150 + International Legal Experts: Israel Has Committed War Crimes … Should be Referred to the International Criminal Court

Legal Experts Say Israel Is Targeting Civilians and Inflicting Collective Punishment

The United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all say that Israel has committed war crimes by targeting civilians.

Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians is also a war crime.

Over 150 international legal experts – including two Former UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights situation in Palestine – have also signed a declaration stating:

  • Israel has targeted civilians
  • Israel has inflicted collective punishment on the Palestinians
  • These are war crimes
  • The matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Indeed,  a French lawyer filed a complaint with the ICC on July 25, 2014 on behalf of the Palestinian justice minister.  The complaint alleges that Israel committed war crimes – citing Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories, Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and the ongoing military operations there.

Numerous prominent British legal experts have also requested that the ICC investigate Israeli war crimes in Gaza, stating:

Reports produced by non-governmental organisations following preliminary investigations strongly suggest that crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court have been and are being committed. Supporting information is appended to this letter. Additional information, including from “States, organs of the United Nations, intergovernmental or non- governmental organizations [and] other reliable sources” (article 15(2)) is readily and widely available. Eye witness accounts have been documented, and “written or oral testimony” can be provided by victims and others (article 15(2)). There can be no doubt as to the “seriousness  of the information” available (article 15(2)).

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has called for “accountability and  justice”. That call has been echoed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who has underscored the need for “real accountability considering the increasing evidence of war crimes”.

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All the requirements for the initiation of an investigation pursuant to article 15 are clearly made out. The “information available to the prosecutor provides”, at the very least, “a  reasonable basis to believe that… crime[s] within the jurisdiction of the Court ha[ve] been or [are] being committed” (article 53(1)(a)).

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is worried … as shown by the fact that he has asked the U.S. for help in avoiding war crime charges.

Postscript: The ICC has said that it does not have jurisdiction over Israeli war crimes in Gaza, because the Palestinians have not yet accepted the ICC’s jurisdiction (perhaps because they are worried that Hamas has also committed war crimes).  However, Palestinian leaders now appear ready to submit to ICC jurisdiction.

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  • kayla21

    There’s nothing that Israel can’t do:
    – Israel was built by the help of terrorist groups (e.g Irgun (now Likud), Haganah (now IDF)). The terrorists group has been committing terrorism since 1937
    Israel has wiped out Palestinian state (search ‘Palestinian loss of land’) and rejects any Palestinian to comeback to their land
    – Israel has been building illegal settlements since almost 50 years ago
    – Israel imposes apartheid system in the occupied Palestinian territories
    – Israel besieges millions of Palestinians under an open-air prison
    – Israel hides behind 500.000 human shields (Netanyahu reject 1967 border, thinking it’s not safe, Therefore Israel uses 500.000 Israeli illegal settlers in Palestinian lands as human shields)
    – Israel hides behind US vetoes to protect its illegal business
    – Israel kills children when they are sleeping
    – Israel poison-gassed Gazans (white phosphorous)
    – Israel humiliates, kills, steals Palestinians in West Bank & East Jerusalem (both are Palestinian lands).
    – Israel self-claims the Entire Jerusalem, rejects 1967 border, builds illegal-settlement no stop, insists on total demilitarization of Palestinians forever; yet accuse Palestinians are the one who don’t want peace
    – Israeli politicians calls for killing all Palestinian mothers (Ayalet Sheked) & total Arab annihilation (Ovadia Joseph)
    – Israel numerously kills thousands civilians within WEEKS (babies, children, disabled, pregnant women were massacred too)
    – Israel killed 1.400 people in 2 weeks (2008) & it kills 1.900 people in 4 weeks (2014). In contrary, the homemade rockets , after 13 of years, caused 29 causalities.
    – Israel started the 2014 massacre by accusing Hamas responsible of kidnapping the three illegal settlers. Later Israel admitted Hamas is not responsible, yet Israel continues the massacre (Israel common method: see Lavon affair or Moshe Dayan confession that Israel started the 6 day war)
    – Israel started the 2014 genocide to destroy Palestinian Unity Government which was announced in June 2014
    – Israel wants to be seen as a victim (thanks to its propagandist (Hasbara) & lobbyist team

    Therefore, only the brainwashed fools thinking Israel is the victim, as the most prominent Israeli himself knew it’s Israel which is both TERRORIST & AGGRESSOR
    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Ben Gurion
    “Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.” Ben Gurion
    “The state of Israel must invent dangers, and to do this, it must adopt the methods of provocation and revenge” Moshe Sharett

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  • hvaiallverden

    How “convinsing” arent they, the druling f….. babbeling about Doing Something.

    And of course WE all know, this is just a freak show of scum lining up to say soemthing, and its all smoke and mirrors, absolutely NOthing will be done, absolutely nothing, just babbeling as countless times before, they bow to the sick f…. in Israel.
    Just watch how the grabb their ancles.
    THEY make simply wana puke.

    peace

  • LIVE from Israel, it’s Sean Hannity!

    Don’t miss the end, where Hannity lubes up his butt, bends over, and while holding 2 Israeli flags, allows Netanyahu to penetrate him from behind. Then, Netanyahu presents Hannity with dual-Israeli citizenship. Then Netanyahu allows Hannity to kill a Gaza child:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNCaxH5M32c

  • Cain Abel

    lol I can’t believe you are so stupid.

  • ahuxley

    All TRUE..
    And the bogusly installed Ukrainian government is targeting and killing innocent civilians in eastern and southern Ukraine.
    As such, these NATO backed NAZI thugs in Kiev should be held to the same standard:
    Tried and jailed…!

  • Arizona

    OH,Israel is guilty of war crimes,BUT NOT america,Oh,no not america ,we supply the world with death ,but thats OK right,every war in history was started by america so they could ROB the people of that country and KILLING millions of their citizens was OK,because it was america…the worst phco’s on earth,but who’s counting RIGHT?….IF the most blood thristy nation on earth was ever put on trial,YOU’D have to hang haft the people in the country..FOR WAR CRIMES………………