Friday, July 14, 2006

Crimes Against Humanity

Here is something to chew on in light of the oft-heard accusation about Israel, which always gets accused of Crimes Against Humanity:

Switzerland says Israel violating international lawGaza - Crimes Against Humanity in International Law Eli E. Hertz July 6, 2006

UN Security Council resolutions and International treaties define crimes against humanity as the "participation in and knowledge of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, and the multiple commission of [such] acts ... against any civilian population"

These international binding instruments go-on to impose uniform mandatory counter-terrorist obligations on all states to "bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable." There is no escape clause - the Council repeats "its unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed."

Palestinian terrorists such as Hamas that kidnap Israelis, blow up and destroy public buses, murder young people at cafes and discos, school outings, and hitchhikers on their way home, alongside indiscriminate around-the-clock shelling of Qassam rockets at civilian populations in Israel, are clearly committing Crimes Against Humanity - acts of terrorism for which the UN Security Council under UN Charter Chapter VII directs everyone to fight by all means.

International law leaves no room to question Israel's right to defend its citizens against systematic and sustained Palestinian terrorist attacks launched from Gaza and the West Bank by Hamas. Palestinian claims of civil rights on the other hand, do not come with 'clean hands,' their hands are mired by their lawless violence in a bid to destroy the Jewish State.

"War is Hell." [General Sherman, June 19, 1879]

Let Palestinians who choose the path of war bear full responsibility for the Hell that follows.

"... no legal right shall spring from a wrong." [Judge Schwebel, former president of the International Court of Justice, "Justice in International law," 1994.]


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