Archiv: international law


06.08.2021 - 08:29 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‚once and for all‘

The letter was organized by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn). Among the co-signers are several committee chairmen, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meek (D-N.Y.), Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

06.08.2021 - 08:22 [ CNN ]

He is one of only 39 detainees left at Guantanamo. Once tortured, prisoner’s case is a test of larger political realities at play.

His quest for freedom is forcing the Biden administration to consider whether to release the 45-year-old man whose attorneys say is severely mentally ill battling schizophrenia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his torture or seek to hold him indefinitely without charging him with a crime.

Al-Qahtani’s case, experts say, stands as a litmus test for whether President Joe Biden is committed to his pledge to shutter the controversial facility — an enduring symbol of the George W. Bush administration’s global „war on terror“ that persisted through the Barack Obama and Donald Trump presidencies.

05.08.2021 - 17:28 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says Israel Is Prepared to Strike Iran, ‚Hope We Won’t Get Dragged Into It‘

With tensions running high in the aftermath of the tanker attack off Oman, the defense minister says strikes in Lebanon were ‚warning shots‘

05.08.2021 - 16:14 [ Xinhua ]

Lebanese president condemns Israeli air raids in southern Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday condemned the Israeli air raids that targeted Lebanon’s southern villages earlier in the day, saying they constitute a flagrant and serious violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, according to a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency.

25.05.2021 - 07:01 [ CNN ]

Detained Belarusian dissident appears in video as fury mounts over ‚hijacking‘ of Ryanair flight

„The attitude of the [Interior Ministry] employees towards me has been as correct as possible and in compliance with the law,“ Protasevich says in the video, which was posted Monday evening to a pro-government social media channel.
„I continue to cooperate with the investigation and have confessed to organizing mass riots in the city of Minsk,“ he also says. His supporters believe the video was made under duress.

24.05.2021 - 08:22 [ theHill.com ]

Blinken condemns ’shocking act‘ of Belarus forcing plane carrying opposition journalist to land

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday condemned the forced landing of a Ryanair flight by Belarus and the arrest of an opposition journalist on board, calling it a „shocking act“ that endangered the lives of U.S. citizens and everyone else on board.

In a statement, Blinked vowed that the U.S. would respond with its allies in the region, and called for the „immediate release“ of journalist Raman Protasevich, who according to reports, was detained by Belarusian security forces after the flight landed.

24.05.2021 - 06:42 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

Art. 49. Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased.

The Occupying Power undertaking such transfers or evacuations shall ensure, to the greatest practicable extent, that proper accommodation is provided to receive the protected persons, that the removals are effected in satisfactory conditions of hygiene, health, safety and nutrition, and that members of the same family are not separated.

The Protecting Power shall be informed of any transfers and evacuations as soon as they have taken place.

The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

21.05.2021 - 14:36 [ Washington Post ]

Eight minutes with the president: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the lone Palestinian American in Congress, gains relevance in Israel debate

Equally notable was the decision by President Biden later that day to praise Tlaib during an appearance in her hometown of Detroit.

“I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden said Tuesday. “And God, thank you for being a fighter.”

21.05.2021 - 08:14 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

(20.05.2021)

THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt.

And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza have also agreed.

21.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel-Gaza ceasefire comes into effect, ending 11 days of intensive fighting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday night that the cabinet had unanimously approved the truce without preconditions on the recommendation of all defense officials, including IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat.
The statement said that Israel’s achievements in Operation Guardian of the Walls were „unprecedented.“

20.05.2021 - 19:51 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Working Together to Destroy My Israel

Everyone knew it at once. Some Israelis hated the idea, others saw it as a blessing in disguise. After all, even if Israel had already lost the war, even if parallel lynch mobs of Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews were out for rival blood; even if in Israel synagogues were torched and a Muslim cemetery desecrated and sacred texts firebombed to ash, Netanyahu’s death grip on power had been rescued. By Hamas. And by the Jewish scumbag fascist supporters of terror whom Netanyahu had spent recent months coddling and courting and campaigning for.

20.05.2021 - 14:53 [ USA Today ]

Israel unleashes airstrikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

Explosions shook Gaza City and orange flares lit up the night sky, with airstrikes also reported in the central town of Deir al-Balah and the southern town of Khan Younis. As the sun rose, residents surveyed the rubble from at least five family homes destroyed in Khan Younis. There were also heavy airstrikes on al-Saftawi Street, a commercial thoroughfare in Gaza City.

20.05.2021 - 08:19 [ Ynetnews.com ]

EU foreign ministers to arrive in Israel in show of solidarity

Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia’s top diplomats will arrive in Israel as part of Jerusalem’s effort to strengthen its legitimacy as it defends itself against Gaza’s terrorist factions

20.05.2021 - 08:09 [ Haaretz ]

Support for the Palestinians Is Growing in Washington, and It’s Not Just About Gaza

The pro-Palestinian stance of these lawmakers reached unprecedented levels on Wednesday after Reps. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Mark Pocan introduced a resolution attempting to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel — the first-ever attempt by sitting members of Congress to block such a sale.

20.05.2021 - 08:03 [ Washington Post ]

Biden is increasingly at odds with other Democrats over Israel

(19.05.2021)

The president’s top spokeswoman has repeatedly declined to say whether Israel’s military response in the Gaza Strip was appropriate to the provocation, while many Democrats have not been shy about calling it disproportionate. And Biden and his advisers have stuck to an assertion that liberal Democrats reject as insufficient, the notion that Israel has a right to defend itself.

That has led to sharp criticism of the Biden administration from some Democrats, which otherwise has been rare.

20.05.2021 - 07:53 [ Washington Post ]

The U.S. conversation on Israel is changing, no matter Biden’s stance

(17.05.2021)

President Donald Trump’s close alliance with Netanyahu may have helped erode the once ironclad bipartisan consensus around Israel. But many Democrats are also waking up to how Trump’s predecessors, including Biden himself during the Obama years, did not stop the steady expansion of Israeli settlements or impose costs on Israel for undermining the prospects of a viable Palestinian state.

19.05.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

Ocasio-Cortez leading effort to block arms sale to Israel

The Biden administration notified Congress on May 5 that it approved selling Israel $735 million in weapons, mostly Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions that can turn so-called dumb bombs into precision-guided missiles.

19.05.2021 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose

Wiping out entire families in Israeli bombings was one of the characteristics of the war in 2014. In the roughly 50 days of the war then, UN figures say that 142 Palestinian families were erased (742 people in total). The numerous incidents then and today attest that these were not mistakes: and that the bombing of a house while all its residents are in it follows a decision from higher up, backed by the examination and approval of military jurists.

19.05.2021 - 18:39 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu rebuffs Biden’s call for immediate ‚de-escalation‘ in Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to ignore US President Joe Biden’s plea for a scaling back of the Israel Defense Force’s (IDF) retaliatory attacks on Hamas and other Islamists within the Gaza Strip.

Following the release of a transcript detailing the conversation between the two earlier Wednesday, in which Biden called for „significant de-escalation“ on the path to a ceasefire.

19.05.2021 - 18:36 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden told Netanyahu he expected ’significant de-escalation‘ Wednesday

US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday said that he „expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,“ according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.

19.05.2021 - 06:39 [ KashmirMirror.com ]

Gaza death toll reached to 217, including 63 children and 36 women

Two Palestinians were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday on the 9th day of Israel’s continued attacks on the Gaza Strip, raising the death toll in the besieged enclave to 217, including 63 children and 36 women.

18.05.2021 - 13:56 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Israel-Gaza Crisis for Third Time

The statement distributed on Monday among the council members calls on the parties to reach a ceasefire and expresses concern for a possible eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.

An Israeli official said that the statement was predictable given the „bias“ of the council members. As expected, the United States blocked the passing of the statement by exercising its veto.

18.05.2021 - 13:53 [ CBS News ]

Biden „expressed his support for a ceasefire“ in call to Israeli Prime Minister

President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, their second phone call since Saturday. The president is expressing support for a ceasefire, which comes as fellow Democrats are urging him to do more to stop the violence.

According to the readout of the call, Mr. Biden „reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.“ Mr. Biden also „encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.“

17.05.2021 - 15:17 [ New York Times ]

For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6

Like Trump, both Bibi and Hamas have kept power by inspiring and riding waves of hostility to “the other.” They turn to this tactic anytime they are in political trouble. Indeed, they each have been the other’s most valuable partner in that tactic ever since Netanyahu was first elected prime minister in 1996 — on the back of a wave of Hamas suicide bombings.

No, Hamas and Bibi don’t talk. They don’t need to. They each understand what the other needs to stay in power and consciously or unconsciously behave in ways to ensure that they deliver it.

17.05.2021 - 14:37 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: US approves $735 million sale of precision-guided weapons to Israel

The administration of US President Joe Biden has earlier this month approved the sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

According to the outlet, US lawmakers were notified of the move on May 5, well before the latest military escalation between Israel and Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups.

17.05.2021 - 13:34 [ New York Times ]

When Fighting Erupts Between Israel and Hamas, the Question of War Crimes Follows

Civilian deaths on both sides raise urgent questions about which military actions are legal, what war crimes are being committed and who, if anyone, will be held to account.

17.05.2021 - 13:29 [ CNN ]

Palestinians deserve the same security, equality and right to a homeland as the Israelis

If history serves as a guide, however, after a ceasefire is reached, the conflict will slowly fade from the headlines, the world will go back to its business and the Palestinians will largely be forgotten — yet again. For those who sincerely want to see a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, this time must be different. The world, and especially the Biden administration, cannot look away but must engage on the question of Palestine. It’s 2021 — a homeland for Palestinian Christians and Muslims is long overdue, as is safety and equality for Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 13:14 [ Haaretz ]

Dozens of Democrats Urge Immediate Israeli-Palestinian Cease-fire to Prevent Further Loss of Life

Twenty-eight Democratic senators, led by Sen. Jon Ossoff, and eight House Democrats issued joint statements calling for a swift end to the flare-up in order to prevent a further loss of life.

“To prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, we urge an immediate cease-fire,” the senators said.

17.05.2021 - 08:12 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable. We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for U.S. aid to support human rights violations.

17.05.2021 - 08:04 [ Jeremy Corbyn / Facebook ]

The nightmare for the people of Gaza and the West Bank must end.

(video)

17.05.2021 - 07:45 [ Logan Bayroff / Twitter ]

A Republican Senator about to call for a ceasefire before the Biden White House has. Incredible.

17.05.2021 - 07:41 [ J Street / Twitter ]

.@JeremyBenAmi on The @mehdirhasan Show: „This occupation is now 54 years old. It is strategically terrible for the State of Israel, but it’s also morally reprehensible and runs counter to not only democratic principles, but I would say to Jewish values.“

17.05.2021 - 07:16 [ wtop.com ]

Biden faces an angry rift in his own party over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

It’s an awkward public fight for a party that has made its commitment to social and racial justice a main part of its platform. As the US comes to grips with its own history of racism in new ways and adopts the Black Lives Matter movement in a mainstream way, liberals want to apply similar notions of justice to foreign policy, where an increasing number see apartheid in Israel’s approach to the Palestinians.

17.05.2021 - 07:08 [ imemc.org ]

UN Security Council Calls for Ceasefire; US Vetoes Statement

14 out of 15 Security Council members were in favor of the statement. Only the US was opposed. And since the US has ‘veto power’ at the UN Security Council, they were able to block the resolution.

The U.S. also blocked a similar resolution this past Monday, May 10th, the day that the escalation began.

17.05.2021 - 07:00 [ Ramy Abdu| رامي عبده / Twitter ]

Another night of HELL. Random bombing across civilian areas in west, south, east and north of Gaza. This is an onslaught. Bombing is ongoing for 25 minutes so far. Many houses are directly hit #GazaUnderAttak

17.05.2021 - 06:53 [ Al Jazeera English / Twitter ]

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has entered its seventh consecutive day, with the death toll expected to rise further. Rescue workers are digging through rubble to find survivors.

17.05.2021 - 06:34 [ J. Shawa جاسم الشوا / Twitter ]

Can’t believe the savagery. They have been bombing like crazy for severe minutes. Car alarms going off shrapnel flying all over

17.05.2021 - 06:13 [ Mohammad Alsaafin / Twitter ]

So among the people killed in yesterday’s airstrikes on Gaza: Gaza’s top neurologist (Dr Mouin Al-Aloul) The head of Coronavirus response at Gaza’s biggest hospital (Dr Ayman Abu Al-Ouf) Psychologist and social worker Rajaa Abu Al-Ouf (as well as her children)

17.05.2021 - 06:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

In addition to destroying the roads to al-Shifa Hospital and killing 33 in the process, including 8 children, Israel targeted a Doctors Without Borders clinic

17.05.2021 - 05:52 [ CNN ]

Israel-Palestinian conflict marks its deadliest day as scenes of horror unfold in Gaza

(16.05.2021)

Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed at least 43 Palestinians — including eight children — and injured 50 others, most of whom were women and children early Sunday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. (…)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a Tweet on Saturday that „Israel has no interest in escalation, but is ready for any scenario,“ echoing an Israeli military official, who said on Friday that Israel is prepared to continue hitting „quality targets“ for an „extended period of time.“

17.05.2021 - 05:36 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Stonewalls U.N. Concern Over Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

(12.05.2021)

In recent days, the United States has on at least three occasions refused to engage in negotiations initiated by Norway and Tunisia aimed at adopting a Security Council statement criticizing Israel’s evictions and demolitions of Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem.

16.05.2021 - 15:11 [ Haaretz ]

Lapid Suggests Political Considerations Are Behind Israel’s Gaza Operation

Lapid, who has been tasked with forming a coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate expired, also accused Kahanist lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir of having a central role in the escalation in tensions that led to rioting around the country and ultimately Israel’s flare-up with Gaza. “No one would let a card-carrying lunatic like Itamar Ben-Gvir to set Jerusalem and then the entire country ablaze.”

15.05.2021 - 07:45 [ Najla Shawa / Twitter ]

Navy shelling is intense – 5 each round so far more than 5 rounds across the coast. #GazaUnderAttack

15.05.2021 - 07:33 [ @amoreyedam / Twitter ]

Loud Explosion Warning! Civilian settlements in Western Gaza were shaken after the Flag of Israel warship bombed a residential area.

(…)

15.05.2021 - 07:28 [ Basant Hameed / Twitter ]

#Urgent : Shehab correspondent: An Israeli warship bombarded the beaches of the southern Gaza Strip, making big explosions.

#GazaUnderAttack

15.05.2021 - 07:25 [ Najla Shawa / Twitter ]

Heavy shelling from Israeli warship #gazaunderattack #PalestineUnderAttack

(14.05.2021)

15.05.2021 - 07:06 [ Agencia AJN / Twitter ]

.. #IDF release video of Spike ATGM strikes by IDF Special Navy Forces against Gazan targets belonging to Hamas’ Naval forces

15.05.2021 - 06:57 [ defensenews.com ]

Israeli Navy welcomes new generation of German-made warships

( December 3, 2020 )

“Behind me is one of the most advanced war machines in the world, which poses a significant leap forward in the Israeli military’s ability to ensure our strength at sea and in naval operations,” said the military’s chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi.

Israel agreed to buy the vessels in a 2015 deal valued at roughly €430 million (U.S. $480 million at the time), with the German government covering about one-quarter of the cost.

Several Israeli businessmen, including confidants of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a former commander of the Navy, are suspects in a graft scandal connected to the purchase of the warships and submarines from German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

15.05.2021 - 06:32 [ Mohamed Hashem @mhashem_ Journalist @MiddleEastEye / Twitter ]

Latest #Gaza death toll: – At least 137 dead, including 36 children – At least 920 injured

Early Saturday, Israeli air strikes killed 7 Palestinians, including at least 5 children, in an attack on the overcrowded al-Shati camp, west of Gaza city. #Gaza_Under_Attack

15.05.2021 - 06:30 [ i24news.tv ]

Germany brands Hamas rocket fire on Israel ‚terror attacks‘

„These are terrorist attacks that have only one goal: to kill people indiscriminately and arbitrarily and to spread fear,“ Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference.

Merkel’s government defended „Israel’s right to self-defense against these attacks“, he added.

13.05.2021 - 06:43 [ CNN ]

67 killed in Gaza, 7 killed in Israel as UN warns conflict could turn into ‚full-scale war‘

(today)

Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza has now killed at least 67 people, including 17 children, and injured more than 388 more, according to the Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry. Israel says at least 15 of the dead were Hamas militants.

13.05.2021 - 06:41 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong.

(12.05.2021)

By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions – which are condemnable – & refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence.

This is not neutral language. It takes a side – the side of occupation.

13.05.2021 - 06:40 [ JTA.org ]

Biden says Israel has a ‘right to defend itself’ as he sends envoy to deescalate conflict

(12.05.2021)

During a White House press conference Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had an “expectation and hope” that the conflict would end soon.

13.05.2021 - 06:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden speaks with Israel’s Netanyahu amid spiraling conflict with Hamas

(12.05.2021)

“I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and, I think, my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later,” the president said during remarks to the press about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said his national security and defense staff have been in “constant contact” with their counterparts in the Middle East, including the Israelis but also the Egyptians, Saudis and Emiratis.

13.05.2021 - 06:25 [ i24news.tv ]

US halts statement by UN Security Council on escalation in Israel-Palestinian tensions

(11.05.2021)

The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting Monday on the unrest in Jerusalem but issued no immediate statement, with diplomats saying the United States assessed that public comments could be counterproductive.

12.05.2021 - 15:31 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

MK Odeh: As Long There is an Occupation, There’ll Be Resistance

The Joint List MKs held a press conference at the site during which Odeh expressed full support for the East Jerusalem Palestinians’ struggle: “The main point is there’s an occupation. As long as there is an occupation, there will be resistance.” Odeh continued, “This resistance becomes sharpened during periods of provocation, such as what happened over the past month,” relating to the imminent evictions of eight Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah. “Netanyahu took pride in his normalization of diplomatic ties with some Arab countries. But the youth of Jerusalem confirm yet again that the fundamental issue is the Palestinian cause… Anyone who wants live in peace and security must see themselves as part of the just cause of East Jerusalem Palestinians.”

12.05.2021 - 06:33 [ Aziz Abu Sarah / Twitter ]

The Jerusalem uprising had no Hamas or Fatah leadership. Both groups want to capitalize on it and gain some popularity, knowing that their actions will hurt those they claim to want to help most.

(10.05.2021)

11.05.2021 - 07:34 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Far-right lawmakers‘ visit to Sheikh Jarrah reignites clashes

(10.05.2021)

Religious Zionist Party chief MK Bezalel Smotrich, who arrived at the contentious area with several members of his faction, slammed law enforcement and security forces‘ for their lax treatment against Palestinian violence and called for the formation of a stable government that can tackle the unrest.

10.05.2021 - 02:05 [ B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم / Twitter ]

„After attorney general requests deferral, High Court says a new date for the hearing will be set within 30 days and that the Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah will remain in their homes until a decision is made“

09.05.2021 - 19:01 [ Haaretz ]

Democrats Urge U.S. to Act Against Israel’s ‚Abhorrent‘ East Jerusalem Evictions

Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chris Van Hollen and Chris Murphy have called on Israel …

09.05.2021 - 18:55 [ MiddleEastEye.net ]

Jerusalem: Biden administration’s ‚bothsidesism‘ angers Palestinians

But in a timid statement released on Friday night, the State Department urged „both sides to exercise decisive leadership“ to quell the violence.

Washington also expressed „concern“ about Israeli efforts to displace Palestinians without condemning the move or warning the Israeli government against it

12.04.2021 - 18:05 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Settlers to tell ICC West Bank not occupied, Israel good for Palestinians

The Yesha Council plans to launch their own diplomatic initiative against any International Criminal Court war crimes suits, including sending a folder to The Hague explaining that the West Bank is not occupied and that Israel’s presence there is good for the Palestinians.
The document, which is likely to be sent out in the next few weeks was first published on the Hebrew news website Ynet.

01.04.2021 - 17:11 [ Jerusalem Post ]

US: It’s our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied

The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal.

„It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,“ US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

01.04.2021 - 15:48 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson’s new laws put UK on ‘very slippery slope’ to dictatorship, warn ex-Supreme Court president

(08 October 2020)

Lord Neuberger linked the new powers to the coronavirus pandemic and suggested that if the government was seen to be ignoring the law, ordinary people might also decide to reject it,

„The government understandably expects people to obey the law: but I ask rhetorically, what moral authority does the government have expecting people to obey these draconian laws, if it itself is announcing that it intends to break its obligations under international law and intends to stop people going to court to enforce their rights against the government?“ he said.

19.03.2021 - 23:47 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Has Struck at Least 12 Ships Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Report Says

(11.03.2021)

The naval attacks had not been reported before Thursday.

08.03.2021 - 18:29 [ UN Geneva / Twitter ]

UN Envoy for #Myanmar @SchranerBurgen1 to the Security Council: „It is critical that this council is resolute and coherent in putting the security forces on notice and standing with the people of Myanmar firmly, in support of the clear November election results.“

17.02.2021 - 09:00 [ GlobalSecurity.org ]

European Rights Court Backs Germany Over Afghan Air Strike Case

The Strasbourg-based ECHR rejected a complaint by Abdul Hanan, an Afghan man who lost two sons in the air strike, that Germany failed to conduct an effective investigation into the tragedy.

The plaintiff also alleged that no „effective domestic remedy“ to that had been available in Germany.

17.02.2021 - 08:48 [ Washington Post ]

Decision on Airstrike in Afghanistan Was Based Largely on Sole Informant’s Assessment

(September 6, 2009)

McChrystal’s advisers allowed a Washington Post reporter to travel with a NATO fact-finding team and attend its otherwise closed-door meetings with German troops and Afghan officials. Portions of this account are based on those discussions.

17.02.2021 - 08:41 [ theGuardian.com ]

Victims‘ families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

(12.09.2009)

‚I took some flesh home and called it my son.‘ The Guardian interviews 11 villagers

06.02.2021 - 20:25 [ IfNotNow / Twitter ]

We support steps from the international community that will hold the Israeli government accountable for violating Palestinian human rights.

06.02.2021 - 19:38 [ Na'amod: British Jews Against Occupation / Twitter ]

On Friday, the International Criminal Court ruled that it has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories. Netanyahu has already tried to label the ICC investigation as antisemitic – it isn’t.

16.12.2020 - 18:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Victims‘ families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

(September 12, 2009)

‚I took some flesh home and called it my son.‘ The Guardian interviews 11 villagers

16.12.2020 - 18:29 [ Washington Post ]

Decision on Airstrike in Afghanistan Was Based Largely on Sole Informant’s Assessment

(September 6, 2009)

McChrystal’s advisers allowed a Washington Post reporter to travel with a NATO fact-finding team and attend its otherwise closed-door meetings with German troops and Afghan officials. Portions of this account are based on those discussions.

29.11.2020 - 20:15 [ justsecurity.org ]

Defense Policy Negotiations Near Completion in Congress, With Human Rights Provisions in Play

(25.11.2020)

One measure in the House version of the NDAA would amend Section 127e of the U.S. Code — Support of Special Operations to Combat Terrorism — to include reporting on the entities with which foreign forces receiving U.S. support are in hostilities, whether those entities are covered under an existing authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and steps taken to ensure that such support is consistent with U.S. objectives. It would also require a description of the steps taken to ensure that recipients of this support have not engaged in human rights violations or violations of the Geneva Conventions.

29.11.2020 - 13:15 [ Times of Israel ]

EU condemns killing of Iranian nuclear scientist as ‘criminal act’

“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for all parties to remain calm and exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid escalation which cannot be in anyone’s interest,” said Peter Sano, lead spokesperson for the external affairs division of the European Union, based in Brussels.

29.11.2020 - 13:07 [ Haaretz ]

World Should Thank Us for Killing Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Senior Israeli Official Tells NYT

Israel will keep acting against Iran’s nuclear program ‚as needed,‘ an Israeli official who was reportedly involved for years in tracking Mohsen Fakhrizadeh tells the New York Times.

28.11.2020 - 22:10 [ New York Times ]

Israel’s Gamble: If Assassination Fails to Set Back Iran’s Nuclear Program, Blowing Up Deal Is Easy

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

28.11.2020 - 19:24 [ UPI.com ]

USAF F-16s move from Germany to UAE

(16.11.2020)

Although CENTCOM did not offer specific information about the move, the UAE base has been the center of operations for planes patrolling the Persian Gulf to monitor activities by Iran’s military.

28.11.2020 - 19:19 [ Fox News ]

Message to Iran: B-52 bombers deployed to Middle East

(22.11.2020)

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on „short notice“ to „deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.“

“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,“ said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander.

28.11.2020 - 19:08 [ CODEPINK / Twitter ]

This is BAD. Israel is trying to incite a war with Iran before Trump leaves office. The whole world, especially @JoeBiden , should condemn the illegal assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Don’t let Israel sabotage #PeaceWithIran!

28.11.2020 - 19:03 [ Medea Benjamin, Cofounder of peace group CODEPINK / Twitter ]

Biden’s silence re the assassination of Iranian scientist is DEAFENING.

28.11.2020 - 18:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

Iran scientist’s assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal

If Mossad was indeed behind the assassination, Israel had a closing window of opportunity in which to carry it out with a green light from an American president, and there seems little doubt that Trump, seeking to play a spoiler role in his last weeks in office, would have given approval, if not active assistance. He is reported to have asked for military options in Iran, in the aftermath of his election defeat.

28.11.2020 - 18:18 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Speaking out against violations of international law isn’t partisan issue, it’s also not being on the side of Iran. It’s about balance and not plunging the world into more chaotic state than we are already in.

(…)

28.11.2020 - 18:13 [ Remi Brulin / Twitter ]

Crazy suggestion: If a team of armed Iranian operatives had covertly entered Israel & killed its top nuclear weapons scientist, world leaders would not be „mum“

In fact, every single Western leader would have denounced it as a despicable, evil act of terrorism

28.11.2020 - 10:54 [ Times of Israel ]

US, world leaders mum on Fakhrizadeh killing; ex-CIA chief calls hit ‘reckless’

There were no immediate comments from the White House, Pentagon, US State Department, CIA or US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

The leaders of other countries were similarly silent.

28.11.2020 - 10:42 [ John O. Brennan, former CIA Director (2013-17) / Twitter ]

I do not know whether a foreign government authorized or carried out the the murder of Fakhrizadeh. Such an act of state-sponsored terrorism would be a flagrant violation of international law & encourage more governments to carry out lethal attacks against foreign officials.

27.11.2020 - 18:12 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.

27.11.2020 - 18:09 [ CNN ]

Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed in apparent assassination, state media reports

Iran’s top nuclear scientist was reportedly killed Friday in an apparent assassination that the country’s foreign minister linked to Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

24.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Rashida Tlaib, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.

24.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Fox News ]

Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism for reaction to Biden’s Jewish Sec of State nominee

„Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‚Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!‘ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!“ Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.

„You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…“ the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

22.09.2020 - 09:41 [ UN.org ]

LIVE: UN ‚only as strong as its members‘ Guterres tells UN75 event, looking to the future

On Monday the UN marks the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders. The theme is, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, and there is a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.

Highlights:
• Live broadcast of High-level meeting

• UNcomplicated podcast: the UN turns 75
• UN75 photo story

• Richard Curtis video, Nations United

• Lid Is On podcast, narrated by Julia Roberts

• W.H. Auden’s „Hymn to the United Nations“

22.09.2020 - 07:09 [ New York Times ]

Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

Four cabinet secretaries, the White House national security adviser and the American ambassador to the United Nations announced the additional penalties at the State Department, two days after the administration said it had unilaterally reimposed U.N. sanctions against Iran — a declaration European allies have balked at and the U.N. Security Council has refused to recognize.

22.09.2020 - 07:00 [ ArabNews.com ]

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored

(20.09.2020)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration declared Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly.

16.09.2020 - 08:48 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation Plan Is Being Realized

In the meetings of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from July 29 and August 18, MKs from Likud and Yamina and settlers whom they hosted, openly declared what the natural evolution of this process would be: The Palestinians must make do with Areas A and B; that is, no more than 39 percent of the West Bank, with non-contiguous strips of land. So said the man from the right-wing NGO Regavim, Meir Deutsch; so said Likud MK Nir Barkat, who also called for the settlement of two million Jews in the West Bank;

03.09.2020 - 20:32 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

International Criminal Court condemns US economic sanctions

The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute.

These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally.

The Court continues to stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes under international law, independently and impartially, in accordance with its mandate. In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world’s States which are parties to the Rome Statute.

03.09.2020 - 20:30 [ European Union External Action (EEAS) / Auswärtiger Dienst der Europäischen Union ]

International Criminal Court: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on US sanctions

The European Union is unwavering in its support for the universality of the Rome Statute and for the ICC. We will resolutely defend it from any attempts aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international system of criminal justice.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Metro.us ]

U.S. blacklists ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.

“Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Times of Israel ]

US sanctions ICC prosecutor who allowed complaint of Israeli ‘war crimes’

The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court just weeks after she allowed a complaint of Israeli “war crimes” to proceed.

Announcing sanctions against the ICC’s Fatou Bensouda, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the court “continues to target Americans”, in apparent reference to investigations into US Army actions in Afghanistan.

26.08.2020 - 06:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

UN security council rejects US attempt to extend Iran sanctions

The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.

22.08.2020 - 04:13 [ Reuters ]

Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.

21.08.2020 - 04:28 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

E3 Foreign Ministers‘ Statement on the JCPoA – Statement by the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the JCPoA

On 20 August, the US sent a letter to the UN Security Council requesting to initiate the ‘snapback’ mechanism, which allows a participant to the JCPoA to seek the reimposition against Iran of the multilateral sanctions lifted in 2015 in accordance with resolution 2231, adopted by the UN Security Council.

France, Germany and the United Kingdom (“the E3”) note that the US ceased to be a participant to the JCPoA following their withdrawal from the deal on 8 May, 2018. Our position regarding the effectiveness of the US notification pursuant to resolution 2231 has consequently been very clearly expressed to the Presidency and all UNSC members. We cannot therefore support this action which is incompatible with our current efforts to support the JCPoA.

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

07.07.2020 - 16:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UN slams Donald Trump for killing Iranian General Soleimani because there was ‚insufficient evidence he was behind an ongoing or imminent attack‘

A U.N. human rights investigator issued the report on Monday noting that the January 3 attack which killed Iranian General Soleimani violated the U.N. charter
She said that the US had failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify the strike
She is calling for accountability for targeted killings by armed drones, like those used in the US strike
President Trump had authorized the strike against Soleimani months beforehand

07.07.2020 - 16:28 [ wibqam.com ]

U.N. expert deems U.S. drone strike on Iran’s Soleimani an ‘unlawful’ killing

The January U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Monday.

The United States has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport, said Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

19.06.2020 - 12:02 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Did Putin save Israel from Obama at UN, and why are we hearing this now?

Danon appealed to his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin, and the matter went up to the Netanyahu-Putin level. The Russians did not agree to veto Resolution 2334 condemning settlements, but they were opposed to the second one, and generally did not approve of the Obama administration making these last-minute moves right before Trump took office.
The Israeli source posited that the Obama administration did not want to be seen as less pro-Israel than Russia, so they backed down from the second initiative.

19.06.2020 - 12:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Putin nixed Obama initiative to create Palestinian state within 1948 borders

In late 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin prevented former US President Barack Obama’s attempt to pass a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution demanding Israel relinquish the West Bank territories captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and accept a two-state resolution based on 1948 borders, freshly declassified documents appear to show.

17.06.2020 - 14:19 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu mulls applying sovereignty to West Bank areas in two phases: report

Under the Middle East peace plan unveiled by US President Donald Trump, Israel has been given a green light to annex some 30 percent of the West Bank.

However, one of the options Netanyahu is considering is to start off with 10 percent, beginning with settlements located deep into the area.

After that, the Palestinian side would be invited to hold negotiations; if no talks materialize, Israel would go ahead and apply sovereignty to the remaining 20 percent, the newspaper reports.

16.06.2020 - 13:32 [ NationalPost.com ]

U.N. rights experts condemn Israel’s annexation plan and U.S. support

The joint statement, signed by nearly 50 independent experts, voiced dismay at U.S. support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “unlawful” plan to extend sovereignty, de facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state.

14.06.2020 - 02:07 [ UN News ]

International Criminal Court oversight chief ‘deeply regrets’ US decision to target officials investigating Afghanistan war crimes

The decision, announced on Thursday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, defence secretary, Mark Esper and attorney general, William Barr, targets ICC officials investigating war crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan by all sides, including the US, and will also see visa restrictions imposed on their families.

13.06.2020 - 13:34 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: 400 Jewish studies professors condemn annexation as ‚crime against humanity‘

The annexation, the letter argues, will result in a system where small Palestinian enclaves in the annexed territories are effectively controlled by Israel in, what it alleges, will amount to „conditions of apartheid.“

Apartheid is seen as a crime against humanity under the international law, the letter warns, adding that Israel could grant citizenship to residents of the target areas, but the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided against that.

12.06.2020 - 08:44 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

ASP President O-Gon Kwon rejects measures taken against ICC

I will convene an extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly next week to consider how to renew our unwavering commitment to the Court.

I call upon the States Parties and all the stakeholders in the Rome Statute system to reiterate once more our relentless commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any measures and threats against the Court and its officials, staff and their families.

12.06.2020 - 08:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Decision to Sanction International Crime Court Was Coordinated With Israel, Source Says

The move was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last month, the source said on Thursday.

27.02.2020 - 02:36 [ UNSCO ]

Statement by United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Israeli settlement announcements

All settlements are illegal under international law and remain a substantial obstacle to peace.

20.02.2020 - 17:10 [ Internationales Rotes Kreuz - ICRC.org ]

Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land. The Hague, 18 October 1907.

SECTION III

MILITARY AUTHORITY OVER THE TERRITORY OF THE HOSTILE STATE

Art. 42. Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the
hostile army.

20.02.2020 - 17:05 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Germany Goes 19th Century with New Statement on Law of Occupation – On Status of US Forces in Syria

In Germany’s current view, the United States cannot be considered an occupying power in these areas, because although it exercises physical control over them, it does not “exercise jurisdiction” there. On this approach, for an occupation to materialize, two cumulative elements must be fulfilled: effective physical control and the actual establishment of an administration in the area.

Granted, this interpretation can be read into the text of Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations,

20.02.2020 - 16:38 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Reiterating the call for an end to conflict in Syria

I would like to also echo what my German and American colleagues said about Turkey. We need the attacks on Turkey to stop. Turkey has made efforts to seek a peaceful solution in Idlib. And we are concerned that the impact of the escalation on Turkey, whose already borne the burden of hosting over 3.5 million refugees forced to flee from Syria. So I look forward to what the Turkish representative has to say later.

I join others in calling on Russia to end its support for this murderous campaign and the barbaric Syrian government. I join the Secretary-General in calling for an immediate, genuine and lasting ceasefire in Idlib and for a lasting solution to the situation there. We once more call on Syria and Russia and Iran to observe their obligations under international humanitarian law and to give us an answer on what they are doing to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

20.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Vereinte Nationen - UN.org ]

Crisis in Syria Likely to Turn Catastrophic Unless Global Community Mobilizes to Conflict, Senior United Nations Officials Warn Security Council

Concurring, the United Kingdom’s representative noted that, while 13 or 14 Council members are willing to act, the Russian Federation uses its veto power to prevent action. She called upon that country to end its support for the Syrian Government while expressing disappointment over the current impasse within the Constitutional Committee.

France’s representative said the Syrian regime is responsible for the current impasse, adding that the intention of its attacks in Idlib is clear — to take the governorate by force, without negotiations, no matter the cost. He called upon the Special Envoy to inform the Council when he can no longer move the Constitutional Committee process forward, emphasizing that France supports efforts to end impunity in Syria.

Germany’s representative described the situation as the biggest humanitarian horror of the twenty-first century. The Astana formula no longer works, he said, echoing the representative of the United States, adding that it is time for the Secretary-General to “step up to the plate”.

20.02.2020 - 16:07 [ Daily Sabah ]

US, UK, Germany call for end to regime attacks on Turkey’s observation posts in Syria’s Idlib

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, Syrian regime forces have been fighting since the start of the year to recapture the Aleppo countryside and parts of neighboring Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country.

The advances have sent hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians fleeing toward the border with Turkey in the biggest single displacement of the nine-year war.

16.02.2020 - 17:03 [ Haaretz ]

A Different Germany? Not With Its Israel Policy

Late in her impressive career, under the threat of anti-Semitism in her country, Angela Merkel is willing to forgive Israel everything in an utter knee-jerk reaction. Thus she’s abusing her office as chancellor of the different Germany and one of the last defenders of human rights in the world. We’re left with Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

A Germany that doesn’t allow an investigation into war crimes, no matter by what country, isn’t a different Germany but a Germany that provokes war crimes.

14.02.2020 - 16:52 [ Haaretz ]

Siding With Israel, Germany Says ICC Has No Jurisdiction in Palestinian Territories

Germany filed a petition Friday with the International Criminal Court in which it requested to be „a friend of the court“ (amicus curiae) in deliberations that will examine if the court has jurisdiction to rule whether Israel committed war crimes against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

In its petition, Germany backed Israel’s argument that the court’s jurisdiction does not extend to occupied Palestinian territories, as Palestine is not a state that fulfills all the criteria under general international law, although it has joined the ICC’s Rome Statute.

13.02.2020 - 17:51 [ Wired.com ]

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‚Hiroshima‘ Tactics for ‚Total War‘ on Islam

(18.05.2012)

International laws protecting civilians in wartime are „no longer relevant,“ Dooley continues. And that opens the possibility of applying „the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki“ to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about „Mecca and Medina[’s] destruction.“

Dooley’s ideological allies have repeatedly stated that „mainstream“ Muslims are dangerous, because they’re „violent“ by nature.

13.02.2020 - 12:06 [ wboc.com ]

NATO eyes boosting Iraq army training, still needs Iraq’s OK

NATO is ready to expand its military training effort in Iraq, the alliance’s top civilian official said Wednesday, but the Iraqi government is not yet ready to approve the move.

The Canada-led operation was launched in 2018 but suspended last month after a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad Airport killed Iran’s top general and Iraq’s government and lawmakers demanded that foreign troops leave. U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has demanded that U.S. allies do more in the Mideast.

11.02.2020 - 19:36 [ Information Clearing House ]

China, Russia to Defy US Sanctions Over Support to Venezuela

By teleSUR

Since 2019, the United States in particular, and some other countries due to pressure from Washington, began applying new sanctions to Caracas, which seriously affected its economy, people’s lives and Venezuela’s relations with other nations, Geng Shuang recalled.

28.01.2020 - 19:12 [ Ben White / Twitter ]

Israeli human rights group @btselem describes the Trump administration plan as „apartheid“, rather than „peace“. „The Trump plan drains the principles of international law of any meaning and completely neuters the concept of accountability for breaching them.“

28.01.2020 - 19:06 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

I’ve never heard Netanyahu this ecstatic. He’s talking about humiliations imposed by Trump on the Palestinians like mouth watering items at an apartheid all you can eat buffet.

28.01.2020 - 18:51 [ Haaretz ]

Donaldus Trumpus Caesar Set to Reward Provincial Governor Netanyahu With ‚Deal of the Century‘

If one believes the leaks emanating from Netanyahu’s office and other top right-wing politicians in recent days, Trump’s “deal of the century” shouldn’t be classified as a proposal at all. Its main purpose is to serve as a crude cover for Israel to annex the Jordan River Valley and most Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Once the Palestinians reject the plan as expected, Israelis have been led to believe, the U.S. administration will give Israel a green light to unilaterally seize areas earmarked for annexation, which it has long desired.

Needless to say, this is not the way peace proposals are supposed to work.

28.01.2020 - 17:21 [ The Hill ]

Watch live: Trump delivers remarks with Netanyahu on Mideast peace plan

The press conference is slated for noon. Watch the live video above.

26.01.2020 - 15:09 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

CPI Rejects Any Imperialistic Steps by US Violating International Law

The CPI observed that “The true ‘Deal of the Century’ is a prime minister accused of corruption and a president under an impeachment trial attempting to save each other through a dangerous political maneuver that will set military rule over the Palestinian people in the occupied territories for generations.” The CPI reiterated its consistent and well-known position that “Only recognition of a Palestinian state, its people and its borders, and the end of the occupation is a long-overdue international obligation and a positive step towards peace. All states must now formally recognize a sustainable Palestinian state being established contiguous with the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, demanding the end of the settlements policy and a just resolution of the Palestinian refugee question.”

26.01.2020 - 14:31 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Niftily Averts White House Hazing but Trump Plan Still on Course to Rescue Netanyahu

Deal of the century offers Israelis annexation right now and Palestinians a Bantustan in the far future

26.01.2020 - 14:20 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation for Dummies: Making Sense of Netanyahu and Gantz’s Declarations

“The moment Israel carries out annexation it destroys this alibi and admits it does not think the final status needs to be determined by negotiations, and that Israeli control of the Palestinian population is not temporary,” says Sfard. “It destroys its only defense against the claim it is establishing an apartheid regime.”

It is no coincidence that the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, mentioned Netanyahu’s intentions for the Jordan Valley when she determined that, as far as the objectives of international criminal law are concerned, the authority of the ICC should be recognized. These statements, she said, “reflect concerns of a potential de jure annexation.”

21.01.2020 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Vows to Annex Jordan Valley, ‚Hopes Trump Releases Peace Plan Soon‘

Up until recently, Kahol Lavan leader opposed publication of peace plan during campaign, calling it ‚outright intervention‘ in Israeli election

18.01.2020 - 10:58 [ Newsweek ]

Killing Soleimani Was a ‚Violation of National and International Law,‘ Former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor Says

The U.S. strike that killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani flouted both national and international law, according to a former lawyer who helped prosecute Nazi leaders at the post-World War II Nuremberg trials.

Benjamin B. Ferencz, 99, wrote to The New York Times this week expressing his opposition to the drone strike that killed Soleimani and several others outside Baghdad International Airport earlier this month.

15.01.2020 - 02:22 [ Haaretz ]

Syria Says Israeli Army Struck T-4 Air Base in Homs

There was no immediate Israeli comment. Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes on Syria over the past years but it rarely comments on what it targets.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country’s war fighting alongside the government.

15.01.2020 - 02:18 [ almasdarnews.com ]

Israeli minister warns Hezbollah’s leader that he might be next after Soleimani

“Nasrallah has not stopped attacking Netanyahu or threatening Israel. As his distress grows, his eloquence increases,” Katz wrote in two separate Hebrew and Arabic-language tweets.

“In the meantime, [Nasrallah] is forced to go down another floor into the bunker in the face of warnings from his Iranian patrons about the possibility of his liquidation. If he challenges Israel – that won’t help him either,” Katz warned.

15.01.2020 - 01:59 [ Amos Harel / Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Sees Chance to Escalate Attacks Against Iran and Its Allies

The immediate theater of friction with Iran isn’t its nuclear program but Soleimani’s legacy of military entrenchment in Syria.

On this score, despite the apparent lull in incidents in recent weeks, Military Intelligence thinks an opportunity has been created to accelerate the pace of attacks against Iran and its allies. And it has urged Israel to seize this opportunity despite its assessment that Iran and Hezbollah will respond militarily if any of their people are killed.

10.01.2020 - 16:28 [ Consortium News ]

Assassination and International Law

The United States most likely committed an act of aggression against Iran and killed Soleimani in violation of human rights law. Here is why:

Aggression was originally defined at the Nuremberg Tribunal and was then later codified in part by General Assembly Resolution 3314 as well as by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC uses a definition of aggression derived from international customary law, which generally prohibits the invasion or attack with a state’s armed forces against the territory of another state — including through bombing a state, blockading its ports and coasts, or sending irregular/partisan/paramilitary forces to accomplish the same.

08.01.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

ICC Should Not Delay Investigating Israeli War Crimes

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has established an unnecessary condition that slows down the process, writes Marjorie Cohn.

08.01.2020 - 15:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Boris Johnson strongly backs US decision to kill Qassem Suleimani

The Labour leader then asked whether the US operation to kill Suleimani was permitted under international law. He said: “The government has said that it is sympathetic to the assassination of General Suleimani. What evidence has the prime minister got to suggest that this attack on him and his death was not an illegal act by the United States?”

Johnson replied: “Clearly the strict issue of legality is not for the UK to determine, since it was not our operation. But I think most reasonable people would accept that the United States has a right to protect its bases and its personnel.”

08.01.2020 - 15:04 [ Scott Ritter, former United Nations Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer / Twitter ]

Frankly speaking, I am surprised Iran launched an attack on Iraqi soil. If the Iraqi government did not approve of the attack, then Iran has violated Iraqi sovereignty, just like the US. If Iraq approved, then it is now an enemy of the US. This is a very foolish move.

07.01.2020 - 17:13 [ Presstv.com ]

Iran FM vows proportionate response to US terror act after assassination of General Soleimani

Elsewhere in his interview, Zarif responded to a question if it was worth speaking to Trump and said, „It doesn’t need speaking. He has to realize that he has been fed misinformation. And he needs to wake up, and apologize. He has to apologize, he has to change course.“

07.01.2020 - 15:13 [ Washington Post ]

The president didn’t threaten just Iran’s culture sites. He threatened culture.

Will my country lay waste to the great mosques and bridges of Isfahan and the remains of Persepolis? Will we destroy the last stones of the Achaemenid and Sasanian empires? If we are to be a barbarian nation, what are our new limits? Do we have any?

07.01.2020 - 14:49 [ CNN ]

Iranian foreign minister: Trump prepared to commit war crimes

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says President Donald Trump doesn’t care about international law and is prepared to commit war crimes by threatening to destroy Iran’s cultural sites.

07.01.2020 - 09:05 [ UN.org ]

UN cultural agency chief meets with Iran ambassador amid current tensions

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Iranian Ambassador to the UN agency, Ahmad Jalali, met in Paris against a background of mounting threats between his country and the United States.

07.01.2020 - 06:29 [ MSNBC ]

Rep. Khanna: Article of impeachment ‚on the table‘ after Iran strike

Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) joins Hallie Jackson to discuss an upcoming war powers resolution in the House to prevent President Trump from escalating the conflict with Iran. Khanna describes any further action by the President that is not sanctioned by Congress as a „potentially impeachable offense.“

07.01.2020 - 06:03 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The Hague, 14 May 1954.

Recognizing that cultural property has suffered grave damage during recent armed conflicts and that, by reason of the developments in the technique of warfare, it is in increasing danger of destruction;
Being convinced that damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind, since each people makes its contribution to the culture of the world;
Considering that the preservation of the cultural heritage is of great importance for all peoples of the world and that it is important that this heritage should receive international protection;
Guided by the principles concerning the protection of cultural property during armed conflict, as established in the Conventions of The Hague of 1899 and of 1907 and in the Washington Pact of 15 April 1935;
Being of the opinion that such protection cannot be effective unless both national and international measures have been taken to organize it in time of peace;
Being determined to take all possible steps to protect cultural property;
Have agreed upon the following provisions:

07.01.2020 - 05:46 [ CNN ]

Esper contradicts Trump on targeting Iranian cultural sites: We ‚follow the laws of armed conflict‘

„Nothing rallies people like the deliberate destruction of beloved cultural sites. Whether ISIS’s destruction of religious monuments or the burning of the Leuven Library in WWI, history shows targeting locations giving civilization meaning is not only immoral but self-defeating,“ one of the officials told CNN.

„The Persian people hold a deeply influential and beautiful history of poetry, logic, art and science. Iran’s leaders do not live up to that history. But America would be better served by leaders who embrace Persian culture, not threaten to destroy it,“ they added.

07.01.2020 - 05:40 [ New York Times ]

Pentagon Rules Out Striking Iranian Cultural Sites, Contradicting Trump

The defense secretary acknowledged that “the laws of armed conflict” prohibited attacking antiquities and said the military had no plans to do so, even though the president declared them targets.

05.01.2020 - 05:24 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

This is a war crime. Threatening to target and kill innocent families, women and children – which is what you’re doing by targeting cultural sites – does not make you a “tough guy.” It does not make you “strategic.” It makes you a monster.

05.01.2020 - 05:20 [ CNN ]

Trump warns Iran if it hits any Americans or American assets ‚we have targeted 52 Iranian sites‘

Donald Trump on Saturday drew what may come to be seen as the most significant red line of his presidency in a three-part tweet, vowing specific military action against Iran if it „strikes any Americans, or American assets.“
„We have … targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture“ and „if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets… Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD,“ Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

03.01.2020 - 10:42 [ CNN ]

Oil prices jump after Iran military leader killed in US strike

Futures for Brent crude, a global benchmark, jumped 2.9% to $68.16 per barrel during Asian trading hours on Friday. US oil futures gained 2.8%, reaching $62.86 per barrel. That puts both on pace right now for their biggest daily gains in about a month, according to Refinitiv data.

03.01.2020 - 10:36 [ Alex Mello, regional security analyst at an energy consultancy ‏/ Twitter ]

I still can’t believe Hajji Qassem and Muhandis were riding in the same convoy within a couple hundred meters of a major US facility, with a huge US ISR stack overhead days after airstrikes killed two dozen KH guys.

Incredible overconfidence and sloppiness.

03.01.2020 - 09:45 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

The US‘ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.

03.01.2020 - 09:40 [ ConsortiumNews.com ]

Fear of a Major Mideast War

Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.

03.01.2020 - 09:35 [ Washington Post ]

In major escalation, American strike kills top Iranian commander in Baghdad

A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad late Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.

03.01.2020 - 01:41 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Iran-backed militia leader reported dead after strike at Baghdad airport

Later, security sources told local media a strike hit two vehicles, killing Mohammed Redha, a senior member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units — an umbrella group that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias with close ties to Iran and other militias that have fought the Islamic State group since 2014.

27.12.2019 - 13:31 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The ICC decision on Israel would make Himmler proud

SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, architect and director of the Holocaust, would be proud of the latest move by Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Intent on the total elimination of the Jewish race, Himmler supported Amin al-Huseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in his plans to eradicate the Jews in Palestine.
Now Bensouda and the ICC have joined the international campaign aimed at eliminating the Jewish state, led by al-Huseini’s successors.

27.12.2019 - 13:28 [ Times of Israel ]

From The Gambia to The Hague: Meet Israel’s new public enemy number one

Israel has many detractors, real and imagined, but since Friday the country has a brand new public enemy number one: Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Since announcing her intention to open an investigation into the “situation in Palestine” because she believes war crimes “have been or are being committed” there, the 58-year-old Gambia native has endured a massive wave of criticism.

27.12.2019 - 13:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu vows to secure US recognition of West Bank settlements in victory speech

The veteran leader said that in the upcoming year he would „bring Israel more historic achievements that we can only dream of.

„We will set our final borders, bring about American recognition for Israeli control over the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and our sovereignty over every settlement in Judea and Samaria,“ he said.

24.12.2019 - 18:16 [ i24news.tv ]

Jordan Valley annexation plans halted after ICC statement

Plans of Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley have reportedly entered a “deep freeze”over concerns that it could potentially intensify confrontation with the International Crime Court.

24.12.2019 - 18:12 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel bans officials from public discussions on ICC probe strategy

The move was initiated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ministers speaking on condition of anonymity were cited as saying that public discussion and media media coverage of Israel’s efforts to forestall the ICC from launching its probe could potentially compromise Israel’s national interests.

22.12.2019 - 19:41 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Patriots and Justice Seekers Should Look to the Hague With Hope

Israel has done everything to reach The Hague. That’s what happens when the prosecution is a cemetery for war crimes, the High Court whitewashes them and the media hides them and covers for them. That’s the way it is when international law is disparaged for decades. There’s probably no other country that thumbs its nose at international law this way and pays no price for it. Perhaps now the moment of truth is approaching, the moment of penalty. It will be very good for Israel. It might clean out its stables, stained with blood and stolen land. Every Israeli patriot and seeker of justice should now look to The Hague with hope.

21.12.2019 - 23:19 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Blood & Tears. Gaza August 2014

(02.09.2014)

Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.

21.12.2019 - 23:16 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Gaza-Israel War. Deadly July 2014

(03.08.2014)

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.

21.12.2019 - 23:14 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Israeli officials fear possible ICC prosecution

A full ICC investigation could possibly lead to charges against individuals. States cannot be charged by the ICC.

The ICC’s preliminary investigation has looked at the 2014 war which left 2,251 dead on the Palestinian side, the majority civilians, and 74 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.

21.12.2019 - 11:38 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the Situation in Palestine, and seeking a ruling on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction

As there has been a referral from the State of Palestine, there is no requirement to seek Pre-Trial Chamber’s authorisation before proceeding to open an investigation, and I do not seek to do so.

However, given the unique and highly contested legal and factual issues attaching to this situation, namely, the territory within which the investigation may be conducted, I deemed it necessary to rely on article 19(3) of the Statute to resolve this specific issue.

Earlier today, I therefore requested from Pre-Trial Chamber I a jurisdictional ruling on the scope of the territorial jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court („ICC“ or the „Court“) under article 12(2)(a) of the Rome Statute in Palestine.

21.12.2019 - 11:25 [ Haaretz ]

In Israel’s Attempt to Deflect ICC Prosecutor’s Call to Probe War Crimes, It Admitted to the Occupation

Gripped by panic at Fatou Bensouda’s statement that there’s reasonable basis to investigate it for war crimes, Israel claimed ‘there is either the occupation and no Palestinian state, or there’s a Palestinian state and no occupation’. By using this problematic argument, Israel gave the answer

21.12.2019 - 10:56 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Was an Outrage‘: Mike Pompeo Celebrates Defeated ICC Probe Into US War Crimes

(28.08.2019)

Pompeo made the remarks in a „Celebrating Americanism in Our Foreign Policy“ speech at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.

„Americanism means taking care of our own,“ said Pompeo.

„We stopped international courts from prosecuting our service members,“ Pompeo continued, adding that the potential probe „was an outrage.“

In April, the ICC announced that it rejected a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested the investigation in 2017, saying at the time that there was a „reasonable basis to believe“ that war crimes were committed by the Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, U.S. armed forces, and the CIA. That move won the praise of human rights organizations and triggered over one million statements from alleged Afghan victims.

21.12.2019 - 10:51 [ Times of Israel ]

Pompeo: US ‘firmly opposes’ ICC announcement on alleged Israeli war crimes

“We firmly oppose this and any other action that seeks to target Israel unfairly,” Pompeo said.

“We do not believe the Palestinians qualify as a sovereign state, and they therefore are not qualified to obtain full membership, or participate as a state in international organizations, entities, or conferences, including the ICC.”

21.12.2019 - 10:40 [ Jerusalem Post ]

ICC prosecutor says Israel committing war crimes, opens investigation

Bensouda “completely ignored the serious legal arguments we presented to her,“ the prime minister said. „She also ignored truth and history when she said it is a war crime that Jews live in their homeland, the land of the Bible, our ancestral land. We will not be silent. We will not bow to this injustice.“

20.12.2019 - 17:01 [ i24news.tv ]

International Criminal Court announces probe into ‚war crimes‘ in Palestinian territories

Bensouda launched a preliminary probe in January 2015 into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Palestinian territories, in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war.

10.12.2019 - 14:01 [ al-monitor.com ]

Arab party reconsiders support of Gantz over Jordan Valley annexation

Jabareen added that if that is the case, Gantz and his faction will not be able to count on the support of the Joint List — an option seriously discussed following the September elections. “There was talk all along the way of our external support to enable the formation of a different kind of government, but this will not happen given the annexation intention and masquerading as Likud II,” Jabareen said.

He reminded us that the Joint List — the Knesset’s third-largest faction — wields significant power both in the domestic political arena and in the international one.

10.12.2019 - 13:50 [ Times of Israel ]

Legal advisers said to warn PM annexation would lead to ICC investigation

Officials in attorney general’s office reportedly say that if Netanyahu extends sovereignty over Jordan Valley, settler leaders and IDF officers could be probed

10.12.2019 - 13:41 [ i24news.tv ]

Blue & White chief: Netanyahu is all talk about annexation, but we’ll do it

In his remarks made at a conference in Jerusalem, Gantz said that Netanyahu turned the annexation of the West Bank — a highly contentious issue — into a talking point, but did little for the people living there.

Blue and White, he said, would be just the opposite – the plans for annexing the Jordan Valley, set to be Israel’s ‚eastern wall‘, are ready, and standing at the helm the party will implement them.

04.12.2019 - 17:59 [ undocs.org ]

Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat

2. Considers that, by providing substantive support to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in the implementation of its mandate, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat continues to make a constructive and positive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine and of the urgency of a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine in all its aspects on the basis of international law and United Nations resolutions and the efforts being exerted in this regard and to generating international support for the rights of the Palestinian people;

04.12.2019 - 17:54 [ Times of Israel ]

In surprise change, 13 countries vote against pro-Palestine UN resolution

States led by Germany change their voting pattern in favor of Israel, opposing Division of Palestinian Rights, although motion still passes by wide margin

28.11.2019 - 17:23 [ Imran Khan, Premierminister von Pakistan / Twitter ]

Shows the fascist mindset of the Indian govt’s RSS ideology that has continued the siege of IOJK for over 100 days, subjecting Kashmiris to the worst violation of their human rights while the powerful countries remain silent bec of their trading interests.

28.11.2019 - 17:14 [ Middle East Eye ]

India consul general in United States calls for „Israeli model“ in Kashmir

“I think the return of Kashmiri Pandits is being instrumentalized to justify a settler-colonial project in Kashmir,” Mona Bhan, an associate professor of South Asian Studies at Syracuse University in New York, said.

Bhan told Middle East Eye that there remains a deep anxiety among Kashmiri Pandits that their pain is being weaponised to further the goals of the BJP-led government. She says the event on Saturday seemed to be an attempt to allay those fears.

28.11.2019 - 06:37 [ theHill.com ]

Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sanders: report

President Obama privately said he would speak up to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.

The former president reportedly said if Sanders held a strong lead in the Democratic primary, he would speak out to prevent him from becoming the nominee.

19.11.2019 - 06:21 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

Art. 49. Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased.

The Occupying Power undertaking such transfers or evacuations shall ensure, to the greatest practicable extent, that proper accommodation is provided to receive the protected persons, that the removals are effected in satisfactory conditions of hygiene, health, safety and nutrition, and that members of the same family are not separated.

The Protecting Power shall be informed of any transfers and evacuations as soon as they have taken place.

The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

19.11.2019 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Are West Bank Settlements Illegal? Who Decides?

The United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice have all said that Israeli settlements on the West Bank violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war and has occupied the territory ever since. The Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified by 192 nations in the aftermath of World War II, says that an occupying power “shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

19.11.2019 - 05:59 [ Daily Mail ]

Mike Pompeo announces reversal of 41-year-old policy and says Israel’s West Bank settlements are NOT illegal—as U.S. embassy in Jerusalem issues travel safety warning for all Americans

– Carter administration declared in 1978 that Israel’s settlement-building in the disputed West Bank territory was ‚inconsistent with international law‘
– Ronald Reagan disagreed with that a frew years later; the Trump administration is siding with Reagan
– Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the policy shift, undoing 41 years of regarding the settlements as illegal provocations in the Arab-Israeli conflict
– America’s smbassy in Jerusalem issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens visiting Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza

16.11.2019 - 11:32 [ Wikipedia ]

Clint Lorance

At his trial in August 2013, nine members of his platoon testified against him.[5] Lorance never testified in the court hearings, though he did take responsibility for his men’s actions. Three men on a motorcycle were speeding towards the platoon and ignoring commands to stop.[5] His soldiers testified that the platoon was walking through a field of grapes on patrol when a motorcycle was spotted approximately 600 feet away, and that the motorcycle could not have reached the platoon’s position in the grape field.

16.11.2019 - 11:22 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Green Beret charged with murder after confessing to killing Afghan man in TV interview

(14.12.2018)

But according to documents seen by NBC, Major Golsteyn told army investigators that he and his fellow soldiers were doing house-to-house searches when they found bomb-making materials they suspected were used in the attack on the Marines.

The soldiers took a local man who they believed was responsible for the materials into custody and brought him to the army base, from where he was later released.

It is unclear if this was because there was insufficient evidence to detain him. Military documents state that Major Golsteyn and another soldier returned the man to his home but instead of releasing him the major fatally shot the man and buried his body, NBC reported.

The documents seen by the news organisation do not include Major Golsteyn’s explanation for killing the man but refer to the incident as an „assassination“.

16.11.2019 - 10:58 [ Wikipedia ]

Eddie Gallagher (Navy SEAL)

A captured young fighter of the Islamic State (also known as ISIL, ISIS, and Daesh) was being treated by a medic. According to two SEAL witnesses, Gallagher said over the radio „he’s mine“ and walked up to the medic and prisoner, and without saying a word killed the prisoner by stabbing him repeatedly with his hunting knife. Gallagher and his commanding officer, Lieutenant Jake Portier, then posed for photos of them standing over the body with some other nearby SEALs. Gallagher then text messaged a fellow SEAL a picture of the dead captive with the explanation „Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.”[5]

Another accusation was that Gallagher’s sniper work during his 2017 deployment became indiscriminate, reckless, and bloodthirsty. He allegedly fired his rifle far more frequently than other snipers;[2] according to testimony, the other snipers in the platoon did not consider him a good sniper, and he took „random shots“ into buildings.[1] Other snipers said they witnessed Gallagher taking at least two militarily pointless shots, shooting and killing an unarmed old man in a white robe as well as a young girl walking with other girls. Gallagher allegedly boasted about the large number of people he had killed, claiming he averaged three kills a day over 80 days, including four women.[1] Gallagher also was reportedly known for indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine gun fire with no known enemy force in the region.[5]

A charge of obstruction of justice was brought against Gallagher for alleged witness intimidation. According to the claim, Gallagher allegedly threatened to kill fellow SEALs if they reported his actions.

16.11.2019 - 10:49 [ Daily Mail ]

Donald Trump defies Pentagon to pardon Green Beret who ‚murdered‘ Taliban bombmaker and Army officer who ordered killing of Afghan civilians as he reinstates rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who posed with a corpse

All three also had been favorites among conservatives who see them as heroes who should not have been prosecuted. Trump, when the White House was considering intervening in Golsteyn’s case, commented at the time, ‚We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill‘!

16.11.2019 - 10:08 [ Sky News ]

Full report: Russian jets ‚bombed civilian areas in Idlib, Syria‘

A Sky News investigation has found evidence that suggests Russian warplanes systematically bombed civilian targets in Syria.

14.11.2019 - 18:55 [ Harvard International Law Journal, Forthcoming / papers.ssrn.com ]

Cut These Words: Passion and International Law of War Scholarship

(12.11.2019)

First, and perhaps the most fascinating mystery, is the near-total erasure of the Vietnam era,
and its vociferous doctrinal and policy debates, from the War on Terror international legal debate. The more one reads, the stranger it becomes—particularly once the invasion of Cambodia becomes publicly known in 1970, and the U.S. Department of State justifies the intervention in international legal terms. The doctrinal debate is eerily similar to those underlying key controversies between 2009 and 2018. The underlying law is, in many respects, largely the same. The contours of the international legal questions and their purported implications for the future disclose remarkable similarities. And yet, with the exception of that single footnote in the Al Aulaqi memorandum, there is almost no reference to the raging scholarly discourse that occurred barely two generations earlier. This would perhaps be understandable if I had gone deep into the national archives of, say, Bangladesh, and had found obscure texts that had never been published in English, or had never been made available in libraries or on the internet. But we are talking more or less about similar substantive debates occurring in similar journals by scholars contending with the same government offices. And it all just disappeared. Why?7

18.10.2019 - 19:23 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria

Turkish-backed forces appear to be using munitions loaded with white phosphorus—a chemical that can maim and kill when it comes in contact with human flesh—in their violent campaign against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, Foreign Policy has learned.

If Turkish proxies are intentionally using white phosphorous-loaded munitions to target civilians, that could constitute a war crime. After publication of this article, U.N.-backed investigators said they were looking into the accusations.

10.10.2019 - 18:16 [ Ban Ki Moon / Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen ]

Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for the period from 4 September to 19 November 2014

(1.12.2014)

5. In view of the heavy fighting, which was approaching close to the UNDOF headquarters at Camp Faouar and the mission’s positions in the central part of the area of separation, the Force Commander briefed both parties early in September on the Force’s plans to relocate its personnel and assets should the Nusra Front or other extremist fighters who posed a clear threat to the mission endanger the safety and security of the United Nations personnel. It should be noted here that from information posted on social media as well as in the course of its efforts to secure the release of the peacekeepers, the United Nations learned that its personnel had been taken and held by members of the Nusra Front. There were indications that the Nusra Front intended to detain additional UNDOF personnel and take from UNDOF more weapons and vehicles as opportunities arose. (…)

12. Crossing of the ceasefire line by civilians, primarily shepherds, was observed on an almost daily basis. On 24 October, United Nations observation post 73 observed 12 IDF soldiers who detained one civilian between the Alpha line and the Israeli technical fence south-east of the observation post and subsequently took him away. IDF informed UNDOF that they released the person within one hour at the same location. On 27 October, position 80 observed two IDF soldiers east of the technical fence returning from the direction of the Alpha line towards the technical fence. UNDOF observed IDF opening the technical fence gate and letting two individuals pass from the Bravo to the Alpha side. Following the evacuation of UNDOF personnel from position 85 on 28 August, UNDOF sporadically observed armed members of the opposition interacting with IDF across the ceasefire line in the vicinity of United Nations position 85.

10.10.2019 - 18:15 [ UN Tribune ]

UN Peacekeepers Observe IDF Interacting With Al Nusra in Golan

(4.12.2014)

UN troops monitoring the 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria have witnessed interactions between members of the Israeli Defence Forces and the Al Nusra Front who have taken over a large part of the Golan Heights.

10.10.2019 - 18:05 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Obama: Syria Disintegration Allows for ‚Different Thinking‘ on Future of Golan Heights

(10.11.2015)

Netanyahu’s general, implied statement on the Golan Heights draws from political ideas developed by various right-wing figures over the past year, who argue that the situation in Syria and the takeover of ISIS and other Al-Qaida-affiliated groups of large portions of the country may allow Israel to receive international recognition of 1981 the annexation of the Golan Heights.

10.10.2019 - 17:56 [ Zvi Hauser / Haaretz ]

A Historic Opportunity for Israel in the Golan Heights

(03.07.2015)

Syria used to exist, but soon will no longer exist. The validity of the arrangements that defined the borders and the countries in the Middle East after World War I has expired, and the region can now expect many years of instability. In such a situation, Israel must reformulate its geostrategic interests – not only on the Syrian front – by looking far into the future, rather than deep into the past.

06.10.2019 - 11:22 [ International Committee of the Red Cross ]

Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

Art. 49. Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased.

The Occupying Power undertaking such transfers or evacuations shall ensure, to the greatest practicable extent, that proper accommodation is provided to receive the protected persons, that the removals are effected in satisfactory conditions of hygiene, health, safety and nutrition, and that members of the same family are not separated.

The Protecting Power shall be informed of any transfers and evacuations as soon as they have taken place.

The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

17.09.2019 - 19:57 [ New York Times ]

Israel Wants Palestine’s Land, but Not Its People

His announcement prompted widespread international condemnation. But for most Palestinians such declarations mean nothing. We’ve heard many statements of support over the years, and nothing ever changes. Cynicism is widespread; by now, many of us would prefer straight talk. As Gideon Levy, a columnist for Haaretz, wrote recently, referring to Mr. Netanyahu’s plan: “Let him turn the reality in this territory into a political reality, without hiding it any longer. The time has come for truth.”

17.09.2019 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

In the face of Netanyahu’s annexation plans, his centrist rivals remain silent

Netanyahu’s recent announcements, like a pledge to annex parts of the West Bank he made three days before the April 9th elections, have barely registered in the campaign of Blue and White, the centrist party co-led by Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe „Bogie“ Ya’alon, and Gabi Ashkenazi (all former chiefs of the Israeli Defense Forces) along with former finance minister Yair Lapid

02.09.2019 - 16:55 [ Haaretz ]

Nasrallah Asked We Halt Fire After Hezbollah Attack, Senior Israeli Official Says

The leader of the Shi’ite group, Hassan Nasrallah, relayed a message through other countries asking to end the hostilities, the senior security source said. „We received pleas from Lebanon through third-party countries, pleading with us not to respond“ to the fire, said the source. Other political and military sources named the mediators as France, Egypt and the United States.

02.09.2019 - 06:15 [ CNN ]

Israel and Hezbollah exchange border fire for first time in years

Shortly after 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) Sunday, the IDF says a Hezbollah squad fired anti-tank missiles at an Israeli battalion headquarters near the village of Avivim, hitting a building and a military ambulance but causing no casualties.

The IDF says it responded with around 100 artillery shells and „very limited“ helicopter fire, targeting the area from where the missiles were fired, as well as other military sites.

02.09.2019 - 06:13 [ DailyStar.lb ]

Hezbollah says it destroyed Israeli vehicle near border

Hezbollah Sunday announced the destruction of an Israeli military vehicle resulting in deaths and injuries, which led Prime Minister Saad Hariri to call U.S. and French officials for help in containing the situation.

29.08.2019 - 08:11 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Army fires at Israeli drones as leaders rally support

Lebanese Army soldiers Wednesday evening opened fire multiple times on Israeli drones that crossed into southern Lebanon just days after an Israeli drone attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs raised the specter of war.