Palestinians present 1st documentation against Israel to the ICC

ICC

As promised, the Palestinians have presented to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, documentation in support of their contention that Israel is guilty of war crimes stemming from its incursion into Gaza last summer. The move puts Israel in a position of having to decide whether or not to cooperate with ICC investigators. Israel did not cooperate with a UN Human Rights Council probe – which found just days ago that both Israel and Hamas likely committed war crimes. Click here to read the story.

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Rocket attack prompts Israel to cut back on Ramadan privileges for Gazans

 

Photo of Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque by MuslimTV Monde
Photo of Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque by MuslimTV Monde

Israel had opened up its borders to Muslims in the Gaza to allow them to come to the Dome of the Rock to celebrate Ramadan with family. But some of the Ramadan concessions are being rolled back in light of the latest rocket attack from Gaza. The Israeli government announcing it is cancelling the permits of 500 people wanting to travel to Jerusalem. Click here to read the story.

Another flotilla sets sail for Gaza

Flotilla

Once again, a flotilla threatens to crash the blockade of Gaza. Among those on board – a former prime minister of Tunisia. There is also an Israeli on board. Who says he is doing it for Israel. An Arab member of Knesset was also to be on board. He is being condemned by other members of the Knesset.

There are those who argue the flotilla is an attempt to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. And to bring attention to the plight of those who live there. But others argue, the blockade isn’t intended to stop humanitarian aid. That this is merely a publicity stunt. And that members of previous flotillas have been violent.

Israel’s UN ambassador is asking that body to condemn the flotilla.

Washington blasts UN Gaza report

There’s a common belief among Israelis that the Obama administration has abandoned them. But now, Washington is calling on the UN to deep six the report on last summer’s Gaza war which criticizes both sides for war crimes. Terming it biased.

Of course, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also calls the report biased.

There are those who fear the report will further isolate Israel in an “us against the world” mode which actually hampers efforts to bring a peace.

The Palestinians are reacting much differently. The report in hand, the Palestinian Authority heads, tomorrow, to the International Criminal Court, to file charges of war crimes against Israel.

This piece, in Haaretz, breaks down the report.

Opinion: With Gaza report, the UN hits a new low

UN in Geneva

By ANNE BAYEFSKY

Arrest Benjamin Netanyahu and any other “suspected” Israeli war criminals wherever and whenever you can get your hands on them. That is the shocking bottom line of a scandalous report released today from the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report emanates from a board of inquiry the Council created in the midst of the 2014 Gaza war. In legalese, the call to arrest Israelis either for trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), or before any court in any country that the U.N. labels “fair,” reads like this:  Click here to read the commentary.

Opinion: UN has Israel’s blood on its hands

 


Gaza demo By GEORGE BIRNBAUM, HANK SHEINKOPF and RONN TOROSSIAN

In response to the United Nations report issued today which accused Israel of war crimes, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials thundered that “It is well known that the entire process that led to the production of this report was politically motivated and morally flawed from the outset.” We agree.

Across the political spectrum in Israel, the United Nations report was condemned – noting its purpose was simple – to undermine Israel’s right to defend its citizens from attack.

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett noted that the report “..has blood on its hands [for] allowing the murder of Jews.” Speaking from the Knesset, Bennett said, “It is a report with blood on its hands that is trying to turn Jewish blood into the cheapest product in the world. This is a report with blood on its hands because it’s trying to restrict soldiers who protected this country’s citizens; it’s trying to tie our hands.”

There is blood on the hands of those who wrote the report – as well as those organizations funded by The New Israel Fund who provided factually inaccurate information to the United Nations. They are responsible for this modern day blood libel against Israel.

MK Tzipi Livni – a Netanyahu opponent – denounced the report noting it was “born in sin by a committee that systematically and proactively attacks Israel.” Livni added, “We will not accept a comparison between IDF soldiers and terrorists. We will not agree to speak about IDF soldiers and terrorists in the same breath. This is an important distinction for any country fighting terrorism.”

Put most simply, this report gives a boost to terrorist organizations around the world by allowing them to continue to attack innocent civilians.

While Israel chose not to cooperate with the biased UN, factually questionable information was provided by numerous organizations funded by the extremist New Israel Fund (NIF), including B’Tselem (69 mentions in the report), Human Rights Watch (22 mentions), Physicians For Human Rights-Israel (16), Hamoked (12), Breaking The Silence (8), Adalah (8), and Yesh Din (5.).

Bennett said today from the Knesset: “I saw the report, and I saw here several recognized organizations: Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem — and I ask myself: B’Tselem? Our B’Tselem? That cannot be. So I had to make sure.”
I went on the website of The New Israel Fund, who invented the granting of this patent of putting soldiers on trial for war crimes. Please note – the B’Tselem organization was nominated for the Campaign to name Children from Gaza Killed During Protective Edge. Why would the world file complaints against us? We’re so good at harming ourselves – [via] organizations such as B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund, Breaking the Silence. After all, if the world would miss a war crime to attribute to us – there are those of us who would find it all by ourselves. Like a homecoming party, the radical leftist organizations meet after each operation of the IDF, and tell the UN that we are war criminals,” he added.
Many in Israel have called for an end to funding of these organizations who harm Israel’s interests. We join them, and agree it is time that those responsible for funding the organizations behind this report immediately stop helping the enemies of Jews.
Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked, “Is there another people on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”

Professor Gerald Steinberg, an Israeli academic said recently that “While the leaders of the New Israel Fund… claim to support Israel and human rights principles, they enable the highly destructive activities that do the opposite. By the time these funders acknowledge this failure and end their support, the damage will be done.”

We say loud and clear to the United Nations, The New Israel Fund & their donors: The State Of Israel will continue to defend itself whether you like it or not. And we will say forever – shame on you. Stop strengthening terrorists & funding the enemies of Israel.

George Birnbaum is an international political consultant, who is partners with Arthur Finkelstein. Birnbaum formerly served as chief of staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Communications is a leading political strategist who has worked on campaigns in four continents. His clients have included former President Bill Clinton.

Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur and author of For Immediate Release.

UN: War crimes by both sides

Gaza war

Israel’s military and Palestinian armed groups committed “serious violations” of international human rights law during their conflict last summer that in some cases may amount to war crimes, according to a United Nations report. The report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict was released Monday. While the report accused both sides of possible war crimes, its findings focused more on what it considers Israeli wrongdoing in its operation known as Protective Edge. Click here to read the story.

Netanyahu: UN report hypocritical

Bibi

He calls out the secretary general of the UN by name. Calling him hypocritical. For targeting Israel for the deaths of children in Gaza last summer. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahyu saying Ban Ki-moon ignores the fact that Hamas used the children as shields. “…the terror group Hamas is winning immunity from the UN even though it was proven beyond any doubt that it has committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques, and from UN facilities,”  Netanyahu writes in a Facebook posting. Click here to read the story.

Israel accuses UN envoy of improper conduct

Leila Zerrougui

Some countries where children who are targeted and killed or otherwise deliberately harmed weren’t on the UN proposed list of blacklisted nations. But Israel was. And now, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations is accusing the author of that report, of improper conduct and bias towards Israel. Ron Prosor’s comments about Leila Zerrougui are in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and seen by Reuters. Click here to read the story.

Photo of Leila Zerrougui from an interview with Bill Miller on GCTV

 

UN official acknowledges Hamas stored weapons in schools

Pierre Krahenbuhl

The head of the UN relief agency in the Palestinian territories has acknowledged in an interview in an Israeli newspaper that Hamas did indeed, as Israel claims, store weapons in UN-run schools in Gaza during last year’s war. But Pierre Krahenbuhl still says Israel was wrong to target those schools during the incursion. Click here to read the story.