TEL AVIV – US Secretary of State John Kerry said the two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict ‘was being destroyed before our eyes.’ He said Benjamin Netanyahu was leading the most right wing coalition in Israel’s history and that was leading to one state. Kerry said the US couldn’t ‘defend and protect Israel if a viable two state solution is destroyed.’ The US abstained in a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
GAZA – Delegation from International Criminal Court on a five day visit to look at war crimes conducted by Israel’s military and Hamas during the 51-day assault on Gaza in 2014. They will hold meetings in Ramallah, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian officials. Palestine joined the ICC in 2015 – a move opposed by Israel, US and most of the ICC’s European backers.
PALESTINIANS 2,100 KILLED AT LEAST of which 551 were children, 299 women and 11,231 INJURED
LONDON – The former Deputy PM and foreign minister has been accused by activists of war crimes in the 2008 – 09 GAZA War during which 1,300 Palestinians were killed. She had been invited to a UK conference last week organised by Haaretz newspaper and the British Jewish community. The UK says there’s no war crimes investigation into TZIPI Livni.
ANALYSIS – Since October 1, 77 Palestinians have been killed in a wave of slaughter that has it’s immediate roots in the actions of the Israeli military and settlers, but whose greviance stretches back all the way to 1948. Then, Palestinians were driven away from their homes by the terror of Irgun, Haganah and the Stern gang. Then they were expected to accept their fate. When Israel’s military achieved a lightning win in 1967, those who were driven away were joined in occupation as Tel Aviv seized west Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. Israel had proved itself to its superpower patron and Washington would now back the Zionist state no matter how appalling its behaviour towards the Palestinians and its weaker neighbour Lebanon. In 1982 Israel plumbed new depths and in doing so set a murderous precedent whose ramifications are being felt to this day. When the ‘world’ said nothing to the government of Menachem Begin and his defence minister Ariel Sharon after it perpetrated the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, Israel took this as a green light to behave as she liked against the people it regarded as inferior. From now onwards an army backed by a navy, airforce and atom bomb would successfully claim it was under attack from terrorism no matter how murderous it’s actions. The first intifada was an unarmed struggle that was met by live gunfire which struck stone throwing children in the throat and chest. The second intifada which was inspired by Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, brought suicide bombers and bloodshed to the streets of Israel but far more suffering and murder to the Palestinians. Even then Israel refused to accept the root cause of the conflict – the rights of the Palestinians to live in a homeland that had been theirs for more than two thousand years. Ariel Sharon simply built a wall and set in place the current state of affairs – by welcoming Russian immigrants into the Zionist state, he ensured settlers now had a harder edge. Today those settlers and their children have fought in Israel’s three murderous campaigns against the imprisoned people of Gaza, and walk in the occupied territories of west Bank and east Jerusalem openly brandishing rifles and knives attacking ordinary Palestinians at will. To this day, no one has been held to account for the burning alive of Ali Dawabshah and his mother and father by Zionist settlers. No one too is held responsible as Zionist settlers and the Israeli army conduct arbitrary ‘justice’ on the streets of Hebron and against the Palestinians trapped in Gaza – one million of whom are children. More than a thousand children were killed in the three wars that were conducted in the full glare of the media spotlight since Israel’s ‘withdrawal’ from Gaza in 2005 – 551 alone in last year’s war which was cheered on by Israelis who were sat on a mountain watching the unfolding horror as if there were at a boxing match. If the current unrest is indeed the third intifada one thing is certain, that the Palestinians will continue to die and that the ‘world’ will do nothing because Washington has decided that this is Israel defending itself, that this is Israel fighting a war against terror.
NEW YORK – UN investigators claimed both sides had committed war crimes during last year’s 50 day war. They said the Israelis should have renewed the policy of air strikes as casualties mounted, change the weapons and the quality of warnings before launching attacks in civilian areas. Hamas, the UN said, had fired indiscriminately with the intention of spreading terror. Israel’s actions were disproportionate and could be war crimes.
2, 251 PALESTINIANS WERE KILLED, OF WHICH 1,462 were civilians .. 67 Israeli soldiers were killed – 6 civilians 11, 231 Palestinian civilians were injured, 1, 466 Israelis..