Israel is guilty of War Crimes
I was reading an interesting article from the Local News paper and I would like to share with you all.
By Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor in Chief, GN:
As I was starting to write this article, on Friday, the 21st day of the war on Gaza, Israel announced a four-hour ceasefire for ‘humanitarian reasons’.
I waited then for several hours expecting the United Nations to issue a resolution that would reward Israel for its humanitarian stand, and probably another decision from the European Union praising Israel’s ‘humane’ attitude towards the Palestinians.
I also awaited a third decision from the Nobel Peace Committee granting its prize to the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his “humanitarian and moral war”.
However, nothing happened and these parties have missed a great opportunity to recognise Israel’s ‘humane nature’!
The four-hour ceasefire (which was announced one day before Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire) came after another deadly night and 20 days of atrocities committed by the Israeli army in Gaza, including the destruction of hospitals, a place of worship, media centres and offices of UN aid organisations.
And of course daily bombings of the houses of ordinary Gazans. The pictures of their slaughtered children, women and old men in pools of blood have shocked the world. The death toll today stands at more than 1,200, a third of them at least being children.
We journalists across the world tend to refrain from publishing gory pictures of the slain and injured Palestinians so as not to “upset our readers” with the images of bloodied and ripped off human parts. In doing this, we have contributed to minimising the magnitude of the Israeli crime and are concealing its details under professional or moral pretexts.
Since the creation of Israel more than six decades ago, we have seen similar images and witnessed gruesome Israeli crimes – in Lebanon and Palestine.
The UN, which put its stamp on the creation of Israel in 1948, stands today helpless in pushing Israel to implement any one of the world organisation’s resolutions, including the recently passed Resolution 1860 which calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
Israel has rejected this resolution as it has done with all previous resolutions. It claims every time that it is not bound by any of them.
There is no bigger insult than this to the international community and the UN, which is supposed to represent the international will. It is also an insult to the Big Five powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China, which control the Security Council.
By rejecting the UN ceasefire resolution, Israel has again shown the entire world that it is above everything and everyone – the UN, the international law, the world and all peoples of the world, including the US, Britain and France and those of European countries which were established upon the universal values of human rights, justice, equality and liberty.
Yet, the entire planet stands powerless and could do nothing to enforce any of those principles, or compel Israel to comply with them, as they have done with other countries, especially in the Middle East. One really wonders: Is Israel exempt from international resolutions and UN principles?
Is Israel exempt from international laws and principles of human rights, including the right of self determination, freedom, equality, the right to live safe, the right of children to be protected from wars and conflicts, while nothing is taken against it except pathetic statements of condemnation?
Even condemnation has lately stopped due to the “very wise” policies of the US administration. Another imminent question is: Why should all countries and peoples in the world accept international laws and UN principles, or be subjected to those laws by military force sometimes (the Security Council calls that ‘all means necessary’), while Israel is allowed a free ride? This also leads to other questions: What is the power that Israel has, but other countries do not? Why is there unlimited sympathy for Israel, even when it massacres children and the innocent in the repeated wars it has waged on Arab states?
What Israel used to do in its previous wars is being done now in Gaza, a real life concentration camp where genocide is being committed through a ruthless siege, bombardment in a way that reminds us of the Nazi camps which were denounced and are still being denounced by the world over. Why can’t the world today condemn the Gaza Holocaust?
Have we become so bankrupt of ethics and human values that we ignore the plight of an entire people? The answer is yes. There are a few idealistic people who still dream of the day when they see Olmert and his arrogant Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni – with her cold-blooded draconian smile – behind the bars of the International Court of Justice at The Hague, the way former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic was tried for crimes of war and genocide against humanity and children.
Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and children, including Israeli children whose leaders made them subject to Hamas rockets for a political game and an election that’s been exposed.
Had Israel accepted the Arab peace initiative, it would have spared blood and prevented the massacres against Palestinians, and further established justice and human co-existence.
Yes, there are people who still dream of this day when Israeli criminals are brought to justice. If this dream comes true, the world will have a fresh start towards correcting its humanitarian and moral course, which is on the verge of collapse.
Until this day comes, Israel will keep placing itself above justice, Olmert above the UN and Livni above everyone.
Heil Olmert! Heil Livni!