and justice and to make Assange an example to intimidate other journalists into silence.

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    Hackney councillors quit Labour, form independent socialist group

    Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/05/2024 - 3:50am in

    Trend seen across the country reaches East End of London. Shameless Labour demands they resign and fight by-elections, despite making no such demand of 3 Tory MPs who have defected

    Hackney’s new Independent Socialists L-R: Penny Wrout, Claudia Turbet-Delof, Fliss Premru (image: Hackney Independent Socialist group)

    Three Hackney councillors who had been suspended by Labour for voting in favour of debating a motion calling for a ceasefire in Israel’s genocide in Gaza have quit the Labour party and formed a new Independent Socialists group.

    Claudia Turbet-Delof, Penny Wrout and Fliss Premru said their former party is:

    stifled by a lack of internal democracy, transparency and scrutiny.



    They went on:

    We can no longer in good conscience continue campaigning for a Labour party which nationally refuses to call out the genocide in Gaza, continues to support arms sales to Israel, and seeks to clamp down on pro-Palestinian protests.

    They also cited Keir Starmer’s abandonment of all his leadership campaign pledges and his u-turn to support NHS privatisation and Tory spending cuts to local government funding, his ‘kid starver’ commitment to keeping the cruel two-child benefit cap and his adoption of the blue Tories’ racist anti-immigrant narratives – and his treatment of Diane Abbott, Britain’s first Black woman MP, who remains suspended for commenting on anti-Black racism (on of many forms of racism which Starmer’s Labour is ridden) while Starmer has welcomed hard-right Tory MPs into the party.

    A Labour spokesperson described the development as ‘disappointing’ and – with extreme but unsurprising hypocrisy – said the councillors should resign their seats and fight by-elections. The three Tory MPs to defect to Labour have not been told to do so.

    Video: Israeli security minister Ben Gvir gives speech behind podium calling for Gaza colonisation

    Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 17/05/2024 - 8:51am in

    Right-wing extremist isn’t reticent about Israel’s ambitions for land where it’s committing genocide

    Right-wing extremist and racial supremacist Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s National Security Minister, is one of the worst of an odious bunch in Israel’s genocidal government – and he isn’t shy about Israel’s real ambitions for Gaza, where its military is engaged in genocide and an endless list of other war crimes.

    And this week, he gave a speech, to thousands of far-right settlers, behind a podium declaring, “Colonization in Gaza will bring security. Returning home!” The speech was no better than the slogan – and clear evidence of Israel’s continuing genocidal intent:

    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said today that it will take the court until the end of 2025 to complete its investigation into war crimes in Gaza. The case is clear-cut and the decision to issue arrest warrants for the racist extremists running Israel’s government and carrying out the mass murder of Palestinian civilians cannot come soon enough.

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