With UN report, will Israeli settlers be prosecuted for ‘war crimes’?

With UN report, will Israeli settlers be prosecuted for ‘war crimes’?

A Palestinian man waves the national flag near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

A Palestinian man waves the national flag near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

By Gordon Duff and Press TV

“Yigal Palmor, speaking for Israel, made it clear that Israel planned to continue to violate international law and felt it was not subject to UN resolution, the Geneva Convention or the International Criminal Court at The Hague.”

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On January 31, 2013, a three-member UN panel cited Israel as in violation of the human rights of Palestinians and the sovereignty of the Palestinian nation.

Though a legal case was made for the immediate forcible removal of all Israeli citizens from the West Bank, citing the authority of the nations that are signatory to the Geneva Convention and/or members of the International Criminal Court, the real meaning of today’s findings is unclear.

Typically, the United Nations Security Council, a body that has, historically, protected Israel from compliance with international law through American vetoes, is the deciding body in breaches of the Geneva Convention.

Geneva Convention

However, today’s report cites “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), particularly involving forced deportation, collective punishment and systematic violation of human rights. Precedent established for tribunals involving Rwanda and Yugoslavia have established universal jurisdiction under the ICC under procedures that are not subject to the political “wranglings” of UNSC politics.

Thus, the establishment today of “grave breaches” combined with the newly recognized status of the Palestinian State, if precedent is followed, opens the door for war crimes prosecutions, something otherwise impossible previously.

Secretary General’s Statement

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated that he was in complete agreement with commission findings and reiterated his previous statement that “all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law.”

The Secretary General made it clear that the commission’s findings that Israeli settlements contravened the Fourth Geneva Convention forbidding the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territories.

Commission Findings

An immediate demand was made for Israel to cease all construction and to withdraw up to half a million “settlers” whose continued occupation has been deemed illegal.

The United Nations was very specific, any and all “settlers” face potential indictment as war criminals.

Israel’s response was to cite the UN commission for bias and to dismiss its findings out of hand.

The UN commission also cited all Israeli companies working within sovereign Palestinian territory as being in direct contravention of the human rights of the Palestinian people and demanded their immediate withdrawal as well.

In a news conference in Geneva, Christine Chanet, the leading judge stated:

“Israel must cease settlement activities and provide adequate, prompt and effective remedy to the victims of violations of human rights. To transfer its own population into an occupied territory is prohibited because it is an obstacle to the exercise of the right to self-determination.”

Chanet continued, in a frustrated tone:

“We have highlighted states’ responsibility because the facts we denounce are known. The problem is nobody is doing anything about it.”

After the United Nations upgraded the standing of what had been called the “Palestinian Territories” to “full statehood” status after an overwhelming vote before the General Assembly that left Israel with only “luke warm” American support, a door was opened for United Nations action to redress long-standing issues of apartheid and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people.

The report cited what they termed “creeping annexation,” citing over 250 settlements with 520,000 illegal residents now existing on land whose legal owners have been dispossessed “without due process” and in violation of international law.

Israel’s Response

Yigal Palmor, speaking for Israel, made it clear that Israel planned to continue to violate international law and felt it was not subject to UN resolution, the Geneva Convention or the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Palmor cited “direct negotiations without preconditions” as the only solution Israel would follow but also pointed out that Israel had one “precondition” of its own.

Palmor indicated that god had given Israel all land from the Nile to the Euphrates and that there is clear biblical reference that can never be disputed or discussed.

The Ticking Clock

If the UN vote on Palestinian statehood can be considered an indication, 160 member states of the United Nations may well stand ready to back any Palestinian move toward seeking redress through established international law.

The clear legal precedent in today’s findings removes any requirement for third party mediation or discussions between Israel and Palestinian representatives. In fact, such discussions would be more than absurd.

With the commission citing that war crimes are continuing on a daily basis, representing continued ongoing hostilities of a military force against a civilian population under illegal occupation, no imaginable basis for discussions is conceivable.

As the clock is ticking, there is more at stake than Palestinian rights or the fate of what is now, legally, 500,000 Israeli citizens who are now, technically, “stateless persons.”

Failure to enforce international law, by its own definition, finds the laws themselves subject to caprice and, thus, never to have had standing in the first place.

If we are going to live subject to total lawlessness, then so be it. Perhaps it is time we shed the pretense.

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18 Responses to "With UN report, will Israeli settlers be prosecuted for ‘war crimes’?"

  1. ayelyahbenjamin  February 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    “Palmor indicated that god had given Israel all land from the Nile to the Euphrates and that there is clear biblical reference that can never be disputed or discussed”. NEVER be discussed? NEVER be disputed? who is Israel? scripturally and historically they have not got a leg to stand on and know it.

  2. Sami Jamil Jadallah  February 6, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Gordon, once again many thanks… it is very unlikely that any criminal Jewish settler terrorists and trespasser will ever face prosecution. In contrast to the Zionist being able to pursue prosecutions of “prison guards” who passed their 90’s and were able to get conviction. Before we can succeed in prosecuting these criminal terrorists and thieves, perhaps the US Justice Department and the IRS can revoke the tax exemption status of American Jewish organizations that fund these Jewish terrorists group. As you know these guys have nothing to do all day but attack Palestinian villages and people, steal their properties with legal support from the Israeli High Court of Injustice (no difference from the Nazi German courts) and they do not work for a living as they are funded by criminal American Zionist Jewish organizations… organizations that for the most part funded by criminals who make their money fleecing the poor of America making tens of millions from Bingo games, prostitutions and gambling not to mention fleecing America through its banking and financial institutions.

    • captain obvious  February 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

      not to forget the extasy (XTC) drug cooked up in Izrahell giving young Americans strokes,
      white slavery, murder for organ harvesting and more.

  3. captain obvious  February 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    the United NAZI-ons was a rothschilds construct to create nazi Izrahell in the first place..
    they are playing the dog-n-pony crap about charging 1/2 million “settlers” as war criminals,
    not the nazi-Izrahelli government, which has also just attacked neighboring Syria,
    recently killed Iranian nuclear scientists and military figures inside their own country, and more!

    IF Izrahell were treated the same as it treats ALL of its neighbors, in retaliation..
    theyed scream “see-see we are the victims of a bunch of anti-semites!”
    as if we’re all supposed to coddle and protect a bully who just got his nose busted for his crap?!
    I’m not a hater, unless its power tripping genocidal fascist pricks posing as something religious,
    the only religion they could possibly be at that point, is luciferian.

    a LOT of this crap would stop if “dual citizens” in US politics were deported or hanged for treason.
    more could be stopped if past “politicians” who approved Izrahelli’s spying on Americans were outed.
    it was illegal for government to spy on citizens but them hiring it out was legit exactly how?
    (and they handed us the bill for that crap too!)

    these critters need to be routed, slavery was supposed to be illegal in America BUT..
    by their illegit contracts with minors being entered into the “social security system” we are tax slaves.
    when a marriage is dissolved the issue is “custody” aka who shall be custodian-janitor to their property!

    they’re going to call efforts to get rid of them “sedition” or “terrorism”, but the truth of the matter is that they are only looking to defend their own TREASONS against the people they dont even pretend to represent. sadly, nothing BUT force is going to dislodge these inhuman parasitic psychopathic SOB’s.

    the only other option might be to use their own tactics against them, a person deemed to be a danger to himself and others, can be removed from power, thrown into a rubber room and permanently sedated!
    genocidal psychopaths ARE unfit to occupy positions of “power” or “influence”, but it is also the kind of positions those who are truly mentally ill desire the most!

    as things are now, “psychologists” are ready to brand anyone not liking this system as someone who is “paranoid” or worse. they SUPPORT these POS TYRANTS, and are therefore inhuman themselves.
    a person has a right to resist some SOB who only wants to sodomize ya with a colonoscope all day,
    and the freak with the colonoscope, is most definitely threatening the use of deadly “enFORCEment”.

    and now.. back to “Izrahell”.. aint any of em “semites”, the true semitic bloodline is far more a charachteristic of the people who have been branded “Palestinians”, so it is THEM who are “Gods Chosen”, not the occupying psychopathic fascists mostly imported there from a WW2 Germany!
    when “Izrahell” is destroyed BY GOD, it’ll be the bullied and persecuted “Palestinians” who deserve favor and mercy, not sadistic psychopathic genocidal FREAKS who try to pose as something “religious”.

  4. Robbie the Pict  February 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Israel may have exposed a legal Achilles Heel in Palmor’s claim to the UN.
    “Palmor indicated that god had given Israel all land from the Nile to the Euphrates and that there is clear biblical reference…”
    This claim infers that ‘god’ has personality in law. It suggests that there has been a transfer of property from a previous owner, in proper possession of the right of disposal of that property, to a recipient (supposedly Israel) who now possesses deed and title in law to that said property, namely ‘all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates’.
    If I were a citizen of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon or even Saudi Arabia I would be threatened by that potential land-grab and if I were a lawyer living in these countries I would be considering some legal device to test Palmor’s very public Declaration of Proprietorship, at the United Nations no less, of all or part of these sovereign Peoples’ countries.
    Israel’s position internationally is an absurd fraud, untenable in law, and devoid of a shred of hard evidence. So show the world your title deeds to ‘all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates’, or head for Birobidzhan and take your paranoia with you.
    Otherwise what are we left with? Will ‘God told me to do it’ become an automatic, statutory, Israeli defence in future for shooting Palestinian children in the head? If there remains one iota of common sense on this planet ‘Wake u everybody!’ and please put a stop to this delusional meglomania.

    • captain obvious  February 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      I like it, but theyed just photoshop a deed from GOD like it was obama’s birth certificate..

  5. lawrencedickerson  February 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I would hope that any and all war crime investigations and results of violations be tried at Nurenberg with Palestinaian judges and attorneys so that an equitable form of justice can be meted out as the Jews demanded after WW2.Tit for tat.Perhaps the Palestinians can then demand that they be given the ownership of all houses and property while the Jews are sent packing.

    It is said that history repeats itself and in this case that history would be equitable with the past.

  6. blakehamilton  February 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I hate to say it but this charade has been going on for 64 years now and nothing will be done until America stands up to this mammon nightmare occupying Palestine.

  7. Detlef Reimers  February 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    This is a clear example of criminal behaviour on a state level. It’s an ongoing process, they never cared about the UN. As long as the US itself to greater parts lives in lawlessness as well it is subjected to massive foreign political, undercover, spy and staged domestic terror interventions – all of them are as well unlawfull and criminal, done by the same perpetraitors – nothing will and can change at all.

    As long as no one is persecuting the main culprits of 9/11, the totally unlawful wars, may they be in Afghanistan, in Irak, in Libya, in Syria and many more not mentioned here, nothing will change.

    At the same moment, when this completely lawless situation, especially and first of all in the US, starts to change, everything else will come into motion one by one – supposedly in very short times afterwards.

    So, everone of us should realize how important every – may it be only a small – victory is. Each one of those victories are milestones on the way back to a lawful republic, ruled by people, who feel and are responsible first for the people of the US. This is the way, “change” will come.

    • wiggins  February 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      The US Goverment won’t change anything because they are ‘owned’ ….witness the Hagel debacle bowing to the throne of – well, who exactly?

    • DaveE  February 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      It’s very hard to see how the bastards will be brought down by the normal channels, since they control the courts and the entire justice system, at least here in the US. They WILL be brought down, but only when people have nothing to lose by shooting the bastards. Same with the military. There will be mutiny eventually, when the soldiers are ordered to fire on their own families and friends, but probably not before.

    • captain obvious  February 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      it may happen when enough people realize what passes itself off as “government” is very much in the business of killing us all slowly for mostly foreign owned corporate profits, like cattle!
      that explains FDA-USDA-AMA approved poisons, and their new NDAA-TSA-DHS garbage,
      “police” cattle-prod tazer torture attempted murder that is often successful, that they lie about..

      handing us the bill for shipping all the jobs overseas to leave US desperate, then use it as excuse for raising taxes on those still working at lower wages as they usher in a fascist police state..
      more people just need to comprehend how treasonous these SOB’s really are,
      not only to what this nation is supposed to be, but against ALL God’s creation, all nature, human nature, AND destroyed what was once a respected reputation globally.. rendering us hostages and slaves to be disposed of at whim, with their psycho-circus propaganda stage-plays..

    • captain obvious  February 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

      blah-blah-blah, you’ve just managed to convince me you’re nothing but an ignorant troll.

  8. petersmith  February 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Seein as how israel isn`t a member of NATO, maybe NATO should set up a no fly zone over the whole country, and have NATO troops, including troops from the US, enforce the evictions of the illegal “settlers”. That`s what would happen if anyone tried that BS anywhere else. We should demand our congress people to act, we`d only have the whole damn world backing us.

  9. PhilipShahak  February 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    International law, the Geneva Conventions and UN resolutions only apply to the Goyim not to the chosen people, master race, Ash can Nazi Jews of Khazar decent.

  10. Johng  February 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Today’s Israel is ruled by it’s Theocratic Talmudic State. They will not adhere to any dictes other than what their Misguided Lukudist Rabbis tell them to do. Why? Because they are the Gods making the rules.

  11. MK  February 5, 2013 at 9:17 am


    quote from the story above–” The real problem is not international discrimination against Israel, odious as it is. The real problem is that even if the international community stops censuring Israel for its control of the West Bank, that has no bearing on the simple fact that Israel cannot rule indefinitely over a society where the majority of its residents are non-citizens and resentful about their non-equal status. The more the number of Palestinians living under Israeli rule will be greater than the number of Jews, so it will be impossible to deny them full civil rights.

    If Israel doesn’t find a way to make an agreement now, the future is clear. The day will come when Palestinians so outnumber Jews that Israel will be forced to give them the vote. When the Israeli parliament has a majority of Palestinian delegates, I suspect that the first bill to pass will be to change the country’s name from Israel to Palestine, a name that will reflect the political and cultural background of most of the country’s citizens. And the second bill will be a mirror image of the Israeli “Law of Return,” only this time it will be a bill that will enable the descendants of the original Palestinian refugees to move to Israel/Palestine. Israel as we know it will cease to exist. “

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