Israel: Guilty of Genocidal High Crimes
25 August 2014
By Stephen Lendman
A previous article explained the following:
The Russell Tribunal (RT) is an activist peace
organization. It's known as the International War
It condemns America's permanent war agenda. It opposes
New World Order extremism. Its members include
academics, intellectuals and artists.
It's inspired by the BRussells Tribunal. It was named
after after famed
activist Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).
He warned many years ago:
"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall
mankind renounce war" and live in peace. There's no in
Previous tribunals investigated war crimes in Vietnam,
Iraq and Palestine. Others examined human rights
abuses in Latin America and psychiatry.
An extraordinary Brussels September 24 and 25 session
was held on Israel's Operation Protective Edge (OPE).
It examined its high crimes of war, against humanity
and genocide. "(T)hird States' complicity was
Findings didn't surprise. They were damning.
Distinguished witnesses included:
Palestinian Center for Human Rights director Raji
Economics editor Paul Mason.
Journalist Mohammed Omer.
Physician Mohammad Abou-Arab.
European Palestinian BDS national committee
coordinator Michael Deas.
Journalist Max Blumenthal.
Journalist Martin Lejeune.
Physician Mads Gilbert.
Defense for Children International-Palestine advocacy
unit coordinator Ivan Karakashian.
Israeli investigative researcher/former IDF soldier
Independent journalist/filmmaker David Sheen.
Arms expert Col. Desmond Travers.
Gazan filmmaker Ashraf Mashharawi
Aprodev advocacy for just peace in Palestine official
Distinguished jurors included:
International Law Professor/former special rapporteur
for the UN Commission on Human Rights and
International Law Commission John Dugard.
Lawyer Michael Mansfield.
UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur for
Palestine Richard Falk.
Pink Floyd band founding member Roger Water.
Novelist/political and cultural commentator Ahdaf
Former South African government
minister/activist/writer Ronald Kasrils.
Anti-globalization/environmental activist Vandana
Film/television director Ken Loach.
Lawyer/script writer Paul Laverty.
Activist/author Christianne Hessel.
Human rights lawyer Radhia Nasraoui.
Pianist/UNESCO goodwill ambassador Miguel Angel
Years earlier, international Vietnam war crimes
founder Bertrand Russell said: "May this tribunal
prevent the crime of silence."
The Russell Tribunal's Extraordinary session met in
response to 51 days of Israeli atrocities in Gaza.
Its forces committed the highest of genocidal high
crimes against peace. Neocons, Zionist extremists,
pro-Israeli zealots, most Western politicians, and
fools alone would claim otherwise.
Israel waged preemptive aggressive war on Gaza. It
matched one of the world's most powerful armies
against lightly armed Gazan defenders.
Over 2,000 Palestinians were slaughtered in cold
blood. Mostly non-combatant civilians.
Dozens of entire families were wiped out to the last
man, woman and child. Hundreds of Palestinian
children, infants and women perished.
Around 11,000 Palestinians were wounded. Many maimed
for life. Entire communities were leveled. They were
turned to rubble.
Operation Protective Edge (OPE) will be remembered as
one of history's great crimes. Israel showed no mercy.
Its leaders give rogue state ruthlessness new meaning.
OPE lasted 51 days. They included merciless mass
slaughter and destruction. Israeli wars feature
Noncombatant civilians are considered legitimate
targets. So are children, infants and women.
International law prohibits attacking them. Doing so
constitutes high crimes against peace. Israel is
guilty as charged and then some.
Juror conclusions were clear, unequivocal and damning.
Eyewitness testimonies produced irrefutable evidence.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
''The cumulative effect of the long-standing regime of
collective punishment in Gaza appears to inflict
conditions of life calculated to bring about the
incremental destruction of the Palestinians as a group
in Gaza," they concluded.
"The Tribunal emphasizes the potential for a regime of
persecution to become genocidal in effect."
"In light of the clear escalation in the physical and
rhetorical violence deployed in respect of Gaza in the
summer of 2014, the Tribunal emphasizes the obligation
of all state parties to the 1948 Genocide Convention
to take such action under the Charter of the United
Nations as they consider appropriate for the
prevention and suppression of acts of genocide."
"The Jury heard evidence from (the above named)
eyewitnesses to Israeli attacks during the Gaza war
"In terms of the crime of incitement to genocide, the
tribunal received evidence 'demonstrating a vitriolic
upswing in racist rhetoric and incitement' during the
summer of 2014."
"The evidence shows that such incitement manifested
across many levels of Israeli society, on both social
and traditional media, from football fans, police
officers, media commentators, religious leaders,
legislators, and government ministers."
Clear evidence showed Israel committed the following
high crimes against peace:
Extensive destruction of property not justified by
Intentionally directing attacks against a civilian
population and civilian objects
Disproportionate use of force
Attacks against buildings dedicated to religion and
The use of Palestinians as human shields
Employing weapons, projectiles, and material and
methods of warfare which are of a nature to cause
superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering which are
The use of violence to spread terror among the
Tribunal members added:
"It is recognized that in a situation where patterns
of crimes against humanity are perpetrated with
impunity, and where direct and public incitement to
genocide is manifest throughout society, it is very
conceivable that individuals or the state may choose
to exploit the conditions in order to perpetrate the
crime of genocide."
"We have have a genuine fear that in an environment of
impunity and an absence of sanction for serious and
repeated criminality, the lessons from Rwanda and
other mass atrocities may once again go unheeded."
"The Tribunal calls on Israel to fulfill its
obligations under international law and for the state
of Palestine to accede without further delay to the
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,
fully cooperate with the human Rights Council
Commission of Inquiry and fully engage the mechanisms
of international justice."
"The Tribunal also reminds all states to cooperate to
bring to an end the illegal situation arising from
Israel's occupation, siege and crimes in the Gaza
"In light of the obligation not to render aid or
assistance, all states must consider appropriate
measures to exert sufficient pressure on Israel,
including the imposition of sanctions, the severing of
diplomatic relations collectively through
international organizations, or in the absence of
consensus, individually by breaking bilateral
relations with Israel."
It calls upon All states to fulfill their duty to take
such action under the Charter of the United Nations as
they consider appropriate for the prevention and
suppression of acts of genocide."
It bear repeating. Israel committed one of history's
great crimes. It stand guilty as charged. Justice
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