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Leon Rosselson, letter to the Guardian, 28 July 2014

“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?
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Double standard on use of force

The people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end a merciless seven-year-long blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population writes Norman FInkelstein in a critique of the failure of Human Rights Watch to designate Israel’s bombardment a war crime.

Former Israeli navy commander panics at routine UK border questions

According to some Israeli newspapers, former Israei navy commander Eli Marom – in charge during Operation Cast Lead and the attack on the Mavi Marmara – was detained at Heathrow for interrogation; they imply this was related to possible charges of war crimes. Maron phoned the justice ministry in Israel for help.The more level-headed Anshel Pfeffer suggests that Maron was merely subject to the same questions as any other foreign entrant to the UK.

ICC should initiate investigation into Israeli crimes

The Israeli state has this defence against the crimes it has committed against Palestinians – so far with impunity: it is in a state of “armed conflict short of war” with Palestinians whom it has killed or imprisoned without due process. Al Haq and the PCHR have now urged the International Criminal Court to launch its own investigation into such crimes, thus helping free the people of the oPt from their ‘black hole’.

UK grants immunity for one IDF general; another stays at home

General Benny Gantz is in London this week for confidential talks with the UK’s chief of staff – which the government has designated a ‘special mission’ to protect him from arrest. Meanwhile, Major-General Doron Almog, who has been accused of war crimes in Gaza, has cancelled his trip to a charity in London because he was not offered such protection and could be prosecuted by the DPP, though no longer by a private citizen.

The university at the heart of Israel’s war industry

As this paper, produced in 2009 by the Palestine Society at SOAS, points out, there is nothing odd about universities serving state interests. But Tel Aviv University (TAU) is uniquely entwined with the shaping and development of Israel’s biggest industry – military materiel and strategies – including the one that says the primary goal of the IDF is to ‘leave the enemy floundering in expensive, long term processes of reconstruction’.

After Goldstone: war crimes of all sides should be referred to ICC to end impunity

No political authority in Israel or Gaza has held to account any agent of the war crimes detailed in the Goldstone report. Now three international human rights NGOs have joined with three Palestinian rights NGOs to call on the UN Security Council to refer the crimes committed by both sides to the International Criminal Court

Palestinians accused and IDF warned of war crimes

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, responds to last week’s violence with a charge against ‘Palestinians’ (1st) of actual war crimes and a warning to the IDF (2nd) of potential crimes. Its data of Palestinian attacks covers a seven year period.

‘If you say everything is anti-Semitic, then nothing is anti-Semitic’

Former Chairman of Canadian commission for combatting anti-semitism says criticising Israel for war crimes may be distasteful but it’s not anti-semitic. Irwin Cotler is not the only defender of Israel who is impatient with this glib charge

Universal law on crimes against humanity

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An article in Ha’aretz discusss the contradictory position of the Israeli state towards its soldiers accused of crimes, followed by an excerpt from the Lords and Commons Human Rights Joint Committee dealing with international crimes and private prosecutions

More on Breaking the Silence

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David Shulman, a prominent Ta’ayush activist often working in the South Hebron area, reviews the recent Breaking the Silence publication. He says of the testimonies collected here: “To read them is to see the profound moral corruption of the occupation in all its starkness.”

Israel is not being singled out for war crimes – rejoice

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Gideon Levy writes: “The voice of joy, the voice of rejoicing is heard in Israel: The Americans and British have also committed for war crimes, not only us. WikiLeaks’ revelations have inflamed all our noisy propagandists: Where is Goldstone, they rejoiced, and what would he have said? They were relieved. If the Americans are allowed to do it, so are we… Our rejoicing propagandists have changed their tactics now: no longer “the most moral army in the world,” a contention any reasonable person can see is ridiculous. Now they say: “We are terrible, like all the rest.” “

Goldstone vindicated by Israeli military report

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Veteran South African journalist Allister Sparks writes: “AFTER carrying out its own investigation into last year’s Gaza War, the Israeli military has finally confirmed several of the most serious incidents committed by its troops in that 22-day assault, which a United Nations commission of inquiry, headed by our own Judge Richard Goldstone, reported on last September…”

The death of Rachel Corrie

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In a major investigation in the Independent Ben Lynfield discusses new evidence that suggests that General Almog, Israel’s Gaza commander at the time, was implicated in a cover-up of the circumstances of her murder…

Amnesty International on Israel’s response to the Goldstone report

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Israel’s latest response to the UN on its investigations into alleged violations of international law by its forces in Gaza a year ago is totally inadequate, Amnesty International has said. The organisation believes that crucial questions about the conduct of attacks in which hundreds of civilians were killed and thousands were made homeless are not credibly addressed in Israel’s update to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

It’s Official – IDF Finally Admits to Illegal Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza Campaign

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The report that the Israeli government gave to the United Nations last Friday explicitly states that the two senior officers were disciplined after one of the investigating committees noted among its findings that they approved the firing of phosphorus shells at Tel al-Hawa “exceeding their authority in a manner that jeopardized the lives of others.” Trouble is, the IDF now denies any such disciplining took place! [...]

A real threat of ICC prosecution

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Despite an optimistic prognosis by the military advocate-general on the future of Israel’s international position following the Goldstone Report, speakers at an Israel Bar forum on Thursday warned of severe measures that might be taken against Israel and its military and political leaders [...]

Guardian editorial on Arrest warrants: Short arm of international law

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If we accept the notion that law is meaningless without enforcement, we also have to buy into the principle that universal jurisdiction is an essential arm of international law [...]

What David Miliband should say to Tzipi Livni

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One reasonable version of this call to Livni is as follows: “I am calling to explain why it would be wrong for me to apologise publicly or privately for the apparent decision by one of this country’s independent judiciary to issue an arrest warrant against you… Unfortunately, it seems that Miliband is unlikely [...]

Turning off the lights

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Yitzhak Laor writes:
“…In short, Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, who provided legal advice to the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza offensive, was invited to teach law at Tel Aviv University while the real work of “a light unto the nations” was done by the Jewish judge Richard Goldstone…”

Vice Premier and ex-IDF chief cancels U.K. visit over arrest fears

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Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon recently canceled a planned trip to Britain for fear of being arrested there… As chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces in 2002-5, Ya’alon is one of several current and former senior officers whom pro-Palestinian groups have sought to put on trial over the assassination of senior Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh in July 2002. [..]