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Hague Prosecutor Demanding Israeli Data to Help Gaza War-Crimes Probe (Against Israel)

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

It’s called playing hardball — The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in the Hague has warned Israel that if it didn’t provide reliable information to assist the current investigation of war crimes in the “Palestinian territories,” the prosecution would start a full-scale investigation following only the “Palestinians'” allegations.

Fatou B. Bensouda, a Gambian attorney and the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor since 2012, told AP on Tuesday that she is yet to receive information from either side on last summer’s Gaza war.

Bensouda suggested it was in “the best interest” of Hamas and Israel to provide the needed information.

In August, 2014, Fatou Bensouda published an article in the Guardian titled, “The truth about the ICC and Gaza,” in which she answered accusations that her office was not pursuing “war crime” complaints: “…the simple truth is that my office has never been in a position to open such an investigation due to lack of jurisdiction.”

“The prosecutor can only investigate and prosecute crimes committed on the territory or by the nationals of states that have joined the ICC statute or which have otherwise accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC through an ad hoc declaration to that effect,” Bensouda noted, adding: “My office … concluded that … Palestine could now join the Rome statute [the ICC’s founding treaty].”

Wink wink, nudge nudge…

And so, back in January, after the PLO accepted the court’s jurisdiction as of the time just before last summer’s Gaza war (Operation Protective Edge), Chief Prosecutor Bensouda launched her initial investigation into the “Palestinian” claims of war crimes by Israel.

Bensouda, 52, born to a polygamous Muslim family, has gained the reputation of a no nonsense prosecutor. In 2014, she was one of the three Muslim women on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, all three associated with fighting against oppression in Muslim countries. According to the BBC, the African Union (AU) “lobbied intensely” for her prestigious appointment at the Hague.

Conceived by Muammar Gaddafi as a “United States of Africa,” with a structure modeled after the European Union, the AU was Established in 2001 to debate African issues and to advise AU heads of state. Only Morocco does not yet have representation in the organization.

Bensouda was also associated with the 1994 coup that brought to power Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. His regime was accused of harassing the opposition and the press, and in 1998 Jammeh made Bensouda his justice minister. They parted ways two years later.

Earlier this month, chief prosecutor Bensouda promised she intends to launch an “unbiased” probe of the Gaza war and plans to investigate both sides of the conflict:

“We will of course look into the alleged crimes committed by all sides to the conflict, including the role of Hamas. I have made this clear to both Israeli and Palestinian officials,” Bensouda said, adding, “If an investigation is opened in any given situation, my office will be guided by a policy of investigating and prosecuting those most responsible for the commission of mass crimes.”

“Mass crimes.” Hmmm.

Strange that she hasn’t heard about our neighbor Bashar Assad.

Israeli Ex-Soldiers Angered over Breaking the Silence Claims Against IDF

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

By Matti Bernhardt

A group of former IDF soldiers, incensed over an Israeli NGO’s claims that they abused Palestinians during last summer’s fighting in Gaza, have taken to social media to fight the allegations.

Under the hashtag #my_truth in Hebrew, the soldiers, many of whom faced heavy fire from Hamas and other terrorist groups during the 50-day Operation Protective Edge, have begun posting stories of cases showing how they went to great lengths to avoid harming Palestinians. They also mentioned cases in which civilians took part in terrorist activity.

The goal of this initiative is to counter damning anonymous testimonies by other troops published by the NGO Breaking the Silence, which frequently publicizes claims that the IDF mistreats Palestinians.

Breaking the Silence touts itself as an organization of ex-soldiers who collect testimonies from troops who served in Palestinian areas since the start of the Second Intifada.

While claiming their goal is to “raise awareness over the everyday reality of serving in the occupied territories and to create a discussion about the cost of military control over a civilian population for so many years,” the NGO refuses to post the names of the soldiers who testify. They have also refused to pass along their accounts to the IDF’s Military Advocate General’s Corps for investigation, despite repeated requests by senior IDF officials.

As well, the latest report was itself published first in English and released to the foreign media. Breaking the Silence members routinely go abroad to share their testimonials on IDF activities, instead of taking their case directly to the IDF or civilian courts.

The latest counter-initiative to the NGO report began after Israeli left-wing Meretz MK Zehava Galon posted one such hostile testimony last Tuesday on her Facebook page.

In the allegation that she posted from Breaking the Silence, Galon quoted the following: “the unit identified two figures walking in an orchard around 900 meters from where we were posted. The figures were two girls. The observation post could not see them well, so the commander sent a UAV. The UAV marked them as dangerous. The unit directed an aircraft who fired on the girls, killing them. When the bodies were checked they had no weapons on them,” the allegation said.

Such accounts, which purport to show the IDF in a bad light, have prompted numerous counter claims from other IDF soldiers, who have attempted to portray a more positive view of IDF activities during the foray.

After reading the Breaking the Silence pamphlet, former IDF soldier Matan Katzman wrote on his Facebook page last Thursday that “during Operation Summer Rains in Beit Hanoun [in the northern Gaze Strip in 2006], we entered a house with a couple living in it. We asked them if they’re involved with Hamas, they said “no, not at all.” We asked them if they have weapons in the house, they said “no, not at all”. We stayed in the house for a couple of hours. When we left, we moved the couch and discovered an IED.”

The informal pro-IDF campaign by former Israeli soldiers also cited examples of humane and respectful behavior towards non-combatants during operations in the Judea and Samaria.

Avishai Shorsham recalled in a testimony that he wrote of his service on his Facebook page on Wednesday, that “During an operation in the Nablus Kasbah, while we are in the middle of a stakeout, an old man who lived in the house felt sharp pain in his chest. Without accordance with our orders, we evacuated him in the middle of the night while endangering ourselves.”

According to the organization’s website, the recent Breaking the Silence pamphlet was produced with the “generous support” of such foreign organizations as Christian Aid, Dan Church Aid, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Secretariat and Open Society Foundations founded by George Soros.

Related story: IDF Officer Reports from the Gaza Front (Video)

New IDF ‘Snake Pit’ Detects Terror Tunnels

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

While Hamas and Hezbollah continue to dig terror tunnels in the hope of catching Israel unawares, the IDF has created the means of stopping the threat.

Project “Snake Pit” – used at the tail end of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge – is at least part of the answer to IDF prayers, experts say.

The Defense Ministry’s MAFAT research and development division teamed with operational teams at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the IDF to create the new secret weapon.

Snake Pit combines “a number of technologies” and “off the shelf” components, according to a Defense Ministry promotional video posted on the Hebrew language hareidi religious website, Rooms of the Hareidim.

The MAFAT video was part of a presentation at a closed-door ceremony honoring excellence in breakthrough technologies and developments in the field of Israeli security.

Also honored at the ceremony was IDF Col. Ofer Winter, commander of the IDF Givati infantry brigade that fought so hard and suffered losses during anti-tunnel combat in last summer’s war in Gaza.

Winter praised the ability of military researchers to “bring a real solution that contributed and achieved operational results” in anti-tunnel technology.

“You are going out to battle a specific enemy and you don’t want to get dragged into combat the way he planned it – so you need to know how to create an advantage over that enemy.

“It’s hard to imagine what would have happened, had we not had that technology and this solution,” he added.

Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems is also actively engaged in the development of anti-tunnel technology and has been working on a system to ferret out signs of the deadly underground networks used by Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The Elbit system can uncover and pinpoint ongoing underground excavations via its advanced sensor system, and at last report was about to be deployed along the border with Gaza.

ISIS Terror Cells Threaten Gaza, Sinai and Saudi Arabia [video]

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has warned that “hundreds” of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists are setting up bases in Gaza for attacks on the Sinai Peninsula, and at least one of four recent attacks in Saudi Arabia has been linked the fanatic Islamic group.

The Palestinian Authority said that eight Salafist groups have set up bases in Gaza, and that many of its recruits are former Hamas members, Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio reported Sunday morning. Hamas denies that the ISIS poses a threat to stability of its regime and said “only” a few dozen Salafists, supporting the ISIS, are in Gaza.

Hamas arrested a senior Salafist terrorist last month as well as dozens of the group’s terrorists in recent weeks.

A group that itself as the ISIS stated on Friday it launched mortar shells are a Hamas base in central Gaza.

Each radical Muslim group is competing to be more monstrous than the other, and Hamas last week even destroyed a tent that was turned into a mosque that ISIS supporters used.

Egypt is vulnerable to terror in the Sinai and has suffered the loss of dozens of soldiers and policemen in recent months at the hands of terrorists. If the ISIS can gain a foothold in the Sinai, it will be on the doorstep of both Israel and Egypt.

In Saudi Arabia, unknown terrorists shot and killed a policeman last week, the fourth shooting incident in the past two months. Saudi authorities have admitted that at least one of the attacks was carried out by an ISIS-linked group.

Saudi Arabia has arrested nearly 100 ISIS suspects since last December, including a cell that plotted to attack the U.S. Embassy with a car bomb.

The kingdom has become a clearer target for the Islamic State since Saudi Arabia joined the American-led coalition’s war against the terrorist organization that has take control of large areas in Syria and Iraq.

Following is a Saudi news report on the murder of the policemen.

Hamas Fires 3 Test Rockets

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Hamas fired three test rockets on Friday into the Mediterranean Sea.

Hamas regularly launches rockets as part of their rehabilitation of Gaza, along with building new terror tunnels.

Anti-Israel MK Galloway Allegedly Broke Election Law on Way to Defeat

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Britain’s Bradford West voters threw out pro-Hamas Member of Parliament George Galloway like a dirty dish rag in Thursday’s elections, in which he won only 21 percent of the vote.

On his way to defeat, he also allegedly violated election laws by tweeting an exit poll before the voting ended.

The voters’ disgust for Galloway was underlined by their 50 percent vote for the Labour candidate despite the party’s drubbing in the balloting.

Galloway did not respond to the complaint filed with police that he broke the election law.

In his speech conceding defeat, he said the “Zionists are celebrating” his loss.

For once he told the truth.

 

British Voters Clobber Labour and Vote for Pro-Israel Cameron

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is on his way to another term and almost certain majority in the Parliament, according to projections by the BBC.

Voters clobbered Labour, led by Ed Miliband, who can forget about continuing to lead the party considering the drubbing voters dealt him. Miliband is Jewish, at least in name, but pre-election polls showed that most Jews planned to vote for the Tories.

The health service, economy and immigration were the key issues in the election campaign.

Pro-Hamas George Galloway’s loss of his seat is another sign that Europeans are fed up with liberal immigration policies and a tolerance of radical Islam that has allowed Sharia law to be the last word in some areas.

Cameron is not yet claiming a Parliamentary majority, which the BBC projects.

The returns are good news for Israel. Cameron has been clear in his opposition to Hamas and support for Israel, although he supports “two states.”

Miliband said last year during Operation Protective Edge against Hamas that although Israel has a “right to defend itself against rocket attacks, I cannot explain, justify, or defend the horrifying deaths of hundreds of Palestinians, including children and innocent civilians. And as a party we oppose the further escalation of violence we have seen with Israel’s invasion of Gaza.”

Miliband bought the Palestinian Authority and Hamas propaganda hook, line and sinker.

Cameron, on the other hand, said last month:

What I’ve seen is the attacks that take place on Israel and the indiscriminate nature of them.….

I feel very strongly that this equivalence that sometimes people try to draw when these attacks take place is so completely wrong and unfair…..

Obviously we regret the loss of life wherever it takes place, but I do think there’s an important difference – as Prime Minister Netanyahu put it: Israel uses its weapons to defend its people and Hamas uses its people to defend its weapons.

Britain has never had a prime minister as pro-Israel as Cameron. Unlike other “pro-Zionist’ prime ministers such as Margaret Thatcher and even Winston Churchill, Cameron has done more than mouth off for Israel.

He also has been more aggressive than President Barack Obama in trying to use sanctions to force Iran into capitulation on its goal to produce a nuclear weapon that would be aimed at Israel.

 

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