If #ICC doesn’t want to apply the international justice laws to the known war criminals of israel. Then it’s FREE for ALL!
Netanyahu aka #chickenshit wants to disrupt the ICC (International Criminal Courts) by hiding the #IDF soldiers who took orders from their commanders to “mow the lawn” of #Gaza. He claims he will not subject them to any interrogation. Sounds like an accomplice hiding behind military.
If the #UN (United Nations) doesn’t want to do its job …
The Hague (AFP) – The International Criminal Court said Palestinian authorities had formally recognised the court’s jurisdiction to investigate crimes allegedly committed during last summer’s Gaza war.
The legal declaration would allow the ICC to scrutinise offences allegedly committed since June 13, 2014, the start of Israel’s military operation, but does not mean the court would automatically launch an investigation, it said.
The Palestinians have formally requested to join the Hague-based court in a move which opens the way for them to file suit against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in the occupied territories, a request that has infuriated Israel.
Acceptance of the ICC’s jurisdiction differs from accession to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty. The UN is still reviewing documents submitted by the Palestinians to join the Court.
“On 1 January 2015, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Herman von Hebel, received a document… by the Palestinian government declaring Palestine’s acceptance of the jurisdiction of the ICC since 13 June 2014,” the ICC said in a statement.
Predictably, Palestine’s formal submission of its application to join the International Criminal Court has resulted in American and Israeli condemnation and threats. It is yet another example of the absurd illogic of condemning the pursuit of justice rather than the injustice itself. The immorality inherent in such a stance means critics of the Palestinian decision are not worthy of consideration.
It is bad enough that non-members of the ICC should oppose such a move, but far worse from countries that are members – including European states such as Britain and France – because they are violating their commitment to encourage access to the Court.
These countries have been keen on ending impunity in other cases such as Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. In November, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Judge at the ICC, Navi Pillay, summed up members’ opposition to Palestine’s accession in one apt word: “hypocrisy”.
In a position paper published last month, human rights organisations including Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights said: “Opposing ICC membership for Palestine nurtures impunity and undermines international justice.”
They added: “Advocating the impartial use of international justice mechanisms in Israel and Palestine is not about taking sides, but rather about upholding international norms, and ensuring all parties are held to account for serious international crimes and protected by international criminal law.”
This a key point ignored by Israel, because as an ICC member Palestine would also be held accountable. So in the case of the last Gaza war, for example, Hamas as well as Israel would be investigated for war crimes. While Israel vehemently opposes this, Hamas had been encouraging the Palestinian Authority to join the ICC and criticising it for not doing so, even after the war.
“Voice of Zionist cry is to obliterate the Palestinians just like they did during first holocaust of mankind. When Jews murdered each and every men, women and children of Amalekite nation……even Jews did not even spare Amalekites domestic animals. Only thing Jews did not destroyed is Amalekites valuables which was looted and shared by the Jewish Rabbis in those days. (See how much Jews love money and wealth)
Violence in religion first came from the Jews. Christian, Moslems just picked this up from Jewish scriptures. Murdering people with rock is also first introduce by the Jews.
Read great Christian monk Martin Luther’s writing as to how violent Jews can get….This is not my word.”
By EDITH M. LEDERER 13 hours ago
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians on Monday officially became observers at the summit meeting of the 122 countries that are members of the International Criminal Court, a move they say is a step toward joining the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to seek membership in the ICC in order to press charges against Israel for alleged war crimes.
The Palestinian United Nations ambassador, Riyad Mansour, said his government is moving in that direction “but that’s another step in that process,” and the timing will be decided by Abbas.
“The Palestinians have been promising to join the court but have repeatedly delayed action,” Balkees Jarrah, international justice counsel at Human Rights Watch, told AP. “We’ve been calling on them to join the court which could open up the prospect of justice for serious crimes by all sides.”
The Palestinians’ official acceptance as an observer at the two-week meeting came in a procedural move at the opening session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute that established the ICC.
Tina Intelmann, the assembly’s outgoing president, read a list of states that have not signed or ratified the statute that requested to participate as observers including Russia, China, India and the state of Palestine. With a bang of the gavel, all those on the list were approved by consensus.
William Pace, convener of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, which includes 2,500 civil society organizations in 150 countries, said “the significance is both the request and approval without objection,” though he said there were no grounds to object.
That’s because the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in November 2012 to upgrade the Palestinians’ status from a U.N. observer to a non-voting member state, which allows it to be an observer under the rules of the Assembly of States Parties and to ratify the Rome statute and to accept its jurisdiction, Pace said. Previously, the Palestinians could attend as an “entity” without those rights.