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Published On: Thu, Jun 19th, 2014

Israel’s Push for the Final Solution and Deafening Silence

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Israeli military and police continue the disproportionate crackdown in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron and the bombardment of residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Israel alleges that it acts in response to the kidnapping of three Israeli teens from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank a week ago.

MOSSAD War by Deception

MOSSAD War by Deception

Meanwhile, demolitions of Palestinian homes continue as Israel approved the building of 172 new “settlement” units in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel continues violating the Hague Conventions and other bodies of international law.

Its declared goals are the annexation of East Jerusalem, of 97 % of the West Bank and the occupied Syrian Golan while “the international community” is looking on. Israel’s strategy is simple:

“To negotiate as hard-headed as possible about individual pieces of the puzzle while completing the bigger picture”. 

In fact, the October 18, 1907 Hague Convention explicitly allows deceit, and Israel has refined it to near perfection.

One day in Palestine. Joining the pieces of the puzzle of one week, or one day of isolated “incidents” after the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens, Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Ifrah, from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement in the occupied West Bank, on June 12, consolidates the grater picture or “Gestalt”.

Israeli Army and Police continued operations in the southern West Bank district of Hebron and beyond, arresting at least 30 Palestinians after invading and ransacking homes and offices. The Israeli Air Force launched several air strikes against target in the Gaza Strip, including strikes against residential areas and a school.

nsnbc file image

nsnbc file image

Saed Bannoura, of the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reports, that the first air strike struck the Tunis School in the Zeitoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City. The air strike caused excessive damage to buildings, nearby homes and vehicles.

Missile strikes were also launched against the Abu Jarad security site near the former Netzarim settlement, causing excessive damage to the site as well as a number of nearby homes.

The third target of the Israeli air raids were the al-Maqousi residential towers in Gaza City. Israeli Air Force fired at least two missiles at the highrise buildings. Bannoura reports that the air strikes caused damage to a number of homes as well as several injuries.

Israel_Jet_air forceIsraeli Air Force F-16s were used to fire missiles into the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central part of the Gaza Strip, reports Bannoura, adding that the missile strikes especially targeted the nearby power plant, destroying the plant as well as causing damage to several nearby homes.

In Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, Israeli Air Force jets fired missiles into an area near to the Sheikh Zayed towers, injuring one who was moved to the Kamal Adwan Hospital.

Hamas’ armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, reported that the Israeli Air Force bombarded a number of its sites in different parts of the Gaza Strip. Unidentified “Palestinian fighters” fired at least two “shells” from Gaza into the Western Negev, causing damage to one home but no injuries. Let us for a moment put aside the fact that “a certain and powerful faction within Hamas” clandestinely sides with the Zionist, NATO’s and Gulf-Arab anti-Syrian and anti-Egyptian agenda and focus on Israel’s plans and international law.

Hamas Fighters - Gaza,aqsaonline.org

Hamas Fighters – Gaza,aqsaonline.org

While Israel, as well as the U.S.’ and most E.U. member states position the al-Qassam Brigades or other armed Palestinian Factions like the PFLP-GC, the PFLP’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the DFLP’s National Resistance Brigade and others as “terrorist” organizations, this designation is inconsistent with international law.The Hague Convention of October 18, 1907 stipulates:

Art. 2. The inhabitants of a territory which has not been occupied, who on approach of the enemy, spontaneously take up arms to resist the invading troops without having had the time to organize themselves in accordance with Article 1, (Link), shall be regarded as belligerents if they carry arms openly and if they respect the laws and customs of war.

All of the above have committed “acts of terrorism”, such as the bombing of civilian targets, but so has the Israeli Air Force, during its bombing raids against civilian targets in the Gaza Strip.

Were Israeli military or civilian authorities confronted in an international court of law, they would, arguably” be unable to justify how missile strikes against was consistent with freeing the three teens or with international law:

The Tunis School in the Zeitoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City; the al-Maqousi residential towers in Gaza City; or the targeting of the power plant near the Nusseirat refugee camp;

Could the bombing of any of these targets be considered as fulfilling a role in liberating the allegedly kidnapped Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Ifrah.It is difficult to conceive how an unbiased international court of justice could consider these air strikes as anything than “terror bombing of civilian, residential areas and infrastructure”.

Arguably, all three attacks fall under the Hague Convention’s Article 23. g. , and most certainly Article 25, which stipulate that:

Art. 23. g. To destroy or seize the enemies property unless such destruction or seizure be imperatively demanded by the necessities of war.

Art. 25 The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.

While Israel continues its raids and bombardments, it intensified its de facto annexation and ethnic cleansing of the occupied Palestinian capital East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Destruction of Bedouin village in the Negev.

Destruction of Bedouin village in the Negev. File photo.

On Wednesday, Israeli military bulldozers demolished two Palestinian-owned houses and a well in Al-Khader, reports IMEMC. Israeli authorities reportedly justified the home demolitions by claiming that the buildings had been constructed without a building permit.

Israeli occupation authorities, in principle, deny building permits to Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the surrounding areas and beyond. Receiving a building permit from Israeli authorities anywhere in the occupied territories is the exception, not the rule.

It is important to note that the areas are under military occupation and that international law stipulates that the occupying power, Israel, has to cooperate with the local administration and government, in this case, the Palestinian authority.Israel’s unilateral approval or denial of building permits in occupied territories is, arguably, a violation of the October 18, 1907 Hague Convention, Article 43, which stipulates that:

Art. 43. The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country.

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Settlements in Jerusalem.Image courtesy of AlRay1

The number of home demolitions increased significantly in 2013 and 2014, since the initiation of the U.S.-sponsored “peace talks”, reports the negotiations office of the PLO, so has the number of new illegally erected Israeli / Jewish Only housing complexes on occupied Palestinian territory.

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, the Israeli Planning and Housing Commission approved the construction of 172 new housing units in the illegal Jabal Abu Ghneim (HarHoma) “settlement” in occupied East Jerusalem, reports IMEMC.

Israel has built over 120 of the illegal Jewish-only “settlements” since it annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, which are housing over 500.000 Jewish Israeli “settlers”.

Israeli Settlement - Arabs48Israeli military and police further contribute to the attempt to radically change the demographics of East Jerusalem by attempting to control every aspect of the lives of the Palestinian population. This prompts the question:

“Does Israel really want to claim that it is building all these housing complexes and displaces all these Palestinians just for the benefit of Palestinians, once Israel leaves the occupied territories?”

The October 18, 1907 Hague Convention, Article 55. is rather unequivocal on the issue of administrating occupied territories, stating:

Art. 55. The occupying State shall be regarded only as administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country. It must safeguard the capital of these properties, and administer them in accordance with the rules of usufruct.

Image: Lonpicman

Image: Lonpicman

International law is, in general, unequivocal with regard to Israel’s occupation of Palestine as well as the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The so-called “international community”, with the exception of a few but important countries, rejects the legality of Israel’s 1980 “Jerusalem Law” and its annexation of Syrian territories in the Golan.

The International Court of Justice, the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council outright reject Israel’s attempted and de-facto annexation.

The problem is, that there is no political consensus nor political will among the permanent members of the UN Security Council with regard to enforcing international law when it comes to Israel. The lack of political consensus and the active support for Israel’s annexation policies, naturally, emboldens rather than deters Israel.

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Israeli P.M. Netanyahu visits Israeli field hospital for “Syrian rebels” in the Golan.

The Western and Gulf-Arab powers behind the war on Syria and Iraq would not oppose Israel’s overt plan to occupy the Syrian Golan as long as it serves their geopolitical interests and they can excuse themselves by saying that Israel presented them with completed facts. Israel is openly, unopposed by the “international community”, waging a proxy war against Syria from the occupied Golan.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared in February 2014 that the “Golan is part and parcel with Israel” and added that the annexation of the Golan should be part of the “peace accord” within the U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In 2012, the Israeli occupation authorities in the Golan began to systematically replace Syrian school curricula with Hebrew – Israeli curricula. Other measures include the replacing of Arab traffic signs with New Hebrew ones, and attempts to force Syrian citizens to use New Hebrew as official language.

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Any uncultivated land is ripe for occupation, settlement and annexation.

In March 2013, Saed Bannoura reported “Israel admits: Just 0.7% of West Bank allocated to Palestinians” . The revelation is utterly inconsistent with Israeli claims about willingness to enter into a genuine peace process in good faith.

The plan was discovered through the release of a document to the Israeli High Court, in a lawsuit filed by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din.

The NGO challenged the construction of the illegal Hayovel “settlement” on stolen Palestinian land. The Israeli government argued that “the settlement and the road leading to it are on uncultivated land” and declared that “such lands are “subject to takeover by the Israeli government”.

A Syrian / Palestinian intelligence expert described Israel’s ultimate goals to the author with the following points:

  • The permanent annexation of Eastern Jerusalem.
  • The permanent annexation of almost all of the West Bank, leaving small, isolated Palestinian enclaves which will be under Jordanian administration.
  • The permanent annexation of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and parts of southern Lebanon
  • The resettlement / deportation of large segments of Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank to the Golan and southern Lebanon.
  • The recognition of a Palestinian State in the Gaza Strip, and the Gaza Strip only, against the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State.

Members ot the Security Council vote on the resolution. UN Photo-Mark GartenDeafening Silence and Precedence.The existence of these plans, in one or the other form cannot have escaped the intelligence and foreign policy experts of permanent UN Security Council members China and Russia, and cannot have escaped the attention of the United States, France, the U.K. or the E.U.

The fact is, that when it comes to Israel and its crimes, the silence of the “international community” is deafening.

Semenovka_Incindiary bombs_Ukraine_1This deafening silence establishes precedence for the international communities impotence with regard to ending the illegal proxy war on Syria and Iraq; it establishes precedence for the UN Security Council’s failure to condemn and end the use of heavy military equipment, including incendiary bombs and other indiscriminate weapons against residential areas in southeastern Ukraine; it is establishing precedence for the deafening silence about the selective prosecution practiced at the ICC. The list could continue into the past, the present and the future without end.

In a sense we are all Palestinians. The world has been confronted with an unprecedented erosion of international law as well as human rights and liberties since the onset of the so-called global war on terror in 2001. Israel has had a long-standing policy of “targeted assassinations”. Today we have a U.S. President who claims that he, legally, can order the killing of any person, anywhere.

70-prisoners-killedIsrael has for decades used so-called administrative detention” to indefinitely keep Palestinians locked away in prisons without charges and a day in court. Today almost all E.U. member states allow “terrorism suspects” to be secretly arrested on secret charges and secret evidence without the right to legal representation. If one is lucky enough to be “granted” a lawyer, this layer has no right to hear what charges there are against the detained, has no right to examine the evidence (if there is any). Anonymous witnesses are allowed.

The best way I possibly can describe Israel and occupied Palestine today is as an “experientarium” for global anarchy instead of law, injustice instead of justice, tyranny instead of liberties. What ever outrage against Palestinians is accepted by U.S. and E.U. citizens will, sooner or later, be used against themselves.

Ch/L – nsnbc 19.06.2014

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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