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Palestinian/ Israeli update 4/18/2016..At least 20 feared dead in Jerusalem bus explosion

Monday, April 18, 2016 18:26
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Bibi’s False Debate: Israel Cannot Occupy Golan Heights Forever

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will never return the occupied Golan Heights to Syria, and that the world should recognize that.

In his words, “The Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever. Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights.”

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 six-day war and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. Israel has also built tens of illegal settlements in the area and even used it to carry out military operations against Syria.

Occupation Law clearly preserves, to the extent possible, the role of Syrians in governing their own country and facilitates the eventual transfer of all such authority back to the Syrian people. Moreover, sovereignty over the occupied territory does not pass to the occupying power. So it’s irrelevant for Netanyahu to argue that some 50,000 Israelis are living there and “thousands of families are supposed to join them in the coming years”. It’s a false debate.

However, there are many reasons why Netanyahu says the occupation will last forever, including:

1-It is because of the failure of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that Israel is still able to steal land in broad daylight, with great impunity and no accountability. It is true that the UNSC has issued many resolutions against Tel Aviv. However, it is also true that all these resolutions have been vetoed by the United States. The result has only emboldened Tel Aviv to steal even more territory without fear of any punishment.

2-The international community always condemns the atrocities committed by Israel, such as attacks on civilians, the inhumane blockade of Gaza, destruction of Palestinian homes, the settlement construction in the West Bank, violation of the Islamic identity of Jerusalem Al-Quds, and the illegal seizure of Palestinian territories. The problem is that all these beautiful words have never been followed by action – even though the Israeli policies are in clear violation of all international principles, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention.

3-Since its creation after the Second World War, the Israeli army has been committing a host of crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine and throughout the Middle East. Despite all that, not even one Israeli soldier or commander has ever faced any charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague – in which Israel isn’t a member. Sure enough, it is Washington (also not an ICC member) that “admittedly’ always stops any attempt at the UNSC or in The Hague to criminalize Israel’s endless war on Palestinians, not only because it will have serious political consequences for the Official Washington by the Israeli lobby — but because America’s military may well be next in the crosshairs.

4-What Israel is doing to Palestine and the rest of the region “in self-defense” and on the pretext of “War on Terror”, differs little from the US and NATO armies or those of regional allies. As long as the ICC refuses to deal with the complaints of US-NATO-Saudi war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen, there is little hope that it will ever decide to go after the Israeli cases.

5-The ICC’s power to act arises only in two relevant circumstances: First by a reference from the UNSC, which is sure to be blocked by the US, Britain, and France. Then there is the alternative basis for empowering the ICC prosecutor: Palestine has signed up to the ICC treaty and can require the prosecutor to investigate Israeli crimes. So far under pressure from the West, Palestinian leaders have been unable to do just that. And even if they do, nothing will be done. It wouldn’t happen of course.

It is against this backdrop that Netanyahu arrogantly says Israel will never withdraw from the Golan. Indeed, according to many human rights groups, Israel is breaching the Geneva conventions and failing to observe the minimum standards of humanity, all because the UNSC and the ICC offer no prospect of any accountability at all.

Under International Law, the UNSC and the ICC have obligations to place in the dock any political or military leader who has committed genocide, aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. This includes those responsible for the direct or indirect transfer of an occupier’s population into an occupied territory.

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