All of the conspiracy theories aside, Israel is in a unique position in the world. It is the only country which does not have to report its nuclear program or arsenal and on many levels does not even have to comply with the United Nations.
Middle East Eye reported today that for the first time in history, “Israel has announced it will allow the International Criminal Court its first ever visit to the country, but has stated it has no authority to assess claims of war crimes against Palestinians in the 2014 Gaza war.”
The incidents in question stem back to the conflict of 2014, the Gaza War of 2014, in which over 2,000 Palestinians lost their lives – including over 1,300 innocent civilians and children. In the same conflict, Israel lost 73 lives – 7 of which were civilians. Even as recently as the US Presidential primaries of 2016, Bernie Sanders has called the Gaza War of 2014 “a disproportionate attack” in which the Israeli military abused their power in the region.
In 2014 the United Nations opened an official investigation into potential War Crimes committed by the Israel against the people of Gaza: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16119&LangID=E
Despite an ongoing investigation into the country, only since today has the UN been allowed to enter. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday, 9/2/2016, that an Israeli official told the newspaper “we have nothing to hide” but added that the visit would show the ICC it had no “jurisdiction or authority” to handle Palestinian allegations of war crimes.
“We would be happy to show the court at The Hague how serious, professional and independent the Israeli legal system is,” the official said “This is an additional opportunity to make clear that Israel believes there is no room for the intervention of the court at The Hague and that it has neither the authority nor the justification to handle the Palestinians’ complaints.”
This is not the first time Israel has been accused of War crimes, but this is the first time any of these accusations have made it this far in the court systems. For example, a small fact from the Six Days War of 1967, the United Nations which helped established the Jewish country of Israel just 20 years prior, called “Israel’s occupation of the lands acquired in the 1967 Six Days War illegal” – UN Secretary Kofi Annon – .
To this day the Israeli occupation in Gaza is considered “a violation of international law” and is considered an “illegal occupation” by the United Nations: http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/israel-and-occupied-palestinian-territories
The Goldstone Report of 2009 also included accusations of “crimes against humanity” committed at the hand of Israel against people of the Gaza Strip: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Fact_Finding_Mission_on_the_Gaza_Conflict
The events of today aside, Israel has also been in the international news recently for sensitive reasons. We all know what Israel as a country has continued to grow and expand since the UN Partition Plan of 1947, but this expansion has continued to this day.
On 9/1/2016 RT reported “how since July, Israel approved plans for over 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem, in Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramot, Har Homa, and Gilo, as well as 735 units in Ma’ale Adumim and other settlements in the West Bank.”
Furthermore, that Israel ignored a report issued in July by the Middle East peace “Quartet” (Russia, US, UN, and EU) which called on Israel to “cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion.” It is currently estimated that at least 570,000 Israelis live in these illegal settlements.
Two days after this, 8/31/2016, Middle East Eye reported that “Israeli authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday…The approvals mostly involved new housing units, but a retroactive green light was also granted to 179 existing homes in the Ofarim settlement. About 50 new units received final approval, while others were given preliminary authorization at different stages in the review process.”
About the decision continue to develop settlements beyond Israels borders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government “continues to plan and build all over the West Bank, while also giving settlers the message that any construction done without planning will be retroactively legalized.”
Earlier this year John Kerry said the Israels development of illegally occupied territories is “detrimental to the prospects of peace” in the region. While Israel has yet to face any discipline for their alleged war crimes or illegal occupation, it seems the walls are slowly moving in on them.
For nearly 70 years now Israel has enjoyed a special kind of international immunity and global sympathy for the tragedies of the 1940’s and WWII. The more time passes though, this prestige and this special treatment seems to be wearing off. Only time will tell what the United Nation has to say about this in the future.
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