It seems to me the Palestinians must be feeling pretty confident that the world has completely ingested the revisionist Arab narrative to take what even the A.P. called the “risky” step of trying to bring war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
“Cause that’s what they’re reportedly doing.
I suppose Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the rest of the Islamist world have good reason for confidence, judging by the general public’’ reaction to reports from the region, which tend to be wildly canted in their favor.
Too often, for instance, Israel’s retaliation for some wonton act of violence makes headlines, while the unprovoked barbaric attack, often against unarmed civilians, gets no news play at all. This makes it seem to the average person like the Jews are going after the Palestinians for no good reason, and this is not an accident. These types of stories break all the fundamental journalism rules, and the reporters who are writing them, and their editors who are publishing them, certainly know this.
But, it’s more than that.
These Islamists are taking a big chance, because even the Associated Press (among those in the mainstream media often displaying an anti-Israel bias) is forced to note the lopsided nature of the rival charges, even if they aren’t doing so intentionally.
This latest threat comes immediately after Abbas’ failed attempt to force via the U.N. Security Council, a fully formed Palestinian state down Israel’s throat at the expense of Israel’s defensibility. The A.P. reporter called it “a risky, high-stakes move that brought threats of retaliation from Israel and criticism from the U.S.”
A.P. notes that “turning to the international court at The Hague,” transforms Abbas’ Fatah-faction’s relationship with Israel “from tense to openly hostile.”
The strategy carries risks, including the possibility of the Palestinians themselves being accused of war crimes over rocket attacks by the extremist group Hamas on Israeli population centers and other violence against Jewish targets, the story says.
I guess so.
The story says the Palestinians could try to have Israeli military or political figures prosecuted for was crimes over “settlement construction on ‘occupied lands’ or actions that cause heavy civilian casualties, for instance.”
So, to clarify, the Palestinians are planning to ask The Hague to decide the relative offensiveness and criminality of building apartments, which is what the Jews are doing, and blowing up civilians on purpose, which is what the Islamists do.
Ordinarily, this would be a no-brainer, but there are Jews involved, so all common sense bets are off.
If the Palestinians seek to charge Israel for “actions by the military that cause heavy civilian casualties,” they open themselves up to international scrutiny over their well-documented practice of using their own children and other civilians as human shields around densely populated areas from which they intentionally fire into Israeli civilian population centers.
This would be a difficult fact to overcome, since, even as the international anti-Israel bias is obvious to the well-initiated, it’s not yet to the point that so outragious a thing could be overlooked publically, I don’t think.
It would require the international court to come out and say that Israel can’t legally defend its citizens if Palestinian citizens are intentionally put in harm’s way to prevent it. Doing this would absolutely insure the use of human shield would explode over night, empowering all kinds of criminals everywhere.
The judges would have to find it more of a crime against humanity to build “Jewish” neighborhoods and destroy incoming rockets harmlessly in the air than to launch deadly attacks against unarmed rabbis praying in a synagogue. I hope and believe the level of anti-Semitism internationally has not yet reached that level of blind, overwhelming bigotry – though that’s where the Islamists (with the willful or unintentional complicity of the mainstream international media) would like to take it.
The article points out that Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognize its jurisdiction, and that the court has no police force, nor the authority to go into Israel and arrest anybody. But it could issue arrest warrants that would make it difficult for Israeli officials to travel abroad, which has happened before, and is an aggravating pain in the tuchas and little else.
The Palestinian application to the ICC is expected to be approved within about 60 days.
The Hague became an option for Abbas in 2012, when the United Nations recognized “Palestine” as a non-member observer state, another ill-conceived move by the heavily pro-Islamist failed experiment that should be moved lock, stock and anti-Semitism to some Arab country, without the U.S., in my opinion.
By way of background, the A.P. notes that Yasser Arafat (an Egyptian, but they don’t mention that) “founded Fatah in 1965″ (before which time there were no “Palestinians” other than the region’s Jews, but they don’t mention that, either) “with the goal of destroying Israel (a bit of information it’s important to note).”
The party rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s with a series of hijackings (like the one which ended with the spectacular Israeli ‘Raid on Entebbe’)) and other attacks (emphasis is mine, and these other attacks include the murder of the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, just fyi). So, clearly, the PLO, which morphed into Fatah, was founded as a terrorist organization, and, in my opinion, is a leopard with unchanged spots.
“Over time,” the story says, “Fatah moderated and accepted Israel’s right to exist, while seeking a Palestinian state. Arafat died in 2004.”
I humbly submit that Fatah moderated the same way the Ku Klux Klan did – it put on a silk suit, toned down the racist rhetoric, and tried to sell the world a sow’s ear.
We’ll see how bamboozled the world really is.
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