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Dutch NATO PM Rutte and Extrajudicial Killings In Gaza

by Oui Thu Apr 25th, 2024 at 11:01:24 AM EST

US OKs 2,000-lb. bombs, F-35 fighter jets to Israel | JNS |

But top American general stresses that Israel has not "received everything they've asked for" to fight Gaza war.

Dutch government to appeal court order to halt export of F-35 jet parts to Israel | Al Jazeera - 12 Feb. 2024 |

Leak of confidential Israel memo sparks outrage in Dutch parliament | EurActiv - 15 Nov 2023 |

The leak of a confidential memo from the Dutch embassy in Israel, in which Israel is accused of using `disproportionate force' against civilians in Gaza to showcase military strength, has sparked outrage among left-wing Dutch lawmakers, with a plethora of MPs calling for a parliamentary debate on the issue.

The leaked memo, which was written by the embassy's defence attaché and reported on by NRC on Monday, describes how the Israeli army is "intent on deliberately causing massive destruction to infrastructure and civilian centres" in Gaza while also lacking a realistically feasible strategy to reach its purported goal of eradicating terrorist group Hamas, which the attaché calls "virtually impossible". [EPA-EFE/HAITHAM IMAD]

The memo states that Israel's brutal conduct attempts to "showcase credible military force to show Iran and its proxies [such as Hezbollah] that they will stop at nothing" - a strategy which increases the probability of a wider regional conflict, the attaché fears.

The leak sparked considerable outrage among centre-left and left lawmakers, many of whom have long been calling on the country's caretaker cabinet to advocate for a ceasefire for humanitarian aid to reach civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Dutch cabinet in hot water following revelations of continued F-35 deliveries to Israel | EurActiv - 8 Nov 2023 |

Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot (CDA/EPP) and Foreign Trade Minister Liesje Schreinemacher (VVD/Renew) were informed about an Israeli order of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets in mid-October, shortly after the deadly Hamas attacks, according to sources from within the ministry, as revealed in an investigation conducted by NRC and published Tuesday.

Despite officials within the Foreign Ministry warning about delivering the spare parts to Israel, citing possible "serious violations of the humanitarian law of war", notably in the Gaza Strip, the two ministers dismissed the warnings and greenlighted the export.

By greenlighting the export, the Dutch wished to maintain good relations both with Israel and the US, with the latter counting on the country to fulfil its role as a hub for F-35 spare parts, the NRC found.  The Netherlands harbours one of three global distribution centres for F-35 spare parts in the town of Woensdrecht.

Questioned by NRC, the Foreign Ministry said that the cabinet is discussing whether to submit "specific deliveries" within the F-35 programme to "extra controls".

Both "the Israeli right to self-defence" and "the risk of violations of international humanitarian law" would be considered during these supplementary assessments, it added.

The revelations were met with outcry from Dutch lawmakers and law professors.

"Despite warnings, [the cabinet] still supplies [fighter jet] parts to Israel because "afraid of damage" to the relationship with Israel and the US. Unbelievable," Socialist lawmaker Jasper van Dijk (SP/EU Left) posted on X, asking why the "extra controls" were only announced after the media's coverage of the issue.

Meanwhile, Liesbeth Zegveld, Professor of International Law at the University of Amsterdam, more or less directly accused the Dutch government of contributing to war crimes.

PAX - Oxfam Novib - Amnesty Int'l Won Dutch Court Decision F35 Spare Parts

Historic decision in The Hague ...

Court Decision: The Netherlands has to stop the export of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel

After ban, (Dutch) government is looking for other ways to supply F-35 parts to Israel

Dutch easing from Racist to Fascist in a Generation

The parliamentary majority supports my motion calling on the government to do everything possible to resume the supply of F35 parts to Israel as quickly as possible.

Christian-Zionist SGP Party who invites Israeli hasbara speakers to tell the story of the Jewish State ... just like bible lessons on a Sunday.

Diederik van Dijk

Dutch SGP party: Reformed Political Party (Dutch: Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, is a conservative Calvinist political party in the Netherlands. The term Reformed is not a reference to political reform but is a synonym for Calvinism--a major branch of Protestantism.

Of course there is an American branch ... Dutch Protestant Reformed in Holland Michigan ☹

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Israel Prepares Rafah Evacuation With Help From US, Egypt - New Tent City Erected | Gulf Insider |

The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed report adds that the Egyptian Red Crescent has been readying camps in Khan Yunis over the past few months in preparation for the displacement of Palestinians from Rafah. Satellite images obtained by AP this week reportedly show a new tent compound near Khan Yunis.

In February, it was reported that Egypt built a security zone in the Sinai near the border with Rafah. Many speculated at the time that the security zone would aid Israeli plans to push Rafah's population into the Sinai desert. Egypt's State Information Service said on February 17 that the zone is a logistics hub on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border, which will be used to deliver aid into Gaza.

Israeli army radio reported that Tel Aviv is now expanding a designated "humanitarian zone" that will "accommodate around one million people." It said field hospitals have also been set up in the area. Army radio added that the zone will extend from Al-Mawasi on Gaza's southern coast towards Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 25th, 2024 at 04:17:15 PM EST
news.un.org | Mass graves in Gaza show victims' hands were tied, says UN rights office, 23 Apr
The development follows the recovery of hundreds of bodies "buried deep in the ground and covered with waste" over the weekend at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, central Gaza, and at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City in the north. A total of 283 bodies were recovered at Nasser Hospital, of which 42 were identified....
cnn | UN demands investigation after mass graves found at Gaza hospitals raided by Israel, 24 Apr
..."Given the prevailing climate of impunity, this should include international investigators," [UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker] Türk said. "Hospitals are entitled to very special protection under international humanitarian law. And the intentional killing of civilians, detainees, and others who are hors de combat is a war crime," he added, referring to non-combatants.

A mass grave with 324 bodies was uncovered this week at the Nasser Medical Complex in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis by Gaza Civil Defense workers following the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area....

jpost.com | Palestinian authorities seek probe into mass graves at Gaza hospitals, 25 Apr
...The Israeli military said claims by Palestinian authorities that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had buried the bodies were "baseless and unfounded." It said forces searching for Israeli hostages had examined bodies previously buried by Palestinians near Nasser hospital and had returned them after they had been examined.

"The examination was conducted in a careful manner and exclusively in places where intelligence indicated the possible presence of hostages. The examination was carried out respectfully while maintaining the dignity of the deceased," it said in a statement....

by Cat on Thu Apr 25th, 2024 at 06:39:58 PM EST
My recent writings on the Gaza atrocities ... unimaginable, people of the human race are in a mindset of such a slaughter ... this is not a liberal democracy, but blind hate founded in stupendous religious fanaticism ... only America could have stopped the genocide ... once again they not only failed but were complicit in the act by providing unlimited lethal weapons, systems and aircraft ... gross failure too of the European Commission with former German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen as leader. 🔥 🔥 🔥

Pure terrorism of the worst kind with unlimited military might decimating a civilian population ... HATE written all of the wall.

Latest entry posted today ...

Is the ICC Anti-Semitic

A neighbour said he rescued what seems to be the only surviving family member , a young girl hanging from a balcony of a destroyed appartement building, after an Israeli attack on the Abu Taha family in Rafah, which killed at least five people.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2024 at 05:53:26 PM EST

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