Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Israeli and international voices support accountability for Israeli violations of international law

As the Goldstone Report continues to make news, Israeli and international voices are calling for accountability for violations of international law and human rights--violations that are often committed with U.S. weapons paid for by U.S. tax dollars. Watch Al Jazeera's "Inside Story" cover the UN Human Rights Council's adoption of the Goldstone Report, including an interview with Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan who hails the Report as the end of Israeli exceptionalism vis-a-vis international law: And here's Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner, who satirizes Israel's "exclusive right to self-defense":
"Virtually all of Israel is now speaking in one voice against the Goldstone report, against any attempt to blame us over the war in Gaza. We've honed our message to a sharp point and, inspired by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's performance at the UN, we're delivering it with just the right tone of outrage: How dare anyone deny us the right to self-defense! How dare anyone deny us the right to fight back against terrorism....Here is our idea of the "laws of war": When Israeli bulldozers rolled across the border into Gazan villages and flattened house after house so Hamas wouldn't have them for cover after the IDF pulled out, that was self-defense. But if a Palestinian boy who'd lived in one of those houses threw a stone at one of the bulldozers, that was terrorism....The Goldstones of the world call this hypocrisy, a double standard. How dare they! Around here, we call it moral clarity."
Click here to read the full article. In other Gaza accountability news, students at the University of Chicago protested a speech by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Several students disrupted the speech itself, with one student shouting out "war crimes are not free expression" and another presenting a list of names of those killed during Israel's December-January attacks on the Gaza Strip. The protest was covered by many Israeli media outlets, including Ha'aretz. Click here to read the full report from the Electronic Intifada, and watch video of the protest below: Unfortunately, U.S. policy continues to support Israeli occupation and apartheid. Help us raise voices against U.S. complicity in war crimes committed against Palestinians in Gaza, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank. Click here to sign up as a local organizer in your community to oppose U.S. military aid to Israel or carry out boycott and divestment campaigns against Israeli occupation and apartheid. Click here to help sustain the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.