Time to Investigate Crimes in Palestine, Time for Justice

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Posts

Joint Open Letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Re: Over 180 Palestinian, Regional, and International Human Rights Coalitions, Organisations, and IndividualsCall on the International Criminal Court: Time to Investigate Crimes in Palestine, Time for Justice

29 April 2020

Your Excellency Fatou Bensouda,

On 20 December 2019, following almost five years of preliminary examination, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court submitted to the Pre-Trial Chamber a request for a ruling on the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in Palestine indicating that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip” and that she had “identified potential cases arising from the situation which would be admissible.” Further, the Prosecutor was satisfied that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction extended to the “Palestinian territory occupied by Israel” since June 1967, “namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.” (more…)

Continue Reading Time to Investigate Crimes in Palestine, Time for Justice

« End of Occupation » No 1008

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Newsletter

This excellent piece by the eminent Israeli journalist, Gideon Levy (Haaretz) is a forthright reference to  the institutionalized racism which characterizes both American and Israeli society. His article draws a clear parallel between the police brutality and racializing  of African-Americans in the United States and that of the vicious, murderous targeting of Palestinians by Israeli police. The latter have a penchant for murdering mentally handicapped Palestinians in cold blood, as Gideon Levy explains.

The courage of Mr. Levy is commendable, as is the courage of Haaretz for permitting the truth of this stark and dark reality to see the light of day. That is more than can be said for our own ‘mainstream’ media in North America (and the political class they serve) where the truth of Israeli apartheid and its accompanying brutality and dehumanization cannot be expressed, where any attempt to render what is a legitimate and necessary criticism of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population is met with the blackmailing invective of anti-Semitism. In 1997, Nelson Mandela stated: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Free the Palestinian people!

‘Being Black in America Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence.’ What About Being Palestinian?

Did you see the American police officers? Did you see how they choked George Floyd to death in Minneapolis? Did you see Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck, pinning him down, with Floyd begging for his life until he died five minutes later? What racist police forces they have in America, how brutal. Now Minneapolis is burning after a black citizen was executed because of his skin color. The mayor apologized, the four officers involved were fired, Chauvin was indicted. America is a cruel place for black people and its police are racist. (more…)

Continue Reading « End of Occupation » No 1008

« End of Occupation » No 1007

Detention of Palestinian Children on the Rise during Pandemic

At the end of March, there were 194 Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel, an increase of 6% compared to last January, reports Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI).

Sixty percent of them are in pre-trial detention, an incredible measure given the risks of contagion they run, says the association which, like the UN agencies, is calling for the release of all Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel. (more…)

Continue Reading « End of Occupation » No 1007

« End of Occupation » No 1006

Facebook says Israeli spyware company ran vast hacking operation in the United States

Lawsuit reveals extent of Israeli spyware company’s U.S. operation

In 2019, nearly 1,400 WhatsApp users were hacked with a number human rights advocates and journalists targeted. The attack was allegedly the work the NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company.

Last October, Facebook (which owns WhatsApp) sued NSO over the breach, claiming that the company was unable to break Facebook’s encryption, but infected the phones of many users. NSO denied the claims. “The sole purpose of NSO is to provide technology to licensed government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to help them fight terrorism and serious crime,” the company said in a statement at the time, “Our technology is not designed or licensed for use against human rights activists and journalists. We consider any other use of our products than to prevent serious crime and terrorism a misuse, which is contractually prohibited. We take action if we detect any misuse.” NSO has tried to get the case dismissed, arguing that a California court has no jurisdiction in the matter, as its customers aren’t based in the U.S. (more…)

Continue Reading « End of Occupation » No 1006