Sharon Letter to Saudi King Revealed as Crown Prince Slams «Israel» at UN

 
In the most recent revelations of Saudi-“Israel” normalization and alliance, a letter written by Ariel Sharon ten years ago has been revealed as the Saudi Crown Prince in an attempt to wash his hands of barbarity, slammed the entity’s brutal measures in the Occupied Palestine.

Ariel Sharon

Though the stain of shame haunts the Saudi regime, its Crown Prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

In a bid to wash away that taint, the crown prince first excoriated the “Israeli” entity before discussing the situation in Syria, Yemen or Iran.

Even more, he disregarded the Syrian crisis and the dire situation in Yemen, which had cost the lives of thousands of innocent civilians by the US-backed Saudi-led aggression on Yemen.

The Saudi Prince bin Nayef pointed out that progress in the Palestinian-“Israeli” conflict “seems impossible in the light of the continuation of the ‘Israeli’ settlement policy, the tampering with the holy city of al-Quds [Jerusalem], ruining the Arab, Islamic and Christian identity of the city, and the heartless policy of repression practiced against the Palestinians people.”

Little did he know that by slamming the “Israeli” entity, he would be dooming Riyadh and its ties to the entity!

Early in the month, at a ceremony in a museum in the Tel Aviv district of “Or Yehuda”, the “Israeli” entity’s former consul in Boston and ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levan, mentioned Ariel Sharon’s letter to then Saudi King Abdullah.

A framed copy of the letter was presented to the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Museum.

Levan hailed the letter as an “important historical document,” and proof that the “Israeli” entity worked behind the scenes to move the so-called “peace process” forward. He also said the letter confirms that there were ties with the Saudis.

The spirit of those ties, and of reports of a growing but still discreet relationship between Tel Aviv and Riyadh was in no way evident, but the letter shed light on the relation of the two regimes that goes back a long way.

“In light of Saudi Arabia’s central status in this region, and your Majesty’s political wisdom and foresight, we believe that your country can make an immense contribution to the success of this [‘peace’] process,” Sharon wrote to the Saudi king in reference to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

Sahron further wrote to the Saudi King,

” It is our hope that Saudi Arabia, under your Majesty’s strong leadership, will exert its power and influence to encourage the moderate forces in this region and advance the prospects of peace, stability and prosperity.”

“I offer my hand in friendship and hope to have the opportunity to cooperate and work with you personally to advance our mutual goal of peace. I look forward to receiving your response,” Sharon concluded the letter of friendship.

Ariel Sharon wrote these words on November 27, 2005, and had a Jew born in Iraq who lived abroad named Moshe Peretz to deliver the letter to the Saudi King Abdullah, thanks to a good relationship he developed with the king’s brother-in-law.

Peretz turned to the “Israeli” Prime Minister’s Office and offered his services in relaying a message to the king. On December 3, 2005, the king’s brother-in law-called Peretz and said the letter was personally delivered.

Source: JPost, Edited by website team 

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34 YEARS SINCE THE SABRA AND SHATILAH MASSACRE: ONLY WAY TO HONOR THE MARTYRS IS TO END ‘ISRAEL’

34 Years Since The Sabra and Shatilah Massacre: Only Way To Honor The Martyrs Is To End ‘Israel’

34 YEARS SINCE THE SABRA AND SHATILAH MASSACRE: ONLY WAY TO HONOR THE MARTYRS IS TO END ‘ISRAEL’

by Jonathan Azaziah

For three days in September, the 16th to the 18th, 34 years ago, demons walked the Earth in the form of men and took malevolence to depths of darkness and depravity previously unknown. For those 72 hours in Lebanon’s Sabra and Shatilah refugee camps, the criminal Phalangist militia, under the supervision of the usurping Zionist entity, ruthlessly and systematically murdered 3,500 Palestinians and Lebanese Shi’a in a massacre unprecedented to this day in the entirety of the artificial ‘Israeli’ regime’s cancerous existence.

Entity Prime Minister Menachem Begin–who knows a thing or two about being an evil, bloodthirsty, terroristic parasite, as he masterminded the King David Hotel bombing and the Deir Yassin slaughter–famously said after the mass killing that, “Goyim kill goyim, and they come to blame the Jews.” But make no mistake, it was the Jewish supremacist “state” of ‘Israel’ that was responsible for every drop of bloodshed in Sabra and Shatilah. Not only did Begin and Sharon arm, finance, train and give the orders to the Phalangists to implement the savagery, ‘Israeli’ occupation forces sealed the camps off and shelled to death anyone attempting to escape. So “Goyim” didn’t kill “Goyim” and then, out of sheer “anti-Semitism”, we all collectively decided to blame ‘Israel’. The SHABBOS GOYIM of ‘Israel’, under the direction of ‘Israel’, and with the assistance of ‘Israel’, committed genocide. THAT’S WHY we “blame the Jews”. Because they’re the monstrous beasts who are responsible.

An overlooked fact of history regarding the carnage that unfolded during those three sunrise-to-sunsets in September 1982 is that the‘Israelis’ blatantly lied to American officials about the nature of what was happening in the camps and told them that “thousands of terrorists” remained, instead of the truth that it was solely civilians who were present, mostly women, children and elderly men. Sharon, as well as Yitzhak Shamir–another ‘Israeli’ terrorist, who was infamous for carrying out the assassinations of “Lord” Moyne and Count Folk Bernadotte– deliberately covered up the massacre in their meetings with high-ranking US diplomats. The subterfuge that the Zionist terrorists engaged in delayed the American regime just long enough that they and their Phalangist proxies could finish off the murder spree unscathed. Men like Morris Draper and Philip Habib were outraged beyond outraged, but being cowards and weaklings, they subsequently bowed to pressure from the Zionist Lobby and never took their anger, and how they were tricked, out into the light.

Thus, the Sabra and Shatilah massacre can be considered the bloodiest deception that ‘Israel’ ever imposed on America. Worse than Operation Susannah. Worse than the JFK assassination. Worse than the USS Liberty. Even worse than 9/11. Worse than all of them combined in fact. And yet this malignant tumor, which betrays and humiliates America over and over again, which ATTACKS America again and again, just received a military aid package of $38 billion over the course of the next 10 years. Still think that Jewish wealth, power and influence are a “bigoted” myth and Washington isn’t a ZOG?

The martyrs of Sabra and Shatilah, and the thoroughgoing malefic horror inflicted upon them by ‘Israel’ and its proxies, still burn in our frontal lobes like someone opened up our brains and set them on fire. The barbarity, the torment and the wickedness of it all prevents us from shaking our sadness. Nor can we shake our fury. And as new slaughters take place today in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, also the works of gangs directed by the Zionist entity–be they ISIS, the FSA, Nusra or the psychopathic Saudi regime–we are reminded that the struggle is far, VERY far, from over. To prevent the memory of Sabra and Shatilah from disappearing into the caverns of forgotten history, there is only one solution: Cut out the tumor, remove the cancer, lance the cyst, take a machete to the dying, blackened shrubbery. END ‘ISRAEL’! Anything less is an insult to everyone who has lost their lives at this shaytanic, putrefying entity’s hands… Most especially the 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese Shi’a souls whose lives were snuffed out in Sabra and Shatilah 34 years ago today. #DeathToIsrael #DeathToZionism

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ANTI-PARASITISM IS WHAT’S NEEDED 49 YEARS AFTER ‘ISRAEL’ MASSACRED THE USS LIBERTY

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by Jonathan Azaziah

Yesterday marked the 49th anniversary of the murderous Zionist regime’s massacre of US sailors aboard the USS Liberty. Beyond a mere crime of the utmost egregiousness, beyond a mere classical example of the typical murderous behavior of the artificial ‘Israeli’ entity, the cruel assault on June 8th, 1967 that left 34 US servicemen dead and 173 others wounded showed just how pathologically monstrous the Jewish supremacist tumor is, as it put the entire globe in the crosshairs of nuclear war in the name of its regional as well as international designs. Again, the attack on the USS Liberty wasn’t just another case of Zionist mass killing but a false flag with a codename, Operation Cyanide, and ‘Israel’, in conjunction with its double agents and sympathizers inside the CIA, planned to sink this American ship, blame it on Egypt, and then rally (via its lobbying tentacles in the US) Washington into a warmongering frenzy so it would invade Cairo, overthrow Gamal Abdel Nasser and decapitate Arab Nationalism, not to mention put the US in direct confrontation with the Soviet Union.

On a more local level, the criminal Jewish entity wanted to bury what was aboard the Liberty: radio evidence of ‘Israeli’ occupation forces committing unspeakable crimes against captured Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai. The Halakhic-Talmudic barbarians killed thousands of Egyptian POWs during the Naksa, one of many atrocities, and the Liberty had the proof to back it up. So the ‘Israelis’ were quite literally attempting to kill two birds, or, in this instance, millions of “Goyim”, with one stone. It is only because the USS Liberty’s crew survived, stayed afloat and attempted to fight back, that the world is as it is today and not something far more dystopian. American bombers, armed with nuclear missiles, were scrambled in the midst of the Zionist Air Force’s murderous siege, but ultimately pulled back three minutes, THREE MINUTES, before nuking the Egyptian capital. And today, the vast majority of Americans aren’t even aware this ever occurred. Instead, they believe that ‘Israel’ is the US regime’s greatest ally and because of their “Christian” Zionist brainwashing, they idiotically believe that whoever blesses ‘Israel’ should be blessed.

This is all thanks to a cover-up at the highest levels which begins with the “shabbos goy” stooge of the highest “shabbos goy” order Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and one Admiral John S. “Slew” McCain–coincidence that Slew perfectly rhymes with Jew and McCain rhymes with reign, as in Zionist reign? I think not, but I digress–and is in fact continued to this very day by the admiral’s son, John “I Love Me Some Takfiris” McCain. Skippy “B-B-Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran” Short-Arms actually sides with ‘Israelis’ over his own veteran constituents and iscontinuing his father’s work of obfuscation by claiming that the Zionist usurpers told the truth about what happened that miserable 8th day of June in 1967. A casualty count of 207, 34 dead and 173 wounded, in an attack over a sustained period that followed 9 hours of surveillance on the ship indicating the in-depth planning of the assault, and which continued 40 minutes after the occupying Jews claimed they stopped shooting. Whoever survived is traumatized beyond description, including one gentleman I personally know and whom I will not name. They’re so broken. The tragedy deepens daily. All because of ‘Israel’, this “corrupted bacteria” and “mother of cunning” as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah likes to call it. This is America, ladies and gentlemen. This is the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave”. This is your “freedom” along with your “democracy”. Subservient to a foreign entity where even the men purported to defend you have no rights and are nothing but servants of the “chosenite” occupation regime.

As we mark nearly the fifth decade after the USS Liberty massacre, let the fury envelop you. Not just about the men aboard the ship, be they the fallen or the survivors, but the Egyptian soldiers slaughtered, the Syrian martyrs, the Jordanian martyrs, the Lebanese martyrs and of course the Palestinian martyrs whose lives were lost during that genocidal act of aggression that the Yahoud call the “Six-Day War”. Let the truth sink in like a mosquito’s proboscis piercing your flesh as it sucks your blood to sustain its parasitic existence. Because that’s what ‘Israel’ and Organized Jewry at large are: parasites and bloodsuckers. And what is this truth I speak of? That ‘Israel’ is not America’s friend. ‘Israel’ is nobody’s friend. ‘Israel’ is a virus that is making the entire planet sick. Race, religion, creed, color, nationality, none of it matters to ‘Israel’. The Zionists are equal-opportunity vampires and destroyers and in fact pit all different types of peoples in conflict with one another; you know it as the “clash of civilizations”.

After the Nakba, the Lavon Affair (Operation Susannah), Mossad’s assassination of JFK, the USS Liberty assault (Operation Cyanide), the threat to nuke Syria in ’73, the deception that led to the genocide in Sabra and Shatilah, the threat to nuke Iraq in ’91, Mossad’s 9/11 attacks, the great lie of Iraq’s WMDs and now the Arab Spring, complete with the East Ghouta chemical weapons false flag that nearly brought WW3 to fruition in Syria, haven’t you had it up to your eyeballs? Aren’t you at your wit’s end with Jewish-Zionist hegemony? Then embrace Anti-Parasitism. Embrace it like you embrace your children who come home safely after you were up all night worrying about their well-being. That’s the kind of relief it will bring. Truly, Anti-Parasitism is the way forward. Because it this natural revolutionary mindset, and ONLY this natural revolutionary mindset, that is going to set us free from the hellish Judaized prison we are all currently inmates of. Rest in power to the martyrs of the Naksa, including the 34 men of the USS Liberty. Rest in power for all-time.

An Ode to Said El-Said by Stanley L. Cohen

I love Said. He’s everything that’s good and decent and kind-and so much more. he’s the laughter of a toddler who’s just learned to run; the panic of young lovers who race to remake the bed as parents return home early; the broad grin that intoxicates us when the rare and sweet aroma of justice fills the room and gives us hope. Said is all things to all good people– those that are and those that aspire to be.

He’s been with us since the beginning of time and will smile down on us long after the last meteor shower has found its mark and we are gone. Palestinian by birth, humane by trade, and free by choice Said is a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and none of the above. While many march in lockstep to the beat of the safe, quick and easy, Said has journeyed long and hard to rear his beloved family, to raise our voice and to lift our spirits. Even now in his final days with us Said speaks with determination and no regrets; sorry only that when a free independent Palestine, a State for the stateless, arrives, he will not be here to rejoice in person. For Said, resistance is much more than a mere chant and BDS not a choice. They are sacred covenants which speak for eleven million of his Nation and the many who came before. Said’s journey will end far too soon where it all began, where its always been- with Palestine. Like all Palestinians, young and old, those past and yet to come, he was at Deir Yassin when genocide rained down as the world slept and the trail of tears began. He’s walked the blood stained roads of Jenin and Tulkarim and those of a hundred other Palestinian villages brutalized or laid to waste for no reason but their existence. He has known the hardscrabble streets of refugee camps that stretch from the destruction of Yarmouk to the time-tested despair of Sabra-Shatilla. To Said, the coastline of Gaza offers little safety but in its resistance comes boundless pride and dignity. Said has wept at the side of age-old olive trees ravaged by the same evil that has demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib time and time again. In Quds, he is every young boy, stone in hand, who by his resistance honors the key still worn around his great grandmother’s neck. He is the detained uncharged hunger striker who will not eat so long as his Nation is starved day after day after day. Yes, Said is Palestine-proud, resilient and eternal. It was, it is and it will always be. I have been truly blessed to know many great women and men- a first among equals, Said is one of them. His has been a life of warmth, wonder and wisdom and I will miss him sorely. If compassion is to be our currency, Said is richest of all; If humanity is to be our light then he is the sun that shines through the darkest of all nights to lead us to safety; If greatness is to be measured by the size of one’s heart, Said is truly among our giants. To be blue is all too easy at this time, but it can steal our breath and leave us speechless. So smile, shout out and give thanks for Said- that rare man, that wondrous gift. Have no fear, he lives on wherever women and men of conscience and principle fight for truth and justice. My brother, thank you for your friendship, your inspiration, your unwavering support and strength. I have no idea where you’re going Said, but if I am very, very fortunate one day I will go there too. Until we meet again . .. . Up the Rebels

———————————-Stanley L. Cohen

(For those unfamiliar with Said, he is a long time presence, and will remain so in our hearts, minds and actions, in social media [Twitter  ] and a dedicated activist in the struggle to free his homeland, Palestine.  He is a friend to, and beloved by, thousands.  Said recently let it be known that he has come to the end of his battle with cancer and will soon leave us, physically.  Learning of this, Stanley (well known as a devoted activist in his own right) composed this deeply beautiful homage to his dear friend, Said.  Said’s friends and family in social media will honour him with the hash-tag #SaidLives and we will continue to nurture the many seeds of hope and strength he has sown for the children of Palestine throughout his life…Stanley’s heart-felt expression, above, provides a true attest to the special being that is Said.  Said has stated he will close his Twitter account when it is time. Before that time, we do what we can to surround him with love. Please use the hash-tag along with us.  //MDP/Mala114)

REMEMBER Sabra & Shatila ~ Roots of Blood!

Sabra and Shatila are two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon where nearly two thousand Palestinian refugees were massacred during three days from September 16 to September 18, 1982.

The massacre was carried out by hundreds of Christian Lebanese Phalangists with the aid of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounding the camp.

This was only possible because of the tacit approval and complicity of Israeli Defence Minister, butcher Ariel Sharon and his gang of zionist war criminals.

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“Thou shalt not be a Victim.

Thou shalt not be a Perpetrator.

Above all, thou shalt not be a Bystander” ~ Yahuda Bauer,

Inscription at the Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

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“Remember the solidarity shown to Palestine here and everywhere … and remember also that there is a cause to which many people have committed themselves, difficulties and terrible obstacles notwithstanding.

Why?

Because it is a just cause, a noble ideal, a moral quest for equality and human rights.” ~ Edward Said

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*FURTHER READING:

| Lest we forget:

http://www.palestinefacts.org/pf_1967…

| The Legacy of Ariel Sharon, by Robert Fisk

The Independent, February 6, 2001

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fis…

| The Massacre at the Sabra and Shatila Camps: http://www.soundofegypt.com/palestini…

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32 Years after the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

Al-Manar

Franklin Lamb

Shatila Camp

They are beginning to arrive at Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut this weekend.

“They” being people of good will from around the world, many of whom annually visit Martyr’s Square in Shatila as well as some of Lebanon’s 11 other Palestinian Refugee Camps. It is the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and commemorative events are scheduled all next week.

The arrivals will find the camps overflowing even more so than usual, for this year they hold most of the approximately 90,000 Palestinian refugees who have been forced to flee the fighting in Syria. Just last month, 378 more Palestinians fled Yarmouk, Syria’s largest camp, due to clashes between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposing his rule. Reportedly, the latest exiles diverted themselves to Turkey since Lebanon; in flagrant violation of International humanitarian law now bars Palestinians escaping the violence in Syria.

Established during the Nakba 66 years ago, the Palestinian camps in Lebanon—initially intended as “temporary”—have undergone a 400% population increase over the years, and today they are literally overflowing with nearly a quarter of a million desperate Palestinians and Syrians.

Palestinians have tried to stay out of the Syrian conflict, but some young men are increasingly being heavily lobbied by various pro and antigovernment militia. One particularly aggressive recruitment program is that run by IS, or DA’ISH. Sinister forces know that in Lebanon, unlike in the other 197 UN-member states,

Palestinians are not allowed basic civil rights, including the right to work or own a home. Barred from employment in nearly 70 professions, Palestinians are denied rights that are even granted to foreign nationals arriving in Lebanon for the first time.

Be that as it may, international guests come to Lebanon at this time each year to pay tribute to the approximately 3,500 civilians who were slaughtered or ‘disappeared’ in the massacre orchestrated and overseen by Israel’s military under the command of Ariel Sharon. Though certainly an historical event that stands out in many people’s minds, the Sabra-Shatila butchery was in reality only one of more than 60 massacres carried out against Palestinian civilians by a 19th century colonial enterprise whose settlers still occupy stolen homes and lands.

A partial list of the genocidal bloodlettings of the past would include the following:

  • Qibya (1953), (where 70% of the victims were women and children, and, like Gaza this summer, schools and mosques as well as civilian homes were specifically targeted)
  • Khan Yunis (1956)
  • Rafah (1956)
  • Cave of the Patriarchs (1994)
  • Al-Khisas, Safed (1947),
  • Balad al-Shaykh, Haifa (1947)
  • Jaffa Town Hall (1948)
  • Sa’sa, Safed (1948)
  • Al-Husayniyya, Safed (1948)
  • Deir Yassin, Jerusalem, (1948)
  • Ein al Zeitun, Safed (1948)
  •  Lydda (1948)
  • Al-Kabri, Acre (1948)
  • Tantura, Haifa (1948)
  • Arab Suqrir, Gaza (1948)
  • Al-Dawayima, Hebron (1948)
  • Safsaf, Safed (1948) (70 people executed)
  • Eilabun, Tiberias (1948)
  • Hula, Lebanon,(1948)
  • Arab al-Mawasi, Tiberias, (1948)

In addition to the above, there have been more than ten massacres in Lebanon, including two in Qana (1996 & 2006), and a second one in Hula (2006). All have been documented by international scholars, including some Israelis, while some have been documented by UN agencies and NGO’s.

The international supporters of Palestine who arrive this weekend and next week will have a full schedule. They will meet with Palestinian NGO’s, listen to eyewitness accounts from Gaza, including from Al-Shifa Hospital, the medical facility that was at ground zero in the latest Zionist aggression. They will also hear a report on the US Israeli lobby, which seems  to regard the deaths of  scores of Palestinian children as mere “collateral damage.”

As for the 50-day onslaught against Gaza, a professor at the US Army War College in Washington DC, who teaches at the School of Strategic Land Power,  recently remarked to this observer,

What the Israelis did in Gaza was not collateral damage.” He went on to add:  “As members of the military we are ordered to stay out of politics but I can tell you as professionals most in the Pentagon detest what Israel does with our governments support and US arms. And this has been the case for many years.  The Pentagon regularly supplies those who teach at the War College with data on many military subjects. Recently  received analyses make plain beyond question that  every Israeli commander who ordered these operations in Gaza knew well before the first rocket or tank shell was fired that two thirds of the victims of these ‘operations’ would be women and children. That a huge crime in my book. To claim ‘collateral damage’ is frankly bullshit dished out to the public and Congress.”

The delegations will also take a tour of the Palestinian camps, including a visit to the furthest camp from Palestine—Nahr al Bared, up north near Tripoli—as well as the one closet to the occupied homeland, Al Rashidiyeh, in the south, which during the 1970s intensely resisted the Zionist occupation just a few kilometers away.

Meetings with local politicians will also be on the agenda, as well as with representatives from the resistance spectrum, and Hezbollah will actually host a dinner and facilitate a tour along the northern border of Palestine that will include a visit to the notorious Al Khiam Prison, where Zionist forces paid Lebanese collaborators to jail and torture their own countrymen as well as Palestinians. They will visit the nearby are Fatima Gate and the ‘Maroun el Ras’ garden, providing a view of some of the villages in Occupied Palestine, and where in 2010 Israeli forces killed more than two dozen people —the true owners of the land—during “land day” solidarity celebrations on the Lebanese side of the ‘blue line’.

The highlight of the week’s activities will include a meeting with families of the Sabra-Shatila survivors. Many of these survivors have, over the years, become good friends with the returning visitors, and there are often mutual hugs and tears at the large public gathering at Martyr’s Square on the edge of Shatila Camp. Below where they will gather rests the remains of hundreds of civilians—men women and children—Palestinian, Lebanese and foreigners—all butchered during the more than 43 hours of non-stop slaughter carried out during the night under Israeli fired flares.

What most will not examine, and likely will not even be aware of, is the increasing anger and frustration in the camps, particularly among the young. Palestinians are very sophisticated politically. Some say they get sound insights with their mother’s milk. Others will tell observers that it has become genetic, that they have the ability to grasp instantly the difference between those who only claim to be supporters of the resistance but do little and those who genuinely are.

The history of liberty and human rights is the history of resistance. It is resistance—in 1000 forms if necessary—and nothing else, that will achieve full return for Palestine’s legitimate inhabitants. Who in Lebanon will make a genuine effort to support that resistance and achieve elementary civil rights from Parliament for Palestinian refugees in the coming months is not clear.

 But one thing is certain: the resistance will continue. It will continue because there is something sacred about it, because for those who have experienced displacement and occupation, the land never ceases beckoning to them. Or as Franz Fanon put it, 

“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”

Compare Fanon’s words to those of David Ben Gurion, who said in 1948:

“We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do return.” 

Assuring his fellow Zionists they had nothing to worry about on that score, Ben Gurion added,

 “The old will die and the young will forget.”

Of the two, Fanon is clearly the more astute observer of human nature.

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Israel’s Gaza Genocide Redux

By Professor Francis A. Boyle

11 July, 2014
Countercurrents.org

I delivered the following Oral Argument before the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Commission for the Indictment of Israel for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity on November 21, 2012 during Israel’s genocidal Operation Cast Lead II against the 1.7 million Palestinians living in Gaza. The analysis and conclusions remain the same today during Cast Lead III. May it please the Commission:

You have heard the statutory declaration and evidence provided so far for your information. My purpose here now is to explain the law to which you will apply the facts in formulating your indictments. Of course, it is for you to decide whether or not to indict, or whom to indict. But you have already received my recommendation that you should indict the state of Israel, and named officials that I have already provided to you that will be found again in the transcript of the proceedings, including and especially General Yaron for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. And you’ve heard evidence and testimony from all of our witnesses on those three points. Now let me briefly review the witnesses and what they said from a legal prospective, so that you can formulate your opinions of law in your indictment.

Palestinians in Gaza

First of all, with respect to the Al-Sammounis testimony, Salah and Mahmoud. They are both from the Gaza Strip. Now, we have to understand, the Gaza Strip is under military occupation by Israel. And Israel is the belligerent occupant of the Gaza Strip. That means, at all times, Israel is governed by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 that protects civilians and the Hague Regulations of 1907 on the Laws of Customs of Warfare. You can find that also in the Chapter 5 for the Tribunal that is roughly based and patterned upon them.

Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the two Al-Sammounis are absolutely protected. They are what are known as protected person. They are civilians. Their rights are inviolable by Israel, or anyone else. In fact, protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention have more rights that legally are more perfectly protected than you or I have. That is the gospel truth under International Law.

There are 147 articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that were supposed to protect the Al-Sammounis and everyone else in Gaza. And if you look at all of the human rights reports that have been produced on Gaza, you will see that Israel has violated almost each and every one of these 147 articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention with respect to the civilian population of Gaza such as the Al-Sammounis.

Now, Israel has maintained that it is no longer the occupying power in Gaza and therefore is not bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention and the 1907 Hague Regulations because it withdrew its troops from Gaza. That does not change the situation legally. They are dead wrong. Professor Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur for Palestine, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council itself had said, “No, this is nonsense, Israel is still the occupying power in Gaza.” His predecessor, Professor John Dugard of South Africa, has also taken for the same position. The International Committee of Red Cross has taken the same position. Why is that the case?

Because the test of belligerent occupancy is control. You could read this for example, in U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10: The Laws of Land Warfare, that set forth the basic rules of Customary International Law applicable to all States in the world, including Israel and the United States.

Control of Gaza

Who controls Gaza today? We have heard testimonies Gaza is like an “open air prison.” Gaza is like a concentration camp. Gaza is surrounded at sea where it is currently being bombarded today by the Israeli navy – as we speak. Gaza City, a city, is being bombarded by a navy. And it is controlled by Israel on both the east and the south and surrounded by a fence. As for the border of Egypt, it is completely cut off. Israel bombs that border. They’ve just destroyed all the tunnels. In addition, despite his rhetoric, President Morsi of Egypt has not opened up that border. It is still sealed because the Egyptian military, that really runs Egypt today, is in cahoots with Israel and the United States and keeps the Egyptian border sealed.

The only exception, just announced two days ago, President Morsi has said, “I will allow the evacuation of severely injured Palestinians through the Rafah crossing into Egypt to get medical care. ” But other than that, the Egyptian border is sealed as well, and this has been the case since the imposition of the siege of Gaza by Israel starting in 2007 with the support of Egypt and the United States and the entire European Union. They are all accomplices in the siege of Gaza.

And you have in your bundle Volume 2, tab M, a document produced by my office: Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Crime of Genocide, Gaza vs. Israel. As of this summer, it’s quite comprehensive on all these issues. Of course, it doesn’t take into account the recent Cast Lead II, as I will call it, that goes on today as we speak.

But clearly it is Israel that exercises control over Gaza. They bomb it. They artillery shell it. They attack it. They invade it at will. So, of course, they exercise control over Gaza, and for that reason, they remain the belligerent occupant of Gaza subject to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 that protects all the civilians in Gaza, and the Hague Regulation of 1907 that also protects the land and the environment of Gaza as well as to some extent, the civilians. So, this is the legal regime applicable to Gaza.

During the course of Mr. Al-Sammouni’s testimony, Commissioner Chossudovsky asked the question of “command and control” and I did want to address that briefly: Who is responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide? And my brief develops the argument, 55 pages long, about why Israel is committing genocide in Gaza today as we speak since at least the time they imposed the siege of Gaza after Hamas had won a democratic election in Gaza.

But to get back to command and control. Of the tests under International Law, the laws of war is that of command responsibility, that is, if a commander of troops or others in the field, whether those commanders are civilian or military personnel, either order war crimes or crimes against humanity or genocide or committed themselves or know that their subordinates are ordering it or committing it themselves and refused to prevent it or stop it or punish it, they themselves are responsible for those atrocities – for those acts of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

And as the situation is in Gaza today, when you have war crimes that are widespread or systematic, they also become crimes against humanity. And what we see in Gaza, certainly in the 2006 invasion, then Operation Cast Lead 2008 and 2009, and now Operation Cast Lead II in 2012, is widespread systematic war crimes against the civilian population that clearly constitute crimes against humanity and even beyond that, genocide, for the reasons cited in my brief that is part of the record.

And I also have distributed to you and introduced now formally into evidence my article, Israel is committing genocide in Gaza. You already have that but I’ll introduce it.

And then the recommendation I personally put into the hands of the late President Arafat that he sue Israel for committing genocide against Palestine and the Palestinians at the International Court of Justice. And I have also given this proposal, this recommendation, to President Abbas. But because of enormous bullying, threats, intimidation inflicted upon them, I don’t think they’re going to do it, though I stand by ready to receive those instructions. That means it’s really up to you to defend the Palestinians because they’re not really in a position to defend themselves.

Palestinians Rejected by the I.C.C.

Indeed, after Operation Cast Lead, I recommended to President Abbas that Palestine accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, which President Abbas did do. And what happened? Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC prosecutor threw it out and said, “Well, it’s not for me to determine whether Palestine is a state,” despite the fact that Palestine had de jure diplomatic relations with 133 states and also state membership in UNESCO, a U.N. specialized agency. Still Mr. Moreno-Ocampo this coward and this hypocrite had the gall to just throw aside Palestine’s acceptance of jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and to investigate Israel for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

And there we stand today even when the Palestinians file a valid complaint with the International Criminal Court, the ICC refuses to defend them. And Mr. Moreno-Ocampo would not even lift one finger to help them. Not one finger in their moment of desperation. He is truly a despicable human being for this. And for this reason, we turn to you five Commissioners to act to protect the Palestinians when the ICC prosecutor, Moreno-Ocampo, refused even to lift one finger for them.

West Bank

Now, we come to the testimony of Mr. Alissawi. He’s from Bethlehem, the West Bank. And let me again briefly explain to you the legal status of the West Bank and Jerusalem and the regime of International Law that applies.

The West Bank too is occupied territory. All of it. This A-B-C baloney is nonsense. This is just an apartheid regime set up by Israel that is in violation of the Apartheid Convention of 1973. And apartheid is a crime against humanity. The fact is Israel remains the belligerent occupant of the West Bank. It is governed by the Four Geneva Conventions and the 1907 Hague Regulations, and every Palestinian living on the West Bank is a protected person. Their rights are sacred under the International Law. They have more rights than you and I have. And yet Israel has violated each and every 147 Articles of that Convention with impunity.

Why? Because they have the backing of the United States of America, the most powerful country in the world. So, of course Mr. Moreno-Ocampo copped out and refused to help them.

Indeed, the International Court of Justice accepted this argument in its Advisory Opinion on Israel’s wall on the West Bank. We have that Advisory Opinion in the bundle of materials. If you read that Advisory Opinion, you will see the World Court rejected each and every argument Israel has ever made to maintain that it is not a belligerent occupant on the West Bank; that is not governed by the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949; that it is not governed by the 1907 Hague Regulations. The World Court rejected all of it. All those arguments-fully, completely. They considered them all and rejected every one of them. Israel does not even have a leg to stand on. And there is no argument on the West Bank that’s even plausible. No argument.

Indeed, the World Court ruled that the settlements violated the Fourth Geneva Convention. Any violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention is a war crime. And when they are widespread and systematic as these settlements are, they become a crime against humanity. And the settlers are committing war crimes – all 600,000 of them. They are war criminals, except for the children who legally are not capable of formulating criminal intent.

I would ask you, in drawing up your indictment, to bring John Does for every settler living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as war criminals. They should all be prosecuted, each and every one of them. They go in there and knowingly steal Palestinian land in violation of Hague Regulations of 1907. They steal this land. They destroy the olive trees, as we’ve heard. They steal the water. They rape and pillage Palestine to support their own lifestyle and in pursuit of their fanatical dreams of religious exclusivism that I don’t believe people of any religion or good faith or good will should tolerate or condone. The Bible had no right to give Palestine to the Jews. Palestinians had lived there even before the Bible was written.

We heard testimony about the use of dum-dum bullets against Mr. Alissawi. Dum-dum bullets are clearly illegal and criminal in this context, armed conflict, going back to the 19th century. Everyone knows it. Even the Unites States of America government takes the position that dum-dum bullets are illegal and their use is a war crime.

So, that is sort of the lowest common denominator, isn’t it? The United States government. Israel in its behavior is even beneath and below the criminal behavior that we’ve seen the United States government perform around the world. To the best of my knowledge, I don’t know of any recent use of dum-dum bullets by the United States government. They could do it, but generally speaking, it’s a prohibited weapon.

Jerusalem

Now, with respect to Jerusalem, there has been discussion here on the status of Jerusalem. I’m here to advise you on Jerusalem. Israel has not one shred of right to Jerusalem.

They said, “Oh, it’s our eternal capital.” No one believes that. Even the United States government does not accept that. Obama said that in his campaign in 2008 to appeal to the Jewish vote. But once he got elected president, even President Obama does not maintain this position. It is the official position in the United States Government that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. And that is why almost every government that has diplomatic relations with Israel maintains their embassy in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem. No one recognizes that Israel has title to anything in Jerusalem – East Jerusalem or West Jerusalem.

This is because Resolution 181 provided that Jerusalem would be a special International Trusteeship not under the control of either the Jewish state or the Arab state called for in the Partition Resolution. No one recognizes Israel has any right to Jerusalem. Period. Even America does not. It’s not the position of the executive branch of the United States government, and has never been. The last official articulation of our position on Jerusalem can be found in this book. I will introduce this book into evidence: Palestine, Palestinians, and International Law. I have an entire chapter here on the legal status of Jerusalem.

Even George Bush Senior, when he was U.S. ambassador to the United Nation, fully articulated this position as our Ambassador to the U.N., that Israel does not have title to Jerusalem. So technically, again, Jerusalem is occupied territory. All the Palestinians living there, certainly in East Jerusalem, are protected persons. All the settlers living in East Jerusalem are committing war crimes and are war criminals, except for the children who are not old enough to formulate criminal intent. These are war crimes. I’ve been there. I’ve seen them. They steal the land. They expel the Palestinians. And that process still goes on as we speak today, day in and day out.

Torture

Mr. Musleh from Bethlehem, again, part of the West Bank. He is a civilian – not a guerrilla, not a fighter. He was tortured. Yes, torture – a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, a serious war crime mandating universal jurisdiction. I was all up and down Palestine, both the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza myself in 1986. Torture was rampant all over. I met many victims. They showed me the signs of torture on their bodies.

Mr. Musleh ‘s testimony is certainly consistent with what I saw in two weeks travelling there. And when I went to protest this at the American Embassy, the torture, the grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, the attaché said to me, “Well, we are not going to get involved in Israel’s domestic affairs.” It’s astounding. It’s an attaché at the American Embassy at Tel Aviv.

I said, “What do you mean their domestic affairs? Torture violates the Fourth Geneva Convention. The United States government is a party the Fourth Geneva Convention. Under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, we have an obligation to respect and ensure respect for that convention in all circumstances, which means stopping Israel’s torture.”

At that point he didn’t argue with me. He just said, “Well, you’ll have to take it up in Washington.” Well, as we know, Washington is controlled and dominated by Zionists. That’s a total waste of time.

But clearly Mr. Musleh’s allegations of torture are consistent with my investigation for two weeks, back in 1986. And again, where torture is widespread and systematic, it becomes a crime against humanity. And in addition, when you take a look at the Genocide Convention in this context: Genocide consists of the following acts – causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.

Clearly we have had widespread systematic torture against the Palestinians ever since 1967 up until today, both in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. This has been documented by every human rights organizations in the world, including Amnesty International which is notoriously pro-Israel and pro-United States. And I say that having spent four years on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. They are notoriously pro-Israel and pro- United States. And yet, even Amnesty International has condemned their torture. Professor Falk has condemned their torture in his reports as Special Rapporteur. Professor Dugard, his predecessor, has condemned this torture.

Children

Israel, also with respect to Mr. Musleh’s testimony on children, is a party to the Children’s Convention. And yet, they have abused Palestinian children. They’ve tortured them, they’ve imprisoned them, and they’ve deprived them of education. There are hundreds of Palestinian children still being detained in Israeli prisons. The World Court ruled, in its Advisory Opinion, that Israel is bound to apply the Children’s Convention to Palestinians in occupied territory. They ruled that because it is a party to the Children’s Convention. Israel has violated almost each and every provision of the Children’s Convention when it comes to Palestinians children. That’s how pathetic that State is: They even torture and imprison children.

Water

We’ve heard Mr. Musleh’s testimony of the theft of the water, the main aquifers, I’ve been there, I’ve seen this myself. The main aquifer is, of course, on the West Bank, this is Palestinian water. They are stealing the Palestinian water so that settlers, these war criminals, can have swimming pools.

I remember the first time I went to the Ariel settlement, in 1986, and there was a Palestinian village down the road that was dying for lack of water. And I followed the water pipe that had basically been cut off up from the village to Ariel. Ariel had an Olympic-size swimming pool for their war criminal-settlers. Meanwhile, the Palestinians were having their water stolen and their village dying so that war criminals could go swimming. I have read since then that Ariel has produced two Olympic-size swimming pools. Israel does not have one shred of right under the Hague Regulations of 1907 to one ounce of this Palestinian water. And yet they are thirsting the Palestinians to death.

And this gets back to the Genocide Convention my colleague, Professor Nijar, has pointed out, genocide means also “deliberately inflicting on the group [here, Palestinians] conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.” They’re thirsting them to death so that their war criminals-settlers can swim in Olympic-size swimming pools. The olive groves, pillaged. Outright pillage that goes on all the time. One indiscriminate gang behavior by these war criminal-settlers with the full cooperation and support of the Israeli government. And it is organized, it’s systematic and it’s widespread. It’s a crime against humanity and a war crime.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The testimony by Dr. Elkhatib dealing with the psychological conditions. What the Genocide Convention says here? “Genocide – causing serious bodily or mental harm to the members of the group.” We have heard the testimony here today, that the entire Palestinian population suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ve been there, I’ve seen it myself. Not just the children. Men, women, parents, children. And especially the people in Gaza who are being bombarded and killed and destroyed as we speak today.

The report I heard this morning was 120 Gazans had been killed in this murder in this Operation Cast Lead II. Where will this lead to? Where will it end? Cast Lead I, 1,400 Palestinians were exterminated. In 2006, when Israel bombed Lebanon, they exterminated 1,200 Lebanese. Just wiped them out. Absolutely no accountability at all. And again, that’s where you come in.

Tear Gas

Tear gas: We have heard testimony of tear gas during the First Intifada. It still goes on today. Israel uses special military-grade tear gas against Palestinian civilians that they get from the United States and the Republic of Korea, last I looked. We tried to stop it in the United States – two factories manufactured it. We threatened to sue one of them, and they stopped. We threatened to sue the second, they didn’t stop. We sued them and we lost. Why did we lose all these cases on behalf of Palestinians in the United States? Zionist control and domination of the U.S. Federal Judiciary.

I personally have been involved in litigation going back to the Yaron case which I submitted into the record. That was the first case ever filed in the entire world against an Israeli official for perpetrating a massacre against Palestinians. Being my involvement in these cases since then, I’m aware of only one case Palestinians had won in the United States courts.

The only one Meese v. P.L.O., Ramsey Clark, I did work with him. When the Reagan administration tried to shut down the Palestinian Mission to the United Nations organization in violation of U.N. Headquarters Agreement. We did win that one. That’s the only case I’m aware of we’ve won. And it’s pretty much a waste of time for any Palestinian to file any lawsuit in the Zionist controlled and dominated United States. And I’ve been advised by my Canadian friends that Canada isn’t much better. So, we come to this Commission, to this Court, for justice.

Sabra and Shatilla

Madam Abouardini and Anne K. Sunde on the 1982 Sabra and Shatilla massacre: I’ve already given you my essay on the Yaron case, the first case ever on the Sabra and Shatila massacre. I’ve already described to you our efforts, failed efforts to do anything both in the United States and in Belgium, and I’m not aware of any other Court where we’ve been able to get justice for the victims of Sabra and Shatilla. So we’re coming to this Court, to this Commission. We are asking, certainly, to indict General Amos Yaron for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide for Sabra and Shatilla; and at a minimum, at least, to list Ariel Sharon as un-indicted co-conspirator, not that he isn’t as guilty as sin, but he is apparently in an irreversible coma, and for that reason would be incapable of assisting in his defense.

And for that reason under basic legal principles, you probably should not indict him but you can certainly list him as an un-indicted co-conspirator for the Sabra and Shatilla massacre. You’ve expressed an interest in my papers in this lawsuit. You can find them at Volume 5 of the Palestine Yearbook of International Law 1989. It’s in the article I gave you.

We saw in the testimony by Anne Sunde where General Yaron was located, on the building, on the hill, overlooking the camp which is completely consistent with what I told you. He could see everything. Indeed, it was his troops that completely surrounded these camps. The flares are going off at night. He then ordered his troops to let the Phalange militia to go in there to perpetrate the massacre. The flares were going off at night so that they can see what they were doing to carry out the massacre at night, figuring they had a limited amount of time to carry out the massacre. So they were working day and night to exterminate 3,500 completely innocent Palestinians and some Lebanese as well- it’s hard to figure out precisely what their breakdown is, but mostly are, Palestinians, and some Lebanese – all of them were completely unarmed.

And as Anne Sunde pointed out, the United States government under Philip Habib had given a formal pledge of protection to the P.L.O. that if their soldiers abandoned the camps where they were protecting these completely innocent civilians, the United States government would assure their safety. And on that condition, the P.L.O. fighters pulled out and moved off to Tunis.

Now the Phalange militia, the Christian Phalange militia, was organized under the Gemayel family. They were not part of the regular Lebanese army. I have no information that the Lebanese army units were involved in this massacre but the Christian Phalange militia were and when Bachir Gemayal was assassinated, there’s no evidence to believe that the Palestinians assassinated Bachir Gemayal. Rumour had it it might have been Syria, it might even have been Israel. We really don’t know. But no evidence Palestinians did it.

General Yaron permitted the Christian Phalange to take out their revenge on the completely innocent Palestinians at Sabra and Shatilla. And this was known by Prime Minister Begin and Defence Minister Ariel Sharon – speaking of the chain of command – and Rafael Eitan, the Chief of Staff, though the only survivors, as I’ve said, are General Yaron and Sharon, and he is in irreversible coma.

But again, the massacre took place with Yaron on that roof with the full view of the camps, illuminated at night by flares and in communication with the Phalange militia with their head Elie Hobeika there on the roof with him with a walkie-talkie commanding them through the night on how to carry out this massacre. And the United States government knew from the get-go that a massacre was taking place. And despite the Habib promise of protection, they refused to do anything at all about it. They just let the massacre go on. Which raises the question for you to resolve of complicity by the United States government with the genocide at Sabra and Shatilla. And I will urge you to consider that. And if you agree with me, to indict the United States for complicity in the Sabra and Shatilla massacre. Obviously these proceedings are directed against the state of Israel and its highest level officials, but as Commissioners Halliday and von Sponeck correctly pointed out, it is fair to consider aiders and abettors by other states, and those other states that are complicit. And certainly, we know for a fact, Israel gets most of its weapons from the United States government that it uses to kill and destroy and exterminate Palestinians.

Genocide – Health-care

Ms. Nimat’s testimony: Yes, Israel has consistently bombed and destroyed hospitals, health-care facilities and have attacked professional health-care people. Doctors, we’ve also heard the testimony, the doctor from Bethlehem. They’re deliberately targeted. We know they have special protections under the Geneva Conventions. Israel couldn’t care less. Indeed, again, it raises the issue of genocide – deliberately inflicting on a people conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole and in part. How? By destroying their whole health-care infrastructure. That’s how. Including their doctors, their nurses, their psychiatric people, etc.

We’ve already discussed Professor Manduca’s testimony about the white phosphorus. Again, even the United States government itself takes the position that the use of white phosphorus in warfare is a war crime, and at least says it’s not supposed to do it. Notice, Israel doesn’t care. We all saw those picture in Cast Lead I, of Israel, live footage on Press TV and Al-Jazeera, not the Zionist-controlled and dominated U.S. news media – but live pictures of them raining white phosphorus down on Gaza city and Gaza civilians. And it doesn’t help to say, “Well we’re just using it as tracers for artillery,” because it just means that the artillery was aimed at Gaza City and the Gaza civilians, which is also a war crime.

In its resolution of 19 October 2000, the U.N. Human Rights Commission, later Council, condemned Israel for committing war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians. The Goldstone Report reached the same conclusion. And Goldstone was a Zionist who was put in there to do damage control for Israel. And that’s exactly what he did. He softened that Report as best he could. And even the Goldstone Report found that they had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The better report that does not do damage control for Israel is the Dugard Report that is cited in my brief on behalf of the League of Arab States. Professor Dugard was the Special Rapporteur for Palestine, very courageous human being – white resister to apartheid in South Africa, at threat to his life he stood up against apartheid in South Africa. So if you’re going to go for a definitive account on Cast Lead I, you should look at the Dugard Report and realise that Goldstone was put in there to do damage control for Israel and he significantly watered down his findings and conclusions. But even there, Goldstone found Israel had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Cast Lead I.

Crimes against Humanity

Where do crimes against humanity come from? They come from the Nuremberg Charter of 1945, drafted by the United States government and intended to deal with the Nazi persecution of the Jews. And let me repeat this. This is the idea of the United States of America to legally come to grips with the Nazi persecution of the Jews. And what does Nuremberg say? Crimes against humanity: murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds. Well, that’s exactly what Israel does to the Palestinians. These are Nazi crimes. We have to be honest about it. They are not yet on a scale of 6 million dead Jews. But they are moving in that direction. So it’s not the number here, but it’s the quality of the offence. So we have to understand. Just applying the Nuremberg definition intended to prosecute Nazi crimes against Jews, these are the same types of crimes. Not the number, but certainly the type.

Genocide

The crime against humanity is a precursor to genocide. Indeed, it was thought that crime against humanity was so serious that it should be codified in an international treaty. That what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews should be made a crime for any government to do to any people. And so we had the 1948 Genocide Convention. And Article 2, if you read the proposal I gave personally to President Arafat to sue Israel for genocide, defines the crime of genocide, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic or racial or religious group as such.” So notice, “in part.” It does not have to be like Hitler and the Nazis intending to exterminate all of the Jewish people. Nope. The Genocide Convention tried to prevent this from happening and say, “well, we have to set the threshold lower.” If you have the intention to destroy “in part” a national, ethnic, racial or religious group as such, that qualifies as genocide. And clearly, let’s take “Cast Lead”, 1,400 exterminated Palestinians. The International Court of Justice ruled that even the 7,000 exterminated Bosnians at Srebrenica constituted genocide.

As documented by Israeli historian Ilan Pappe in his seminal work, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Israel’s genocidal policy against the Palestinians have been “unremitting” extending from the very foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 until today, and continuing today as manifest in what we see in Gaza.

Even the U.N. General Assembly President, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, the former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua called “Cast Lead” ‘genocide’. And Brockmann should know. He was Foreign Minister of Nicaragua during Reagan’s war against Nicaragua when Reagan exterminated 35,000 Nicaraguans; and I was down there for a week up in the war zone investigating contra atrocities.

Certainly Israel and the Zionist agencies, forces and terrorist groups have committed genocide against the Palestinians that started on or about 1948 and has continued apace until today in violation of the Genocide Convention. Israel and its Zionist agencies and predecessors have ruthlessly implemented a systematic, comprehensive military, political, economic, campaign with intent to destroy in substantial part the national, ethnical, racial and religious group — Jews versus Muslims and Christians — constituting the Palestinian people. This consists of killing members of the group, in violation of Article 2(a), inflicting serious bodily and mental harm to the Palestinian people in violation of Convention Article 2(b). And also deliberately inflicting on the Palestinian people conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction in whole or in part.

Peace process

We have heard a lot about the so-called peace process. This is a joke and a fraud. I was the lawyer for the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East Peace negotiations from the start in 1991 until Oslo was signed in 1993, both for the P.L.O., President Arafat, and my client the late, great Dr. Haidar Abdul-Shaffi, who was Chair of those peace negotiations. Israel never demonstrated one iota of good faith in their negotiations with the Palestinians. Not one. Oslo was an Israeli Bantustan proposal that was imposed upon President Arafat despite the best advice I gave him, and the opposition of Dr. Abdul-Shaffi. As he saw it, he had nothing better to do at that time. I am certainly not here to criticize him. He was the democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people, not Dr. Abdul-Shaffi, certainly not me. But the bottom line is, I’ve been involved in this process from the beginning.

There is no peace process. This is a Palestinian surrender process. A Palestinian Bantustanization process devised by the United States in cooperation with Israel and with the full support of the European Union and its member states. Indeed, shortly before he died in the summer of 2007, I called up Dr. Abdul-Shaffi, and he said to me — this is the man in charge of negotiating peace — and he said, “The Zionists have not changed their objectives since the Basel Conference of 1897!” That was 2007.

In the Basel conference, the Zionists made it clear: They want all of Palestine – West Bank, Jerusalem, what is 1948 Israel. They want it all. And they want it without Palestinians. And nothing has changed. That is the objective of Netanyahu, and Barak and Peres, and Lieberman, that I’m asking you here today to indict. And if we don’t bring Israel, this rogue criminal state, to justice, and if we do not bring their leaders, their highest level officials to justice, they will take all of Palestine and they will expel, disperse, and drive out the Palestinians. And that is what is at stake here today. And that is the task confronting you.

Conclusion

I have gone all over the world seeking justice for the Palestinians for the last 30 years. And I am now coming here today and asking you to indict this criminal rogue state Israel, its aiders and abettors, and its highest level officials, President Peres, Netanyahu, Lieberman, Barak, its chiefs of staff and their predecessors, the rapist Katsav, Olmert, Livni, Ashkenazi, and before that, General Amos Yaron. Thank you.

Professor Francis A. Boyle is an international law expert and served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization and Yasser Arafat on the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence, as well as to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993, where he drafted the Palestinian counter-offer to the now defunct Oslo Agreement. His books include “ Palestine, Palestinians and International Law” (2003), and “ The Palestinian Right of Return under International Law” (2010).

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