Israeli Foreign Minister Admits War Crimes? Targeting civilians?

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posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 08:38 PM
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Hmmmmmm, Not surprising at all but here it is:



Additionally, numerous flippant remarks by senior Israeli politicians and generals, including Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, refusing to make a distinction between civilian people and institutions and fighters - "Hamas doesn't ... and neither should we" is how Livni puts it - are rightly being seen as admissions of war crimes.
english.aljazeera.net...


Israel Is Committing War Crimes
Hamas's violations are no justification for Israel's actions



Israel's current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense. Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Senior Israeli political and military leaders may bear personal liability for their offenses, and they could be prosecuted by an international tribunal, or by nations practicing universal jurisdiction over grave international crimes. Hamas fighters have also violated the laws of warfare, but their misdeeds do not justify Israel's acts.

The United Nations charter preserved the customary right of a state to retaliate against an "armed attack" from another state. The right has evolved to cover nonstate actors operating beyond the borders of the state claiming self-defense, and arguably would apply to Hamas. However, an armed attack involves serious violations of the peace. Minor border skirmishes are common, and if all were considered armed attacks, states could easily exploit them -- as surrounding facts are often murky and unverifiable -- to launch wars of aggression. That is exactly what Israel seems to be currently attempting.
Israel's current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense. Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes. Senior Israeli political and military leaders may bear personal liability for their offenses, and they could be prosecuted by an international tribunal, or by nations practicing universal jurisdiction over grave international crimes. Hamas fighters have also violated the laws of warfare, but their misdeeds do not justify Israel's acts.

The United Nations charter preserved the customary right of a state to retaliate against an "armed attack" from another state. The right has evolved to cover nonstate actors operating beyond the borders of the state claiming self-defense, and arguably would apply to Hamas. However, an armed attack involves serious violations of the peace. Minor border skirmishes are common, and if all were considered armed attacks, states could easily exploit them -- as surrounding facts are often murky and unverifiable -- to launch wars of aggression. That is exactly what Israel seems to be currently attempting.
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In regards to the civilians:



Indeed, in reviewing statements by Israeli military planners leading up to the invasion, it is clear that there was a well thought out decision to go after Gaza's civilian infrastructure - and with it, civilians.

The following quote from an interview with Major-General Gadi Eisenkot that appeared in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth in October, is telling:

"We will wield disproportionate power against every village from which shots are fired on Israel, and cause immense damage and destruction. From our perspective these [the villages] are military bases," he said.

"This isn't a suggestion. This is a plan that has already been authorised."

Causing "immense damage and destruction" and considering entire villages "military bases" is absolutely prohibited under international law.
english.aljazeera.net...


On the ongoing tragedy: From the NY Times

For Arab Clan, Days of Agony in a Cross-Fire


GAZA — Israel’s attack has razed buildings and upended families in much of crowded Gaza. But few neighborhoods suffered more than Zeitoun, a district of eastern Gaza City. And few families felt the wrath of the Israeli military more than the Samounis.

A house in the Zeitoun district was hit during the Israeli offensive, leaving 30 in the family dead. Ahmed al-Samouni, 16, survived. More Photos »
Israeli troops swarmed Zeitoun shortly after the ground invasion of Gaza began a week ago, and members of the extended Samouni family said they were moved from house to house as soldiers took over the neighborhood. On Monday, with nearly 100 Samounis huddled together in one house, the shooting and the shelling began, according to accounts of family members and witnesses that were partly corroborated by the Red Cross and the United Nations.
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At some point even the most hardened Israel supporters will have to admit that this has gone beyond self defence.

Its genocide plain and simple. No need to sugar coat it, no need to beat around the Bush. And we the US taxpayer is underwritting it :shk:

I ask the supporters of Israel how exactly has this helped? Bolstered thier moral standing in the world. How has this NOT helped the cause of HAMAS, bolstered the claims of Islamic extremist everywhere who are now rallying to the cause?

Does Israel really want peace? Is this the way to achieve this goal?






[edit on 12/1/09 by Operation AJAX]




posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 09:13 PM
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Star and Flag for you..

I have been watching this live, and it's really insane.
I hope this ends soon. I cannot imagine what the death toll will be tomorrow.

But yeah, this insanity and genocide will not accomplish anything. Does Israel really want 'peace'?? Coulda fooled me. Does not look like it.



posted on Jan, 12 2009 @ 09:19 PM
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They see themselves as untouchable. Maybe since they have had plenty of time to plot the murder of the people of Gaza. You see, they have worked all the possible contingencies without the threat of payback. So why not a slaughter.





 
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