Ignoring the real criminals

By Ted Belman

Tablet just published an article under the title State Department Spokesperson: Gaza Strikes Are War Crimes and asks, “But are U.S. drone attacks on Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia any different??

My take away is that the various “human rights” organizations are constantly criticizing Israel, and to a lesser extent the US, for alleged war crimes. It’s like they are picking on the good guys and ignoring the real war crimes by islamists or Assad. And the fact that Assad has killed over 200,000 makes no difference in their targets,

September 17, 2014 | 2 Comments »

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  1. We allowed the Oslo unJews in and out of uniform to set us up for those accusations.
    The moment the specimens instituted the “rubber bullet and paint balls” as our soldiers “weapons” against the Islamic violent beasts we offered ourselves as “war criminals” if and when we use REAL bullets and weapons.
    The Oslo criminals intentionally degraded our self defense systems readying them for defeat.
    A stern Corrective action plan must be put in place.
    A. All rubber bullets and paint balls must be publicly destroyed.
    B. Those that designed such monstrosity, detained on charges of sabotage.
    C. Our soldiers must be issued ONLY standard military grade bullets and weapons. Ordered to fire to kill if attacked.
    D. Don Shai Nitzan must be expelled from office and that in company of Livni and their staffs.
    E. Ya’alon must be retired and a WINNING soldier placed in command.
    And of course Netanyahu, who is directly in charge of it all, must be offered early retirement.

  2. I agree fully with you. Recently the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles used B’Tselem as their source for accusations against the IDF.This was my response to the Jewish Journal:I don’t want to play one-man truth squad for the Jewish Journal. HOWEVER, RESPONSIBLE EDITORSHIP WOULD REQUIRE YOU TO REVIEW THE FACTS BEFORE PLACING UNSUBSTANTIATED ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE IDF BEFORE YOU READERS. If the past is an example ,then 90% or more of the accusations will prove to be false. By that time the rotten taint that you helped spread will be accepted as fact by your readers.

    Responding to the article: “The first is the horrific July 16 killing of four Palestinian boys, all cousins, playing on the beach in Gaza, right beneath a hotel where dozens of journalists were staying…..” Previously, the Israelis shelled that beach because Hamas was firing from close to the hotel using it as a shield. When figures were seen on the beach near where the original firing had taken place, it is legitimate to assume that they are the firing crew preparing for a 2nd mission. No one asked why any parent would allow his child to play in an area that had previously been used to launch rockets from.

    Again, responding to the article: “A second incident under criminal investigation is the IDF’s infamous shelling of a United Nations school in Khan Younis where civilians had taken shelter on July 24.” The shell did not strike the school. It hit outside and killed the firing crew. Video shows the bodies being arranged and a child, already dead, being placed among the bodies of the firing crew.

    Concerning B’Tselem. The article states : “.Just three days ago, … B’Tselem claimed in another scathing report that Israel’s “military law enforcement system is a complete failure… and is marred by severe structural flaws …”

    YOUR READERS SHOULD BE MADE AWARE THAT: When the United Nations released the so-called Goldstone Report in September 2009, Israelis and their supporters around the world were astonished by the blunt words near its conclusion: “There is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.” The report declared that virtually everything Israel had done during Operation Cast Lead—Israel’s attempt in late 2008 and early 2009 to stop Hamas’s rocket war on Israeli civilians—had been a crime. No single written attack on the Jewish state has been as damning, as prominent, or as influential. And yet the South African jurist Richard Goldstone and his team had only a few months to compile a report that runs to nearly 600 pages and makes hundreds of detailed accusations about the Israel Defense Force’s conduct of the war, and Goldstone himself made only a single four-day visit to Gaza. Where did they secure the evidentiary rope with which to hang Israel?

    The report was largely compiled from material provided by what is often referred to as Israel’s “human rights community.” This vague euphemism refers to a coterie of groups and individuals that has evolved over the past decade into a highly politicized movement of dozens of nongovernmental organizations that operate in Israel and subject its government, military, laws, and people to relentless scrutiny and accusation. The Goldstone Report relied most heavily on B’Tselem. More footnotes in the report, 56 in all, cite B’Tselem as a source than any other.

    As Jessica Montell, then B’Tselem’s executive director, said, B’Tselem “provided extensive assistance to the UN fact-finding mission headed by Justice Goldstone—escorting them to meet victims in Gaza, providing all of our documentation and correspondence, and meeting the mission in Jordan.”

    In making such a profound contribution to the Goldstone Report, B’Tselem was performing the task to which it has truly dedicated itself: not the defense of human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, but the delegitimization of Israel and its existence as a Jewish state.