Friday, January 23, 2009

Gaza & the Bush Admin. denial of Geneva Convention Rules could have encouraged Israel

If the U.S. is supporting Israel financially - and politically (just about everyone in Congress voted to support the Gaza invasion) - then it makes sense that Israel could have been copying our stance regarding the Geneva Convention.  If we tortured, why wouldn't they.

It will be interesting to see if Israel takes a different turn now that Obama is in office and has brought the Geneva Convention Rules back to light. Considering how most Israeli's feel about Arabs; how well will they negotiate with a peacemaker (George Mitchell) who is half Lebanese?  

Last update - 11:44 23/01/2009
UN human rights official: Gaza evokes memories of Warsaw Ghetto
By Haaretz Service and Reuters

There is evidence that Israel committed war crimes during its 22-day campaign in the Gaza Strip and there should be an independent inquiry, UN investigator Richard Falk said Thursday.

...Falk, speaking by phone from his home in California, said compelling evidence that Israel's actions in Gaza violated international humanitarian law required an independent investigation into whether they amounted to war crimes.

"I believe that there is the prima facie case for reaching that conclusion," he told a Geneva news conference...."To lock people into a war zone is something that evokes the worst kind of international memories of the Warsaw Ghetto, and sieges that occur unintentionally during a period of wartime," Falk, who is Jewish, said, referring to the starvation and murder of Warsaw's Jews by Nazi Germany in World War Two.

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