International Criminal Court: Investigate Senior Israeli Army Lawyer for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity

Eurojust in The Hague, Netherlands. (credit: Vincent van Zeijst, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)
It is  extremely rare for a complaint to focus on an individual culprit.

By Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) | Oct 31, 2022

“What makes the Toledano case so appropriate for the ICC is not just the crimes involved, but the opportunity for the court to show that international crimes cannot be ‘legalized’ through domestic legislation”
— Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, Director of Research for Israel-Palestine at DAWN

(Washington, D.C., October 31, 2022) — The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should investigate senior Israeli military lawyer Eyal Toledano in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the crime of apartheid, said Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), in a submission filed with the Prosecutor today.

The war crimes and crimes against humanity documented in DAWN’s ICC submission, the result of a months-long investigation, took place between 2016 and 2020 in the occupied West Bank, placing them temporally and geographically within the scope of the existing ICC investigation into the Situation in Palestine.

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When donor pressure threatens to erase Palestine from academia

A controversy at the University of Washington over donor efforts to stifle scholarly work critical of Israel raises serious questions about the role of money and academia.

By Alice Rothchild | Mondoweiss | Oct 27, 2022

It became clear…that the holder of the Benaroya chair was expected to refrain from making ‘certain political statements’ and to ‘accept the proposition that study of ‘modern Israel’ is incompatible with the concurrent study of ‘Israel/Palestine.’”

In today’s society there is awareness that the interests and demands of funders influence what topics are studied, the definitions of acceptable norms, hidden meanings of language, and sources of knowledge, and that ultimately funding may easily taint research findings. In February 2022 at the University of Washington, a controversy became public that serves as an example of just this issue as well as the wide divisions within the Jewish community when it comes to Israel/Palestine, and the disastrous but predictable consequences when these different worldviews collide.y harvested. 

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Why are Israeli soldiers harvesting Palestinians’ olive groves?

Israeli police officers deny Palestinians access to olive trees in Wadi Rababa, East Jerusalem, October 7, 2022. (credit: Oren Ziv)
Soldiers were seen picking the trees after receiving permission from a settler group. When Palestinians went to harvest the next day, police prevented them.

By Oren Ziv and Meron Rapoport | +972 Magazine | Oct 19, 2022

“We have a land registration document proving that this is our land. Then suddenly they came and took it,”
— Ibrahim Sumarin, a resident of Silwan

An olive grove in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan has become the latest site of struggle between Palestinian residents, who have cultivated the flora for generations, and Israeli authorities and organizations, which have been coveting land and property in the area for years as part of their agenda of “Judaizing” East Jerusalem.

On Oct. 6, uniformed female soldiers were observed collecting olives from the trees in Silwan’s Wadi Rababa, a section of the Hinnom Valley which is part of a national park around the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Although it falls under the purview of Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority, the area has been designated as an “agricultural farm” and has been managed for the past two years by Elad, a settler organization that has been centrally involved in Israeli encroachments in Silwan.

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Westerners live in denial, convinced they’re the good guys

A woman poses for photos in front of the large poster form of a postage stamp depicting the Crimean Kerch Bridge on fire in Kyiv, Ukraine on 8 October 2022.  (credit: Reuters)
Stark contradictions in West’s treatment of the Ukraine war and the occupation and siege of Palestine should serve as a wake-up call.

By Jonathan Cook  | Middle East Eye |  Oct 14, 2022

Had the Palestinians openly celebrated blowing up a bridge in East Jerusalem, a territory illegally annexed by Israel in the 1960s, and killed Israeli civilians as collateral damage in the process, who can really imagine western media reports being similarly supportive?

No one took responsibility for the explosion over the weekend that ripped through a section of the Kerch Bridge that links Russia to Crimea and was built by Moscow after it annexed the peninsula back in 2014.

But it was not just Kyiv’s gleeful celebrations that indicated the main suspect. Within hours, the Ukrainian authorities had released a set of commemorative stamps depicting the destruction.

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From a Palestinian grandmother about what’s happening to her grandson

Samia Khoury with kindergarteners at her East Jerusalem school singing a birthday greeting to Alison Weir for her 70th birthday. (credit: Alison Weir)
Shadi Khoury, 16-year-old student at the Ramallah Friends School and grandson of Sabeel co-founder Samia Khoury, was kidnapped from his home in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem by Israeli Occupation forces.

By Alison Weir  | Israel-Palestine News | Oct 18, 2022

Shadi should not be sleeping in a prison cell. He is a child and should be home with his family.
— Samia Khoury, Sabeel co-founder

Dear Friends

In the early hours of this morning the Israeli occupation forces, consisting of a troop of around 12 persons consisting of army and secret service, stormed my son’s house after breaking the gate at the entrance of the compound in which we all live, so as to arrest his younger son Shadi Khoury, a sixteen-year-old child, a student at the Quakers Friends School in Ramallah. They beat him until he was bleeding all over the room and along the path on the way out of the house dragging him barefoot and blindfolded not allowing the parents to see where the blood was coming from. Shadi was taken to the interrogation section in the police compound called “the Russian compound”

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The battle approaches

Palestinian militants raise their weapons during a memorial service of Mohammed Al-Azizi and Abdul  Rahman Sobh, who were killed by Israeli forces on July 24, 2022, in Nablus, September 2, 2022. (credit: Shadi Jarar’ah / APA Images)
The current moment of resistance across the West Bank is unprecedented. Palestinians are returning to a state of refusal of the settler-colonial reality some would have them ignore.

By Faris Giacaman  | Mondoweiss | Oct 14, 2022

The fate of this moment might end up being decided by whether Palestinian society rallies around the armed resistance groups.

Shu’fat refugee camp is under siege. The Israeli army unleashes its fury in a fervent manhunt for the fighter responsible for killing a soldier at the Shu’fat military checkpoint. In Nablus, an armed resistance group going by the name of Areen al-Usud (“the Lion’s Den”) puts out a call for a mass strike across Palestine. What’s more surprising is that several cities heed the call, despite the fact that it did not originate from any official political party, yet putting a halt to normal life in many cities all the same.

None of this would have been fathomable less than a year ago. In the past few days, Areen al-Usud has declared responsibility for six different shooting operations against Israeli military targets. In Jenin refugee camp, another armed group, the Jenin Brigades, continues to make a stand against the Israeli army during its incursions into the camp.  Just this morning, as the Shu’fat siege entered another day, the army launched a parallel invasion of Jenin, killing one and injuring six others in the months-long effort to stamp out the burgeoning resistance movement there.

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‘Who are the terrorists?’: How a new Palestinian generation is fighting occupation

Asharaf Mahmoud Amour inspects the ruins of his demolished home in the West Bank village of Letwani (credit: David Hearst / MEE)
From the farmers of the South Hebron Hills under attack by settlers to the armed groups of Jenin Camp facing nightly raids, a new wave of West Bank resistance is building.

By David Hearst | Middle East Eye | Oct 10, 2022

“They are trying to present to the world that we are terrorists. Who are the terrorists? We are trying to stay in our homes.”
— Asharaf Mahmoud Amour, Letwani villager whose house was demolished

The village of Letwani is the end of the road. Literally. Behind it lies a settler road which starts in Jerusalem and ends in the South Hebron Hills.

In front of it is the Masafer Yatta, an area of 30 square kilometres which Israel declared as a military firing zone in the 1980s.

Masafer Atta’s 2,500 residents are involved in daily pitched battles with settlers and soldiers.

The morning I arrived in Letwani, Asharaf Mahmoud Amour, aged 40, looked calmly at a pile of breeze blocks. It was the remains of his house. A bulldozer had demolished it a few hours before. To his amazement, the soldiers had left standing the shed to the left and the chicken house to the right, both under demolition orders.

“I will tell you where we are sleeping tonight – with the chickens and the goats,” Amour said.

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Israel experiments on Palestinians with AI-powered gun at checkpoints

The Israeli military installed an automatic weapon at a heavily-trafficked checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil in September. While it was initially reported that the weapon will fire a wide range of projectiles, the army now states the device is only capable of firing sponge-tipped bullets. Reiterating the remote-controlled gun. (credit: Illustration by MintPress News)
Israel’s technological advancements have digitized its occupation of Palestine and turned the occupied territories into a testing ground for surveillance, spyware, and arms technologies.

By Jessica Buxbaum | MintPress News | Oct 5, 2022

“I’m afraid every time I pass [through this checkpoint] that this weapon is pointing at me, pointing at children, or women,”
— Issa Amro, an al-Khalil resident and founder of Palestinian activist group Youths Against Settlements

The Israeli military installed an automatic weapon at a heavily-trafficked checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil in September. While it was initially reported that the weapon will fire a wide range of projectiles, the army now states the device is only capable of firing sponge-tipped bullets. Reiterating the remote-controlled gun will not use live fire, the IDF hopes this system will be used to test approved crowd dispersal methods. But critics assert the device is yet another example of Israel using Palestinians as guinea pigs so they can market their military technology as field-tested to governments around the world.

The weapon was placed at a military checkpoint on Al-Shuhada Street, a once vibrant center of Palestinian life in al-Khalil, but is now recognized as a symbol of Israel’s occupation. After Israeli-American settler Baruch Goldstein gunned down 29 worshipers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994, Israel shut down the busy road and eventually declared it a closed military area where only residents can pass through. According to Issa Amro, an al-Khalil resident and founder of Palestinian activist group Youths Against Settlements, the area is home to 200 families and the checkpoint is used by around 300 families every day.

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Zoom Event: Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “BOYCOTT”


When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 33 states in America.
BOYCOTT traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.
Register now and join in a discussion of the film with Peter Beinart, Editor-at-Large for Jewish Currents; JustVision filmmaker Jen Marlowe; and Bahia Amawi, plaintiff in the film. Our moderator will be journalist Mnar Adley, founder and executive director of MintPress News.
REGISTER NOW TO WATCH THE FILM FOR FREE beginning Oct 5th, for four days.
Then join the discussion on Oct 9th.
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022
Time: 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific
Location: On-line
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Tickets: Free, must register to see film and discussion
Event Details

This film is not yet available to the public and is still in the film festival stage. This is a unique opportunity to preview for free a film that will have significant impact when it is publicly released to the marketplace. One or more of the legal cases portrayed in the film may be going to the Supreme Court. Your confirmation email, from Zoom, will include a link to watch the film during the period from now through 4:00 PM on the 9th. This link is for your use only. Please do not share the link with others.

Co-sponsors for this event are the United Methodists for Kairos Response and the Methodist Foundation for Social Action.

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From Exodus to Marvel: A brief history of Hollywood’s justification of Israeli war crimes

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By Ramzy Baroud | CounterPunch | Sept 27, 2022

The Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new.

The introduction of an Israeli Mossad agent as the latest Marvel movie character crosses the line, even by Hollywood’s poor moral standards. However, the Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new.

Sabra is a relatively old character, dating back to a Marvel comic, the Incredible Hulk, in 1980. On September 10, however, it was announced that the Israeli character will be included in an upcoming Marvel film, ‘Captain America: New World Order’.

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