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Accused of War Crimes, ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants

by Oui Mon May 20th, 2024 at 12:43:15 PM EST

Both Hamas leader Sinwar and Benjamin Netanyahu long time leader of the Jewish State of Israel and the Zionists to claim all of the Palestinian land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

So United States of America, your good friend and ally finally ends up with some notoriety in The Hague ... such a shame friend and ally Mark Rutte will not be there to welcome you. Bastards.


Statement of ICC Prosecutor Karim A.A. Khan KC: Applications for arrest warrants in the situation in the State of Palestine

Today I am filing applications for warrants of arrest before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court in the Situation in the State of Palestine.

On the basis of evidence collected and examined by my Office, I have reasonable grounds to believe that Yahya SINWAR (Head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (“Hamas”) in the Gaza Strip), Mohammed Diab Ibrahim AL-MASRI, more commonly known as DEIF (Commander-in-Chief of the military wing of Hamas, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades), and Ismail HANIYEH (Head of Hamas Political Bureau) bear criminal responsibility for the following war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of Israel and the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 7 October 2023: 

  • Extermination as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(b) of the Rome Statute;
  • Murder as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(a), and as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i);
  • Taking hostages as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(iii);
  • Rape and other acts of sexual violence as crimes against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(g), and also as war crimes pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(vi) in the context of captivity;
  • Torture as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(1)(f), and also as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity;
  • Other inhumane acts as a crime against humanity, contrary to article 7(l)(k), in the context of captivity;
  • Cruel treatment as a war crime contrary to article 8(2)(c)(i), in the context of captivity; and
  • Outrages upon personal dignity as a war crime, contrary to article 8(2)(c)(ii), in the context of captivity.

My Office submits that the war crimes alleged in these applications were committed in the context of an international armed conflict between Israel and Palestine, and a non-international armed conflict between Israel and Hamas running in parallel. We submit that the crimes against humanity charged were part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population of Israel by Hamas and other armed groups pursuant to organisational policies. Some of these crimes, in our assessment, continue to this day.

Explain complicity in Palestinian genocide … the end of decades of lies, false narrative and impunity for colonial wars across the Middle East … we know which leaders across Europe are complicit … no more pleasure in bestiality.

End the Abu Ghraibs of the US and Israeli states of terror … so damn ugly, dehumanization of your adversary always leads to genocide … or another “Holocaust.”

Is the ICC Anti-Semitic | 29 April 2024 |

Israel’s “most moral” armed forces placed in the garbage bin of history … institutionalized killing fields not seen since previous genocides of Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, and quite unfortunately the Nazi war crimes judged by the Nuremberg tribunal … the United States and Israel next to Putin, Saddam Hussein and Bashar Al Assad. The established post World War II International Order of Law and Justice to punish genocide … NEVER AGAIN‼️

I repeat myself multiple times … the UN Charter stipulates the 190+ member states need to work for peace … the European Union 🇪🇺 followed NATO - Canada 🇨🇦 - UK 🇬🇧 - U.S. 🇺🇸 … in stupid wars of conquest for whatever reason … the United Nations has sovereignty of states as primary right to establish your own form of government … STOP WARS NOW ‼️

Israeli president slams ICC prosecutor’s move | JNS |

Isaac Herzog has called Khan’s announcement “beyond outrageous” and argued that it shows “the extent to which the international judicial system is in danger of collapsing”.

The Israeli president alleged the ICC prosecutor had acted in “bad faith” and his decision violated “all the basic rules of the court according to the principle of complementarity and other legal norms”.

Photo would be fine as mugshot for EuroPol. Damn Dutch with colonial history and endemic racism would need some soul searching … damn Mark Rutte - Dilan Yesilgöz - Geert Wilders and many more in the fundamental Christian corner. Inhumane and their silence is deafening.

What a beautiful day to demand responsibility … at last

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We haven't seen the likes of the Hague Tribunal since Nazi propaganda. The Nazis also spoke in the name of "morality" even then there was nothing there but good old antisemitism as we have experienced in all generations. Haters of Israel come and go, Israel's eternity will not lie.

These arrest warrants will be the last nail in the dismantling of a house...

Recent fascist rhetoric from Smotrich … Netanyahu’s choice for a shortcut to the Zionist Dream … ethnic cleansing of all Palestinians living inside Eretz Yisrael.

Smotrich protested, the Chief of Staff ignored his outcry: after the storm - these are the new appointments in the IDF | Hayom Israel |

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nypost | Rep. Elise Stefanik demands sanctions on 'illegitimate' ICC over Netanyahu arrest warrant bid, 20 May
"Congress must pass my bill with Congressman Chip Roy, the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act, that will punish those in the ICC that made this baseless undemocratic decision."
by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 06:07:28 PM EST
Absurdity Dutch Corporate News

The ICC statement not even covered in many media outlets and where there is a brief article, it's the Voice of Israel, the perpetrator of Gaza Genocide.

The long arch of Justice despite the worst perpetrator of war crimes and crimes against humanitarian law in the 21st Century ... The United States of America complicit ... STFU ... no credibility left in the global community.

Dutch journalism devoid from any self reflection ... living in the right-wing bubble of The Hague politics ... 14 years under Mark Rutte ... army of PR crew and a battle group to offer legal short cuts or just a memory lapse. Faileed in taking responsibility.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 07:06:36 PM EST
whitehouse.gov | Statement from Genocide Joe on the Warrant Applications by the International Criminal Court, 20 May
The ICC prosecutor's application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous. And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence—none—between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.  
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by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 07:10:09 PM EST
Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meetings in Israel, 20 May
Today in Israel, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Leader of the Opposition Yair Lapid, Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, Chief of Defense Herzi Halevi, and War Cabinet members Benny Gantz and Gadi Eizenkot to discuss the situation in Gaza and the United States' unwavering support for Israel. Mr. Sullivan emphasized the imperative to further surge assistance throughout Gaza, using all available crossings including Rafah, Erez East, Erez West, and the multinational humanitarian maritime corridor.  
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Mr. Sullivan also discussed the importance of Israel and Egypt concluding talks to reopen the Rafah crossing as soon as possible, and the need for Egypt to ensure the continued flow of humanitarian assistance through Kerem Shalom.
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In his meetings with Mr. Gantz, Mr. Eisenkot and separately with Mr. Lapid, Mr. Sullivan reiterated the US commitment to see Hamas defeated, all hostages released, and the opportunity available for Israel to secure its future and people through A MOAR INTEGRATED MIDDLE EAST REGION.
Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meeting with Palestinian Officials, 20 May
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They also discussed the new PA government's reform agenda and the importance of the international community providing financial support to enable this new government to succeed. Mr. Sullivan finally commended the efforts of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain stability in the West Bank.  
Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Meetings in Saudi Arabia and Israel, 19 May combo meal
Today in Jerusalem, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Isaac Herzog, National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi, Minister for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer, and convened a modified U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group (SCG) [est'd. 11.03.21] meeting to discuss the war in Gaza, including ongoing diplomacy to secure the release of all the hostages and our shared objective for the enduring defeat of Hamas [FKA "enduring calm"].

Mr. Sullivan arrived in Israel from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, where he held constructive meetings with the Crown Prince and Prime Minster of Saudi Arabia Mohamed bin Salman focused on a comprehensive vision for an integrated Middle East region [FKA Abraham Accord]. Mr. Sullivan briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu and his team on these meetings and the potential < wipes tears > that may now be available for Israel, as well as the Palestinian people.
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Mr. Sullivan briefed on U.S. support for Israeli efforts to find and bring to justice Hamas's leaders in Gaza, as well as discussions with Egypt to fully secure its border with Rafah and to secure the continued flow of humanitarian assistance through Kerem Shalom, even as talks proceed on reopening the Rafah crossing.  Mr. Sullivan reaffirmed the need for Israel to connect its military operations to a political strategy [AKA genocide] that can ensure the lasting defeat of Hamas, the release of all the hostages, and a better future for Gaza.

by Cat on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 07:38:46 PM EST
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state.gov | Department Press Briefing - May 20, 2024
MILLER: There should be no equivalence between Israel and Hamas—none. Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization that carried out the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and is still holding dozens of innocent people hostage, including Americans.
Rome Statute of the ICC, Part 3, General Principles of Criminal Law
Furthermore, the United States has been clear since well before the current conflict that the ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. The ICC was established by its state parties as a court of limited jurisdiction.
Rome Statute of the ICC, Part 2, Jurisdiction, Admissibility, and Applicable Law
These limits are rooted in principles of complementarity, which do not appear to have been applied here amid the prosecutor's rush to seek these arrest warrants, rather than allowing the Israeli legal system a full and timely opportunity to proceed.
Rome Statute of the ICC, Part 1, Establishment of the Court
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Finally, this decision does nothing to help—and could jeopardize—ongoing efforts to reach a ceasefire agreement that would get hostages out of Gaza and surge humanitarian assistance in. Those are the goals that the United States is pursuing and will continue to pursue despite these actions by the ICC prosecutor.
END opening statement. START interrogatory.
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QUESTION: Yeah. You said that this could jeopardize efforts for a ceasefire. Why is that? Why should this jeopardize efforts for implementing a ceasefire?
MILLER: I don't think there's any doubt that this action will embolden Hamas and embolden the leadership of Hamas who have been the principal obstacle to achieving a ceasefire agreement.
QUESTION: So, Hamas a couple weeks ago basically agreed to the American points for a ceasefire—
MILLER: That's not—that's not accurate, Said.
QUESTION:—but that was rejected out of hand.
MILLER: That's not accurate, Said.
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QUESTION: Well, I was kind of momentarily stunned by your original answers that I forgot my question, but these will be brief. So, are you okay, then, with the application for arrest warrant against Hamas?
MILLER: We do not believe that they have jurisdiction over either of the parties of this conflict, and that includes Hamas.
QUESTION: So, you don't think that Hamas—you don't think that Hamas leaders should be prosecuted?
MILLER: We—we absolutely believe that Hamas should be held accountable. That could be—
QUESTION: Held accountable.
MILLER: Hold on. Let me—just let me finish.
QUESTION: Okay.
MILLER: That could be either through the prosecution of the war effort by Israel. It could be through—
QUESTION: In other words, them being killed?
MILLER: Hold on—let me—it could by being killed. It could by—it could by being brought to justice in an Israeli court. We do not believe the ICC has jurisdiction over either of the parties in this case because the Palestinian people do not represent a state, and that includes the leaders of Hamas.
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QUESTION: Okay. So who—who—ll right, well, so let's just focus on jurisdiction for a second. Who does have jurisdiction here?
MILLER: So the Government of Israel has jurisdiction over—
QUESTION: Over the occupied—
MILLER: We have—we have jurisdiction—
QUESTION: Over Gaza, which is not entirely occupied.
MILLER: They have jurisdiction into looking at the actions by their military personnel.
QUESTION: Okay, but Palestinians that have a complaint, they have to bring it to Israeli courts?
MILLER: We—we have jurisdiction and we—
QUESTION: You have jurisdiction?
MILLER: With the use of our equipment—
QUESTION: I'm sorry, how do you have jurisdiction?
MILLER: With the use of our military equipment that we have provided.
QUESTION: Matt, how do you have jurisdiction?
MILLER: If you look at the Leahy Law, if you look at—
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QUESTION: You used work for DOJ, Matt. Come on.
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QUESTION: And my final one is does the ICC arrest warrant—I understand you challenge it from a jurisdiction and process point of view. But I suspect the U.S. still recognizes the ICC, right?
MILLER: We do, yeah.
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QUESTION: And you said that the U.S. still supports the ICC as a legitimate body. But does this undermine the ICC as a whole? I mean, like, how do you —how do we think about those two things? You guys are still supporting the ICC investigation in Ukraine, yet here you're saying you don't think they have jurisdiction. But how does that not make an impact on your view of the ICC writ large?
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...and those are the highlights, about 20 minutes in.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 01:48:49 PM EST
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Biden says Putin warrant is 'justified' as U.K. intel suggests Kremlin will widen conscription age range | NBC News |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 02:47:49 PM EST
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middleasteye | Donzens killed and wounded after Israel bombs displaced Palestinians (27.05.24)
At least 40 Palestinians were killed and dozens more wounded on Sunday when Israeli air strikes targeted a centre for displaced people in Gaza's southern city of Rafah. The strikes took place in a UN-run "safe zone" in the Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood, where thousands of Palestinians have sought shelter after Israeli forces launched a ground offensive in eastern parts of the city earlier this month. "More horror in the Gaza Ghetto," said Francesca Albanese, the United Nations' special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories.
deccanherald | Israeli military prosecutor says 'very grave' Rafah incident being investigated
by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2024 at 11:49:55 PM EST
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Completed the destruction of any peace formula with Palestinians ... the very treacherous, double crossing Emirati Arabs. Selling out the Palestinians for the fu*king Abraham Accords.

Gush Katif as Phoenix from the Ashes of 7/10 Attack

great appreciation to our occupier ... Gazans can start from scratch, develop new urban plans ...

a drawing board is very patient to develop the urbanization of Gaza and a beautiful seaside apartments Mediterranean coastline.

Far-right Israeli MK says secret plans underway for Israeli 'resettlement' in Gaza | The New Arab - 10 April 2024 |

These statements echo others made by Israeli officials and parliamentarians who have called for reinstating Israeli settlements in Gaza.

MK Zvika Fogel who is also from Otzma Yehudit, which is headed by extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, stated on Israel's publicly owned Kan Reshet Bet radio last month that "Israel must end the war when Jews have settled in the entire northern Gaza Strip".

He added that those in Hamas "will pay the price for 7 October in one way only, that they will no longer have any land there".

Amalek: Wipe-out Palestinian Lives

Resettling of Gush Katif to erase the fault of Sharon from the history of Jewish supremacy.

Return to Gush Katif: A determined movement emerges to resettle Israelis in Gaza

As some supporters cite ideology and others defense needs, a coalition forms after Hamas's October 7 massacre with the goal of renewing Jewish presence in the Strip, gone since 2005

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 11:06:57 PM EST
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Jared Kushner Salivates Over Gaza Ethnic Cleansing Opportunities | Young Turks |


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 11:07:36 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 11:26:57 PM EST
ChatGPT | Genocide Joe: What's happening in Gaza 'is not genocide'
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"Historically, Israel is the seventh thing Jewish Americans vote on, so let's say, this year, it's fourth thing this time," [2020 Democratic Jewish voter consultant Dan] Siegel said. "The first three issues they'll be voting on are still healthcare, jobs and the economy. Joe Biden is still winning them on those issues."
sotto voce: 'xcuse me. Who is the "First Gentleman"?
Biden aides have tried at various points to argue that its stance is where public sentiment truly lies. The administration has also rolled out its strategy to combat antisemitism, including new guidance to colleges on combating antisemitism and the development of a campus safety guide for schools. In their remarks Monday, Biden and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff both decried the rise in antisemitism and vowed to continue to work to eradicate hate.
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EMHOFF: We keep fighting because we have no choice but to fight.
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BIDEN @ 10:23: Let me be clear. We reject the ICC's application for arrest warrants [for] Israeli leaders. Whatever these warrants may imply, there there's no equivalence between Israel and Hamas. And it's clear Israel wants to do all it can to ensure civilian protection, but let me be clear. Contrary to allegations [about] Israel made by the International Court of Justice [?], what's happening is not genocide. We reject that, and we'll always stand with Israel and the threats against its security. Compounding the pain and the vicious surge of antisemitism around the world, here in America as well in our streets, our social media, college campuses, it's amazing it's happening. It's absolutely despicable. It's wrong, and it must stop. It must stop. In America we respect and protect fundamental rights of free speech to protest peacefully. That's America, but there's no place in any campus in America, andy place in America for antisemitism, for hate speech that threatens violence of any kind against jews or anyone else.
WhineGPT | Israeli officials seize AP equipment and take down live shot of northern Gaza, citing new media law, 21 May
Israeli officials seized a camera and broadcasting equipment belonging to The Associated Press in southern Israel on Tuesday [local time], accusing the news organization of violating a new media law by providing images to Al Jazeera. The Qatari satellite channel is one of thousands of AP customers, and it receives live video from AP and other news organizations.
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Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid called the move against AP "an act of madness."

"This is not Al Jazeera. This is an American news outlet," he said. "This government acts as if it has decided to make sure at any cost that Israel will be shunned all over the world."

Karhi, Israel's communications minister, responded that the law passed unanimously by the government states that any device used to deliver Al Jazeera content could be seized.

by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 06:31:47 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 08:48:30 PM EST
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Don't mess with the World Court of Justice ... genocide law was accepted after the Nuremberg Tribunal ... the United States has exposed itself outside International Law by refusing to accept the Rome Statute. Fu*k off Biden.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 08:51:12 PM EST
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Old man Joe Biden bad case of hypocrisy, sarcasm or schizophrenia ... or simply doesn't give a damn about Palestinian lives ...

Seen in this light, it is clear that this is not an age-old struggle between Arabs and Jews that has been going on since time immemorial, and it is not simply a conflict between two peoples. It is a recent product of the irruption of imperialism into the Middle East and of the rise of modern nation-state nationalisms, both Arab and Jewish; it is a product of the violent European settler-colonial methods employed by Zionism to "transform Palestine into the land of Israel", in the words of an early Zionist leader, Ze'ev Jabotinsky; and it is a product of Palestinian resistance to these methods.


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 08:54:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 08:52:05 PM EST
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Dems hammer Netanyahu for Gaza strategy: 'Screwing his own people', 21 May
House Democrats are bashing Israel's wartime [genocide] strategy in Gaza, warning that the military approach [tactics] adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will only empower the Hamas militants he's targeting at the expense of Israel's long-term security.

The criticisms echo those coming from the Biden administration, which has recently ramped up concerns that Israeli leaders are doing too little to protect Palestinian civilians in the urgent hunt for the terrorists responsible for the deadly attacks of last October—a short-sighted strategy, the Democrats say, that will not only fail to eliminate [exterminate] Hamas in the near-term, but also destabilize the region for years to come.

"I'm hearing that there just doesn't appear to be an end game [objective]. If you are steadily causing casualties among non-combatants—[men,] women, and children—it's a real concern," said Bennie Thompson (Miss.), senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee.

"intention, specifically"?
"I'm not aware of a plan at all, other than to try to kill as many people in Gaza as you can."
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Mental disorder is a communicable disease.
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 11:30:01 PM EST
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Remarks by President Biden in Commencement Address to the United States Military Academy at West Point, 25 May 2024
To everyone who has lost and loved someone in the service of our country, to everyone with a loved one still missing or unaccounted for, I know how hard it can be. It can reopen that black hole in the middle of your chest, bringing you back to the exact moment you got that phone call, heard that knock on the door, or held the hand when the last breath was taken. I know it hurts. The hurt is still real, still raw.

This week marks nine years since I lost my son, Beau. Our losses are not the same. He didn't perish on the battlefield. He was a cancer victim from a consequence of being in the Army in Iraq for a year next to a burn pit—a major in the U.S. National—Army National Guard, living and working, like too many, besides that toxic burn pit.

And as it is for so many of you, the pain of his loss is with me every day, as it is with you—still sharp, still clear. But so is the pride I feel in his service, as if I can still hear him saying, "It's my duty, Dad. It's my duty."

Duty. That was the code of—my son lived by and the creed all of you live by, the creed that generations of service members have followed into battle.

Iran is next.
by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 11:17:30 AM EST
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gardian | Israel calls on `civilised nations' to boycott ICC arrest warrants against its leaders, 21 May
France, Belgium, and Slovenia said on Monday they supported Khan's decision, while a UK government travel agent reiterated that London did not believe the ICC had jurisdiction in the case, and the Czech Republic called the prosecutor's move "appalling and completely unacceptable", a clear indication of the west's growing divisions over approaches to Israel as death and destruction mounts in Gaza.
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Asked if Netanyahu or Gallant would avoid travelling to ICC-signatory countries if arrest warrants were issued, Israel spokesperson Tal] Heinrich said: "Let's wait and see."

On Tuesday, Israel's foreign minister, Israel Katz, travelled to France in a bid to contain the diplomatic fallout. It is also expected that Israel will encourage US Republicans to re-impose sanctions on ICC officials, and urge ICC-signatory allies to [coerce] the court into preventing warrants from being issued.
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ChatGPT | Selected atrocity bromides, 21 May
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:56:40 PM EST
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Why Amal Clooney is in spotlight following ICC arrest warrants

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 11:11:29 PM EST
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ChatGPT | US preparing for 'prominent' role in post-war Gaza, 23 May
governor, préfet d'ouverture/prefect, proconsul, "civilian adviser" or "Director-General"
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The civilian adviser would be based in the region and work closely with the commanding officer of the force, who would be either Palestinian or from an Arab nation, the people said. The adviser would never enter Gaza itself, the officials said—an indication of the desire to avoid any implication that the U.S. would be dictating the future of the territory.Two officials said the adviser could be based in Sinai and another said it could be Jordan. The proposal for the adviser and peacekeeping force also has been circulating in a classified administration [?] for months.
"complementarity and co-operation policy"
The Biden administration is trying to convince Arab states such as Egypt, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates to join the peacekeeping force, a second official said, as regional countries continually demand that the U.S. have a heavy hand in Gaza's postwar future. "It'll be easier to get them to come along if we're there playing a part, and we're prepared to play that role," the official said about what Arab countries want from the U.S. The official added that there's also broad agreement between the U.S., Israel and regional players to help form a Palestinian Council, comprising Palestinians from Gaza, to serve as an interim governing structure.
"classified State Department paper" (Euro Eng. nonpaper)
In that March document, marked "SECRET" and not for the eyes of foreign officials, the State Department proposed the formation of the Temporary Security Mission for Gaza. The security mission "could be a hybrid model of police and Carabinieri/gendarmerie," per the document, referencing the Italian law enforcement group responsible for internal security. "State recommends branding this as a security mission not a 'force.'"
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whitehouse.gov | Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, 22 May OFAC business license
Q Thanks, Jake. Two on your trip over the weekend to Israel and Saudi Arabia. A senior administration official said yesterday that Israel has addressed many of the U.S. concerns regarding its operation in Rafah. Nine hundred thousand-plus civilians have fled Rafah in recent weeks. Has Israel addressed all of the administration's concerns?  Does the U.S. support what Israel is doing in Rafah right now?
SULLIVAN: We had detailed discussions on Rafah during my visit to Israel. These have built on weeks now, as I've discussed with you from this podium, of discussions on a professional basis about Rafah and about how Israel can achieve the defeat of Hamas everywhere in Gaza, including in Rafah, while minimizing civilian harm.
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Q —which I believe is the administration's view—that until Hamas is fully held to account that the peace process and any two-state solution could not go forward. Do you see Israel being able to deliver on that? And then do you see Israel accepting a two-state solution?
SULLIVAN ...I was in Saudi Arabia talking to the Crown Prince about that exact vision this weekend. And you saw public statements from him about what is possible if Israel moves down that path.
doha!nstitute | Determinants of Saudi Arabia's Response to the Gaza War (10.05.24) : Saudi Arabia's goal of attracting investments for mega-projects like NEOM has led it to downplay the impact of the war on this ["normalization"] path.

timesof!srael | Saudi ties in reach but hinge on path to Palestinian state, Sullivan tells reluctant PM (20.05.24) : efforts to bring Riyadh around to recognizing the State of Israel for the first time

cnn | 'None go forward without the others.' US mega-deal would tie together the futures of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Gaza (23.05.24) : MBS had said earlier (21.09.23) that a pact with Israel would be "the biggest historical deal since the Cold War."

nzz.ch | Sullivan said. Blinken told (23.05.24) : either continuation of the war against Hamas and regional isolation, OR the prospect of A COMMON FRONT with Saudi Arabia AGAINST IRAN [?] and acceptance of a Palestinian state in the not-too-distant future.

So, that's a conversation we'll continue to have with the Israeli government.  In the meantime, what we will do is work to ensure the enduring defeat of Hamas and a day after in Gaza that involves governance and security not provided by Hamas but by an alternative that ultimately gets us on a credible pathway to that two-state solution that President Biden has talked about.
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whitehouse.gov | Kirby-content, 20 May
As I've said earlier, and as was in our statements, we don't believe the ICC has any jurisdiction here with respect to what's going on in Gaza. ....We don't believe that whatever the post-conflict governance picture looks like in Gaza, that it can include Hamas, and we certainly don't still support any IDF occupation. But this is a topic of ongoing discussions, has been in just recent days, and will continue to be going forward....
The White House stooges are quite caught up in self-deception. Not only is their plan not getting public endorsement from the League partners hungry for regional "stability", the plan in no shape or function manifests a free state for Palestine. The "leak" planted in Politico merely confirms the depth of insanity that informs this "day-after" reconciliation with genocide.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 03:47:39 PM EST
dw | Could US-Saudi 'mega deal' spark Middle East nuclear race?, 28 May

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in related regional stability
dw | France's Macron awarded peace prize in Münster

The International Award of the Peace of WestFAILia, named after the 1648 peace treaty which ended the Thirty Years War, is a private sector prize awarded every two years to an individual or a representative of a group or state which has contributed to European solidarity. It was initially supposed to be awarded in 2023, but Macron's state visit was postponed because
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of the domestic unrest in France at the time as he tried to implement pension reforms.
by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 07:22:07 PM EST
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in re: Request for the modification of the Order of 28 March 2024

The Court reaffirms its previous provisional measures and indicates new measures, 24 May

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In its Order, the Court emphasizes that the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip which, as stated in its Order of 26 January 2024, was at serious risk of deteriorating, has deteriorated, and has done so even further since the Court adopted its Order of 28 March 2024. It notes that,
"[a]fter weeks of intensification of military bombardments of Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians had fled as a result of Israeli evacuation orders covering more than three quarters of Gaza's entire territory, on 6 May 2024, nearly 100,000 Palestinians were ordered by Israel to evacuate the eastern portion of Rafah and relocate to the Al-Mawasi and Khan Younis areas ahead of a planned military offensive. The military ground offensive in Rafah, which Israel started on 7 May 2024, is still ongoing and has led to new evacuation orders. As a result, according to United Nations reports, nearly 800,000 people have been displaced from Rafah as at 18 May 2024."
The Court considers that these developments are exceptionally grave and constitute "a change in the situation within the meaning of Article 76 of the Rules of Court". The Court is also of the view that the provisional measures indicated in its Order of 28 March 2024, as well as those reaffirmed therein, do not fully address the consequences arising from the change in the situation, thus justifying the modification of these measures.
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by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2024 at 04:26:55 PM EST
middleasteye | Donzens killed and wounded after Israel bombs displaced Palestinians (27.05.24)
At least 40 Palestinians were killed and dozens more wounded on Sunday when Israeli air strikes targeted a centre for displaced people in Gaza's southern city of Rafah. The strikes took place in a UN-run "safe zone" in the Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood, where thousands of Palestinians have sought shelter after Israeli forces launched a ground offensive in eastern parts of the city earlier this month. "More horror in the Gaza Ghetto," said Francesca Albanese, the United Nations' special rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories.
deccanherald | Israeli military prosecutor says 'very grave' Rafah incident being investigated
by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 11:22:26 AM EST
guardian | 'Honest mistake': US strike that killed Afghan civilians was legal - Pentagon, 4 Nov 2021
"'The investigation found no violation of law, including the law of war. Execution errors combined with confirmation bias and communication breakdowns led to regrettable civilian casualties,' the report said."NY Yella Cake | Biden Says the U.S. Will Not Supply Israel With Weapons to Attack Rafah, 8 May 2024
"If they go into Rafah, I'm not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities, that deal with that problem," Mr. Biden said in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett.
axios | White House assessing if Israel violated "red line" with Rafah strike, 27 May
This assessment [J. Sullivan's feeling] led to the U.S. softening its opposition to the IDF's expansion of its Rafah operations, which included Sunday's air strike.
ChatGPT | Netanyahu says deadly Israeli strike in Rafah was the result of a 'tragic mistake', 28 May
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The strike only added to the surging international criticism Israel has faced over its war with Hamas, with even its closest allies expressing outrage at civilian deaths. Israel insists it adheres to international law even as it faces scrutiny in the world's top courts, one of which [ICJ] last week demanded that it halt the offensive in Rafah.
The other top world court, ICC, is deliberating "false equivalence" of OTP warrants for the arrests of B. Netanyahu, Y. Gallant, Y. Sinwar, M. Al-Masri, and  I. Haniyeh
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In a separate development, Egypt's military said one of its soldiers was shot dead during an exchange of fire in the Rafah area, without providing further details. Israel said it was in contact with Egyptian authorities, and both sides said they were investigating.
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ICC-OTP, "Policy on Complementarity and Co-operation", May 2024 "friendshoring"
"By strengthening our ability to cooperate with national authorities in addressing core international crimes, and by increasing our capacity to provide tangible support to domestic proceedings, we can foster a stronger basis for national actors to uphold their primary responsibilities and thereby reduce the need for the Office to step in. [p v]"

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
"Article 1. An International Criminal Court ('the Court') is hereby established. It shall be a permanent institution and shall have the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern, as referred to in this Statute, and shall be complementary to national criminal jurisdictions. The jurisdiction and functioning of the Court shall be governed by the provisions of this Statute. [p 7]"

by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 02:06:04 PM EST
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FILE PHOTO! Israeli tanks entering Rafah in early! May. ©  Handout by the Israeli Army via AFP

nbcnews | Israeli tanks reached the center of Rafah for the first time Tuesday, 28 May

according to NBC News' crew on the ground, defying international pressure to halt an offensive that has sent nearly 1 million people fleeing Rafah and left those still sheltering there facing dire conditions and deadly attacks.
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In a briefing on Tuesday, IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Israel was still investigating the incident, including what caused the fire that "resulted in this tragic loss of life."

Hagari said the IDF had fired two 17-kilogram (37.5 lbs) munitions targeting two senior Hamas militants. Sharing video purporting the show the target, he said there were no tent shelters within the immediate vicinity and that intelligence had suggested there were no women and children in the compound.

He said the Israeli military's munitions alone "would not have ignited a fire of this scale" and suggested the possibility that weapons stored in the area [?!] the IDF was targeting might have ignited the fire. But he said this was an "assumption" at this point.
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Earlier, an Israeli official told NBC News that preliminary information indicated the airstrike likely ignited a fuel tank, causing an explosion and fire that spread through the camp where displaced civilians were sheltering in tents and killed dozens of people, including children. A U.S. official said that Israel told the U.S. that they used a precision munition to hit their target but that shrapnel or something [eNTIies?] else from the explosion ignited a fuel tank nearby, which started a fire, engulfing a tent and leading to many casualties.

The official added that the U.S. cannot confirm that information directly but "it's what Israel shared with us—and we assume we will learn more once Israel completes its investigation."
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by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 06:38:27 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 06:46:14 PM EST
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ChatGPT | Israel confirms its forces are in central Rafah in expanding offensive in the southern Gaza city, 31 May
Israel launched its ground assault into the city on May 6, triggering an exodus of around 1 million Palestinians out of the city and throwing U.N. humanitarian operations based in the area into turmoil. Still, U.S. President Joe Biden has said Israel has not crossed the "red lines" of a full-fledged invasion that he has urged them against.
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In its statement Friday, the military said its troops in central Rafah had uncovered Hamas rocket launchers and tunnels and dismantled a weapons storage city of the group. It did not specify where in central Rafah the operations were taking place, but previous statements and witness reports have pointed to raids in the Shaboura refugee camp and other sites near the city center. Israel has said an offensive in Rafah is vital to uprooting Hamas fighters in its military's campaign to destroy the group after its Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel.
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - May 28, 2024
QUESTION: Over the weekend it was reported that there was a U.S. official who said that Israel told the U.S. that it used the precision munition to hit the target, but that they believed it was shrapnel from the explosion that ignited a fuel tank nearby and started the fire. I am no military expert, but I don't understand how shrapnel could have flown 1.7 kilometers in order to ignite that fire.
MILLER: I am not familiar with that conversation. All I can tell you is what they have said publicly, which is it might have been that there was a Hamas weapons depot located near the strike and that exploded, and that led to the fire. I don't know if that's true; I'm not sure if Israel knows that's true at this point. They've only conducted a preliminary investigation. But the point of all of this is that question needs to be answered very much, and we expect them to conduct a full, transparent, open investigation to answer it.
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MILLER: So let me first—let me first of all say with respect to the humanitarian situation, it is of course dire and I have no doubt that the long-term impact, especially on the children of Gaza, is going to be severe, and they are going to be paying the price of suffering through this conflict for years and years to come. And that of course is not even to speak of the families who are left without loved ones, including children, who have died over the course of this conflict.

It is not our judgment, continues not to be our judgment, that Israel is committing genocide. Nothing they have done meets the legal definition of that, and we have seen them take steps to allow humanitarian assistance in. We have seen them put in place measures to try and minimize civilian harm. As we spoke to when we released the National Security Memo 20 [NSM-20] report, there are Israeli lawyers who are integrated into their targeting processes and have the ability to give binding orders to block certain targets from being taken.

So all that goes into making that legal determination, and it just—we just fundamentally do not see it that way and don't think the facts support it at all. That is not to say that there has not been massive human suffering. Of course there has. And a great deal of that is on Hamas, who continues to hide behind civilians, and of course a lot of it is on Israel that needs to take additional steps to minimize civilian harm and minimize civilian suffering, and that's what we will continue to press them to do.
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QUESTION: I'm not asking to pass judgment on these current incidents. I'm saying, where is the evidence that there was meaningful accountability and the evidence that these things are prevented from happening, which follows up what Humeyra was saying, on the basis of internal Israeli processes? Because a huge amount weighs on this now. The International Criminal Court [ICC], it—one of your objections to it is that they have an independent internal process. The ICJ—same thing. NSM-20—same thing. All of these incidents, you are hanging on a belief in that process being effective, and I'm asking you for the evidence that it is.
MILLER: So let me just level-set [sic] here in that Israel is a democracy that has prosecutors and independent judges who can, in the case of prosecutors, conduct investigations and make their own determinations about what is appropriate. I know you want me to—I—

by Cat on Fri May 31st, 2024 at 02:53:58 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 31st, 2024 at 03:40:02 PM EST
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guardian: Digital trail identifying Israeli spy chief has been online for years

jpost: Israel carries out decade-long 'spying war' against ICC - Guardian report

The report follows an additional report released by The Guardian on Tuesday morning [28 May] which claimed former Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen 'threatened' an ICC prosecutor over war crimes inquiry.
Spying, hacking and intimidation: Israel's nine-year 'war' on the ICC exposed
The Guardian investigation, run in conjunction with Israeli-based magazines +972 and Local Call, reported that Israel "deployed its intelligence agencies to surveil, hack, pressure, smear and allegedly threaten senior ICC staff in an effort to derail the court's inquiries."
A covert operation against Bensouda, revealed on Tuesday by the Guardian, was run personally by Netanyahu's close ally Yossi Cohen, who was at the time the director of Israel's foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad. At one stage, the spy chief even enlisted the help of the [former] president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.
According to the report, Israeli intelligence intercepted the phone calls. Messages, emails and documents of ICC officials including Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan and his predecessor Fatou Bensouda. This intelligence allegedly provided Benjamin Netanyahu with advanced knowledge of the ICC's plans.
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That "war" commenced in January 2015, when it was confirmed that Palestine would join the court after it was recognised as a state by the UN general assembly.
news.un | General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer State status at UN (Res. 67/19 29.11.12)
while expressing the urgent need for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a permanent two-State solution
Its accession was condemned by Israeli officials as a form of "diplomatic terrorism".

One former defence official familiar with Israel's counter-ICC effort said joining the court had been "perceived as the crossing of a red line" and "perhaps the most aggressive" diplomatic move taken by the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank. "To be recognised as a state in the UN is nice," they added. "But the ICC is a mechanism with teeth."
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ibid Rome Statute | State of Palestine 1 April 2015
by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 06:07:14 PM EST
S.F. police arrest protesters who occupied lobby of Israeli consulate, 3 June
Sara, a San Francisco resident who declined to give her last name serving as a spokesperson for the group, called the protesters a diverse group of Jewish and other anti-Zionists. She added that efforts Monday morning were in part to pressure House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, whom, she claimed, had not been "vocal" about calling for a ceasefire and an end of "all aid to Israel."
reuters | San Francisco police arrest 70 "pro-Hamas rioters" at Israeli consulate
A group called the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network [IJAN] said on Instagram that 100 people had participated in the protest. The network, which says its membership is Jewish, posted images of banners they hung such as, "Committing a genocide makes Jews less safe; Not in my name!"
Will the Gaza Genocide be the Beginning of The End of Israel & Zionism?, 3 June, A/V (EN) 28 min.
Afshin Rattansi interviews Miko Peled, grandson of one of the signatories of Israel's 1948 Declaration of Independence and Founder of the Palestine House of Freedom. They discuss the purpose of Palestine House of Freedom and the goal of shifting the pro-Zionist narratives in Washington, the effect of the mass student protests in the US against the genocide in Gaza.
by Cat on Wed Jun 5th, 2024 at 07:30:10 PM EST


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