Monthly Archives: January 2015

UN Says Palestine To Join ICC April 1, Israel Documents Palestinian Terror

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

January 6, 2015 — New York, NY … UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated this evening that the state of Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1. This action will enable the Palestinians to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.

As Israel is not a member of the International Criminal Court, it is not required to participate in any investigations by the ICC. The Israel Defense Forces are conducting their own internal investigations of wrong doing and this may very well suffice for the ICC.

The Palestinian Authority which is in a unity government with the internationally recognized Hamas terror group, submitted the documents ratifying the Rome Statute that established the court last Friday, the last formal step to becoming a member of the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal.

In a statement posted on the U.N.’s treaty website Tuesday night, the secretary-general said “the statute will enter into force for the State of Palestine on April 1, 2015.” Ban Ki-moon said he was acting as the “depositary” for the documents of ratification.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel would not sit with “folded arms” as the Palestinians continue to challenge Israel diplomatically.

The PA  lost a bid last week to gain UN membership, being rejected by the UN Security Council.

Even if the PA received the necessary nine votes for approval, the US made clear that it would have vetoed the measure.

In response to the Palestinian effort to join the International Criminal Court, Israel froze the transfer of some NIS 500 million in tax payments that was to be paid to the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of the month.

This was one of the decisions that came out of an urgent interministerial meeting Netanyahu convened on Thursday. Other steps are expected in the coming days.

Netanyahu, in his first response to the Palestinian application to the ICC, said at the outset of Sunday’s cabinet meeting that the Palestinians had opted for a path of confrontation and Israel could not be expected to sit idly by.

“We will not allow IDF soldiers and commanders to be hauled before the International Criminal Court in the Hague,” he said. “It is the Palestinian Authority leaders – who have allied with the war criminals of Hamas – who must be called to account. The soldiers of the IDF will continue to defend the State of Israel with strength and determination.

And just as they defend us, we will defend them with the same strength and determination.”

The Israeli government is now preparing to document and address every act of terrorism taken by the Palestinians. This includes acts against humanity with the bombings of buses, restaurants, hotels, schools, 11,000 missiles fired at Israeli cities and towns from Gaza and the building of terror tunnels into Israel from Gaza.

NGO Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) has filed three more war crimes suit against Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

The Israel Law Center says that while the Palestinian leadership can be indicted for terror acts carried out from 2002 onward, Israel can only be indicted for deeds done from the day the PLO joined the Rome Statute – the request to join was signed last week.

The three new complaints, against PLO leaders Jibril Rajoub, Majid Faraj and Rami Hamdallah, follow the Israeli NGO’s previous ground-breaking ICC complaints against Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (filed in September) and against PLO and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (filed in November) for war crimes and human rights violations.

In the US, Jury selection started today  in the first-ever terrorism-related trial against the Palestinian Authority, a case which could carry a billion-dollar penalty.

Opening statements are set for next Tuesday with the US Supreme Court rejecting an interim-appeal by the PA asking it to intervene and block the trial late Tuesday.

A social media campaign to illustrate Palestinian terror against Israel, Jews and Christians has been launched on Facebook. One can simply click into PalestinianWarCrimes.com to enter this campaign to support the soldiers of Israel Defense Forces.

Israel, US Urge ICC To Reject Palestinian Bid To Join

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — January 1, 2015 …  Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a discussion this afternoon on the Palestinian Authority’s application to various international treaties, and made the following remarks at the end of the meeting:

“We expect the International Criminal Court to reject outright the Palestinian Authority’s hypocritical act because the Palestinian Authority is not a state,” said Netanyahu.

“It is an entity in alliance with a terrorist organization, Hamas, which perpetuates war crimes. The State of Israel is a nation of laws with a moral army that upholds international law. We will defend the soldiers of the IDF just as they defend us.”

According to several international legal experts, it is very unlikely that the ICC would even launch criminal proceedings against  Israelis for actions and policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Even if it did, and eventually issued indictments, it would take many years before any convictions were handed down.

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Do Qatar and Turkey really want to appear at the ICC?

In the best-case scenario for Israel, the Palestinians’ intended complaints against Israeli officials would constitute little more than a nuisance, causing some negative PR.

And will the ICC advance the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestine, presumably Abbas’s prime goal? Not at all.

US State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez warned it would be “counter-productive and do nothing to further the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a sovereign and independent state.”

“It will badly damage the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace,” Vasquez said in a statement.

What we are truly witnessing here is not a legal battle. Rather, it is a contest between who has a more effective PR machine.

So let’s begin.

How many thousands of missiles did the Palestinian Unity government consisting of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas launch at Israeli cities and towns? How many terror tunnels were discovered? How many buses, hotels, schools and restaurants in Israel were bombed by the Palestinians?

How many Israeli children have been murdered?

But perhaps the most profound question Israel may ask at the ICC would be: “who funds Hamas and how long has Qatar, Iran and Turkey provided both monies and military equipment to commit these crimes against humanity?”