Posted by: r.m. | February 5, 2009

crimes…more crimes…

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague announced a preliminary analysis Tuesday into whether Israel committed war crimes during the recent Gaza war, following the Palestinian National Authority’s (PNA) move to recognise the ICC’s authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip ….….Debate over the war’s legality has gone beyond the use of specific tactics by Israeli commanders on the ground, to question whether the campaign as a whole was in violation of international law. This broader debate became far more contentious on Sunday, when Olmert responded to continued rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by promising a “disproportionate” Israeli military response. “The government’s position was from the outset that if there is shooting at residents of the south there will be an Israeli response that will be harsh and disproportionate by its nature,” Olmert said. Although Olmert’s remarks might be taken as mere blustering intended to deter further rocket attacks, his claim that the disproportionate use of force had been government policy “from the outset” was read by some as an acknowledgement that the Gaza campaign was disproportionate by design – and therefore in violation of international law.”

Meanwhile, let us remember that crimes are not only being committed by the Israeli government – but also by those “settlers.”

Today, a group of Israeli settlers bulldozed Palestinian owned farm lands, located near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …The farmers said that soldiers provided protection for the settlers and villagers added that this is not the first time they have been attacked like this.  Settlers have increased their attacks since the beginning of this year”

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