Israel is lobbying members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cut funding to the organization in response to the ICC opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories related to Operation Protective Edge which took the lives of over 2,000 Palestinians most of which were civilians. Part of the operation involved [...]
|By: DSWright Monday January 19, 2015 8:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 1, 2015 2:13 pm|
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has moved to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to pursue war crimes cases against Israel. The Associated Press reported on December 31: At the international court, the Palestinians could seek to have Israeli military or political figures prosecuted for alleged crimes involving settlement construction on occupied lands or [...]
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday August 7, 2014 2:25 pm|
On Aug. 2, Sheikh Islam Mossaad ended his speech at the Texas Stands With Gaza rally by quoting these words of Martin Luther King, Jr. The quotation was preceded by a passionate speech invoking the spirit of dead Palestinian children and calling on the living youth of the world to take up their struggle:
“But we do not have much time. The revolutionary spirit is already worldwide. If the anger of the peoples of the world at the injustice of things is to be channeled into a revolution of love and creativity, we must begin now to work, urgently, with all people, to shape a new world.”
|By: CTuttle Wednesday August 6, 2014 8:00 pm|
In an Op-Ed in Foreign Policy, Elders Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson wrote:
“…There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes. This is true for both sides. Hamas’s indiscriminate targeting of Israeli civilians is equally unacceptable. However, three Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rockets, while an overwhelming majority of the 1,600 Palestinians killed have been civilians, including more than 330 children. The need for international judicial proceedings to investigate and end these violations of international law should be taken very seriously.”
|By: DSWright Monday August 4, 2014 1:32 pm|
In what will hopefully be the zenith of neofascism in Israel, the Times of Israel published an op-ed titled “When Genocide is Permissible.” The post, written by Yochanan Gordon, called for ethnically cleansing the Palestinian population ending with the question “If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 31, 2014 12:25 pm|
Politicians from the Democratic Party in the United States have expressed fervent support for Israel’s assault on Gaza, even going so far as to sponsor multiple resolutions which demonstrate unwavering solidarity and appropriate more funds for weapons and the US-funded missile defense system known as Iron Dome. This support has worked to ensure that the political climate discourages condemnation for war crimes, which Israel now seems to be committing on a daily basis.
Many of the comments in this story could easily have come from the mouths of Republicans. There simply is no political opposition in Congress to the ongoing war in Gaza. In fact, many Democrats are cheering Israel to “finish the job” and “restore the quiet” by doing whatever it takes.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 25, 2014 6:00 pm|
As the death toll of civilians, including children (the UN states the conflict takes the life of one child each hour), and the overall death count reaches 800 persons, you’d think even Israelis might be asking questions about what is being carried out in their names.
But at least in some cases, you’d be wrong.
In an apparent show of support for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), a new Facebook page has appeared where women (and one man) strip down to show their breasts and butts in provocative, sexual positions all decorated with pro-IDF slogans. It’s NSFW.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:04 pm|
Four Palestinian boys, who were from the same family, were targeted and bombed by Israeli military forces while they were playing football (or soccer) on the beach. The boys were killed nearby the Al Deira hotel, where international journalists have been staying. They appeared to be targeted yet to the United States State Department the children would not have died if Hamas had accepted the ceasefire proposed yesterday.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00 pm|
Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment on the racist mobs that successfully turned back busloads of immigrant women and children in Merrieta, California. The scene was not unlike Little Rock, the Edmund Pettus bridge, or any garden variety racist atrocity, and Rachel was appropriately outraged.
Things then went rapidly downhill, though, when she brought on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson. Either not having watched or worse, not having been affected by the preceding clips, Johnson proceeded to drone on with all the passion of Charlie Brown’s teacher.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday May 18, 2014 8:30 am|
One of the biggest issues with killer robots is when a human is no longer in the loop. Who or what would have command and control over it? Would it be a sergeant, a manufacturer or some other government official? Who would face product liability if it commit crimes? Would the programmer of the robot be at fault?