War Crimes Get Global Nod
Vol: 58 Issue: 10 Monday, July 10, 2006
The Palestinian terror group associated with the Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party, the al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, said last week that it possesses chemical weapons and that it planned to use them against Israel.
Spokesman Abu-Qusay told the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi on June 26 that an Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades unit has produced 20 kinds of chemical and germ weapons over the past three years. He said the weapons would be loaded on home-made Palestinian Kassam rockets and fired into Israeli towns near Gaza in retaliation for Israeli operations aimed at recovering a kidnapped Israeli soldier.
If death is coming to the Palestinians from the Israeli occupation, then we will send death back to their people, Abu-Qusay said. We tell the Israelis that the chemical materials in our possession will cause extreme damage to your lives.
To briefly reset the stage, Two weeks ago, a 19-year old Israeli tank gunner named Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists who tunneled into Israel under a border fence and attacked from the Israeli side.
The Israelis launched an punitive offensive incursion into Gaza in an effort to recover their missing soldier. The important thing to keep in mind is that Shalit was INSIDE Israel when he was kidnapped by terrorists who violated the border, invaded Israel and kidnapped Shalit.
Shalit was not ‘occupying’ Gaza, either by himself or as part of an Israeli unit. Shalit was on his own side of the same border the Palestinians are demanding that Israel respect. And Shalit was taken by the Palestinians to be used as a hostage.
A hostage that they’ve offered to trade for ONE THOUSAND Palestinian prisoners, or kill, depending on Israeli willingness to put another thousand fighters into the war against its continued existence.
Hostage-taking an international crime under the provisions of the “International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages,” signed at New York in December, 1979.
Under the terms of the Convention, which is binding on all UN members and observers,
“Any person who seizes or detains and threatens to kill, to injure or to continue to detain another person (hereinafter referred to as the “hostage”) in order to compel a third party, namely, a State, an international intergovernmental organization, a natural or juridical person, or a group of persons, to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the hostage commits the offence of taking of hostages (“hostage-taking”) within the meaning of this Convention.”
By definition, hostage-taking is therefore deemed an act of terror under the terms of the United Nations’ own conventions. Unless Cpl. Shalit fails to meet the definition of ‘person’ because he is an Israeli Jew.
According to a document issued by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, “hostage-taking constitutes a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and is also a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions.”
Hostage-taking, therefore, is a clear violation of international law, an act of internationally recognized terrorism, and, according to the United Nations, a ‘war crime.’
In a normal world, the kind where logic and law are applicable, one would expect the legally-elected government of the Palestinian Authority to come under swift international criticism — it is not only engaged in the commission of a war crime; Hamas is hoping to use the fruits of that war crime to obtain the release of other war criminals.
Instead, the European Union, home to the International Court of Justice, the Geneva Conventions and the Hague, issued a condemnation against ISRAEL for “the loss of lives caused by disproportionate use of force by the Israeli De fence Forces and the humanitarian crisis it has aggravated”. Against ISRAEL.
No condemnation of Hamas, of the Palestinians who voted Hamas into power, of the Fatah Party that holds the Palestinian presidency, or even of the act of hostage-taking itself. Just a condemnation of Israel for trying to recover its kidnapped soldier.
No other nation in the world would be expected to negotiate with terrorists, let alone be pressured to do so by the international community.
The Arab world has already sent ambassadors of Arab countries to the UN to draft a resolution demanding an “end to Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip and West Bank” — as if Israel has simply decided to invade Gaza on a whim and had not be subjected to daily rocket attacks from Gaza since last year’s pullout.
The draft also calls for releasing Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of the hostage and the release of Hamas’ lawmakers and ministers arrested by Israeli troops during the Gaza operation.
In all, the draft makes nine demands, all of which are aimed against Israel. It will probably sail right through — unless the United States uses its veto.
As one sifts through all the various intelligence analyses, ‘international reaction’ statements and opinion columns, one gets the sense that the world has gone stark, raving mad.
A terrorist group is in charge of what the international community is working feverishly to have become a recognized state. But a recognized state already exists in the place where the terrorists want to live.
So the international community sides with the terrorists. Against the only legitimate Western-style democracy in the region.
Keep in mind that we are talking about an international terrorist organization that just openly threatened to use weapons of mass destruction against Israeli population centers! Is this nuts, or what?
Hostage-taking is a war crime, by every possible reading of international law. A resolution being prepared for the Security Council is aimed at blaming the victim of the war crime. Moreover, it will require Israeli compliance with the hostage-taker’s demands.
Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Bible predicted the restoration of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. It predicted Israel would be at the center of global attention in the last days, and that the whole world would oppose both its existence and its possession of Jerusalem.
In this generation, there exists a nation so hated that when its citizens are kidnapped by bloody terrorists, the world cheers the terrorists. That hated nation has never launched a war of aggression, but was the victim of five wars aimed at its annihilation.
That hated nation is an island of prosperity in a sea of poverty, and has offered to share its prosperity with any nation that will allow it to live in peace. But the world sides with its enemies.
Why? Because Israel claims its birthright was granted by God and sealed for eternity in the pages of the Bible.
That reason, all by itself, is enough to justify the world’s denial of its right to exist. If Israel has a right to exist, then that right is granted by God. If the right exists, then so does Israel’s God.
That is clearly unacceptable.