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Hamas War Crimes Revealed in New Report

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Hamas committed war crimes against both the Israeli population and the population of Gaza during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, a new report from the Foreign Ministry has revealed.

Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold released the report Sunday afternoon (June 14), one day before the United Nations is expected to release its own report on the 2014 war.

The report found that Hamas intentionally held battles in populated urban areas, in an attempt to use Gaza civilians as a human shield. Hamas frequently wired civilian homes with bombs or used them as command centers. In some cases, Hamas fighters forced Gaza civilians to remain in their homes despite Israel warning them to leave.

Hamas also violated international law by storing weapons in schools and by fighting from mosques, as well as by disguising its soldiers as civilians or as Israeli soldiers – both of which are prohibited under international law.

Much of the fighting centered on Hamas’ efforts to prevent Israel from destroying tunnels it had built from Gaza into Israeli territory, with the goal of staging terrorist attacks. The report noted that the tunnels were built in populated areas, and often within homes themselves.

The report noted that during the fighting, Hamas fired 4,500 rockets and mortar shells at Israel. The areas targeted by the rockets were home to 70% of Israel’s population.

The report found that Israel made several efforts to prevent civilian casualties. Among other things, the IDF issued warnings to civilians before entering areas where tunnels were to be destroyed, ran multiple checks to ensure terrorist positions had been correctly identified before opening fire, and cancelled planned strikes if it was known that civilians were in the area.

In addition, Israel ensured that humanitarian aid entered Gaza during the fighting, despite Hamas attacks targeting the crossings through which the aid was delivered.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely praised the report, which she noted was the result of many months of in-depth research.

“Anyone who isn’t trying to ignore the facts will see that the IDF did obey the law,” she declared.

Democracies must fight terrorism “with one hand tied behind their back,” Hotovely said, quoting former Supreme Court justice Aharon Barak. However, she added, “There are those who are making a cynical effort to tie both hands behind our backs” – a possible reference to tomorrow’s UN report, which is expected to be highly critical of Israel.

Social Security Administration Paid $20 Million to Nazi Suspects

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

The Social Security Administration of the United States paid 130 suspected Nazi war criminals $20.2 million in benefits before this year’s new “No Social Security for Nazis Act” took effect, the Associated Press reported.

The amount of money is far greater than previously estimated and provides further evidence that thousands of former Nazis, including SS guards, lied their way into the United States, denied their past and then collected federal  benefits after retiring.

The Justice Dept. also used a legal loophole to offer Social Security payments to suspected Nazis who agreed to leave the United States until this year’s act ended the practice.

A full report of a federal investigation, prompted by a previous AP story, is to be released later this week.

The news agency said it obtained a copy of the report of payments to Nazi war criminals since 1962. No names are listed in the report, but the Social Security Administration obviously has the names, raising questions of whether it and the Justice Dept. are protecting them from possible prosecution for war crimes.

The American government was inactive when it came to looking for Nazis until it established its own unit in 1979 to hunt them.

After the original AP report last year, New York Democrat Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asked Social Security to investigate, and she said on Saturday that the report shows the recipients included confirmed Nazis.

She said in a statement:

We must continue working to remember the tragedy of the Holocaust and hold those responsible accountable. One way to do that is by providing as much information to the public as possible. This report hopefully provides some clarity.

The report said 38 formers Nazis received $5.6 million before being deported while 95 suspected Nazis, whose possible war crimes were not confirmed, continued to collect $14.5 million.

Amnesty Accuses Hamas of Torturing and Killing Arabs Who Helped Israel

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hamas executed at least 23 suspected collaborators for Israel during the Protective Edge counter-terrorist campaign last summer, Amnesty International charged late Tuesday.

The Jewish Press.com previously reported Hamas executions, here, here and here.

The accusations are of no surprise to Israel but are particularly significant because they were made by Amnesty, which until last year almost single-mindedly and repeatedly condemned Israel for “war crimes” while almost ignoring Hamas rocket attacks on the country.

The human rights group began to focus on Hamas last year with charges that the terrorist organization was not exactly an innocent victim, but it also took care to accuse Israel of “callous indifference” by carrying out aerial bombings that allegedly killed civilians. It did not note that Hamas used them as human shields.

However, Tuesday’s condemnation does not try to “balance” the charges against Hamas with accusations against Israel.

Hamas posted videos and photos last year showing public executions of Arabs, outside a mosque, suspected of collaborating with Israel

Amnesty said Hamas named the coordinated campaign of fear “Strangling Necks.

Amnesty’s report was issued hours before Gaza terrorists attacked Israel with a missile Tuesday night. The IDF swiftly retaliated with aerial bombings of terror targets.

The report incriminating Hamas stated in part:

In the chaos of the conflict, the de facto Hamas administration granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuses, including against people in its custody. These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.

At least two of those killed were serving prison terms at the time of their deaths.

Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri told The New York Times that the Amnesty charges are not totally accurate because Hamas never claimed “responsibility for the killing of collaborators during the war.” That would seem to indicate, “If you can’t prove we tortured and killed people, we are innocent.”

The report implicitly tempered previous condemnation of Israel for “callous indifference.”  It flatly stated that Hamas launched rockets and missiles from civilian areas, including schools and hospitals.

Amnesty Accuses Hamas of Torturing and Killing Arabs Who Helped Israel

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hamas executed at least 23 suspected collaborators for Israel during the Protective Edge counter-terrorist campaign last summer, Amnesty International charged late Tuesday.

The accusations are of no surprise to Israel but are particularly significant because they were made by Amnesty, which until last year almost single-mindedly and repeatedly condemned Israel for “war crimes” while almost ignoring Hamas rocket attacks on the country.

The human rights group began to focus on Hamas last year with charges that the terrorist organization was not exactly an innocent victim, but it also took care to accuse Israel of “callous indifference” by carrying out aerial bombings that allegedly killed civilians. It did not note that Hamas used them as human shields.

However, Tuesday’s condemnation does not try to “balance” the charges against Hamas with accusations against Israel.

Hamas posted videos and photos last year showing public executions of Arabs, outside a mosque, suspected of collaborating with Israel

Amnesty said Hamas named the coordinated campaign of fear “Strangling Necks.

Amnesty’s report was issued hours before Gaza terrorists attacked Israel with a missile Tuesday night. The IDF swiftly retaliated with aerial bombings of terror targets.

The report incriminating Hamas stated in part:

In the chaos of the conflict, the de facto Hamas administration granted its security forces free rein to carry out horrific abuses, including against people in its custody. These spine-chilling actions, some of which amount to war crimes, were designed to exact revenge and spread fear across the Gaza Strip.

At least two of those killed were serving prison terms at the time of their deaths.

Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri told The New York Times that the Amnesty charges are not totally accurate because Hamas never claimed “responsibility for the killing of collaborators during the war.” That would seem to indicate, “If you can’t prove we tortured and killed people, we are innocent.”

The report implicitly tempered previous condemnation of Israel for “callous indifference.”  It flatly stated that Hamas launched rockets and missiles from civilian areas, including schools and hospitals.

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.

Survivors to Testify in Trial of ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Oskar Groening, now 91 and the former “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” is on trial in Germany today in what may be the last judicial proceedings of Nazi criminals.

He is one of the last SS members, and may be the last, to be on trial. Most of the others have escaped justice, and the years it took before bringing Groening to the courtroom have been described by German writer Christoph Heubner as a “disaster” of justice

He faces 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at Auschwitz death camp, where hundreds of thousands of Jews died in the gas chambers.

He also tallied money and possession taken from victims. Prosecutors told the court, “He helped the Nazi regime benefit economically, and supported the systematic killings.”

Groening has taken the attitude of “I was only taking orders” and once started singing a song from his youth during a Der Spiegel interview:

 ‘And when Jewish blood begins to drip from our knives, things will be good again.’

Back then we didn’t even think about what we were singing.

He also described how an SS killed a baby:

I saw [a] SS soldier grab the baby by the legs… He smashed the baby’s head against the iron side of a truck until it was silent.

Groening said he was “horrified” by the scene.

It “horrified” him, but so what? He declared, “I would describe my role as a small cog in the gears. If you can describe this as guilt, then I am guilty. Legally speaking I am innocent.”

Innocent of what? Perhaps innocent of having been Hitler, or Eichmann. But is he innocent of being Oskar Groening?

Understanding that he thinks he is not guilty explains volumes about the Nazi mentality, which in the end can only be understood by anyone who is the personification of evil.

German writer Christoph Heubner told the London Telegraph, “This could be the last Nazi war crimes trial in Germany

“The legal treatment (of the Holocaust) has been an absolute disaster, a dirty stain on the name of our country. In Germany a total of 43 SS men have faced court, nine received life sentences, 25 were sent to prison, and the rest were acquitted. This is out of about 6,500 people from the SS concentration camps who were alive at the end of the war.

Seventy years after Auschwitz we still have to have trials because the German judiciary has failed miserably on the issue….

“Many survivors have talked to German youths, with political parties in Germany, in school classes. But a court is a place where justice is handed down, where human rights are defended, where eyewitness accounts gain legal weight.

“The trial is also important because it sends a signal to people who are involved in genocides today. Time may pass, but the day of judgment will come.”

Even if they say they are “innocent.”

Attack on Yemeni Refugees Makes Israel Look Like the Girl Scouts

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

A Saudi-led air strike has killed at least 40 refugees in Yemen and wounded 200 others, but the coalition says Houthi terrorists were using humans as shields to cover their attacks.

Sound familiar?

A war crime is not necessarily a war crime if anyone other than Israel is defending itself against terrorists who violate the Geneva Convention by using human beings, including children, as protective shields.

The Reuters news agency quoted an unidentified humanitarian worker as saying that the airstrike hit a truck carrying Houthi militiamen near the camp’s entrance.

Foreign media have reported that the Saudi-led attack on the Yemeni camp without the usual immediate denunciation by the United Nations when Israel bombs terrorist targets.

But leave it to the Arabs to keep “Israeli war crimes” in the headlines.

PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, despite being one of the more intelligent members of the Palestinian Authority, accused Israel of war crimes on Monday because Jerusalem granted permission for the construction of 143 new apartments in Har Homa, located north of Bethlehem.

The project is nothing new, and the permission simply places a check mark next to another bureaucratic step in Israel’s convoluted process of building a house.

For Ashrawi, it was as if Israel had bombed a refugee camp. She said:

This latest development is an additional war crime as stipulated by the Rome Statute, and the occupation authorities will be held accountable by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other venues for its continued aggression on the lands and resources of the state of Palestine.

As of tomorrow, April Fool’s Day, the Palestinian Authority officially becomes a member of the ICC, where it can try to sue Israel for killing civilians whom Hamas used as human  shields in last summer’s war in Gaza,.

Even Amnesty, in a report last week, has admitted that Hamas and other terrorist groups violated humanitarian law by “storing rockets and other munitions in civilian buildings – including UN schools – and [that it] launched attacks or stored munitions very near locations where hundreds of displaced civilians were taking shelter.”

If the Palestinian Authority wants to go to the ICC to sue Israel for bomb including terrorists and killing civilians hidden by them, then Saudi Arabia should be next in line for the attack on Yemen’s refugee camps.

The old “double standard” could be raised, arguing that Israel is guilty because it is Israel and Saudi Arabia is innocent because it is Saudi Arabia, but that is becoming harder for foreign media to justify in the wake of continued Palestinian Authority incitement and praise for terror.

The Palestinian Authority has not reacted to the bombing of the Yemeni camp by the Saudi-led force, to which Ramallah has given its blessing, for what it is worth.

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