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RT | Hamas accepts ceasefire deal - Al Jazeera, 6 May
Hamas has accepted a ceasefire proposal put forward by Egyptian and Qatari mediators, a spokesman for the group told Al Jazeera on Monday. The announcement came shortly after Israel ordered the evacuation of the city of Rafah ahead of a long-planned assault.
aljazeera | Hamas accepts Qatari-Egyptian [!] proposal for Gaza ceasefire
Khalil al-Hayya, a member of Hamas's political bureau, told Al Jazeera Arabic that the Qatari-Egyptian proposal includes a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza and a return of displaced Palestinians to their homes, as well as an exchange of Israeli captives and Palestinian prisoners. The proposal includes a three-stage truce, each phase lasting 42 days, according to al-Hayya.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh held phone calls with Qatari  Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani and Egyptian Intelligence Minister Abbas Kamel, informing them "of the Hamas movement's approval of their proposal regarding the ceasefire agreement," the group said in a statement to Al Jazeera.
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aljazeera | Israel hits Rafah after Hamas accepts truce deal, 6 May
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says the group has accepted a Gaza ceasefire proposal put forward by Qatari and Egyptian mediators. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's office says the proposal agreed by Hamas is far from Israel's demands but the Israeli government will send a delegation to negotiate.
archive 7 Feb: HAMAS "pause concept" - 3x 45 days
by Cat on Mon May 6th, 2024 at 08:06:27 PM EST
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better late than never

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2024 at 06:26:53 PM EST
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euronews | Israeli police break up anti-government protest in Tel Aviv (12.05.24)
The protesters continue to demand that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resign—but not before he has signed up to a deal with Hamas to secure the release of the hostages. There are believed to be about 132 hostages in Gaza—but it's not clear whether some may have died in the midst of the war.
rmf24.pl | HAMAS: another Israeli hostage dies
The Palestinian terrorist organization said that the cause of death of Nadav Popplewell, who was abducted from Kibbutz Nirim in southern Israel, was injuries that he received during an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip. Also on Saturday, Hamas shared an undated recording. It shows Popplewell, 51, standing in front of a white wall. A bruise is visible around his right eye. The Israeli gave his first and last name. A few hours later, the organization reported the man's death. He died because he did not receive intensive care, because the enemy is destroying hospitals in the Gaza Strip, said Hamas spokesman Abu Ubayda....
dw | Two doctors killed in Israeli air strike in central Gaza, says agency, 12 May - video
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 04:08:17 PM EST
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mronline.org | Gaza ceasefire proposal-Full Text, 11 May 3x 42 edition
Below is the full [Hamas] proposal for Gaza ceasefire and prisoners exchange, which was accepted by Hamas on Monday.
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Guarantors of the Agreement: Qatar, Egypt, the United States, and the United Nations.
7 Feb 3 x45 edition: "Egypt and Qatar will lead efforts with all necessary parties to manage and supervise the guarantee, achievement, and completion"

archive Israel's 4-day "fighting pause" accountability Nov 2923

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2024 at 10:38:52 PM EST
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nypost | Mom of Shani Louk, whose body was paraded in streets by Hamas, hopes she'll be found alive 9 Oct 2023
nypost | Shani Louk 'beheaded' by Hamas after she was kidnapped at music festival and paraded by terrorists: Israel 30 Oct 2023
cnn | Shani Louk, 23-year-old kidnapped by Hamas from music festival, declared dead, Israel says, 30 Oct 2023

WH Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby | May 17, 2024, A/V (EN), 00:56:45

KIRBY @ 19:33: The talks didn't go anywhere las week. Unfortunately, we just didn't get to a successful conclusion. One of the things that Jake [Sullivan] wants to cover, when he goes over back to the region is to see what we can do to to keep those talks going and get some kind of resolution here. I don't think, it's difficult to see how this grim news today [IDF recovers three dead Israeli hostages] is going to have a major effect on the hostage deal negotiations. We really want to get this done so that we can get six weeks of a cease fire that can maybe lead to something more enduring.
nypost | Shani Louk's parents describe identifying their daughter's body, 17 May 2024
"seven months after she was murdered by terrorists"
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 04:49:15 PM EST
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whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, 13 May 10-point Global Enduring Calm Normalization Plan
SULLIVAN: Nine, we are urgently and relentlessly working for a ceasefire and a hostage deal, starting with the first phase and building to an enduring calm. As the President said this weekend, there could be a ceasefire tomorrow if Hamas simply released women, wounded, and elderly hostages—all innocents.

Israel put a forward-leaning proposal on the table for a ceasefire "fighting pause" and hostage deal. The world should be calling on Hamas to come back to the table and accept a deal. The hostages include [Palestinian-]Americans [?] and citizens from around the world. The President is determined to bring them safe—safely back to their loved ones. And I met with the families of these American hostages again just this past Friday [10 May?].

The families of American-Israeli hostages in Gaza met with US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday [6 May] in Washington to press for their immediate release, according to the Hostages Families Forum Headquarters. The forum says at least eight American-Israelis were taken hostage by Hamas. Five of them are still thought to be held alive in Gaza. Another, 19-year-old Itay Chen, was confirmed dead by the Israel Defense Forces last month.

10 May: jpost | Families of American hostages in Gaza meet Jake Sullivan, express frustrations over negotiations
Friday's meeting with Sullivan was also the first time the families met with the White House after Hamas released videos of three hostages, including Americans Keith Siegel and Hersh Goldberg-Polin.

They know how hard the President is working on this.
ChatGPT cnn | Jake Sullivan met in-person with representatives of countries whose citizens Hamas took hostage, 16 May
Jake Sullivan convened for the first time this week an in-person meeting of ambassadors and chiefs of mission representing countries whose citizens were taken hostage by Hamas on October 7, CNN has learned, as a ceasefire and hostages release deal remains stalled.

Sullivan met with representatives from 17 nations: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, according to a US official and senior administration official familiar with the meeting.

WH Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby | May 17, 2024, A/V (EN), 00:56:45
KIRBY @ 8:19: Now, just one last program announcement, and I promise, I'll shut up. I can announce today that our National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia starting tomorrow [18 May]. He'll be there to meet with Prime Minister and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman to discuss discuss bilateral and regional matters, including the war in Gaza, of course, and ongoing efforts to achieve a lasting peace and security in the region. On Sunday, the next day, Mister Sullivan will travel to Israel to meet with senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, to discuss, of course, the war in Gaza, including ongoing negotiations to secure the release of all the hostages, address the humanitarian crisis, and our shared objective for the enduring defeat of Hamas through both military pressure [$1 billion more in weapons to Israel] and a political plan.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2024 at 07:07:37 PM EST
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ChatGPT | US national security adviser, Saudi Arabia's crown prince meet to discuss `semi-final' security deal, 19 May
The announcement by the state-run Saudi Press Agency [spa.gov.sa] comes as the strategic deal had been upended after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel that killed 1,200 people and saw 250 others taken hostage back to the Gaza Strip.
reuters | Gantz demands Gaza day-after plan by June 8, threatens to quit Netanyahu cabinet, 18 May: "he wanted the war cabinet to form a six-point plan"

ft | Gantz threatens to quit Israeli government if no new war plan, 19 May: "in a televised statement on Saturday evening"

thehill | Frustration with Netanyahu boils over on plans for Gaza after Hamas, 19 May: What Yovav Gallant said ... on Wednesday

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"The semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the kingdom and the United States of America, which are almost being finalized—and what is being worked on between the two sides in the Palestinian issue to find a credible path—were discussed," the statement released after the talks said.
spa.gov.sa | HRH the Crown Prince Receives U.S. National Security Advisor, 19 May
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, received in Dhahran today U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. During the meeting, they reviewed the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various fields and discussed the nearly final version of the draft strategic agreements between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, which are almost being finalised. They reviewed the work of the two sides on the Palestinian issue to find a credible pathway towards the two-state solution in a way that meets the aspirations of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights. They also discussed the latest developments in the region, including the situation in Gaza and the need to stop the war and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid.###
arabnews | Saudi crown prince meets White House national security adviser, 19 May
During the meeting, the strategic relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various fields were reviewed, SPA said. It said efforts to find a credible solution to the Palestinian issue, including a lasting ceasefire and unhindered entry of humanitarian aid in Gaza, with a view to a "two-state solution that meets the aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people", were also discussed.

by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 02:24:10 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Blinken orders crackdown on Israel-Hamas leaks, 20 May

What are the chances that sooper sekrit "semi-final" normalization plan is gonna close before this case closes?

by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 01:42:17 PM EST
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ICC | Statement of ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan KC: Applications for arrest warrants in the situation in the State of Palestine, 20 May
Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri (Deif), Ismail Haniyeh
On the basis of evidence collected and examined by my Office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Yahya SINWAR (Head of the Islamic Resistance Movement ("Hamas") in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim AL-MASRI, more commonly known as DEIF (Commander-in-Chief of the military wing of Hamas, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades), and Ismail HANIYEH (Head of Hamas Political Bureau) bear criminal responsibility for the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of Israel and the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 7 October 2023:...
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Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant
On the basis of evidence collected and examined by my Office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Benjamin NETANYAHU, the Prime Minister of Israel, and Yoav GALLANT, the Minister of Defence of Israel, bear criminal responsibility for  the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 8 October 2023:...
tabloid USAToday | International court seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas leader Sinwar on war crimes charge, 20 May
by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 01:28:18 PM EST
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reuters | Reactions to ICC decision on Israeli and Hamas leaders, 20 May
Sami Abu Zuhri, HAMAS
Benny Gantz, ISRAEL
Yair Lapid, ISRAEL
Bezalel Smotrich, ISRAEL
Wasel Abu Youssef, PLO
by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 07:52:36 PM EST
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The International Criminal Court just saved Benjamin Netanyahu, 20 May
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"Binding Bibi with Sinwar—that's something that's very hard for Israelis to swallow," Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli prime minister and fierce Netanyahu critic, told POLITICO. It will only encourage Israelis to feel more beleaguered, he explained.

"You take a murderer, a killer, a man who sends his guys to butcher innocent Israelis, and you bind him with the prime minister of Israel who's responsible for a counteroffensive, I mean, this is something that Israelis can't accept," Olmert said. "That plays in favor of Netanyahu. Israelis are already saying, 'Look, they are all anti-semites. They are all against us.'"
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archive Is the ICC Anti-Semitic?
by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 08:57:57 PM EST
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ICC | State of Palestine
2 January 2015, The State of Palestine acceded to the Rome Statute by depositing its instrument of accession with the UN Secretary-General. The Rome Statute entered into force for The State of Palestine on 1 April 2015.
16 January 2015, the Prosecutor announced the opening of a preliminary examination into the Situation in the State of Palestine
5 February 2021  Pre-Trial Chamber I's decision that the Court could exercise its criminal jurisdiction in the Situation.
3 March 2021, the Prosecutor announced the opening of the investigation into the Situation in the State of Palestine.
28 January 2020 Pre-Trial Chamber I issued an order setting the procedure and the schedule for the submission of observations on the Prosecutor's request.
17 November 2023 the Office of Prosecutor Office received a further referral of the Situation in the State of Palestine from South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros, and Djibouti.
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - May 20, 2024
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QUESTION: Okay. Second question, in addition to everybody else asked, is you said that Israel is not a member of the ICC, which is true. But also, and I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but Israel has supported the candidacy of Mr. Khan when he was elected in 2021, and they wanted him to be there. So, the fact that they actually endorsed him, they know there are some consequences, otherwise they won't have bothered in the first place. So, this is just to—I don't agree—to agree or disagree.
MILLER: It doesn't change the underlying—
QUESTION: It doesn't change anything.
MILLER:—the underlying jurisdictional question.
Rome Statute of the ICC, Part 2, Jurisdiction, Admissibility, and Applicable Law
QUESTION: Okay. So that my question is lawmakers agreed with you. They said the same. They repeated the same statement they issued in the White House. But they went further, and they said actually the decision is antisemitic. Do you agree that this decision is antisemitic as well?
MILLER: That's not an assessment that we have made or a conclusion we have drawn.
archive "Report to Congress under Section 2 of the National Security Memorandum on Safeguards and Accountability with Respect to Transferred Defense Articles and Defense Services (NSM-20)," 10 May  pp 18-32
QUESTION: Okay, and one last thing is on the issue itself, many international lawyers, very well known, different background, they said they found a reasonable ground that actually Israel has committed crime against humanity and crimes—war crimes. Does the White—Sorry, the State Department lawyers have a different conclusion, or did the—you have not reached this conclusion, or do you disagree with them? What exactly the difference between the lawyers who works at State Department and international lawyers who found different conclusion?
MILLER: So let me try to separate the ICC and answer this in two ways. One, when it comes to the ICC, we have a jurisdictional issue and then we have an issue with how this investigation was conducted. But to answer your underlying question about making that sort of determination, it is a question that we are looking at here. We have ongoing processes to look at Israel's use of U.S.-provided weapons, and those processes are ongoing. We have not yet reached final determinations.
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by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 02:52:58 PM EST
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AMANPOUR: The world 'genocide' has been used by both sides, and many believe that genocide is being committed. But you do not. You're not using that word.
KHAN: Well, this is an active investigation, and we have criminal charges that we can use—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in relation to this current stage of investigations. The charges that we've but forward to the judges do not include genocide, but we are continuing to investigate. It's a very complex situation. We have not been allowed access into Gaza by the Israeli authorities. We are aslo continuing our investigations in relation to the Hamas attacks. And i and when the evidence points us in a particular direction, we will not hesitate to act. So it's still an active investigation. But, yes, we haven't.
AMANPOUR: What is extermination?
KHAN: It's mass killing.
AMANPOUR: Different than genocide?
KHAN: Yes. Genocide is defined by specific intent, not only killing, but an intention to destroy the group in whole or in part with specific intent to destroy the group in whole or in part. So we're not, we've not incuded in out application today warrants for the crime of genocide
m'k. War is genocide. BUT. What are the odds that charge obtains convictions of the Shoah's poster boys, compared to stateless Hamas' rape murderers?
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AMANPOUR: Recently, when word cam out that this may be happening at some point, US senators and US Congress people, mostly Republicans, wrote you a letter, signed by Senator Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and others. This is the quote: 'Target Israel, and we will target you. If you move forward with the measures indicated in the report, we will move to end all American support for the ICC, sanction your employees and associeates, and bar you and your families from the United States. You have been warned.' Is that a threat?
KHAN: I think, that's the plain meaning of it in English.... And I've said to distinguished members on the Hill and to the administration that Rome Statute values are quintessential American values.... Now, of course, this situation, unfortunately, lies on the San Andreas fault of international politics, and strategic interests and, of course, I've had some elected leaders speak to me and, you know, be very blunt. 'This court is built for Africa and for thugs like Putin' was what one senior leader told me.

We don't view it like that. This court is the legacy of Nuremberg. This court is a sad indictment of humanity. This court should be the triumph of law over power and brute force.
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by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:14:22 PM EST
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4 days ago: ICC just saved Benjamin Netanyahu
50 min ago: Netanyahu case will make or break the ICC

"generative AI" in action.

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 08:51:46 PM EST
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The United Nation is the established Word Order post WWII and the ICJ and ICC are a major supporting part of it. America from many recent presidents and administrations set policy to undermine International Law and Humanitarian Law. The U.S.-UK and Israel will forever be considered rogue states for what has taken place over decades in the Middle East and the genocide of Palestinian people. This will be a stain on the Jewish State of Israel forever and make much of the Holocaust rhetoric moot.

Netanyahu case will make or break the ICC

A longtime ICC skeptic, O'Connell is worried Khan's action will "cause more harm than good," prolonging the conflicts raging in the Levant and Eastern Europe, as the indictments will undoubtedly complicate peace negotiations. "It pushes us away from the viability of talks and peace agreements and settlements. Therefore, we will have far more loss of life in this effort to hold a few individuals accountable, which, in the view of many of us in the international law realm, has never really succeeded," she told POLITICO.

The indictments will end the air of impunity for Israel and its leaders ... the indictments cannot be brushed over by an UK white-wash commission.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 09:22:25 PM EST
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