HOW MANY VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST ROSE FROM THE DEAD WHEN AUSTRIA CONDEMNED BDS?

How many Jewish victims of Austrian Fascism rose from the dead when the Austrian parliament on Thursday February 27th unanimously voted to condemn the BDS movement as ‘antisemitic’ and call that no support to the boycott of illegal Israeli colonies on occupied Palestinian land should be given?

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Drawing by a concentration camp survivor.Source.

None.

Just like no Jewish victims of German fascism rose from the dead when Germany’s parliament passed a similar resolution, or when the German government wrote to the Internatuonal Criminal Court that it must give Israel’s regime immunity from prosecution by declaring that Palestine, a member state of the Rome statutes since 2012, is not under its jurisdiction.

unnamed (1)Ash clouds didn’t form around the crematoriums in Auschwitz, pouring down inside them, the doors of the ovens used to burn a million people didn’t open from the inside and resurrected people, dead almost eighty years, didn’t crawl out, restored to life by the human sacrifice of Palestinians by Germany and Austria.

These resolutions bring only more death, Palestinian deaths mainly but also Israeli Jewish ones, and they don’t reduce the German and Austrian guilt one bit. If the German and Austrian politicians think it eases their consciences, then there is something very wrong with them: You don’t atone for the past atrocities committed by your country by aiding ongoing war crimes.

outsideThe Austrian and German parliaments voted to support illegal colonies on land brutally occupied for 53 years, they declared that the occupied people living under Apartheid rule are ‘antisemitic” for calling for the boycott of their oppressors, and those companies, Israeli and international, which profit from their oppression and suffering.

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Hitler in 1938 with the Austrian chancellor Arthur Seyss-Inquart, executed for war crimes in 1946.

To pretend that occupied Palestinians are ‘antisemitic’ for calling for the boycott of those who profit from their suffering is as disgraceful as the myth that Austria was ‘the first victim of Nazism’. Austria, after all, became a fascist dictatorship before Germany, was allied to the Fascist dictatorship of Mussolini before he and Hitler joined forces, and the ruling Austrian Fascists allowed the Austrian Nazis to the Austrian government years before the Anschluss.

Fascist Austria was not a victim of the Nazis. Adolf Hitler was an Austrian himself. Anschluss in 1938 was not a real invasion, but a fusion of two Fascist states: There was no Austrian armed resistance at any point to the Nazi rule. Just like there is no Austrian support for Palestinian liberation now.

Palestinians are not antisemites for calling for the boycott of their occupiers and oppressors. To compare boycott of companies profiteering from war crimes to attacks on Jewish shops during the Kristallnacht is a monstrous act against the occupied Palestinians and the memory of the Jewish victims of the Nazi rule.

It’s not the role of Palestinians to be sacrifical lambs so that ER3jmUcXUAE1TIQEuropean politicians and parties – in Austria and Germany most of the latter including as founders former Nazis – can massage their bad consciences by helping to spill Palestinian blood, and denouncing them for not accepting to be oppressed slaves of an Apartheid state forever.

FEATURED PHOTO: Austria’s hard-right Conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz, set to talk in the Israeli Lobby organization AIPAC’s meeting – boycotted by several major Democratic presidential candidates – with Israel’s prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, charged with corruption by Israeli judicial authorities.

REALITY BITES: NO ALTERNATIVE TO RIGHT OF RETURN

UNRWA-pr-May19The United States government under Donald Trump, controlled in this regard by the pro- Greater Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has waged a brutal campaign against the rights and survival of Palestinian refugees since 2017, cutting US aid to both American and international organizations like UNRWA that have supported them, and trying to defund UNRWA and end the refugee status of Palestinian refugees. This is based on a kind of magical vein in Zionist thinking – that if you ignore a serious issue, it will cease to exist; even when it takes the form of millions of people.

A MAGIC WAND TO MAKE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO DISAPPEAR

It has been Zionist and ‘Western’ illusion since 1948 that Palestinians would just ‘disappear’ among the Arab populations of the Middle East: If you ignore them, they won’t exist.

LEBANON-BARBERThis has basis in underestimating the strength of Palestinian identity and it also oddly overestimates the eagerness of the host countries of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East to accept and assimilate them. United States’ presidents one after the another have declared how it is impossible for Israel to accept large number of returning Palestinian refugees, while taking it for granted that neighbouring countries can and are willing to assimilate large number of refugees after marginalizing them for over 70 years.

Yarmouk_0We hear it repeated still by those, like the various members of the Trump administration, who demand that UNRWA should be closed and Palestinian refugees’ refugee status removed. This, according to people who otherwise declare that people who themselves practice Judaism, or whose ancestors did, have a right to return to Palestine after 1900 years, would solve the Palestinian refugee problem.

Just wave a magic wand and all Palestinian refugees disappear!

NO ALTERNATIVE TO RIGHT OF RETURN

Israel, which has treated Palestinian refugees with extreme hostility, campaigns for this, expecting other states to put aside their own demographic fears and embrace those whose homes and homeland Israel itself stole.

DTvDOCpW4AAEhPuThe other states across the Middle East have no intention to do so. Nor are those ‘Western’ states, which have been successfully courted by Israeli regime to support them in international diplomatic arenas, have any interest in receiving any Palestinian refugees themselves for settlement. The solution, according to them, is again just to forget that Palestinian refugees exist: 5 900 000 registered refugees will, apparently, just vanish into thin air if you take away their refugee status.

At best the other Middle Eastern states will continue to tolerate Palestinian refugees to differing extent, but they won’t naturalize them, and Palestinian refugee camps will continue to be marginalized enclaves of poverty and possible sources of instability to societies which host but refuse to naturalize or fully integrate their inhabitants. The Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, whose populations have greatly increased with arrival of both Palestinians and non-Palestinian Syrians from Syria since 2011, are an example.

1432139327This is not a sustainable situation in the long term and it’s barely sustainable today, as the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria for example show. Over 4000 have died in the war, over 300 are missing and hundreds of thousands have had to become refugees again either inside Syria or abroad. Palestinians rank among the most common refugees trying to cross the Aegean into Europe from Turkey.

IMG_0059-minNeighbouring Lebanon, which has had no census since the French rule in 1932 for domestic political reasons, will not allow Palestinians to become full Lebanese civilians with equal rights, not only because it would create a precedent for Syrian refugees but also because up to 470 000 new, largely Sunni, citizens would call into question the delicate power-sharing arrangement existing since the end of the civil war. Trump offering Lebanon $6 billion dollars for signing into his ‘Deal of the Century’ has received condemnation across the political board, from Maronite Christians to Shiite groups like Amal and Hezbollah: No major political group will accept naturalization of Palestinian refugees.

maxresdefaultThe Hashemite kingdom of Jordan’s extended leadership fears it would not long exist (or at least keep its status and privileges) if all Palestinian refugees would be given equal rights – which, of course, would have to mean a larger process of democratic reform. Few billions of dollars from the USA would be a little comfort then. The old Israeli claim, repeated daily in social media, that “Jordan is Palestine”, is too well known – even when the same anti-Palestinian Israeli politicians, who repeat it like a religious mantra, have been one of the pillars on which the clay-feet Hashemite rule has rested for the last fifty years.

imagesThe memory of the conflict of 1970, when king Hussein II humiliatingly turned to ‘Western’ and Israeli support against Palestinian resistance groups, lies heavy over the authoritarian kingdom, and its elite has heard often enough the joke that US State Department officials from generation to generation keep telling: That the United States will hand West Bank to Israel and Jordan to Palestinians. When the regimes on which you depend for your political survival demand that you accept refugees, while joking what will happen to you if you do so, what is the Jordanian autocracy to think?

burj2For the Palestinian refugee problem there is only one solution – returning the exiled Palestinians back home to their own, native land. There is no alternative to right of return. No one can claim it would be a painless process, but the longer it is delayed, the larger regional problem it becomes. For the sake of justice, the Jewish populations that have been forced, or have emigrated more or less willingly, since 1948, should of course be offered similar right. But Israel has not been keen to pursue the Jewish right of return when it would take this form.

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DOZENS INJURED IN ISRAELI OCCUPATION ATTACK TO MAKE WAY FOR ILLEGAL SETTLERS

ER3iI1CXsAAmb2_On Friday February 28th Israel’s occupation forces injured up to 134 Palestinians in an effort to gain illegal Israeli settlers’ control of a strategic mountain and its springs.

After public calls by illegal Israeli settlers to establish an illegal colony outpost on the Jabal al-‘Arma mountain, near the village of Beita south of the city of Nablus, hundreds of villagers from Beita and the neighbouring areas gathered on the mountain late on Thursday and stayed there over the night.

ER3iJCxXYAIuVtqOn Friday Israeli occupation forces attacked the demonstrators to make way for the illegal settlers, injuring up to 134 people. The occupation troops removed a flagpole and a large flag of Palestine raised there,  and forced the demonstrators to leave the mountain.

A 16-year-old child was shot in the back with a live bullet, one person was wounded in the head by a tear-gas grenade and another in thigh, while two people were shot in head with rubber-coated steel bullets.

Altogether at least 53 people were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and at least 76 others suffered from ill effects f1d90a9467a1f04397e08b2f9724c32789708b1427b13801c1e412a01d7bec12of inhaling tear-gas. Among those wounded by the rubber-coated steel bullets was a one photojournalist. 

One person suffered fractures and bruises when he fell while trying to avoid Israeli occupation forces’ fire. There is also a report about a person being beaten by Israeli occupation troops and suffering similar injuries, but these might refer to the same person.

Israeli occupation forces declared the mountain ‘a closed military zone’ afterwards for 24 hours so that Palestinians could not defend it from the illegal settlers, who have tried to take over the mountain and its springs before.

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Israeli forces attack Palestinians defending mountain against settlers’ takeover

Israeli Soldiers Injure 70 Palestinians Near Nablus

ISRAELI FORCES WOUND 43 PALESTINIANS DURING ATTACK ON WEST BANK VILLAGE

صابة 30 فلسطينياً أثناء تصديهم لاقتحام قوات الاحتلال جبل العرمة

At least 140 Palestinians wounded in Israeli attacks in West Bank

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NETANYAHU CELEBRATES, GIVES HIS APPROVAL TO IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE ON ITS ANNIVERSARY

Israel’s prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu made an extremely provocative (and deliberate) visit to the Ibrahimi mosque in occupied West Bank’s Hebron today Tuesday February 25th.

THE IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE

26 years ago to the day, illegal American settler Baruch Goldstein(1956-1993), a follower of his fellow
ERlBu3xU0AEnI0GAmerican extremist Meir Kahane(1932-1990), killed 29 and wounded 150 Palestinians in the Ibrahimi mosque.

Israel’s occupation forces killed 21 other Palestinians, who protested the massacre, before the day had ended.

Goldstein himself was killed by his surviving victims when he run out of ammunition. He was buried in the illegal colony oF Kiryat Arba in Hebron, his sumptuous grave becoming a shrine for the illegal Israeli settlers.

Very different treatment from Israel’s regime than his remains would have reserved if he would have been a Palestinian, destined to be hidden in one Israel’s “Cemeteries of Numbers”.

NETANYAHU GIVES HIS OWN PERSONAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

ERnsfSPXkAE_h15Today Israel’s prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu visited the Ibrahimi mosque with his wife and illegal Israeli settler leaders, giving his personal seal of approval on the massacre on its anniversary.

It was a message on which kind of government and policies illegal Israeli settlers can expect, if he wins the Knesset elections in March, third within the year.

It was also a message what illegal Israeli settlers can do when he is in power: To follow ERnscmAWoAAMbJdthe ‘example’ of Goldstein.

Likud, Netanyahu told with his visit, is the party of Baruch Goldstein.

SHUHADA STREET

Israeli state gave its seal of approval immediately after the massacre, collectively punishing Palestinians in Hebron for being the victims by closing the main commercial street of the Old City, the Shuhada Street.

It remains closed to this day, a wound in the heart of the city.

This reward did little good for the then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin(1929-1995). After a public campaign against him by illegal Israeli settlers and Benyamin Netanyahu, he himself in 1995 became a victim of the same movement he had fed only a year earlier.

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Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre 25 Years On

THE IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE

‘They have punished the victims’: Hebron struggles 25 years after Ibrahimi mosque massacre

TODAY MARKS 26 YEARS FOR THE IBRAHIMI MOSQUE MASSACRE

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MINOR DIES AFTER CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIAN SECURITY FORCES AND ‘GUNMEN’

ERIUc51X0AAxhXc17-year-old boy died on Wednesday February 19th, a day after he was shot in chest during clashes between Palestinian Authority security forces and ‘gunmen’ in the town of Qabatiya in the Jenin district of the occupied West Bank.

Security forces on Tuesday February 18th had moved to disperse a reception for political prisoner Ali Tayseer Ali Zakarneh, who was being released by Israeli occupation after 20 months imprisonment.

It has been claimed that former political prisoners had been shooting in the air and the security forces had moved to stop this, but the Hamas movement has taken advantage of the events, and claimed that the security forces’ action reflected their continuing security co-operation with the Israeli occupation.

The attempt to disperse the crowd led to clashes, and at some point to exchange of gunfire with ‘gunmen’ that the sources don’t directly identify, but which we hazard to guess could be al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade members based on the location and later ERIpaKFWoAAZsvfappearance of armed men in the boy’s funeral.

At least four people were wounded. The number of injured security forces’ members in sources differ from one – said to have been injured after being hit in his neck with a stick – to 15. Most suffered injuries from shrapnel, but one person – who in some sources is identified as Muntasser Zakarneh but also given different last names in others – was shot in foot, beyond the boy who was fatally shot.

ERHkvK9X0AAy4XKThis was 17-year-old Salah al-Din Muhammad Zakarneh, who was shot in chest, suffering critical injuries, and died of his wounds on the next day in hospital.

His family has publicly blamed security forces and Akram Rajoub, the governor of Jenin, for his death, which led to protests on Wednesday, including blocking of roads.

Based on the careful reaction of the authorities – president Abbas called the boy’s father, an official investigation committee was set up on the day of his death by the prime minister – they seem to agree, although warn people against believing and spreading ‘rumours’.

ERJjy1eX0AAw3SWWhen Salah al-Din Zakarneh was buried, there were present armed, masked men who escorted and carried his body part of the way. This time the security forces stayed away.

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رئيس الوزراء يشكل لجنة تحقيق حول وفاة المواطن صلاح زكارنة

الشلالدة: بدء عمل لجنة التحقيق حول وفاة الفتى صلاح زكارنة

مصرع الفتى صلاح زكارنة (17 عاماً) بعد اشتباكات مسلحة بين الأمن الفلسطيني والمسلحين وتشيكل لجنة تحقيق

وفاة الفتى صلاح زكارنة متأثرا بجروحه بإطلاق نار في جنين

اشتية يشكل لجنة تحقيق حول وفاة المواطن صلاح زكارنة

مقتل الشاب صلاح زكارنة برصاص اجهزة امن السلطة في قباطية والعائلة تحمل اكرم الرجوب المسؤولية

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ISRAELI OCCUPATION KILLS A YOUNG MAN NEAR THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE COMPOUND

ERXr3auX0AAZV0FIsrael’s occupation forces shot and killed a young man near one of the gates of the the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem late on the morning of Saturday February 22nd.

The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Maher Yusef Zaatara from the al-Salaa neighbourhood of Jabal al-Mukaber in the occupied East Jerusalem. He leaves behind three children aged 3, 4 and 6.

Palestinian eye-witnesses have denied the standard Israeli occupation forces’ claim that he would have ‘tried to stab’ Israel’s occupation forces’ members.

ERXs7SAWoAAYUQhIsraeli occupation claimed that Zaatara would have approached Israeli occupation forces’ members “rapidly” and “raised a knife to stab”. According to contradictory eye-witness claims, he was jogging beside a wall when shot or walking, his hands up, towards the occupation troops after having been commanded by them to do so.

Videos capture only the immediate aftermath of his shooting, with Israeli occupation police officer closest to him with a hand-gun in his hands, and Israeli occupation paramilitary border guards approaching from another direction.

ERYIazZWsAAtVlRNo effort to check on the Maher Zaatara and give him first aid is shown in the videos and photographs that show him slumped on the ground beside a wall after he was shot.

Later photographs show his body being removed from the scene of the incident. Israeli occupation has so far published no photographs of the alleged knife.

ERYH8FjX0AMOWQVMaher Zaatara’s home in Jabal al-Mukaber was raided by Israeli occupation forces after he was killed. At least one person was seen as being kidnapped by Israel occupation troops.

A female illegal Israeli settler is said to have been slightly wounded from the shrapnel of bullets that Israeli occupation troops shot at Zaatara.

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محدث استشهاد مقدسي جراء إطلاق النار عليه من قبل قوات الاحتلال

استشهاد ماهر زعاترة من بلدة جبل المكبر جنوب القدس برصاص الاحتلال

الاحتلال يعدم شابًا بالقدس بزعم محاولته تنفيذ عملية طعن

بالفيديو: شهيد برصاص الاحتلال بالقدس بدعوى محاولته تنفيذ عملية طعن

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RAS KARKAR VICTIM OWNED SECURITY CAMERA THAT CAPTURED 2014 THE NAKBA DAY KILLINGS

On yesterday Monday February 17th Israeli occupation announced that it had found the body of Fakhr Mahmoud Abu Zayed Qart, who it accused of committing a shooting in which an Israeli occupation forces’ soldier was injured on Thursday February 6th.

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Nadiom Nawara and Mohamed Abu Daher

Today it was revealed that it was Fakhr Qart’s security camera – outside his store in the town of Beitunia – which captured the 2014 Nakba Day shootings of teenagers Nadim Nawara(17) and Mohammed Abu Daher(17) by Israel’s occupation forces.

The Israeli occupation Border Guard member Ben Deri who shot Nawara was later convicted to nine months in prison for shooting him. He had used live bullets without an official order.

The video camera footage played a role in bringing enough publicity for Deri to be charged.

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Ben Deri on the day he shot Nadim Nawara

There were no charges for the killing of Abu Daher.

QUESTIONS

Fakhr Abu Zayed Qart’s body would have laid all the time just one kilometer away from the site of the shooting near the Ramallah district village of Ras Karkar, in an area which offers little cover. According to one report, he would have been shot ten times, but is said to have made his way EQ_ygN6X0AUpjTRon his own to the location where his body was found.

His sons Haytham(19) and Muhammad(16) were kidnapped in an Israeli occupation raid on his home five days before his body was found, so at some point Israeli occupation would have become aware of his identity.

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Haytham & Muhammad Aby Zayed Qart

 

Qart’s car was also taken away by Israeli occupation, which claimed originally that the occupation soldier was shot from a speeding car. Which does not fit the claim of Fakhr Abu Zayed Qart being apparently on foot (assuming that he, dead or dying, would not have been abandoned by a theoretical accomplice).

Faklr Qart, who was aged 51, 52 or 53 according to different sources makes perhaps a somewhat unlikely resistance guerilla.

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IN VIDEO| ISRAELI ARMY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES MURDERING 53-YEAR-OLD FIGHTER IN OCCUPIED RAMALLAH

ISRAEL CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A MAN WHO WOUNDED OCCUPATION SOLDIER

‘Nakba Day killings’: Cop gets 9 months prison for killing unarmed teen

ISRAEL CLAIMS TO HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A MAN WHO WOUNDED OCCUPATION SOLDIER

Israeli occupation forces claimed on Monday February 17th that it found the body of a man who would have wounded Israel’s occupation forces’ soldier eleven days earlier.

Israeli occupation soldier was shot and wounded near the village of Ras Karkar and the illegal Israeli colony of Dolev on Thursday February 6th. The occupation soldier was air-EQHZHzEXsAYOcV7lifted by a military helicopter to a hospital in the ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.

Early Israeli occupation claim was that the occupation soldier would have been shot at from a passing car.

Now Israeli occupation says that body of a man would have been found just one kilometer away from the site of the shooting. US-made M-16 assault rifle and a hand-gun would EQ_Y3q9WsAABoYFhave supposedly been near his body.

The man is said to have been dead at least for several days and Israeli occupation claims now that he was wounded in the incident and made his way to the location in which he was found, perishing there of his injuries.

The dead man has been identified as 51-year-old Fakhr Mahmoud Abu Zayed Qart from the town of Beitunia.

Israeli occupation used a bulldozer to move the body.

EQN732yVUAAqY-qOn Friday February 7th, a day after the shooting, Israeli occupation closed entrance to the village of Ras Karkar as an collective punishment, which is forbidden by the laws of war.

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Israel army says it found body of Palestinian man

خبر: الاحتلال يعثر على جثة لفلسطيني يزعم أنه منفذ عملية إطلاق نار قرب رام الله

ISRAEL CRITICALLY WOUNDS A SMALL CHILD IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

A small boy was shot and critically wounded by Israel’s occupation forces in the occupied East Jerusalem on the afternoon of Saturday February 15th.

EQ0qaJOW4AAnAogMalik Issa – aged 7, 8 or 9 according to different reports – was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet when he exited a store in the Issawiyah neighbourhood, which has been under heavy Israeli occupation aggression since late last summer.

The boy had went to the store with his sisters after they had returned from a school. The situation in Issawiyah has been described as calm when they came off a bus, but the time they left the store Israeli occupation forces had just started a raid during which they abducted one person and fired rubber-coated steel bullets.

EQ0qaKGW4AAMfiBAccording to some sources, Malik Issa’s wounds indicate that he would have been shot from a relatively short range. The bullet hit him in between the eyes.

Malik was transported eventually to a hospital in West Jerusalem where he was diagnosed as suffering from a skull fracture and a brain hemorrhage. It is expected that he will lose his left eye if he survives.

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IOF injures child, arrests citizens in Jerusalem and West Bank

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian Child in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces shot Jerusalem boy in the eye

ISRAELI SOLDIERS WOUND SCHOOL CHILD IN THE HEAD IN JERUSALEM

Wounded Jerusalem Child In Critical Condition After Suffering Hemorrhaging in The Brain

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GERMANY MOVES TO DESTROY INTERNATIONAL LAW TO PROTECT ISRAELI OCCUPATION

Germany is leading a charge to protect Israel’s regime from possible charges in the International Criminal Court by claiming that Palestine, a member state since 2012, icc-international-criminal-court-logo (1)exists outside its jurisdiction, with Israel’s regime entitled to commit war crimes and human rights violations without any consequences.

This is not only an attack against the occupied Palestinian people, but a death blow for the International Criminal Court if it – as is quite possible – gives Israeli regime immunity. Why a death blow? Because creating a legal black hole in occupied Palestine will end up not being contained at Israel’s pleasure, but will end up growing to destroy the already badly weakened ICC.

THE FOUR MUSKETEERS FOR APARTHEID

Australia, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary are petitioning the International Criminal Court in behalf of Israel, claiming that Palestine is not an independent state, which according to them – to cut to the essence of their laboured arguments – means that Israel enjoys full immunity from the ICC, and can commit as many war crimes and human rights violations as it wants without any consequences.

Germany claims now that:

“Palestine does not possess nor did it ever possess the jurisdiction that it would need to delegate to the Court so it may exercise its jurisdiction.”

Palestine joined the Rome Statute of ICC in 2012 without any such protest from Germany or from the other countries now eager to speak in behalf of Israel’s regime – two of which, the Czech Republic and Hungary, recognize the independence of Palestine and has diplomatic relations with its government.

apsrThe European Union already tried to argue in 2004 that the World Court should not find the Apartheid Wall, which dissects occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, illegal. Why? Because according to the EU, Israel would build the Wall even if it was found illegal, so the Court should just declare building it legal… Israel does what it wants, so don’t oppose it. One judge – of course from the United States – agreed.

There is nothing new in here in that regard. This is just ‘logical’ continuation to the European efforts to shield Israeli occupation and the people behind it from the consequences of their own actions. But the consequences this time will be more dire, because they will not be limited to Palestine.

FATAH RESPONSE

In a written statement Fatah spokesperson Jamal Nazzar condemned Germany and Czech Republic for

EQGLDdGXsAARJu2“…standing in the way of justice for thousands of Palestinian victims thus giving Israel green light to go on with its human rights violation over technical issues could endanger the security of every Palestinian alive.

Over the years Israel has killed thousands upon thousands of Palestinian civilians with hundreds of unarmed underage individuals amongst them.

It would be harmful to the safety and vital interests of our people for some friendly nations like Germany or the Czech republic to stand in the way of justice in Palestine over technical reasons…

…wasting time in making superfluous assessments over the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction pursuant to Article 12 of the Rome Statute while war crimes in Palestine are being committed by Israel either through the continual bombardment in Gaza, the illegal settlements or the shooting of unarmed Palestinian individuals in violation of international law.”

The Palestinian Authority’s response, no doubt, will not have any effect on Germany. The German ICC move is in essence – and will be seen as such – also a sign of full German support for Israel’s annexation of over 30 % of the occupied West Bank. No doubt it has been planned as such.

GERMANY WILL DESTROY THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Merkel-Netanyahu-gettyv2Germany and the assorted little minions of Israel scurrying at the German heels are not trying to just protect Israeli occupation and those responsible for it. No, Germany is trying to kill the entire International Criminal Court.

Because that is what this will mean for the International Court if it obeys – the end. ‘No prosecutions outside Africa’ will end up meaning no prosecutions anywhere. ICC has no tprosecuted anyone outside Africa since it was founded in 2002. United States scared it to back down from investigations in Afghanistan last year – because beyond the Taliban, al-Haqqani network and other opponents of the US, there was a small chance that few of US allies and its own personnel might eventually face charges.

screen-shot-2016-04-26-at-2-40-26-pmAs a result, far more people than just Palestinians will suffer if Germany succeeds in pressurizing ICC to give Israel’s war criminals immunity. Look at the ongoing investigations at their various stages around the globe and see what Germany is ready to trade in for to save Israel’s leaders from charges. Charges that might be issued against them at some point in the middle of this decade, based on the glacial movement of ICC prosecutors even in the best of times.

1162660358Someone like the already elderly Benyamin Netanyahu(b. 1949) might well die of natural causes before charges are even brought, and if alive, could then avoid them for years as has Sudan’s recently deposed dictator Omar al-Bashir(b. 1944) – whose handing over to ICC, as preliminary agreed in Darfur peace talks by the transitional government in Sudan, could be endangered because of the erosion of ICC’s stature.

The very idea that Israeli politicians and generals could face charges in absence half a decade from now is apparently absolutely abhorrent to Germany, to the extent that it is ready to sacrifice the international law everywhere.

Creation of areas in the world where international law does not exist will protect war criminals there – but will also then engulf the entire world and protect war criminals everywhere.

Protecting Israeli occupation and the leaders of Israel’s regime is more important to Germany than justice on a global level. The latter is sacrificed for the former with apparently no hesitation or lament.

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Fatah calls on Prague, Berlin to avoid standing in the way of justice

Germany files petition backing Israel over ICC war crimes probe

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