Archive | July, 2014

The Need for a 21st Century Nuremberg Tribunal

23 Jul

It was reported in The Independent today that students are being offered grants in exchange for tweeting pro-Israel propaganda. This has shed further light on how certain breaches of international law by “states” like Israel are positively portrayed through media strategy. Whether Israel has a right to defend itself or not should be put aside for a minute to try and comprehend the status quo.

We’ve all been hearing and watching horrifying experiences where missiles are being fired directly at children, ending not only their lives but also their parents’ who lose the purpose of their lives with the death of their children.

The Knesset Party has made their stance clear: Palestinian mothers and children should all be exterminated so as to prevent further breeding of “snakes” (in the words of Ayelet Shaked).

I’m not even going to go into the right to self-defence because, if we’re honest, international law does not apply to the likes of Israel or the US. But what I will say is: the right to self-defence is not synonymous with genocide. The Jewish community has had a tragic history with one of the most horrifying atrocities ever committed against mankind (the Holocaust). How is it possible for that very community to commit that very atrocity for which the entire world sheds tears today? How is it possible for the death of one Israeli soldier to inspire the condemnation of Western media when it can’t spare a minute of coverage on the hundreds of innocent Palestinians being exterminated?

Whether it’s the Genocide Convention 1948, or any international covenant that has followed since, we can be clear that genocide is being committed against the Palestinian people. The Western media (in line with Western foreign policy) has been fighting on the wrong side of history for ages now. No right of self-defence permits genocide. The massacre of Palestinians is condemnable and there is no doubt about that. But what is FAR more morally, ethically and legally condemnable is the role of Western governments and western media in backing the 21st century version of a fascist “state.”

The next Nuremberg-type tribunal to hold fascists accountable for their crimes should be set up. And the entire Israeli administration, it’s soldiers, it’s Arab backers (like the great Saudi Arabia) and all its Western backers should be put on trial.

Gaza: ignorant extremes & the search for sanity

16 Jul

I’ve heard some really stupid things about what’s going on in Gaza. Everyone is entitled to their opinions: but no one is entitled to be ignorant and share that ignorance with the world. I read a couple of tweets from people saying “Hitler should’ve killed off all the Jews,” and comments along these lines. Then I’ve heard equally ignorant comments from people justifying what’s happening in Gaza as “Israel’s right to self-defence.”
I’m not going to get into trying to understand why people think their ignorance and hatefulness is justified because let’s be honest: that’s a waste of time.
For those arguing that Israel has a right to defend itself, here are a few things that are clearly not being considered:
1. The right to self-defence is given in the UN Charter, Article 51. Give it a read. Then read the Israeli Wall case to educate yourselves on international law: http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/index.php?pr=71&p1=3&p2=1&case=131&p3=6
2. Hamas was democratically elected whether the West likes it or not. If the West really is the champion of democracy, it should probably accept that inspite of how they feel about Hamas.
3. Hamas uses civilian areas to hide their ammunition because they can hardly construct a “military base” for all to see so that Israel destroys their only way of fighting back for their land. Let’s be clear: if there was no occupation, there’d be no Hamas firing rockets in the first place.
4. What Israel is doing in Gaza (as they did in 2008) is plain and simple: genocide. There’s a particular group (palestinians) being targeted. The number of civilian casualties clearly establishes that this is not a war against alleged ‘terrorists’ but the genocide of innocent Palestinian women and children.

And for those on the other extreme justifying/glorifying Hitler’s atrocities:
1. The Holocaust is not something to be taken lightly. And if you believe that Israel is carrying out massive atrocities, you cannot justify historic atrocities of a similar nature. Two wrongs do not make a right.
2. The reason the world is terrified to condemn Israel (apart from US might) instead of condemning what Israel is doing in Gaza is because of people like you who immediately bring up the Holocaust. What happened in the 20th century is condemnable: what’s happening now is equally condemnable.

And as far as the ceasefire negotiated by Egypt is concerned, let’s be clear on that too: Egypt’s border policies exacerbated the crisis in Gaza where medicines and hospitals are concerned. Egypt is not the democratically elected representative of the Palestinian people. Any ceasefire negotiated must involve Hamas. Any ceasefire that does not is a sham. Also, bear in mind that it’s very easy to paint yourself as the peace-loving victim after killing hundreds and thousands and then sitting down to negotiate a ceasefire.