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Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide (updated link)

Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide

By Yoichi Shimatsu
Global Research.

In contrast to other non-official courts of conscience on Palestinian rights, for example, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (New York 2012), the prosecution in Kuala Lumpur took a step beyond war crimes and crimes against humanity to the higher and broader charge of genocide.

- The decision was rendered during the ongoing commission of the alleged crime by the defendant, rather than after the fact as in earlier genocide cases.

- Instead of limiting its ruling to individuals who ordered genocidal actions, the jurists also charged the state as a defendant.

- As a consequence, this case breaks the tradition of immunity of nation-states from criminal prosecution under international law.

- The decision introduces a legal basis for international action to protect minorities from genocide as a lawful alternative to the current response of so-called humanitarian intervention, invasion, occupation and regime change, which have often been as illegitimate and more destructive, and in some cases as genocidal as the original violation being punished.

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It would be great

if this mindset were to permeate throughout the entire planet, accusing other governments, even our own, of similar atrocities. But Israel is a good start. The Palestinians need a groundswell of support.

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Interesting read.

Some serious charges made.

"Expert witness Paola Manduca, an Italian chemist and toxicologist, who found extreme levels of toxic contamination of the soil and water across the Gaza Strip caused by Israeli weapons made of heavy metals and cancer-causing compounds".

"the September 1982 massacre of Palestinians, mainly women and children, at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in a southwest district of Beirut, Lebanon".

"intensive and indiscriminate aerial bombing and artillery shelling of civilian quarters in the Gaza Strip in 2008".

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.