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Occupying Power Israel Genocide Charges @ICJ

by Oui Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 09:04:31 PM EST

PRESS RELEASE: the #ICJ will hold public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by #SouthAfrica in the case #SouthAfrica v. #Israel on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2024. Watch live on @UNWebTV

UN International Court of Justice in The Hague

UPDATE: Due to freezing cold weather, people were allowed in from 6 o’clock this morning … optimistic as I am, I arrived by bike at eight … no chance of course … people traveled a long distance and were not successful to get a seat as these were very limited. Did run into Jeremy Corbyn and wished him all the best … 😊

Update-2: It is happening … after the opening introductions from the registrar of the ICJ, South Africa is granted 3 hours today to make the case to prevent genocide before the Court in its application for a provisional order.

Amalek statement by Benyamin Netanyahu

Human animals … will eliminate everything … 9 Oct. equated Hamas to ISIL … dehumanization …

President Herzog stated all Gazans are responsible for actions of Hamas.

IDF soldier celebrating in Gaza … to wipe off the seed of Amalek

Israel will make its oral plea on Friday before the Court.

Israel to face genocide charges at ICJ, battles rage on in northern Gaza | Mondoweiss |

The ICJ hearings will broadcast live on Thursday and Friday. Unrestrained U.S. backing of Israeli military actions and bombardment in Gaza has immunized Tel Aviv from any scrutiny under UN resolutions.

The ICJ ruling could end up as another international law that Israel does not respect. However, there is a high expectation for the Hague-based court to hold Israel accountable this time and implement a permanent ceasefire. 

Former UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will attend the ICJ hearing as part of the South African delegation. Corbyn, a longtime supporter of Palestinians and anti-apartheid activist, criticized the UK government's position for not calling for a ceasefire.

"Every day, another unspeakable atrocity is committed in Gaza," he said.
"Millions of people around the world support South Africa's efforts to hold Israel to account. Why can't our government?"

The UN special rapporteur, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, wrote on X that the ICJ should consider as evidence the Decentralised Damage Mapping Group's report about the destruction of Palestinian homes and infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

Israel-Palestine crisis: Silence the guns, UN relief chief tells Paris forum

Israeli FM clarifies 'international pressure' comments | JNS - 15 Nov. 2023 |

"We will not stop fighting until we eliminate Hamas," said Eli Cohen, after seeming to suggest that Israel had only weeks to conduct its war against the terror group.

UK chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks has launched his own personal crusade to destroy the political career of Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn | Tikun Olam - 3 Sept 2018 |

Israel calls on world for support in The Hague genocide accusations

Ahead of Hague genocide hearings, Israeli lawmaker reiterates call to 'burn Gaza' | TOI |

Spat at UN rights council over open-ended Israel probe | Arab News - 21 June 2023 |

US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council Michele Taylor delivers a speech at the opening of hearings of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva on August 11, 2022.

The COI, which is the highest-level investigation that can be ordered by the Human Rights Council, was set up in May 2021 following a surge in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians earlier that month.

The COI's 28-page report declares Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory unlawful under international law. The Biden administration has opposed the commission since its inception, and Israel has refused to cooperate with it?

GENEVA: The United States, on behalf of 27 countries, condemned Tuesday the open-ended nature of the UN investigation into alleged human rights violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the "disproportionate" attention on Israel.

US ambassador Michele Taylor told the United Nations' Human Rights Council that the group of countries was "deeply concerned" about the Commission of Inquiry (COI), with its "open-ended mandate with no sunset clause" or closing date.

The countries, including Austria, Britain, Canada and Italy, demanded an end to the "long-standing disproportionate attention given to Israel in the council."

Anyone who states he/she supports a two-state option for Peace ☮️ and Palestine 🇵🇸 are liars as this option was erased during eight years of the Obama administration with VP Joe Biden running foreign policy.

As a former Palestinian negotiator, I know Biden’s two-state solution is sheer delusion | The Guardian Opinion - 11 Nov. 2023 |

Biden repeats call for two-state solution in Middle East | CBS News - 19 Nov. 2023 |

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post Saturday, President Biden wrote that a "two-state solution is the only way to ensure the long-term security of both the Israeli and Palestinian people," with Gaza and the West Bank governed by the Palestinian Authority.

US and Israel Jointly Conspired to Ethnically Cleanse Gaza | Tikun Olam - 5 Dec. 2023 |

ChatGPT | Israel taps top legal minds, including a Holocaust survivor, to battle genocide claim at world court, 10 Jan
Israel, which as one of the parties in the case is entitled to send a judge, has tapped a former Israeli Supreme Court chief justice [Aharon Barak?] to join the court's 15 regular members who will rule on the accusation. It has also enlisted a British barrister and lauded international law expert as part of its defense team.
Israel chose Aharon Barak—a mainstay of the country's legal world for decades—to join the panel of international judges [?]. A former attorney general and peace negotiator who served as chief justice of Israel's highest court from 1995-2006, Barak has ruled in cases related to Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.
ICJ, Current Members
ICJ, All members
ICJ, Current Judges ad hoc
Proceedings instituted by South Africa against the State of Israel on 29 December 2023
South Africa: Mr Dikgang Ernest Moseneke
Israel: Mr Aharon Barak [08.01.24]
...To hear the Gaza case, which was brought by South Africa, its regular 15-judge panel will be expanded to 17, with one additional judge appointed by each side....
ICJ, Chambers under Article 26, paragraph 2 (ad hoc chambers)
No such chamber is currently active.
An Israeli official said Israel agreed to cooperate with the court because it is confident it will prevail. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. Israel boycotted [sic] a prominent case at the court in 2004 about its West Bank < wipes tears > separation barrier, which the court ruled was "contrary to international law," saying the proceedings were politically motivated.
British lawyer Malcolm Shaw, who will defend Israel, is the author of what's seen as the definitive textbook on international law. He has represented numerous states, including Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, in international litigation, including at the International Court of Justice, according to a biography posted online by Essex Court Chambers, where Shaw is a barrister.
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 10th, 2024 at 11:55:46 PM EST
Are themselves witness to their acts of genocide ... war criminals.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 10:24:21 AM EST
Legal prerequisite to put the case before the ICJ ... fourth advocate for South Africa.

South Africa accuses Israel of genocide in Gaza, recalls all diplomats | Africa News - 8 Nov. 2023 |

South Africa's government has recalled its  diplomatic mission to Israel in condemnation of the bombardment of the Gaza Strip, calling it a "genocide."

The government also threatened action against the Israeli ambassador to South Africa over his recent remarks on the African country's stance on the Israel-Hamas war. No further details were given about the remarks.

The war broke out after the Palestinian militant group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct.7, leaving over 1,400 people dead. More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's military offensive in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

"The South African government has decided to withdraw all its diplomats in Tel Aviv for consultation," said minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. She added the cabinet noted the "disparaging remarks of the Israeli ambassador to South Africa about those who are opposing the atrocities and genocide of the Israeli government" and that the department of international relations has been instructed to "take the necessary measures within the diplomatic channels and protocols to deal with (his) conduct."

Ntshavheni also said the position of the Israeli ambassador in the country was "untenable."

Pro-Palestinian protesters - who have been staging demonstrations by the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg and Israeli embassies in Pretoria and Cape Town - have called on the South African government to expel the Israeli ambassador.

From early December South Africa made repeated attempts on this issue to get clarity from Israel to stop genocidal acts and permit entry of humanitarian aid and a pause in the hostilities.

Last attempt for a meeting on January 5th was denied by Israel.

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South Africa's genocide case against Israel: How will the ICJ decide? | Al Jazeera |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 11:24:37 AM EST
Is Israel committing genocide in Gaza? | Al Jazeera - Inside Story |

South Africa launches a legal battle against Israel at the top court of the United Nations.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed tens of thousands of Palestinians and forced most others from their homes. Now, it is going to have to answer to charges of genocide in a World's highest court of law.

Ahmed Abofoul - an international lawyer and legal researcher at Al-Haq, a leading Palestinian human rights organisation
Chris Gunness - a former spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)
Adama Dieng - a former UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide and a special adviser to the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 11:40:31 AM EST
We won't be silenced ... ✍️

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From Goebbels to Baghdad Bob to PMO Spokesperson Eylon Levy, successor to Mark Regev who wrote the book on hasbara.

From Saddam Hussein's Information Minster to a phenomenon of pop culture. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf refuses to accept, in his statements to the media, the taking of Baghdad by the US military. His comments made him famous as Baghdad Bob and made him a star in the Western world.

Today 2024 in Israel ... laughable statement if it wasn't about the most serious of charges: GENOCIDE as defined by the Holocaust and Jewish scholar Raphael Lemkin.

Deception of all Israeliers ... no one else believes his nonsensical hasbara rhetoric ... LIES

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 01:40:37 PM EST
From Raphael Lemkin ... victims became perpetrators

Raphael Lemkin coined the word "genocide" before the world knew the horrors of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen and Dachau. A Polish Jewish refugee, he was the man behind the first UN human rights treaty, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Lemkin studied philology and law at Lwow and Heidelberg universities and was a prominent international jurist in pre-war Poland. As early as 1933, he appeared before the Legal Council of the League of Nations in Madrid with a proposal to outlaw acts of "barbarism and vandalism". He helped draft the criminal code of a newly-independent Poland after World War I and served as the state prosecutor in Warsaw until 1934, when anti-Semitic slurs forced him to withdraw into private practice.

When the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, Lemkin joined the resistance and was wounded in fighting. He hid in the forest for months before fleeing to Sweden.
As a visiting lecturer of law at the University of Sweden, Stockholm, Lemkin was the first academic to study Nazism from the standpoint of jurisprudence. He analysed the legal decrees of the New Order in Europe that allowed the Nazi occupation, and wrote "Axis Rule in Occupied Europe".

Lemkin identified Hitler's abominable intention, and labelled it "genocide", a hybrid word consisting of the Greek prefix genos, meaning race, and the Latin suffix cide, meaning killing. In Lemkin's view, genocide is a premeditated crime with clearly defined goals, rather than just an aberration.

Never Forget - March of the Living

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 01:41:19 PM EST
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Genocide is not war.
Genocide is the antithesis of the ... doctrine ... which holds that war is directed against sovereigns and armies, not against subjects and civilians. In its modern application in civilized society, the doctrine means that war is conducted against states and armed forces and not against populations. It required a long period of evolution in civilized society to mark the way from which occurred in ancient times and the Middle Ages, to the conception of wars as being essentially limited to activities against armies and states.
as if "armies and states" are not "populations," not "groups of people", and Hamas is not a member of "a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."
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Mehdi Hasan MSNBC interview Mark Regev

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 05:40:23 PM EST
Pls do return the EU 🇪🇺 "Nobel" Peace Prize ... hit us as an explosive boomerang

No more war Sweden 😡 Sweden: Want Peace? Prepare for War Now!

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AJ Reporter from Ramallah

Discussing the effect of today's Court session in The Hague, there is little trust in any International or UN Organization.

Doesn't help when a reporter makes erroneous statements ...

The decision of the ICJ isn't legally binding.

Likely the confusion is where the ICJ has no enforcement power, that would be through the UN Security Council. The decision of World's highest Court is by definition legally binding for all 150 member states, signatories of the Genocide Convention which includes the United States (1988), United Kingdom (1970) and the Jewish State of Israel (1950).

What power does the ICJ have?

While ICJ decisions are legally binding and cannot be appealed, the ICJ only maintains  authority over U.N. members or nations that accept its authority through some other mechanism, like a clause in a treaty. Since South Africa and Israel are both U.N. members, any decision would, in theory, be binding.

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The Conduct of Hostilities under the Law of International Armed Conflict: 4th Edition

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 11th, 2024 at 09:19:53 PM EST
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Posted earlier @TikunOlam

Israel states its case at the Court in The Hague ... just started.

Reply by Israel attention on horrific attack of 7th October .... emotional visual presentation ... ignored by S Africa in their application on alleged acts of genocide ... absurdity unlimited murders, rape presented not only in words but also in video.

Largest single day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.

Manipulation accusing S Africa to hide atrocities by Hamas terrorists. No legal arguments but attacking persons taking Israel to task. A court decision would make it more difficult for the state of Israel to defend its citizens ... pictures of Israeli victims are shown.

I just watched the first 10 min. or so ... clearly the lawyer represented Bibi Netanyahu as if he had the floor @UNGA for his typical horrendous speech of FEAR and ... bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 05:45:04 PM EST
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THE 1,200: "Largest single day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust" (1935-1945?)

The dumbest data point since..."the pre-industrial period" of 1850 infected UNFCC. But they've been repeating it since October 8.

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 07:51:59 PM EST
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THE HAGUE - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds public hearings in the case South Africa v. Israel - Oral argument of Israel starts at 00:30:00

If indeed, the Israel did not submit a response brief to ICJ clerk before today's hearing, I expect ICJ to publish the transcript no later than Monday morning, 14 Jan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 10:29:14 PM EST
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first 10 minutes?

@ 01:03:36 - 01:57:42 Prof. Malcom Shaw, KC alias Prester John d/b/a The City: "pre-question of context", "the start of the war", "laws of armed combat"

by Cat on Fri Jan 12th, 2024 at 10:46:20 PM EST
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B52s: What's that on yer hed?

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@ 01:03:36 - 01:57:42 Prof. Malcom Shaw

Israel's actions in restriction its targeting practices to attack military personnel or objectives in accordance with international law in a proportionate manner in each case as well as its practice of mitigating civilian harm such as by forewarning civilians of impending action by the unprecedented and extensive use of telephone calls, leafleting and so forth, coupled with the facilitation of humanitarian assistance, all demonstrate the precise opposite of any possible genocidal intent.  South Africa in seeking to discover the necessary intent presents a distorted picture. It misunderstands the nature an provenance of certain comments made by some Israeli politicians. Let me try to explain the big picture. Israel possesses a clear and effective structure of authority with regard to governmental decision. The war against Hamas is managed on behalf of the government by two central organs, the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs and the War Cabinet. The latter established for the purpose of managing the war by the former. These bodies make the relevant decisions regarding the war's conduct and, according to Israeli law, the decisions of the government and these committees obligate the ministers of the government in accordance with the principles of collective responsibility. It is the collective decisions of these bodies which are the binding the decisions in question. A prime minister stands at the head of these organs, decides on the agenda of these meetings, steers their activity, and summarizes the meetings and instructions issued therein. To make it clear, in order to determine the policy and intentions of the government of Israel it is necessary to examine the decisions of the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs and the War Cabinet and to examine whether the particular comment expressed, conformed, or not with the policies and decisions made.
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National Authority Mr [Ms] Galit Raguan
As Professor Shaw noted at this stage South Africa does not need to prove that genocidal acts have been or are being  committed, but it does have to show that the Genocide Convention is actually relevant. It has to show some level of acts and some level of intent. It is my task to speak to the circumstances of Israel's actions. Israel cannot possibly, comprehensively address today all of the allegations made in South Africa's application in this regard. The applicant paints a dire picture, but it is a partial and deeply flawed picture. The application is so distorted in its description that it prevents the court from properly assessing the plausability of the rights asserted by South Africa. Plausability cannot be deterimined based on the unsubstaniated allegations of one party to the proceedins alone. If Article 41 of the court's statute is to have any meaning in the time available, I will address three aspect of reality on the ground that the applicant has either ignored or misrepresented. First, Hamas' military tactics and strategy. Second, Israel's efforts to mitigate civilian harm during operational activities. And third, Israel's efforts to address humanitarian hardship in Gaza despite Hamas' attempts at obstruction.
Urban warfare will always result in tragic deaths, harm, and damage, but these undesired outcomes are exacerbated because they are the desired outcome of Hamas. In urban warfare  Professor Shoaw has spoken to the issue of expressed intent civilian casualties may be the unintended but lawful outcome of an attack on unlawfully military objectives. International humanitarian law recognizes this reality, and provides a framework for balancing military necessity with humanitarian considerations. These do not constitute genocidal acts.
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almayadeen | South Africa's ceasefire request in Gaza difficult for ICJ to dismiss, 12 Jan
...Dangor also pointed out that what the Israeli team did was to describe "the political reasons behind its aggression without providing legal arguments in response to what we presented," affirming that "it will be very difficult for the judges to ignore our request to stop the war on Gaza."...
"examine the decisions of the Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs"
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euronews | Why is the EU mostly silent on South Africa's genocide case against Israel?
The high-stakes legal battle marks the first time Israel defends its war campaign in the Gaza Strip before a court of law since < wipes tears > the conflict erupted on October 7.
Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
decision: 9 July 2004
Relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem (Palestine v. United States of America) application suspended: Feb 2018
Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (2023) A/RES/77/247
hearing: 19 Feb 2024
'Not for the EU to comment'
The EU, whose efforts to mediate in the Israel-Hamas war have been plagued by its 27 member states' incoherent positions, has mostly maintained silent on the case. A European Commission spokesperson this week reaffirmed the bloc's support to the ICJ but stopped short of backing the genocide case against Israel.
ICC-01/18 investigation: 1 Jan 2015 - present
"Regarding this specific case, countries have the right to submit cases or lawsuits. The European Union is not part of this lawsuit," Peter Stano, spokesperson for foreign affairs, said on Tuesday. "This is not for us to comment at all."
In a sign the bloc is slowly gravitating towards sharper calls for Israeli restraint, a majority of EU countries backed a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a cease in hostilities in December.
A/ES-10/L.27, Protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations : resolution adopted by the General Assembly (12.12.23)
Countries including Germany, seen as a staunch ally of Israel, have also recently condemned far-right Israeli ministers' calls to resettle Palestinians out of Gaza.

Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic—all considered staunch allies of Israel—have voiced scepticism about the case.

ynet  | Germany to request to join as third pary in Hague case: 'Israel is not committing genocide'
Government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit asserted in a statement that Israel is acting in self-defense following "inhuman" attacks by Hamas on October 7. Hebestreit emphasizes Germany's commitment to the UN Genocide Convention, signed in 1948 in response to the Holocaust, considering Germany's history and the crimes against humanity.

Germany plans to intervene as a third party before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) using an article that permits states to seek clarification on the application of a multilateral convention. This uncommon step, if approved by the court, would enable Germany to present its own counterarguments against South Africa's accusation of Israel committing genocide.
The court will subsequently determine whether Germany's arguments will be presented in written form or delivered orally.

jpost | Germany to intervene for Israel at ICJ; US, Canada say case is baseless
In a Friday press release, Hebestreit stated that while Germany supports the International Court of Justice in its work, it also supports Israel's right to self-defense and rejects the ICJ's accusation of genocide.
middleeastmonitor | Germany to intervene in genocide case against Israel: Official
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Again a big thank you for your contribution ... much appreciated. 🙏🏽

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IN commencing the description of the countries which Marco Polo visited in Asia, and of things worthy of notice which he observed therein, it is proper to mention that we are to dis tinguish two Armenias, the Lesser and the Greater.  The king of the Lesser Armenia dwells in a city called Sebastoz,  and rules his dominions with strict regard to justice. The towns, fortified places, and castles are numerous. [...] Those persons who design to travel into the interior of the Levant, 1 usually proceed in the first instance to this port of Laiassus. The boundaries of the Lesser Armenia are, on the south, the Land of Promise, now occupied by the Saracens; 2 on the north, Karamania, in habited by Turkomans; towards the north-east lie the cities of Kaisariah, Sevasta, 3 and many others subject to the Tar tars; and on the western side it is bounded by the sea, which extends to the shores of Christendom.

THE inhabitants of Turkomania 4 may be distinguished into three classes. The Turkomans, who reverence Mahomet and follow his law, are a rude people, and dull of intellect.
[1] Levant is a translation of the word Anatolia or Anadoli, from the Greek " ortus, oriens," signifying the country that lies eastward from Greece. As the name of a region therefore it should be equivalent to Natolia, in its more extensive acceptation; and it is evident that our author employs it to denote Asia Minor. Smyrna is at present esteened the principal port in the Levant, and the term seems to be now confined to the sea-coast, and to mercantile usage.
[2] For the Land of Promise, or Palestine, which extends no further to the north than Tyre, is here to be understood Syria, or that part of itcalled Coelo-Syria, which borders on Cilicia or the southern part of Armenia Minor. As the more general denomination of Syria includes Palestine, and the latter name was, in the time of the Crusades, more familiar to Europeans than the former, it is not surprising that they should some times be confounded. The Saracens here spoken of were the subjects of the Mameluk sultans or soldans of Egypt, who recoverd from the Christian powers in Syria, what the princes of the family of Saladin, or of the Ayubite dynasty, had lost. In other parts of the work the term is employed indiscriminately with that of Mahometan.
[3] The Turkomans of Karamania were a race of Tartars settled in Asia Minor, under the government of the Seljuk princes, of whom an account will be found in the following note. Kaisariah or Cassarea, and Sevasta or Sebaste, the Sebastopolis Cappadocias of Ptolemy and Siwas or Sivas of the present day, were cities belonging to the same dynasty, that had been conquered by the. Moghuls in the year 1242.
[4] By Turkomania we are to understand, generally, the possessions of the great Seljuk dynasty in Asia Minor, extending from Cilicia and Painphylia, in the south, to the shores of the Euxine sea, and from Pisidia and Mysia, in the west, to the borders of Armenia Minor;...


ARMENIA Major is an extensive province, at the entrance of which is a city named Arzingan, 1 where there is a manufacture of very fine cotton cloth called bombazines, 2 as well as of many other curious fabrics, which it would be tedious to enumerate. It possesses the handsomest and most excellent baths of warm water, issuing from the earth, that are any where to be found. 3 Its inhabitants are for the most part native Armenians, but under the dominion of the Tartars.

MOSUL is a large province 1 inhabited by various descriptions of people, one class of whom pay reverence to Mahomet, and are called Arabians. 2 The others profess the Christian faith, but not according to the canons of the church, which they depart from in many instances, and are denominated Nestorians, Jacobites, and Armenians. They have a patriarch whom they call Jacolit, 3 and by him archbishops, bishops, and abbots are consecrated and sent to all parts of India, to Cairo, to Baldach (Baghdad), and to all places inhabited by Christains ; in the same manner as by the pope of the Romish church. All those cloths of gold and of silk which we call muslins 4 are of the manufacture of Mosul, and all the great merchants termed Mossulini, who convey spices and drugs, in large quantities, from one country to another, are from this province. In the mountainous parts there is a race of people named Kurds, some of whom are Christians of the Nestorian and Jacobite sects, and others Mahometans. They are all an unprincipled people, whose occupation it is to rob the merchants. [Polo: 30-42]

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'Overwhelming evidence' of Israel's genocidal rhetoric: Lemkin Institute | Al Jazeera |

The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, a legal think tank, has said on X that Israel's contention that the intention to destroy a people, in whole or in part, was "totally lacking" rings "hollow in light of the overwhelming evidence of genocidal rhetoric from senior Israeli officials, journalists and Israeli military and society".

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jpost | OpEd | United Nations should be put on trial, 12 Jan
The United Nations and its institutions have a credibility they do not deserve, and have become a threat to freedom and democracy in the world.
Israel's case before the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) should be used to expose this fact and begin the process of placing clear boundaries on the UN.

The UN is imbued with credibility and respect that it often does not deserve—and with the Israel case a prime example, its institutions have increasingly been hijacked by undemocratic societies to advance objectives that threaten freedom, peace, and prosperity in the world.

israelnationalnews | Ambassador Erdan: 'The UN should be on trial, not Israel'
"The use of the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide against the Jewish state and in service of the Nazis of our time, Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh, proves that there is no moral low that the UN has not descended to."

"The UN is the one who should sit on trial in The Hague for turning a blind eye, and thereby serving as an accomplice, to the digging of terror tunnels in Gaza, in the use of international aid for the production of missiles and rockets, and in the education of hatred and murder."

"If there is even one iota of reason and morality left in the UN, then the despicable prosecution by the terror supporting South Africa should be thrown into the dustbin of history in the coming days."

archive White House Deeply Involved Gaza Genocide, a Jim Crow court in the U.S. South
by Cat on Sat Jan 13th, 2024 at 06:05:13 PM EST
jordannews | ICC sets up portal for submission of evidence of Israeli war crimes, 12 Jan
While South Africa was presenting to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) its genocide case against Israel, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it will be investigating the journalists killed in Gaza since October 7. It also announced on the same day that the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC has opened a digital platform to enable people to submit complaints online to the ICC with the option to add pictures and videos that show the crimes of the Israeli occupation to the court.
Turkey providing documents for genocide hearings against Israel, 12 Jan
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Turkey would continue to provide documents, mostly visuals, on Israel's attacks on Gaza....Israel is not among the more than 30 countries that have formally recognised the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as genocide. Turkey, established in 1923 after the Ottoman Empire collapsed, has always denied there was a systematic campaign to annihilate Armenians.

by Cat on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 04:29:49 AM EST
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Security Industry: links between Israel and the Netherlands | Buford Jansen & Janssen - July 2011 |

In October 2010, the public prosecutor ordered a search of the offices of the Riwal Holding Group in Dordrecht. The Dutch police's National Crime Squad confiscated computers and documents relating to the leasing of cranes owned by the company's Israeli branch for the construction of the Separation Wall and of settlements in the Occupied Territories.

The case has a long history, which is summarised briefly here. As a result of a 2004 ruling of the International Court in The Hague (decision 14-1) that the Separation Wall (fence or barrier) constituted a violation of international law, UN members were called on to prevent their citizens' cooperation in its construction.

After a Dutch Netwerk television crew filmed cranes which bore the Riwal Company logo in 2006, Dutch Labour Party MPs addressed parliamentary questions to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Dutch Government warned the Riwal Company not to engage in activities in the Occupied Territories in 2008. The company, however, continued their activities.

In October 2009, a member of 'Coalition of Women for Peace' spotted cranes of Riwal Israel (i.e. Lima) at yet another location: in construction works on a new industrial park in the settlement Ariel in the West Bank. The numerous pictures in a report in the Groene Amsterdammer provide proof, while Tal Pery, director of Riwal Israel, again denied responsibility.

Palestinian human rights organisation Al Haq (ban imposed by caretaker cabinet Rutte III) of Ramallah engaged the Dutch law firm Böhler, and in February 2010 lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld lodged a complaint to the legal authorities which resulted in the raid on the Riwal Dordrecht offices.

Police findings have been passed on to the Dutch State Prosecution, which should decide (negative in 2023) whether or not to prosecute the corporate executives - including the Israeli businessman Doron Livnat - on charges of violating international law. Doron Livnat is an active proponent of the Israeli cause.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 04:56:47 PM EST
ISRAEL IS AT WAR: MAOZ Network's Leaders in the Frontlines

Doron Livnat manages a group of family-owned international companies specializing in rental of logistic sites and seaports, and leasing construction-lifting equipment and investments. He is a tireless social entrepreneur who has focused his efforts on education and long-term infrastructure projects with Shanti House, Ayalim, Sapir Academic College, Matan Israel, Lishma Program, Or Association, 2048, Nalaga'at Center, Bialik Rogozin School and Peres Center for Peace (a program focusing on Palestinian children and physicians). He is the co-founder of Tovanot B'Hinuch - Insights in Education, the Weiss-Livnat center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Access for All, the robotics program in Yeruham, and many other ventures. Doron is also involved in social initiatives in Brazil, India, Africa and in the Netherlands.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 04:59:51 PM EST
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BDS Victorious as Ahava to Leave Occupied Territory, Move Plant Within Green Line | Tikun Olam - 9 March 2016 |

The current Israeli owners would far prefer to cash out on their investment than to uphold the principle that Jews have the right to every inch of the Land of Israel. Money vanquished "principle." In this case, money was right, principle wrong.

Keep in mind that the $75-million purchase price will be divided amongst the current Israeli owners who are kibbutzim (Kalia, Dead Sea, and Mitzpeh Shalem) sited on Occupied Palestinian land, and the Livnat family.

This family is one of the infamous eighteen oligarchal families in Israel who control an enormous amount of the nation's capital. So the sale itself will benefit those who have profited from the theft of Palestinian land and resources.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:01:42 PM EST
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Dutch financial institutions invest billions in companies active in the illegal Israeli settlements | Pax for Peace - 12 Dec. 2023 |

However sanctions on abuse of human rights is only applicable for candidate from the Jungle ... outside the EU Garden of civilized human beings. G-d created Adam and Eve and a sneaky snake ... after the temptation, humans left paradise for the animals, now coined as the Jungle and humans had to shed blood, sweat and tears to toil the land and build a civilization 🌎 ... through agriculture and we call it our Garden. The circle ⭕️ is complete ... sort of 🤣 .

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:03:19 PM EST
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Close call for the judges of the ICJ in The Hague ... before one realizes it, Bibi may put a Biblical spell on you calling you Amalek and Israel will destroy you. The ICJ is forewarned ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:35:57 PM EST

At least 23,843 people have been killed and more than 60,317 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from the October 7 Hamas attacks stands at 1,139.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:36:44 PM EST
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Israel will not be deterred by any ruling from the International Court of Justice

Escalation of air strikes on Yemen as a favor to Israel and friend Netanyahu to be a shield so the IDF can proceed with impunity to raze Gaza ... Palestine Nakba 2.0 ...ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocidal acts. Red Sea Operation a shield for Israel to continue horrific assault on Gaza.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 14th, 2024 at 05:38:01 PM EST
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South Africa v. Israel, therein lists of South Africa and Israel representatives by name and their official capacities

• Verbatim record 2024/1 (South Africa, 85 pp)
• Verbatim record 2024/2 (Israel, 75 pp)

Sadly, these documents do not provide guidelines for sundry procedural crime dramas, propagated by Israeli social mediums since the hearing adjourned Friday. Nor do ICJ FAQ pages online precisely define procedural rules of the court or application for ICJ review (YOU ARE HERE), much less court adjudication of contentious cases (YOU ARE NOT HERE).

Conviction of the defendant is neither the purpose nor subject of this pre-trial hearing. The purpose for the state plaintiff is to argue ICJ jurisdiction and rights of the state, provided by UN Charter and "Genocide Convention", to prevent genocide. The subject is South Africa's application for review of fact and law by the court—US law syn. certiorari.

by Cat on Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 02:58:37 PM EST
UN human rights experts welcome start of ICJ genocide hearings in The Hague, reiterate call for ceasefire | 11 Jan. 2024 |

UN human rights experts* today welcomed the start of hearings before the International Court of Justice ("ICJ") of a case brought by South Africa concerning allegations that Israel is committing acts of genocide against the Palestinian people. The experts emphasized that any decision the Court reaches on provisional measures must be respected and implemented by the parties to the dispute, as required by the ICJ Statute.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 12:08:16 AM EST
Posted earlier @TikunOlam

Interview BBC News HARDtalk

Stephen Sackur interviews Israeli journalist and commentator Gideon Levy (23 Oct.), a long-time critic of his country's leadership. Three months into this war prompted by Hamas's attack on southern Israel, what has happened to the Israeli mindset?

Total censorship by Israeli media of images of destruction and suffering in Gaza.

This House Believes the Two-State Solution is Dead | Cambridge Union w Gideon Levy - March 2018 |

Discussion after settlement pull-out from Gaza Gideon Levy: Palestinian Economic Boycott Failed, Diplomatic Isolation Will Fail-Recognize Hamas | Tikun Olam - May 2006 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 12:36:50 AM EST
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Why is Namibia furious at Germany's ICJ intervention supporting Israel? | Al Jazeera - Inside Story |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 12:39:06 AM EST
euromedmonitor | On 100th day of Gaza genocide: 100,000 Palestinians killed, missing or wounded, 13 Jan
Geneva—About 100,000 Palestinians have been killed, reported missing, or wounded since 7 October 2023 due to Israel's ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said in a statement on Saturday, noting that the number includes those who now have long-term disabilities.

A total of 31,497 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been killed as of today, 13 January 2024, Euro-Med Monitor estimated. Of those killed in the Israeli air and artillery attacks on the Strip, 28,951 (92%) were civilians, including 12,345 children, 6,471 women, 295 health personnel, 41 civil defense personnel, and 113 journalists. Meanwhile, 61,079 individuals have been injured, hundreds of them critically.
Euro-Med Monitor stressed the importance of South Africa's decision to file a complaint against Israel for committing genocide before the International Court of Justice, calling it a historical precedent and a first step toward holding Israel accountable at the international judicial level and breaking its immunity. The rights organisation emphasised that the lawsuit—no matter the outcome—puts genuine pressure on Israel, and that if the Court does decide to take immediate, temporary action as a first step, Israel and its allies will be forced to face even more expensive political, legal, and moral repercussions.

Both South Africa and Israel have completed, in the last two days, their respective pleadings before the Court, Euro-Med Monitor said. The International Court of Justice is currently reviewing the case and will be making a decision on the urgent, temporary measures that South Africa has requested, the most notable of which is an end to Israel's military actions inside and against the Gaza Strip.

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor renewed its call for an international investigation into the widely documented violations that have occurred since Israel began its ongoing genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, and for the international community to work to end the state of impunity that Israel enjoys. Those responsible for Israel's crimes must be held accountable, said Euro-Med Monitor. The group demanded that all those who have issued and carried out the brutal orders against Palestinians in the Strip be brought to justice, and that every victim be fairly compensated.

usnews | Blinken Says Arab Countries Not Keen to Rebuild Gaza if It Will Be 'Leveled' Again, 16 Jan
...Speaking to CNBC in an interview in Davos, Switzerland, Blinken said there was a "new equation" in the Middle East in which Israel's Arab and Muslim neighbors were prepared to integrate Israel into the region but they were equally committed to a pathway to a Palestinian state. He said both the Arab states and Washington believe that until that issue is addressed, neither Israel nor the region will have peace, stability and security....
stalking.gov | Secretary Antony J. Blinken At a Conversation with Thomas Friedman (17.01.24)
FRIEDMAN:  and this will be my last question on the Middle East. One of the things you hear so often from people, given the high civilian casualties in Gaza is: Does the United States—do Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian and Muslim lives, Muslim and Palestinian Christian lives, given the incredible asymmetry in casualties? And I've been asked that. I want to give you a chance to respond to that.
BLINKEN: No, period. For me, I think for so many of us, what we're seeing every single day in Gaza is gut-wrenching. And the suffering we're seeing among innocent men, women, and children breaks my heart. The question is:  What is to be done? We've made judgments about how we thought we could be most effective in trying to shape this in ways to get more humanitarian assistance to people, to get better protections, and minimize civilian casualties.

And at every step along the way, not only have we impressed upon Israel its responsibilities to do that, we've seen some progress in areas where absent our engagement I don't believe it would have happened. So there are a lot of—there are dogs that didn't bark. But that in no way, shape—way, shape, or form takes away from the tragedy that we've seen and continue to see. It's why we're at it relentlessly every single day. And all I can tell you, Tom, is just on a purely human level it's devastating, but it reinforces the conviction and the commitment to do two things: to do everything we can in this moment using our best judgment—and of course, we could be wrong about the judgments we're making—but to try to make a difference in the day-in, day-out.

But it also reinforces my conviction that there has to be— and there is—another way that answers Israel's most profound concerns and questions. Israelis have to live with security. They can't have a repeat of October 7th.  No country would accept a repeat of October 7th.

And I think not by way of justification but just by way of explanation, it's hard to overstate the psychological impact on the country as a whole of what happened on that day. And there are large swaths of the world—going back to one of the first things you said—where information technology, information environments [!] have been used and abused in such a way that large numbers of people don't believe October 7th actually happened.

"holocaust denial"
They don't believe that Hamas ["NAZIs"] slaughtered men, women, and children, that it executed parents in front of their kids, that it executed kids in front of their parents, that it burned families alive. They don't believe it. And so of course, especially with that, everything that followed is even worse.

Here's what it comes down to, in my judgment. I think the biggest poison that we face around the world internally in our societies and externally in our relations with others is dehumanization—the inability to see the humanity in the other. And that applies in every direction. And when that happens, you get so hardened that you're willing to do and accept things that you wouldn't if the humanity of the other was front and center in your conscience.

So one of our challenges is to fight that dehumanization, to find ways to defuse it, to take that poison out.  And that's also a function of leadership.  We need leaders around the world who see that, understand that, and are prepared to act on that.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 09:51:08 PM EST
Blinken said there was a "new equation" in the Middle East in which Israel's Arab and Muslim neighbors were prepared to integrate Israel into the region but they were equally committed to a pathway to a Palestinian state.

Is Antony quoting form the 2002 Arab States Peace Initiative for Palestine? So many deaths and anguish throughout the Middle East should have been prevented.

Words won't cut it anymore Joe ... reality on the ground has shifted to "no options available". Each day of bombing, will make even a ceasefire impossible. Netanyahu is willing to sit this one out for a full year 2024.

The so-called "Abraham Accords" was a farce from A to Z. Jared Kushner design ... filled with corruption??

Gifting the Golan Heights to Israel, the Western Sahara to Morocco and release Sudan of their debt and sanctions occurred for Al Qaeda support. The UAE? Just an unbelievable corrupt group of states that care not for the Palestinian cause. One condition for signing was end expansion of settlement building. What a farce.

Darfur Genocide and Arabian Militias

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 01:27:21 AM EST
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state.gov | Terrorist Designation of the Houthis (17.01.24)
The Houthis must be held accountable for their actions, but it should not be at the expense of Yemeni civilians. ...Today's announced action is being taken pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, which targets terrorists, terrorist organizations, leaders of terrorist groups, and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism. Ansarallah is being designated for having committed or attempted to commit, posing a significant risk of committing, or having participated in training to commit acts of terrorism that threaten the security of United States nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. This designation and the associated general licenses will be effective on February 16, 2024.

by Cat on Wed Jan 17th, 2024 at 11:41:02 PM EST
whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator For Strategic Kirby-content, 18 Jan
KIRBY:  Good afternoon, everybody.

Look, as you all saw, United States today designated the Houthis as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Group. We took this action because of their continued reckless and indiscriminate attacks on ships transiting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These attacks are a clear example of terrorism, violation of international law, and a major threat to innocent lives and to global commerce.

Now, just a couple of points. First, today's designation targets the Houthis, not the Yemeni people.

no relation to Israel-Hamas (not the Palestinian people) "infrastructure of violence" war
The United States remains the world's leading donor of humanitarian assistance for Yemen. We recognize that more than 15 million people in Yemen are still in desperate need of food, water, and medicine. And we are taking a range of steps to ensure that these sanctions preserve the ability of aid organizations to be able to deliver all those much-needed supplies.

Second, this designation takes effect 30 days from now.  And the reason for that is it'll give us time to work closely with those aid organizations to make sure that they understand all the ramifications of this designation, answer all their questions, and be able to provide enough context for them to have a measure of assurance as they continue to provide that humanitarian assistance.

whitehouse.gov | Remarks by President Biden Before Marine One Departure (18.01.24)
Q What do you make of these attacks between Iran and Pakistan?
BIDEN: As you can see, Iran is not particularly well-liked in the region.
Q Are the airstrikes in Yemen working?
BIDEN: Well, when you say "working," are they stopping the Houthis? No. Are they going to continue?  Yes.
Now, look, if the Houthis cease the attacks, we can certainly reconsider this designation.  If they don't, as the President said, we will not hesitate to take further actions to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce.

With that—

Operation Prosperity Guardian unauthorized use of force continues!
by Cat on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 05:54:03 PM EST
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thecradle | Yemen pledges safe transit for Russian, Chinese vessels in Red Sea, 19 Jan
...Sea-Intelligence, an ocean supply chain advisory firm, has said that Yemen's operations in the Red Sea have been more damaging to the global supply chain than the COVID-19 pandemic was....
oh? Lemme google thatby Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 04:45:22 PM EST
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bloomberg | Ship Crews to Get Double Money Hazzard Pay to Go Through Red Sea, 19 Jan
"Nautilus International, which represents more than 20,000 crew, said the agreement will apply from Friday and has been extended from a previous recommendation that only covered vessels with links to Israel."
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 08:12:13 AM EST
In America its over the top violent society got rid of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy as a Kissinger reached the age of 100 years. Israel got rid of Yitzak Rabin and either assassinate Palestinian leaders or imprisons them along with over 6,000 citizens of occupied Palestinian territory.

Free Marwan Barghouti
... Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 NOW ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 08:22:03 AM EST
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The decision of the ICJ will not be political but purely interpretation of International law agreed by the global community after WWII based on the criminal acts of Nazi Germany and extermination of Jews in the Holocaust. As I said before, the Gaza massacre will forever be a footnote in history books. No one else but the leaders of the Jewish State of Israel to have tarnished the memories of six million victims. No military should specifically target civilians during wars ... the 21sr Century is a continuation of the previous 100 years of war crimes. Ceasefire NOW ... STOP WARS and do diplomacy what you are hired for Antony Blinken. Biden murderer just like Johnson before him.

The Vietnam War was perpetrated with clear war crimes just as the Iraq War. Exceptionalism of America and Israel is impunity of their crimes ... is this the future and NWO? We don't want it Joe ... get out now and drop-out for re-election.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 08:37:03 AM EST

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War on Gaza: Hostage's mother says he was poisoned by Israeli army in tunnel | MEE |

The army said it found the bodies of the abductees in a Hamas tunnel in Jabaliya, near the site where Ahmed Jarandor, commander of Hamas' northern brigade, had been killed a month earlier. IDF claimed that it was not aware of the hostages' location when they struck the tunnel Jarandor was in.

Mask of lies

Maayan disputes this claim, saying army Major General Rasan Alian told her they were aware of her son's location at any given moment.

She called the army's latest statement "another lie in the mask of lies".  

See post about the Hannibal Directive

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 18th, 2024 at 04:37:23 PM EST
cnn | Netanyahu's apparent rejection of a post-war Palestinian state adds to tensions with Biden administration, 17 Jan
..."In any future arrangement ... Israel needs security control all territory west of Jordan. This clashes with the idea of (Palestinian) sovereignty. What can you do?" he told a news conference in Tel Aviv when asked about reports that he told American officials he opposes the idea of Palestinian sovereignty. "This conflict is not about the absence of a (Palestinian) state but about the existence of a state, the Jewish state," Netanyahu also said....
cnbc | Netanyahu says he has told U.S. he opposes Palestinian state in any postwar scenario, 18 Jan
...[Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] said Israel "must have security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River," adding: "That collides with the idea of sovereignty. What can we do?"

"This truth I tell to our American friends, and I put the brakes on the attempt to coerce us to a reality that would endanger the state of Israel," he said....

voa | White House Dismisses Netanyahu's Opposition to Palestinian Statehood
...National Security Council spokesman John Kirby brushed off the remark.

"This is not a new comment by Prime Minister Netanyahu. We obviously see it differently," he said to reporters Thursday onboard Air Force One. "We believe that the Palestinians have every right to live in an independent state with peace and security."...

whitehouse.gov | Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton and NSC Coordinator for Strategic KIRBY-content En Route Morrisville, NC, 18 Jan
Q Do you have any reaction to Netanyahu rejecting a Palestinian state in a post-war scenario for Gaza?
KIRBY:  I would just tell you that nothing has changed about President Biden's desire that a two-state solution is really in the best interest of not only the Israeli people but—but, of course, the Palestinian people. In fact, it's in the best interest of the region. And we're not going to stop working towards that goal.

This is—this is not a new comment by Prime Minister Netanyahu. We obviously see it differently.  We believe that the Palestinians have every right to live in an independent state with peace and security. And the President and his team is going to continue to work on that.

Obviously, the focus right now is making sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself against Hamas and—and that humanitarian aid and assistance continue to get to the desperate people of—of Gaza. But there's going to be a post-conflict Gaza. And we have been exceedingly clear about what we want to see that look like. And we want governance in Gaza that's representative of the aspirations of the Palestinian people, that they have a vote and a voice in what that looks like and that there's no re-occupation of Gaza.
Q But what reason do you have to believe that he's not actively working against that outcome, if that's his view?

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ChatGPT | Biden: Two-state solution still possible with Netanyahu in power, 19 Jan
President Joe Biden on Friday said he believed a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians could still happen even with the current Israeli government in power.

"No it's not," he said, when asked if he thought such an outcome was impossible with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his post.
Biden's comments came after he spoke with Netanyahu on phone for the first time in nearly a month about the ongoing war in Gaza and the potential for a post-war Palestinian state. The president nodded when asked if Netanyahu's rejection of creating an independent Palestinian nation came up on the call. The White House contended that the timing of the call was coincidental.

INSERT: Sen. Chris Van Ho's conditions for delivery of US "military aid" to Israel
Israel has the capabilities that it needs and that continues, but also urging them at every turn, to be more precise, more targeted, more deliberate with respect to civilian harm, urging the increase in humanitarian aid assistance, and of course, trying to get another humanitarian laws in place so we can do a hostage deal," Kirby said, arguing that at the U.S.'s urging, Israel has transitioned to lower intensity operations and increased the flow of humanitarian assistance.
the problem AND the solution!
Kirby also said Biden and Netanyahu also discussed ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining hostages being held by Hamas, as well as operations to increase humanitarian assistance to Gaza "while keeping the military pressure on Hamas and its leaders significantly."
ChatGPT | UPDATE 3-Israeli strike on Damascus kills four Iranian Revolutionary Guards, 20 Jan
"There was no immediate comment from Israel, which has long pursued a bombing campaign against Iran-linked targets in Syria."

irishtimes | Israel drops leaflets seeking hostages as air strikes on Gaza continue, 20 Jan

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Saturday while its aircraft dropped leaflets on the southern area of Rafah urging Palestinians seeking refuge there to help locate hostages held by Hamas, residents said. The Gaza health ministry said Israeli strikes have killed 165 people and wounded 280 others in the past 24 hours, one of the biggest death tolls in a single day in 2024.
enc: Reuters 1-minute video clip
NETANYAHOO: Those who talk about the day after Netanyahu are actually talking about the establishment of a Palestinian state with the Palestinian Authority, this is actually what they are saying. And I want to tell you, today is not the day after Netanyahu, it is the day after the majority of Israeli citizens. For 30 years I have been very consistent, and I say a simple thing: This conflict is not about the absence of a state, a Palestinian state, but the existence of a state, a Jewish state. Therefore, I clarify that in any arrangement in the foreseeable future, with an accord or without an accord, the state of Israel must have security control over the entire territory west of the Jordan River. That's a necessary condition. It clashes with the principle of sovereignty, what can you do? I tell this truth to our American friends, and I also stopped the attempt to impose a reality on us that would harm Israel's security. A prime minister in Israel should be able to say no even to our best friends, say no when necessary and say yes when possible.
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NETANYAHOO just defined the goal of Zionism ... erase the Palestinian people [Nakba 2.0] so that Israelites can survive ... in biblical terms of course, not in the reality of today.

The Jewish people have come a long way from the time of Moses, bondage in Egypt, let my people go to cross the Red Sea in a miraculous way ... stranded for 40 years (?) in the desert ... Golden Calf ... destruction of G-d's Ten Commandments (great film btw) ... before entering Palestinian territory ... ehh the Promised Land of course. Wasn't destiny Mesopotamia ... oh whatever. Other tribes are living there.

The scholar was his dad ... Benzion Netanyahu ... religious leader in time of Jewish terror against the British occupier. A history of 5,000 years survival ... the Evangelists in America are hopeful the slaughter in Gaza is a sign of the second coming of Christ ... who else that would be than Donald Trump 😊 😊

Zionist Amalek Meets Christian Magog

G-d not only punishes sinners like LGBT and gay people, black people in case of a hurricane, G-d punishes Palestinians too in the promised land.

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What is third-party intervention at the ICJ? | DW News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 11:32:07 PM EST
almayadeen | Mexico, Chile submit case to ICC against Israeli crimes in Gaza, 17 Jan
...Mexico and Chile filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday, requesting that it probe crimes committed against Palestinians....
Evidently, no one told them that the ICC prosecutor opened an "investigation" in 2015 or that an alleged (state or individual) offender (Hello, PUTIN!) need not be signatory of the Rome Statute.

newarab | Indonesia, Slovenia back further ICJ proceedings against Israel, 19 Jan

Both countries say that they will be joining [ICJ] proceedings that seek an advisory opinion on Israel's control of, and policies, on the occupied Palestinian territory.
archive Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, A/RES/77/247
application submitted 2023
hearing 19 Feb 2024
The UN General Assembly voted in December 2022 to request that the ICJ issue an advisory opinion on whether Israeli policies ["and practices" including elements of genocide] against Palestinians violated international laws.
Slovenia said it would take part in the hearing due to take place in February. Ljubljana [gov.SI] said that Israel's war on Gaza and increased Israeli violence in the occupied West Bank were the reasons for its decision to take part in the action.

"This is a very broad spectrum of alleged violations that have been committed in the region for decades and whose horrific consequences are still visible today," Slovenian foreign minister Tanja Fajon said at a press conference.
Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will deliver a statement for the February proceedings. Marsudi is gathering input from international law experts to prepare for this statement, her ministry said.

by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 02:25:41 AM EST
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University of Valladolid honorary ChatPHD. Israel funded Hamas to undermine Palestine.
by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 03:33:41 PM EST
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Borrell outlines 10-point peace plan to end Israel-Palestine [Israel-Hamas] conflict,
20 Jan non-paper (meaning, no document leak)

As described, does not resemble Zelensk*'s masterful 10-point "peace plan" in any respect but (a) excluding principal adversary from talks and (b) arranging an international "peace conference"—in this case, producing normal relations with the Arab world instead of "the whole world".

by Cat on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 11:12:47 PM EST
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Career politician Mark Rutte doing his utmost to become next NATO SG ... proxy wars, clear pro-Israel bias, lapdog of US presidents ...

Rebellious Dutch to Reject ICJ Ruling on Gaza Genocide

I'm sick to my stomach of the far-right majority in Dutch politics.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 06:34:51 PM EST
Do not always agree with author @TikunOlam ...

My analysis high stakes kabuki theatre 😊

As Israel Plans Gaza Ethnic Cleansing, US Says No
December 3, 2023 at 3:06 AM

White-washing war crimes by the White House, U.S. Congress, the EU and Arab States ... all rhetoric, only President Biden has the power to change this event ... and he is not willing to do so. As I wrote a day ago: "Netanyahu Tells Biden Fu*k Off" ... renewed bombing of vengeance and pulled negotiators out of Doha. So very similar to the year 2014, 2021 and even May 2023. American policy of hypocrisy.

Netanyahu vows no Palestinian state, attacks Israeli media, denies blindsiding Gallant

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:00:17 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:01:00 PM EST
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No room for Christians as there was no room for Joseph and Mary with child. Shortly thereafter they fled to Egypt.

I can imagine as soon as the cameras are turned off ... Bibi LHAO

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:01:58 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 07:02:49 PM EST
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Progressive blog of Democrats ... incomprehensible 😥

Can Israelis Ever Believe in Two-States Again?

Living outside the realm of reality ... bad, very bad.

Peace Process between Israelis, Palestinians Entering Critical Period, Concerted Action Vital to Salvage Two-State Solution | 23 Jan. 2013 |

Related reading ...

Israel and the Palestinians: From the Two-State Solution to Five Failed "States" | CSIS - 26 May 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 20th, 2024 at 11:33:42 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 07:42:53 PM EST

CNN Cable News, Media and 'Journalism'

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 07:43:34 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 21st, 2024 at 11:48:44 PM EST
axios | Israel proposes 2-month fighting pause in Gaza for release of all hostages, 22 Jan non-paper
Israel has given Hamas a proposal through Qatari and Egyptian mediators that includes up to two months of a pause in the fighting as part of a multi-phase deal that would include the release of all remaining hostages [dead and alive] held in Gaza, two Israeli officials said.
• President Biden's adviser Brett McGurk travelled to Egypt on Sunday and will continue to Qatar afterward for talks aimed at making progress in the negotiations to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas.
• Qatari and Egyptian mediators have been trying for weeks to bridge the gaps between the parties in order to make progress towards a deal.
• U.S. officials told Axios that reaching such an agreement might be the only path that could lead to a ceasefire in Gaza.

Two Israeli officials said the Israeli war cabinet approved ten days ago the parameters of a new proposal for a hostage deal, which are different [!] from past aspects of deals rejected by Hamas and more forward-leaning [!] than previous Israeli proposals.

• Israeli officials said they are waiting for a response from Hamas but stressed they are cautiously optimistic about the ability to make progress in the coming days.
• According to the proposal, the deal would include the release of all remaining hostages who are alive and the return of the bodies of dead hostages in several phases. The first phase would see the release of women, men over the age of 60 years old and hostages who are in critical medical condition, the officials said.
• The next phases would include the release of female soldiers, men under the age of 60 years old who are not soldiers, Israeli male soldiers, and the bodies of hostages.

archive the pause concept has entered the room.
by Cat on Tue Jan 23rd, 2024 at 12:29:06 PM EST
Fully aware that other violations in occupied Palestine have been under [ICC] investigation, have been pending since 2018. With no clear way forward in sight."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 09:42:25 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 09:44:56 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 09:51:44 PM EST
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South Africa expects ICJ judgment on Israeli genocide in Gaza on Friday: Report | News24 |

South Africa expects the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule this Friday on whether it will grant emergency measures to stop the Israeli genocidal campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip, a report says.

News website News24, citing two sources close to the matter, reported on Wednesday that a South African government delegation had touched down in The Hague in anticipation of the judgment.

South Africa's justice ministry spokesperson Chrispin Phiri, however, in a social media post on X said: "We do not have an official communication from the court as to when the judgment will be delivered."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 09:52:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 09:54:53 PM EST
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South Africa's genocide case against Israel is imperfect but persuasive.

What proceeds from the headline is nothing more than restatement of Mr Shaw's irrational arguments, irrelevant citations, and conspicuous omissions of ICJ case law brief as it is, the UN Charter rights and obligations of states, and bogus "humanitarian" laws of armed conflict between states as well as "non-state actors" a/k/a Lemki "civilians" excluding "terrorists", possibly known and unknown common criminals acting in concert or not such as heads of state constituting the Price Cap Coalition.

[SHAW:] (iii) Intent
30. We have shown that one element of Article IX, that of the need to demonstrate the existence of a dispute as understood by the Court in the light of its case law, is lacking. The second element concerns the question as to whether the acts complained of by the applicant can be seen as falling within the provisions of the Convention. The Court has noted that only at the merits stage can it be determined whether the provisions in question of the Convention have been violated. To accomplish this, the necessary specific "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such" has to be proved. However, this cannot be read as a complete rejection of consideration of the intent criterion for current purposes. The Court in the Myanmar [2023] case noted that a finding of violations at the merits stage "notably depends" on the existence of intent 56.
Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) - Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (jointly), and the Maldives file declarations of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Statute
"Notably", not exclusively.
48. The key component of genocide the intention to destroy a people in whole or in part is totally lacking. What Israel seeks by operating in Gaza is not to destroy a people, but to protect a people, its people, who are under attack on multiple fronts, and to do so in accordance with the law, even as it faces a heartless enemy determined to use that very commitment against it.
[ROTH:] Genocide, as defined in a widely ratified treaty, has essentially two elements. First, an offender must commit certain acts against a targeted group such as "killing" or "deliberately inflicting ... conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part". Second, these acts must be committed with genocidal intent, meaning an "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such". Both parts of the crime were deeply contested by the lawyers in The Hague.

But such is the illiterate comprehension of one among many illiterates who valorize the palimpsest, or "variable geometry," of their mythical magna carta, "romano-british" imperial prerogatives and business needs, sumptuous prorogations, TEU exemptions and Withdrawal Acts, and AND unauthorized use of force, 11 Jan to present.

US, UK do. not. do. international law.

As for "protective steps for Palestinian civilians", the foregoing principle of US, UK  holds true, too. These states will not accept the jurisdiction, interpretation, or orders of the ICJ.

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 03:39:25 PM EST
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duly noted 24 Jan
BUDAPEST (Sputnik) - The verdict of the International Court of Justice on South Africa's lawsuit against Israel will be given within a week and sent to the UN Security Council for execution, Palestinian Ambassador in Budapest Fadi Elhusseini told Sputnik.

Palestine hopes that the decision, which is expected to be announced within a week will be in its favor, the ambassador said, adding that it will then be sent to the UN Security Council for execution and that the US is likely to veto the execution of the court's decision.

by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 03:51:03 PM EST
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It's that time of the year AGAIN!
The Military Intervention Project and CRS,"Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2023 (41st edition)

ChatGPT | What History Says About Biden's Godam, Godgiven Power to Strike Back Against the Houthis, 24 Jan

Is a United States president, in his capacity as commander-in-chief, authorized to order military strikes against a foreign enemy, or must he first seek congressional approval?
During the Constitutional Convention in 1787 [tl;dr Journal of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789], the framers debated how to allocate military and war powers among the branches of government. Some, like Pierce Butler of South Carolina, thought that power should lie with the president, while most others, including Elbridge Gerry [tl;dr "Continental privateers"], "never expected to hear in a Republic a motion to empower the Executive alone to declare war." (Emphasis added.) Reflecting this consensus, James Madison successfully moved to change a draft sentence that empowered Congress to "make" war to language empowering it to "declare" war—the implication* being that "the Executive should be able to repel and not commence, war," in the words of Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman.

This understanding prevailed in the early years of the new republic. In 1793 President George Washington informed the governor of South Carolina that he intended to launch an "offensive expedition" against the Creek Nation*, but only if Congress first determined "that measure to be proper and necessary. The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after [Congress] shall have deliberated on the subject, and authorized such a measure." Washington chose his words carefully, placing emphasis on "offensive." Implicit in his formulation was the widely shared belief that a president could undertake a defensive expedition when national security* interests demanded it. Such was the framework* that Thomas Jefferson inherited when he became president in 1801 2002.

For [hundreds of] years, the Barbary States* of North Africa, comprising Morocco*, Algiers*, Tunis*, and Tripoli*, received steady "tributes"—in reality, bribes*—from Britain [!] and France [!] to refrain from seizing ["immobilising"? freezing?] their ships and crews. It worked well for the great powers [tl;dr "The Cromwellian Protectorate and the languages of empire"], which saw seized smaller rivals like Denmark or Italian city-states effectively excluded from Mediterranean trade [FALSE] , given their inability to match these tributes [sic]. When they were British colonies, the fledgling United States enjoyed the protection of their mother country Britain. But now, as a small, independent nation, the U.S. ran the risk of losing its ships to Barbary pirates States, who captured and enslaved [imprisoned] U.S. crews throughout the 1780s and 1790s.

Under Washington and his immediate successor, John ["Sedition Act"] Adams, the U.S. shifted its policy several times, at one point appropriating $1.25 million annually—roughly one quarter of the national budget— to pay off Barbary pirates States' tolls, while also authorizing the construction of Naval ships capable of protecting American sailors. Some Republicans* (though not Jefferson) looked askance at Federalist * proposals to build a standing Navy with new taxes, but both parties generally supported the dual-track approach. Jefferson initially preferred fighting to bribing, but he came to the realization that the new nation simply lacked the resources to arm itself sufficiently and supported negotiated payoffs [sic] to secure American shipping rights*.

* catalogue of anachronism
Of course, Congress isn't toothless. Jayapal and Greene could always legislate and either convince their colleagues to authorize force or pass a resolution disapproving it (though it's not clear this would be binding). That, however, would require an almost evenly divided Congress to do its job, and as anyone following [European-]American politics in 2024 1492-2024 surely knows, the suggestion is itself risible.

Luckily, President Biden has history on his side.

US, UK do. not. do. international law.
by Cat on Thu Jan 25th, 2024 at 06:05:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 08:58:25 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 26th, 2024 at 11:35:06 PM EST
Day of Liberation of Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was officially proclaimed International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.


From my diary Auschwitz

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 31st, 2024 at 08:21:09 PM EST

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