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‘Israel wouldn’t dare to repeat attacks on Gaza if it was prosecuted for war crimes,’ insists Barghouti

Mustafa Barghouthi [File photo]
Mustafa Barghouthi [File photo]

The secretary general of the Palestinian Initiative said on Friday that Israel would never dare to repeat its attacks on the Gaza Strip if it was prosecuted for the savage war crimes it committed during its offensive in summer 2014, QudsNet has reported.

“The latest Israeli artillery shelling and air strikes targeted civilians,” said Mustafa Al-Barghouti in a press statement. “They were intended to escalate the situation in order to find justifications for carrying out new war crimes against the residents of the Gaza Strip.” He reminded the media that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are already under an aggressive siege and deprived of the basic necessities of life.

“The International Criminal Court continues its procrastination regarding the initial checking of war crimes carried out in Gaza,” added Barghouti, “as well as the settlers’ crimes, despite the existence of proof.”

The secular Palestinian leader, who maintains good relations with Western officials, described this procrastination as “encouragement” for Israel to carry out “more savage war crimes.”

In order to defend Gaza, he called for increasing international solidarity and support for the Palestinians, stressing that this would protect them from “new Israeli crimes.”


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  • peepsqueek

    Every Hamas rocket fired into Israeli civilian territory is an act of a war and a war crime, with a known Israeli response.

    The Rome Statute established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. “Genocide” is out, on the basis that Palestinians continue to triple and quadruple their populations both inside and outside of Israel proper. “Crimes against humanity” “war crimes” and “crime of aggression are all out, on the basis that suicide bombers on public Israeli transportation and crowded market places, the specific targeting of Israeli civilians, and the firing of thousand of rockets indiscriminately into Israeli civilian territory, are not only “acts of war” they are all violations of the “UN Rules of War”, which will probably neutralize the arguments, whether some of the accusations have validity or not.

    An then, every Islamic Country should be held to the very same standards of human rights as Israel. Singling out Israel for crimes against humanity, in a sea of Islamic Countries with terrible records has to have a name for it.

    • Zia

      Mr Peepsqueek, you’re talking about violation of UN rules. Ok so according to you, Hamas, Fatah and all other Palestinian leaders should keep silent when Israeli settlers storm Al Aqsa mosque with the help of police? Should they all be silent when Israel air raids civilian targets? Why don’t Israel give them right to defend themselves? Israel has nukes, yet they don’t allow Hamas to even import machine guns for defence. Who are Hamas? They are democratically elected govt by the people of Gaza, whether you like them or hate them, they are the government in Gaza now. Israelis say they’ve left Gaza long ago, but look they don’t even allow cement to go in Gaza, they’ve forced Gaza authorities to buy electricity from them by bombing Gaza’s only power station. Only if you look at the Israeli citizens, their wealth, their jobs, their one of the best lifestyles comparable to European or American ones, and on the other hand, you’ve got poor palestinians, frequently threatened, land confiscated, frequent arrests, having no good future have worst living conditions than even poorest countries. A european jew can become an Israeli in no time, but a palestinian who is living there even way before 1948 is threatened and land confiscated and killed often. You talk about UN rules when almost everyday UN rules are being raped by Israel itself. You talk about Israel being singled out out of all countries, but you obviously don’t take much notice. The brutal dictator of Syria is the most hated person right now, why because he has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people for the greed of power. Its certainly not about jews, not about muslims or arabs. Its about humans becoming beasts and trying to justify killings of innocents whoever they are!!!

      • peepsqueek

        Palestinian Arabs never overlook an opportunity to overlook an opportunity. In December 2000 the White House (Camp David peace summit) offered a final settlement proposal. The U.S. plan offered by Clinton and endorsed by Barak would have given the Palestinians 97 percent of the West Bank (either 96 percent of the West Bank and 1 percent from Israel proper or 94 percent from the West Bank and 3 percent from Israel proper), with no cantons, and full control of the Gaza Strip, with a land-link between the two; Israel would have withdrawn from 63 settlements as a result. In exchange for the three percent annexation of the West Bank, Israel would increase the size of the Gaza territory by roughly a third. Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state, and refugees would have the right of return to the Palestinian state, and would receive reparations from a $30 billion international fund collected to compensate them. The Palestinians would maintain control over their holy places, and would be given desalinization plants to ensure them adequate water. The only concessions Arafat had to make was Israeli sovereignty over the parts of the Western Wall religiously significant to Jews (i.e., not the entire Temple Mount), and three early warning stations in the Jordan valley, which Israel would withdraw from after six years. Arafat turned it down, and the violence escalated against Israel. You know the rest.

        To your other point, Hamas is at war with Israel, it is in their Charter, and a war is not over until the last combatant is either dead or lays down his arms, followed by terms of surrender. So Hamas must make some decisions.
        Egypt banned Hamas and branded it a terrorist organization.
        Jordan banned Hamas in 1999. In 2013, Jordan rejected requests to allow Hamas to return.
        Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah disagree and are fighting with each other in Syria.
        Syria- says Hamas is an uninvited guest
        Can you name one Arab Country that supports Hamas or their methods? Please be specific!

        • Zia

          I agree with you, no Arab country supports Hamas because they lean towards Iran for support. And arabs hate Iranians. Hamas belong to Muslim brotherhood only why Egypt is against Hamas. The current Egypt regime and GCC countries hate brotherhood thus hate Hamas. That’s called politics. Plus the point here is I have no problem in Jews having their own country but they should do it with everyone’s approval, not by settlements in West Bank, not by killing poor people of Palestine, not by confiscating palestinian land and definitely not by judasation of Jerusalem. By doing all the above to palestinians who were living there even before 1948, Israel is indeed inviting trouble. By calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel is by far the biggest UN violation ever . Everyone including UN rejects that. Don’t you agree?

          • peepsqueek

            I would agree if this was a board game and all the rules were strictly enforced, but I think that Jews have earned the right to never again rely on international rules and opinions for their survival and protection, as no other ethnic or religious minority in the Middle East have the right of self determination with the exception of the Jewish State. The Middle East is stuck with the same old dictators, totalitarian governments, and Islamic regimes, with institutional apartheid, sectarian apartheid, religious apartheid, gender apartheid, etc. Maybe the Western world should just BDS the entire Middle East, but why single out the one tiny Jewish State in a sea of Islamic Countries with far worse human rights records? Please respond!

            I would also like to ask– Why was Israel a constant target before their was a single Jewish settlement in the West Bank and Gaza, prior to the 1967 war?

            Just for balance, Jews have always lived in the West Bank (the birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus) and East Jerusalem since ancient times. It is their religious history, their ancient language, home of many traditions, it is their cultural homeland, with all their ancient holy sites, grave yards, and synagogues.   Why were they forbidden from living their under the Jordanian occupation from 1948 to 1967?

            Palestinian Arabs have applied for UN Statehood and for Jerusalem to be a 23rd Arab Capital. Quite hypocritical for a government that believes the Jewish State has no right to exist.

          • Zia

            Only yesterday, you were saying that Palestinians break UN rules, today you say that Jews have earned the right to never rely on international rules…do you think that is fair? I agree with you Islamic countries don’t have a good human rights record, I know that but if you live in a middle eastern arab country, you’re fine unless you start protesting against the government. But in Israel, palestinians live in constant fear either of air raids,or their lands confiscated or their homes demolished or while crossing the illegal checkpoints of Israel. The difference between Arab countries and Israel is people in Arab countries don’t fear as long as they don’t intervene in politics, but in Israel and West Bank, palestinians live in constant fear and are constant alert. And to be honest with you, I’m not saying Jews shouldn’t live in West Bank, they can ofcourse live peacefully side by side the palestinians, and that would be the best solution. But the problem is they all want jewish neighbourhood, synagogues, and jewish markets all around. They can’t stand Arabs. So, they drive out palestinians from their own land and allow settlers to come in!! They forcefully take land from poor farmers who have been living there even before Israel was born and which is the gross violation of human rights ever! Sorry but you cannot defend a crime by justifying it with some lame excuse!

          • peepsqueek

          • peepsqueek

            UN Rules of War supersede UN Resolutions. Each time Israeli civilian population are attacked, all bets are off the table.

            From 1949–67, when Jews were forbidden to live on the West Bank, the Arabs refused to make peace with Israel.

            From 1967–77, the Labor Party established only a few strategic settlements in the territories, yet the Arabs were unwilling to negotiate peace with Israel.

            At the 1972 Olympic Games, 17 Israeli athletes were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in front a shocked world. During the memorial service, the Olympic Flag was flown at half-staff, along with the flags of most of the other competing nations at the request of Willy Brandt. Ten Arab nations objected to their flags being lowered to honor murdered Israelis; their flags were restored to the tops of their flagpoles immediately. All bets were off the table for any kind of peace after that.

            In 1977, months after a Likud government committed to greater settlement activity took power, Egyptian President Sadat went to Jerusalem and later signed a peace treaty with Israel. Incidentally, Israeli settlements existed in the Sinai and those were removed as part of the agreement with Egypt.

            One year later, Israel froze settlement building for three months, hoping the gesture would entice other Arabs to join the Camp David peace process, but none would.

            In 1994, Jordan signed a peace agreement with Israel and settlements were not an issue; if anything, the number of Jews living in the territories was growing.

            Between June 1992 and June 1996, under Labor-led governments, the Jewish population in the territories grew by approximately 50 percent. This rapid growth did not prevent the Palestinians from signing the Oslo accords in September 1993 or the Oslo 2 agreement in September 1995.

            In 2000, Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to dismantle dozens of settlements, but the Palestinians still would not agree to end the conflict.

            In August 2005, Israel evacuated all of the settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in Northern Samaria, but terror attacks continued within weeks.

            In 2008, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered to withdraw from approximately 94 percent of the West Bank, but the deal was rejected.

            In 2010, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze settlement construction for 10 months and the Palestinians refused to engage in negotiations until the period was nearly over. After agreeing to talk, they walked out when Netanyahu refused to prolong the freeze.

      • peepsqueek

        Speaking of International law, UN Resolution “242”, does not say Israel must withdraw from “all” the territories occupied after the Six-Day war. This was deliberate, so that the Arab States could not use these territories to attack Israel again. The “Arab States” pushed for the word “all” to be included, but this was rejected by the UN Security Council. It is in the UN notes and additions.

        • danhunt

          International Law does say that no land can be acquired through war no matter who stated the war. Israel is signatory to this treaty and has been for quite some time.

          • peepsqueek

            Jordan occupied the West Bank from 1948 to 1967 and no Jews were allowed in the birthplace of David, Solomon, and Jesus. After the Jordanians, captured the “West Bank” including East Jerusalem in 1948, they forcibly evicted all Jewish residents, who were rightfully there. They uprooted Jewish cemeteries, using the grave-markers for pavers and other projects. They destroyed almost every synagogue. Later, after the ’67 war, Jews have rightfully started to return. The “only” time Jewish people have been prohibited from living in the territories in recent decades was during Jordan’s rule from 1948 to 1967.