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Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids
The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon

Posted on 07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated.

Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians.

"These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.

"Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated."

According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques and seven hospitals have been struck.

Ms Pillay, who spoke at an emergency debate on the crisis at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, also criticised Hamas for indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks.

The one-day session was convened at the request of the Palestinians and Egypt, but significantly, boycotted by Israel, which accuses the council of bias.

The move came as the conflict raging on, with 49 Palestinians killed in the space of 24 hours.

Many of the deaths were recorded in Khan Younis, the south Gaza town which has borne the brunt of Israel's land offensive.

Meanwhile Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza.

However, he said where the Islamist group would not agree to a full ceasefire until the terms had been negotiated.

He said: "Everyone wanted us to accept a ceasefire and then negotiate for our rights, we reject this and we reject it again today."

He added that Hamas "will not close the door" to a humanitarian truce if Israel ended its bombardment of Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry also held talks in Tel Aviv today about a strategy to end the conflict sparked by the murder of three Israeli youths and one Palestinian.

Ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he said: "We have certainly made some steps forward.

"There is still work to be done.

'We are doing this for one simple reason.

"The people in the Palestinian territories, the people in Israel, are all living under the threat or reality of immediate violence. And this need to end for everybody."

Elsewhere today, several major American and European airlines suspended flights to Israel after a militant rocket struck a house near the airport.

The companies which acted included Britain's Easyjet, German firm Lufthansa, Dutch airline KLM and Air France, together with US Airways, United and Delta from America.

Israel, which has lost 29 troops and three civilians in the fighting, claims its offensive is designed to stop Hamas tunnelling across the border in search of hostages.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said: "Israel is acting according to international law.

"It is acting against terrorism.

"It is regrettable civilians are killed, but when we call on them to vacate and Hamas calls on them to stay, then that is what happens."


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1 posted on 07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's just what Levin said the other day.

No one gives a damn when rockets are raining down on Israelis - nope, just crickets. But the minute Israel defends itself...

"BAD ISRAEL, BAD, BAD ISRAEL!"

2 posted on 07/23/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

INVESTIGATE THE U.N.

for allowing Hamas terrorists to stockpile rockets , etc
in their properties .

Whoever is doing this stuff at the U.N. in N.Y. should be made to worry about going home at night .


3 posted on 07/23/2014 2:49:39 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The UN is a dangerous anachronism.


4 posted on 07/23/2014 2:50:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No Sh!t.

Give them half a trillion dollars to move to some tropical worker’s utopia like Zimbabwe.

Purge the third-world bureaucrats!


5 posted on 07/23/2014 2:51:04 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good grief, Israel is threatened with an investagation for defending itself!


6 posted on 07/23/2014 2:51:08 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Agreed! Castro has been perpetuating an ongoing crime against humanity for the past 55 years. Does the UN plan on investigating Cuba? /sarcasm


7 posted on 07/23/2014 2:55:15 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: LeoWindhorse
for allowing Hamas terrorists to stockpile rockets , etc in their properties .

You actually make a good point, seems they have a better 2A than we do. Where's Michael Bloomberg to take care of that?

8 posted on 07/23/2014 3:00:57 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ms Pillay, who spoke at an emergency debate on the crisis at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, also criticised Hamas for indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks.

Kind of threw that in as an after-thought, did she?

9 posted on 07/23/2014 3:06:00 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Get the UN out of the US.

With that said, I guess there will be no investigation of Hamas.

10 posted on 07/23/2014 3:07:29 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ms Pillay, who spoke at an emergency debate on the crisis at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, also criticised Hamas for indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks.

Kind of like going after the police for the way they made a particular arrest... and then as an afterthought saying "also, the perp shouldn't have committed the crime."

11 posted on 07/23/2014 3:07:30 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blah...blah...blah.


12 posted on 07/23/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ms Pillay, who spoke at an emergency debate on the crisis at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, also criticised Hamas for indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks.

Pillay, you ignorant slut...

The rocket and mortar attacks are the MATERIAL CAUSE, the FORMAL CAUSE, the EFFICIENT CAUSE and the FINAL CAUSE of everything that happens in this conflict.

13 posted on 07/23/2014 3:10:02 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This war was sparked by the deaths of the three Israeli hitch hikers and the burning alive of a Palestinian youth which followed. What strikes me is that all of this horrific carnage was cause by situations which were much less than an average Saturday night in Chicago.

Why were those teens hitch hiking in such a dangerous area? Does anyone know for sure who killed them?

I'm in the minority here, I strongly suspect. I consider myself to be passionately pro-life, and am saddened equally by all unnecessary and wanton loss of life. The death of a Palestinian or Sunni or Syrian or Israeli child....they're all equally horrific. Sometimes I get the sense (this is not directed to you, I'm venting) that some posters somehow feel an Israeli life is more precious than the life on an innocent Palestinian (or any other) child.

14 posted on 07/23/2014 3:16:35 PM PDT by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

AMEN and AMEN!!!!!

So will everyone in Gaza who did not get out when Hamas attempted to murder Israelis how many times be tried as accomplices?

Come to think of it, if we do not publicly renounce abortion, we are accomplices in God’s eyes, too.

Ezekial 33: 1-20
The Watchman’s Duty
33 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.

6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’


15 posted on 07/23/2014 3:27:34 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is because the American left despise Israel and pray everyday for its destruction..when Boko Haram kills THOUSANDS of women and children by BURNING THEM ALIVE..CRICKETS from the media..when ISIS in Iraq murders THOUSANDS of people for not converting to Islam, CRICKETS From the media..but the second Israel says NO MORE and defends themselves against terrorist SCUM you hear outrage from the media


16 posted on 07/23/2014 3:45:40 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: grania
This war was sparked by the deaths of the three Israeli hitch hikers and the burning alive of a Palestinian youth which followed. What strikes me is that all of this horrific carnage was cause by situations which were much less than an average Saturday night in Chicago.

From all I've read this seems to be the prelude/timetable to war.

Netanyahu was (rightfully) angry with the unity pact with Hamas and Abbas...and the reaction to it from the Western governments.

Netanyahu immediately blamed Hamas for the kidnappings, but to this point has not presented the proof he says Israel has.

I tend to agree with the assessment that Netanyahu saw an opportunity to do damage to Hamas "using" their role in the kidnapping of the three teenagers as "cover". All was going his way until the search went a little over the top with the bulldozing of houses, roundups and arrests and the shooting deaths of six Palestinian teenagers.

The two years of "calm" are shattered with Hamas shooting missiles.

Initially Netanyahu called for restraint against Hamas and was applauded for his calm leadership by Western governments.

Then Lieberman bolted the coalition because Netanyahu wasn't taking on Hamas. This move left Likud with a one seat majority and set the stage for a possible call for early elections.

It was 24 hours after this move putting Netanyahu's coalition and his position at real political risk that Netanyahu ordered the IDF to "take the gloves off" and protect the Israeli people.

17 posted on 07/23/2014 3:46:24 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Hero of Benghazi will enjoy this. It’s a good thing Israel can ignore the UN and do what they have to do.

Look for The Hero of Benghazi to put more sections on Israel the next two years.

Will be interesting to see how US Jews vote in 2016 and perhaps even this year.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 3:48:14 PM PDT by morphing libertarian (Advanced technological development.)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

U.N. to investigate Israel for war crimes. OMG.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 3:48:48 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The media is PATHETIC beyond mere pathetic.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 3:49:21 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

I remember an episode of South Park where Eric Cartman said it best..if your going to kill someone, make sure its someone of your own race..blacks killing blacks in Chicago, not a peep from the media..Muslims killing Christians in Iraq, a TRUE Holocaust is taking place over there, not a peep from the media..Boko Haram BUTCHERING children, men, women, babies, burning them alive, not a peep from the media..but the second Israel dare to defend itself, all you hear is the typical leftist outrage..because the media in this country DESPISES ISRAEL..period..I saw it in 2006 when Israel defended itself against Hezbollah in Lebanon, that CNN accused Israel of murdering women and children..I figured out the media THEN..Ive said it once and I will say it again, the Nazi Movement is alive and well, but instead of them wearing white sheets, they are wearing Burqa’s, and wearing suits and ties


21 posted on 07/23/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
56 mosques have been struck...

It would be a great day if EVERY mosque were to be struck. They are usually armories, and always incubators of hate. Consider: When the Islamists have the upper hand, they deface and destroy churches, synagogues, and even ancient monuments.

22 posted on 07/23/2014 3:55:04 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
Navi Pillay... UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians.
You want to give that office some credibility, dimbulb? Make the use of human shields a war crime. Otherwise, STFU.
23 posted on 07/23/2014 4:05:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The UN should be put on trial for crimes against decency.


24 posted on 07/23/2014 4:05:33 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: SunkenCiv
You want to give that office some credibility, dimbulb? Make the use of human shields a war crime. Otherwise, STFU.

Ding, ding, ding ... we have a thread winnah!

25 posted on 07/23/2014 4:40:09 PM PDT by GOPJ (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize-Voltaire)
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To: GOPJ

:’)


26 posted on 07/23/2014 4:51:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lonevoice

Israel stands alone, I fear. I wish there were something that the American people who support Israel could help in some significant way.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 5:24:56 PM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Israelis and Arabs are the same race (Caucasian) and the same sub-division of race - Semitic. Why, I’m pretty sure many of the “Palestinians” have Judaic blood to some extent as well.


28 posted on 07/28/2014 11:23:31 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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