President Mahmoud Abbas has submitted Palestine for membership in the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague. Some see Abbas’ ICC move as a desperate attempt to do *something* – especially after a controversial resolution to create a Palestinian state failed at the United Nations Security Council. So why does the ICC bid matter, will Israel be tried for war crimes and what’s next for Palestine?
Harry Fear reports from the Gaza Strip on the murder of a young man shot by a sniper in front of a group of international solidarity activists.
By: M.B. David and Isa Abu Jamal
The United Kingdom’s largest demonstration for Gaza has just made history. Not only was it the biggest protest in solidarity with Gazan civilians in the UK, but it was also the largest in the world, at any time in history.
Large demonstrations against Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza were staged across the US on Saturday. The public outpouring of support for Palestinians in US streets suggests that Washington’s pro-Israel policies are becoming increasingly unpopular, a trend supported by a recent poll on Israel’s latest aggression, which finds that young Americans are twice as likely to support Palestinian rights than Israeli occupation.
Tens of thousands of Americans held a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Protestors travelled in buses from around the country to join the national rally, waving Palestinian flags and chanting “free Palestine” in the US capital.
As Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip comes close to 4 weeks, the official Palestinian death toll is 1,650 (over 200 more than were killed by Israel in Cast Lead) and 8,900 have been injured.
For many, this conflict makes no sense and Israel’s arguments that it is to stop rocket attacks is unconvincing. This brief update will provide an overview of the overwhelming death and destruction caused by Israel to the Gaza Strip, beginning with the context of the war.
The UN launches an investigation into Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.
Twenty-nine of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted in favour of creating a commission of inquiry to look at possible war crimes committed by Israel. Only the United States voted against the resolution, while 17 states abstained, 10 of them European. The vote was taken after Navi Pillay, the UN’s human rights commissioner, said there is a “strong possibility” that Israel is guilty. The UN council condemned the Israeli assault on Gaza, which it said has involved “disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks”, including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment and the killing of more than 700 Palestinians.
The U.S. gives 3.1 billion dollars of U.S. tax payer’s money to Israel every year to maintain a military occupation and commit what the United Nations has called “war crimes” in the Palestinian territories. AJ+ asks policy analyst, Phyllis Bennis what this military, political and diplomatic “special relationship” means for the rest of the Middle East and what would be at stake if this unconditional support ended.
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