Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Israel's IDF Gaza Bombing in Dutch Court

by Oui Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 07:34:31 AM EST

A pivotal year 2014 where the Dutch can hold up human rights, a nation where the Carnegie Peace Institute, International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) is hosted. Upholding Universal Human Rights ...

An excellent lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld is pleading the case before the Appeals Court.

More to follow ...

Meanwhile in the Occupied Territories of Palestine:

In 2020, Israel demolished 273 Palestinian homes making 1006 Palestinians, including 519 children, homeless. Moreover, Israel destroyed 458 important non-residential structures, including water pipes and cisterns and power grids. As reported by B'Tselem,  2020 was one of the highest records for demolitions in three years.

As part of the Oslo Accords, the West Bank was divided into the following areas: Area A (17%), Area B (23%), and Area C (60%).  Area C is where most of the demolitions have taken place because it is under complete Israeli military control.  The Israeli military controls every aspect of Palestinian lives, including planning and infrastructure, denying Palestinians the right to build anything from an animal pen to a house, and diminishing Palestinians' freedom and dignity.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlements continue to expand exponentially across the West Bank. The South Hebron Hills receives the highest number of demolitions.

State Business: Israel's misappropriation of land in the West Bank through settler violence | Human Rights NGO B'Tselem |

Settler violence against Palestinians is a daily matter in the West Bank. Instead of taking preventive action, the Israeli authorities aid and abet the settlers in harming Palestinians and using their land. The report shows how settler violence is an unofficial arm of the state violence Israel uses to drive Palestinians off their land. By downplaying it as a fringe phenomenon while keeping up a pretense of law enforcement, Israel enjoys the best of both worlds: maintaining room for "plausible deniability" while taking over more West Bank land.

See my earlier diary on Palestinians evicted from Jarrah district in East-Jerusalem.

Silwan Ethnic Cleansing - E Jerusalem


Iraqi Civilian Describes US Airstrike on His Home That Killed His Wife, Daughter, Brother and Nephew

by Oui on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 09:14:48 AM EST
Dutch F-16 jet serving with the US-led coalition killed about 70 people in Hawija, Iraq | BBC News - Dec. 4, 2019 |

PM Rutte and failed memory on so many occasions, excellent legal defense in court ...

There was no cover up over Iraq casualties, prime minister tells MPs | Dutch News - Nov. 28, 2019 |

During a stormy debate on Wednesday night, Rutte was asked repeatedly what he knew about the bombing and when but only 48 out of 150 MPs voted in favour of an SP motion of no-confidence.

Former defence minister Jeanine Hennis has said she 'probably' told the prime minister about the Dutch involvement in the raid, but he says he cannot remember the conversation.

'I cannot force you to believe me,' Rutte said. `It is a question of trust. But I cannot fake memories I do not have.'

Both Rutte and current defence minister Ank van Bijleveld told MPs that the cabinet would be more transparent about future military missions and that new rules have been drawn up for briefing parliament.

by Oui on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 09:18:30 AM EST
No Apologues: The U.S. Military Often Kills Civilians -- and Rarely Offers Compensation

Related reading ...

Iraqi Civilians Will Die: U.S. Must Get Used to It, Experts Say | US News - June 2015 |

Will Rutte's Falsehoods Catch Up With Him?

Unfortunately after a long haul and internal debate, PM Rutte and his caretaker cabinet will form Rutte IV by the end of 2021. Motto of group: aim for new leadership. 🌷🌍💫

by Oui on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 09:19:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]