The day before these little brothers took a photo together to celebrate Eid, last night Israel buried them together under the ruins of their home in another bombardment against Gaza. Image credit: Palestina Hoy (Palestine Today)

The United States is complicit in Israeli war crimes and continues to stand on the wrong side of history.

With each civilian or non-combatant target the state of Israel destroys, they commit a war crime under the Geneva Conventions.

It has just emerged that the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press in Gaza have been razed by the Israeli Air Force in a bombing raid. Each time they do this, the Israelis commit a war crime. A one-hour warning is given to the legal owners and/or occupiers of the targeted building before a bombing run is initiated to level the building. If you didn’t get the warning, your life is in peril or you die.

Moreover, the “collateral damage“, or each loss of a life, the life of a child, a woman or man, resulting from these “demolitions“, is a grievous war crime, each prosecutable in front of the International Criminal Court of Justice. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the pilots who fly the US-supplied war planes and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz are war criminals and need to be charged and prosecuted in front of the ICC.

Translation from the Spanish:

The day before these little brothers took a photo together to celebrate Eid, last night Israel buried them together under the ruins of their home in another bombardment against Gaza.

The United States is complicit in Israeli war crimes and continues to stand on the wrong side of history. The hypocrisy of the current and all previous US Administrations back to Israel’s founding in 1947 is breathtaking, with the current allocation over $3 Billion unconditional US-taxpayer dollars going to Israel to maintain their apartheid strangle-hold and oppression of Gaza, and the Occupied Territories of the Palestinian People. The following is then US Senator, now Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at the 2017 meeting of AIPAC, the well-heeled Lobbying Arm of the Israeli State in the United States.

Perhaps she would have been less inclined to lick their boots as she did if she knew the real history behind Israel and how we got here. But then, that assumes she cares enough to learn and educate herself and would do well by watching the following short documentary, as would any other apologist for Israel and their bloody pogroms.

The Untold History of Palestine & Israel

and the following two powerful documentaries are a must see for all those who want to learn the truth and perhaps make a difference:


The Geneva Conventions

The original Geneva Convention was adopted in 1864 to establish the red cross emblem signifying neutral status and protection of medical services and volunteers. Other emblems were later recognized, and the Geneva Conventions of 1949, the main topic of this article, confirmed them all.

The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols is a body of Public International Law, also known as the Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts, whose purpose is to provide minimum protections, standards of humane treatment, and fundamental guarantees of respect to individuals who become victims of armed conflicts. The Geneva Conventions are a series of treaties on the treatment of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers who are otherwise rendered hors de combat (French, literally “outside the fight”), or incapable of fighting. The first Convention was initiated by what is now the International Committee for the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC). This convention produced a treaty designed to protect wounded and sick soldiers during wartime. The Swiss Government agreed to hold the Conventions in Geneva, and a few years later, a similar agreement to protect shipwrecked soldiers was produced. In 1949, after World War II, two new Conventions were added, and the Geneva Conventions entered into force on 21 October 1950.

The Geneva Conventions comprise four treaties with three additional protocols, that establish the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war. The singular term Geneva Convention usually denotes the agreements of 1949, negotiated following the close of the second World War (1939–1945), a negotiation that updated the terms of the two 1929 treaties, in addition to two new conventions. The Geneva Conventions explicitly and extensively defined the basic rights of wartime prisoners (civilians and military personnel), established protections for the wounded and sick, and established protections for the civilians in and around a war-zone. The treaties of 1949 were ratified, in their entirety or with reservations, by 196 countries, with the United States and Israel as signatories. Moreover, and quite relevant in this context, the Geneva Convention also defines the rights and protections afforded to non-combatants.

Grave Breaches of the Geneva Conventions (Bold type identifying the specific breaches being committed by the hundreds by the State of Israel, a signatory to the Conventions)
War crime of willful killing
War crime of torture
War crime of inhuman treatment
War crime of biological experiments
War crime of willfully causing great suffering
War crime of destruction and appropriation of property
War crime of compelling service in hostile forces
War crime of denying a fair trial
War crime of unlawful deportation and transfer
War crime of unlawful confinement
War crime of taking hostages
Other Serious Violations in International Armed Conflict
War crime of attacking civilians
War crime of attacking civilian objects
War crime of attacking personnel or objects involved in a humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping mission
War crime of excessive incidental death, injury, or damage
War crime of attacking undefended places

To give you a sense of just how perverse some of these people are, look at what this graphic says (since deleted from Facebook).

With their “Unconditional and ‘IronClad‘ (Sec. Def. Lloyd Austin’s comments on Wednesday)” support for Israel and that apartheid state’s bloodthirsty campaign of extermination and genocide and that they, the United States of America, won’t condemn Israel, neigh has supported its campaign of atrocities with its veto of a Security Council resolution, has lost all moral authority to lead and is now a rouge malign state without a moral center. They have lost all credibility in front of the world and, as it has been said, the mask is off and “The Emperor Has No Clothes“.

Universal condemnation of Israel’s actions came swiftly from the following Security Council Member States and the intended outcome would have been realized had it not been for the US Veto:

Permanent Members: Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom
Temporary MembersIreland, Mexico, India, Estonia, Kenya, Niger, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Viet Nam

If you claim heritage from any of these countries, you should be proud and hold you head high in the knowledge that the country of your forebears stood on the right side of history. As much as the enemies of justice and democracy would like to revise and rewrite history, history will harshly judge all men and women here and now, where they stood and what they did to staunch the rivers of blood now flowing in Palestine.

With a few exceptions, shame on the United States Congress, the President, Vice President, and members of the Cabinet including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who are either complicit in their silence and cowardice or openly support the barbarism.

Shame also on the many state legislatures and Governors who, in contravention of their constituents’ First Amendment right to free speech, handicap their ability to engage in lawful and meaningful protest against Israeli apartheid and oppression, enact and enforce “Anti-BDS” laws. These Boycott, Divest and Sanction” laws prevent citizens of those states from boycotting Israeli-made goods. Those states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin.

The United States is on the wrong side of history and history will judge it harshly.

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