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Hague Judges Tell Prosecutor to Proceed with 2010 Gaza Flotilla ‘War Crime’ Case

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

A 3-judge panel of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, in a 2-1 decision, on Thursday called on the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to reconsider her decision not to investigate the 2010 clash between Israeli soldiers and Turkish activists on a flotilla that was on its way to Gaza.

Last year, Bensouda refused a request, to launch a probe into the May 31, 2010 incident, submitted by the Union Comoros, an island nation in the Indian Ocean under whose flag the boarded flotilla boat, the Mavi Marmara, was sailing.

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists wounded by Israeli commandos, in a botched operation in which the Israelis climbed down a rope, one at a time, to receive severe beatings with metal rods from the activists.

At the time, Bensouda said there was a “reasonable basis to believe” war crimes had been committed on the Mavi Marmara, except she did not believe the case merited an ICC involvement. It appeared that in her view the ICC should use its authority to discern major international confrontations, rather than what amounts to a coast guard boarding gone awry.

On Thursday, the Judges rebuked Bensouda for making “material errors in her determination of the gravity” of the case.

Israel’s Turkel Commission probe of the incident, which, according to Ha’aretz, has met with the approval of the UN investigative committee (the Palmer Committee), found that:

a. The naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip – in view of the security circumstances and Israel’s efforts to comply with its humanitarian obligations – was legal pursuant to the rules of international law;

b. The actions carried out by Israel on May 31, 2010, to enforce the naval blockade had the regrettable consequences of the loss of human life and physical injuries. Nonetheless, and despite the limited number of uses of force for which we could not reach a conclusion, the actions taken were found to be legal pursuant to the rules of international law. The UN Palmer Committee Report on Gaza Flotilla Incident sided with the Israeli action. In its final summary, it stated:

The blockading power is entitled to board a neutral merchant vessel if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that it is breaching a blockade. The blockading power has the right to visit and search the vessel and to capture it if found in breach of a blockade.

Breach could occur outside the blockade zone, including on the high seas where there is evidence of the vessel’s intention. If there is clear resistance to the interception or capture, the blockading power may attack the vessel, after giving a prior warning.

The level of force used to enforce the above-mentioned rights must be proportionate; in particular, it must be limited to the level necessary to achieve the military objective.

So that, should the prosecutor decide to move ahead with the case, the entire debate would inevitably revolve around the proportionality of the IDF soldiers’ use of force.

Should make for an exciting kangaroo court.

JewishPress.com adds:

Judge Peter Kovacs has presented an opposing position to his peers in the ICC, which can be read here.

The key paragraph is the last paragraph where the judge wrote:

Indeed, it is likely that if an investigation was to be conducted most if not all of those acts will not qualify as war crimes within the meaning of article 8 of the Statute, either due to the difficulty in proving the mens rea of the potential suspect(s), or due to the existence of defences under articles 31 or 32 of the Statute (i.e., self-defence or justifiable error on the protected status of those on the Maria Marmara) with regard to the IDF soldiers who intervened in those difficult circumstances. It follows that the lack of prospect for any successful prosecution, together with the relatively low gravity of the alleged crimes makes it clear that the initiation of an investigation in the present situation is unwarranted.

Air Force Hits One Lonely Terror Target after Missile Attack

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force struck a solitary “terror infrastructure” target early Thursday morning in “retaliation” for a missile attack south of Ashkelon.

No one was injured, and no damage was reported in the rocket attack, so the IDF decided to act “proportionately” to the nth degree and strike back at only one target, without injuring a terrorist.

The rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coastal Region second after an early warning siren was heard at 2:02 a.m.

The IDF spokesman stated:

The rocket landed in an open area adjacent to the city of Ashkelon, no injuries were reported.

In response to this attack, IAF aircrafts targeted a terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: ‘The time was 2 AM in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting civilians to rush to shelters.

The repeated rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it [also] is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.

The IDF said it views the attack “gravely and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens.”

Therefore, it attacked “a” terror target.

Not many people will sleep well tonight in southern Israel.

Rocket Alert – Ashkelon Beach / Gaza Border Region

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

2:23 AM Unconfirmed: At least 1 rocket landed in an open area. No injuries reported.

2:02 AM Rocket alert went off in Ashkelon Beach / Gaza Border region.

Details to follow.

Zoabi Fined a Whopping $130 for Insulting Public Official

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

 

Pro-Hamas Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi got a slap on the end of fingertip by being fined $130 (500 shekels) in a plea bargain for “insulting a public servant.”

Original charges of incitement were dropped against Zoabi, whose parliamentary immunity has saved her from being charged with incitement almost every time she opens her mouth in the Knesset, with the questionable exception of when she yawns.

Zoabi called Arab policemen “traitors” last year when they arrested Arabs for disturbing the peace during a hearing on the remand of Arab demonstrators following the brutal murder of Mohammed abu-Khdeir in Jerusalem.

Zoabi’s lawyers reached an agreement with state prosecutors, whereby she wrote an apology for her remarks while denying that she incited.

She said that alleged “harsh detentions” and attempts to bar her from running in the Knees caused her “emotional agitation,” which seems to be her normal state.

Saeb Erekat Takes Over as Head of PLO

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

 

Saeb Erekat, who has been Mahmoud Abbas’ key man in so-called negotiations with Israel, has moved into the chair of the secretary-general of PLO, two weeks after Abbas appointed him to the post.

Erekat is the most likely successor to Abbas, who now is 80 years old and is serving his seventh year beyond the four-term to which he was elected in the first and last PA elections.

Assuming there will be new elections some day, Erekat may face opposition from Mohammed Dahlan, who was Abbas’ strong man in Gaza until he became too strong and a threat to Abbas.

Another likely candidate is arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms in prison for his involvement in the murder and injuries of hundreds of Israelis, which makes him the most popular man in the Palestinian Authority.

As head of the PLO, Erekat is its top leader except for Abbas. The PLO is in effect the senior organization to the Palestinian Authority.

Ashraf Khatib, a senior adviser for the PLO negotiations affairs department, told the Ma’an News Agency that Erekat is not being groomed as Abbas’ successor and that he was appointed to head the PLO to help restructure the organization.

Erekat replaces Abed Rabbo, who was fired by Abbas, reportedly because of suspicions that he and Dahlan were conspiring to undermine Abbas and take over the Palestinian Authority.

Erekat has become increasingly belligerent towards Israel. Last month, he recommended that the PLO withdraw its recognition of Israel, try to bring Hamas under the PLO umbrella and escalate the “peaceful struggle” against Israel, meaning “let’s kill the Jews.”

 

 

 

 

he PLO umbrella and escalate the “peaceful struggle” against Israel, meaning “let’s kill the Jews.”

UN Calls on Gazans to Provide Info on Missing Israelis

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Gazans to provide information on two missing Israelis who voluntarily entered the enclave but disappeared shortly thereafter and have not been seen since.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told media that Ban also called for prompt action to facilitate their safe return to their families.

One of the two men, a 28-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who is a resident of Ashkelon, has been missing since early September 2014. The second, a Negev Bedouin resident of the town of Hura, has been missing since April 2015.

The Israeli government is holding Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization responsible for the welfare and fate of the two men. It is believed they are being held hostage in the enclave.

Qassam ‘Code Red’ Rocket Alert Another ‘False Alarm’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

It was another case of “just testing, people, go back to your daily routine.”

A Code Red rocket alert siren activated in Or Haner and Erez, two communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district near Gaza at 4:43 pm Tuesday afternoon. Once again, IDF officials claimed the rocket alert was a “false alarm.”

A similar incident occurred two days ago, when several sirens activated in the upper and lower Galilee and in the Golan Heights. All of those rocket alerts were deemed “false alarms” as well.

Tuesday’s siren activated barely two hours after U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced the signing of an historic nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

As it does every time, the siren sent thousands of families in southern Israel racing for safe spaces.

Residents of the area in which the siren sounds have a window of just 15 seconds within which to find shelter before a rocket, missile or mortar shell could land and explode.

False alarm or not, families must grab their children and make a run for safety because there’s no room for second chances when it involves lethal missile attacks aimed directly at residential areas.

Rockets fired from Gaza are usually provided by Iran. The Hamas terrorist organization that rules the enclave is also equipped, trained and generously funded by Tehran as well.

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