Israeli war crimes

Luke_mu
Luke_mu: Amnesty International report

Damning evidence of war crimes as Israeli attacks wipe out entire families in Gaza
As Israeli forces continue to intensify their cataclysmic assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, Amnesty International has documented unlawful Israeli attacks, including indiscriminate attacks, which caused mass civilian casualties and must be investigated as war crimes.
The organization spoke to survivors and eyewitnesses, analysed satellite imagery, and verified photos and videos to investigate air bombardments carried out by Israeli forces between 7 and 12 October, which caused horrific destruction, and in some cases wiped out entire families. Here the organization presents an in-depth analysis of its findings in five of these unlawful attacks. In each of these cases, Israeli attacks violated international humanitarian law, including by failing to take feasible precautions to spare civilians, or by carrying out indiscriminate attacks that failed to distinguish between civilians and military objectives, or by carrying out attacks that may have been directed against civilian objects.
“In their stated intent to use all means to destroy Hamas, Israeli forces have shown a shocking disregard for civilian lives. They have pulverized street after street of residential buildings killing civilians on a mass scale and destroying essential infrastructure, while new restrictions mean Gaza is fast running out of water, medicine, fuel and electricity. Testimonies from eyewitness and survivors highlighted, again and again, how Israeli attacks decimated Palestinian families, causing such destruction that surviving relatives have little but rubble to remember their loved ones by,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
For 16 years, Israel’s illegal blockade has made Gaza the world’s biggest open-air prison – the international community must act now to prevent it becoming a giant graveyard.
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emmsie: Hope Israel pays a heavy price for its war crimes!
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Luke_mu: Not quite sure with whom you are addressing but I assume it must be me! And I am asking myself why would anyone want to enter into discourse with a person who makes vile attacks on another person. I shall continue to delete your unkind remarks until I see a different tone!
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emmsie: Best way to treat trolls, Luke 🤗
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Luke_mu:
26 March 2024 …citing UNGENEVA.ORG


There are "reasonable grounds" to believe that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza

There are "reasonable grounds" to believe that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories said on Tuesday.

Francesca Albanese Opens was speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where she presented her latest report, entitled ‘Anatomy of a Genocide’, during an interactive dialogue with Member States.

“Following nearly six months of unrelenting Israeli assault on occupied Gaza, it is my solemn duty to report on the worst of what humanity is capable of, and to present my findings,” she said.


“There are reasonable grounds to believe that the threshold indicating the commission of the crime of genocide…has been met.”

Three acts committed

Citing international law, Ms. Albanese explained that genocide is defined as a specific set of acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

“Specifically, Israel has committed three acts of genocide with the requisite intent, causing seriously serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, and imposing measures intended to prevent birth within the group,” she said.

Furthermore, “the genocide in Gaza is the most extreme stage of a long-standing settler colonial process of erasure of the native Palestinians,” she continued.

‘A tragedy foretold’

“For over 76 years, this process has oppressed the Palestinians as a people in every way imaginable, crushing their inalienable right to self-determination demographically, economically, territorially, culturally and politically.”

She said the “colonial amnesia of the West has condoned Israel's colonial settler project”, adding that “the world now sees the bitter fruit of the impunity afforded to Israel. This was a tragedy foretold.”

Ms. Albanese said denial of the reality and the continuation of Israel's impunity and exceptionalism is no longer viable, especially in light of the binding UN Security Council resolution, adopted on Monday, which called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Arms embargo and sanctions against Israel

“I implore Member States to abide by their obligations which start with imposing an arms embargo and sanctions on Israel, and so ensure that the future does not continue to repeat itself,” she concluded.

Special Rapporteurs and independent experts like Ms. Albanese receive their mandates from the UN Human Rights Council. They are not UN staff and do not receive payment for their work.
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HaveAFunSummer: Mar 27, 2024

There is plausible evidence that Israel is using starvation as a weapon of war, according to the United Nations' most senior human rights official. Volker Turk said that would amount to a war crime.

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Luke_mu: Thanks for the input Xuliana. Let’s hope the people of Gaza will get help very soon. 🙏
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Big Toe: Are there many cockroaches down in the tunnels where the BRAVE Palestinian men are hiding while their wives and children are being slaughtered?
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BigAlNH: When they can't deny what's obvious, someone ^ can always say something stupid.
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Big Toe: You are correct those tunnels are pretty obvious.....
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BigAlNH: But not as obvious as the slaughter of women and children that you mentioned, "to eliminate Hamas".
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Big Toe: Pretty obvious Hamas is still holding the hostages......gee maybe that has something to do with what is happening or are we supposed to ignore that fact?
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Luke_mu: Israel guilty of genocide - The Independent 3-4-2024

The killing of seven aid workers in Gaza is a “tipping point” for Israel’s international reputation and Britain should reconsider whether the country is an “ally”, a former Tory foreign minister has said.

Sir Alan Duncan, who served as a Conservative minister between 2010 and 2019, strongly condemned Israel’s killing of seven aid workers - three of whom were British - as “merciless”.

And he said the country has now “lost the support of the world” through its “deceit and callousness”.

Writing a hard-hitting piece for The Independent, Sir Alan said: “By annexing the West Bank, breaking international law, and now appearing to want to destroy Gaza as a place fit for humans, it is betraying the enlightened principles of its founders, and is not in any way behaving as a democracy should.

“We should salute our aid heroes by devoting our efforts to securing a Palestinian state. In the meantime, all responsible governments must urgently assess whether they can any longer regard Israel as an ally.”
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BigAlNH: Allies are independent from one another, and do what they think is right for them. Good allies listen to Their good allies to help determine what that “right thing” IS. Israel listens to no one, and they will be left to face the consequences of their actions, Alone.
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Big Toe
Big Toe: Who is Hamas listening to, Oh Wise One?
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BigAlNH
BigAlNH: If you’re asking me, Big Toe – I can only give you my opinion ... and that is, that like many fanatical religious groups, Hamas thinks they are fulfilling their God’s specific instructions. I will go further and say that the reason these fanatics were elected into power there, was because of how desperate the average Palestinian citizen has become due to the unjust treatment they have received over the years.

If you were a Palestinian, Big Toe – prior to Oct. 7, 2023, what hope would you have had of a future where you could lead a peaceful life free from heavyhanded, unfair Israeli oppression?

I form my opinions based on some fairly extensive study I have done about the history of that Middle Eastern region. I’ve concluded that the root of this protracted conflict is based on little more than Religious differences between the factions / combatants.

As a follower of Jesus Christ I don’t “have a dog in that fight”. But I will reference James 1, in which James says: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world”. He makes a distinction between this kind of religion, whose goals are to help those who are the most wretched and disadvantaged among us, and those forms of religions that emphasize fanatical adherence to rules, tradition and ceremony, that do not benefit those in desperate need of assistance.

I’ll conclude by leaving you with this question: Between the Israelis and the Palestinians, who do you think are more needy?
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Big Toe: Palestinians who chose Hamas as their leaders are definitely more needy. Hamas is doing nothing to protect Palestinians. Hamas slaughtered Israelis and are now standing by and watching as the Palestinians they lead are being slaughtered in reply. Bottom line....as "the world" calls for early elections in Israel, "the world" has no problem with Hamas staying in power........just like Hamas planned.
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BigAlNH: Big Toe - I agree with almost everything you said. Maybe I haven't seen what you've seen, but there's a big difference between understanding why Hamas did what they did on Oct. 7, and condoning it. What Hamas did was and is indefensible, period.
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