Tag Archive for war crimes

EU resolution on razing illegally built Bedouin village ‘may be war crime’

With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated ‎‎€315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian ‎assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 ‎vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible ‎transfer of its residents would constitute a grave ‎breach of international humanitarian law.”
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ast week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there ‎‎was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s ‎‎relocation.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


‎The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s ‎plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of ‎Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a ‎war crime.‎

Khan al-Ahmar is located off a highway that runs ‎through the West Bank from Jerusalem to the Dead ‎Sea. Continue Reading »

NGO to file for ICC probe against Haniyeh, Abbas for crimes against humanity

The Israeli NGO, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, seeks to open it’s second war crimes probe against Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at the ICC for the militarization of young children, the deliberant, unyielding exploitation of civilians as human shields and Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket fire against civilians.



An Israeli NGO is pushing the International Criminal Court to investigate Palestinian leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

On September 13, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice plans to file its second request this year to the ICC prosecutor’s office asking that it open a war crimes probe against Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for the militarization of children under the age of 15. Continue Reading »

NGO seeks War-Crimes case against Hamas’ incendiary ‘Terror-Kites’ at ICC

Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center NGO, has asked Israeli farmers on the Gaza border to strengthen their pending petition to the Israeli courts by joining their legal petition to the International Criminal Court over Hamas’ flaming terror-kites.



An Israeli NGO is building a case against Hamas to submit to the International Criminal Court over the flaming kites the terror group has launched against Israeli border farmers in the last month.

According to Israeli media, the kites are responsible for some 260 fires in Israel’s fields in the past month, destroying thousands of acres of crops and causing millions of dollars in damage. Continue Reading »

Human Rights Watch levels ultimatum to Israel over Gaza war-crimes investigation


HRW, known for its anti-Israel bias, accuses Israel of preventing its researchers for accessing Gaza and Egypt of preventing HRW representatives entry since 2008.



Human Rights Watch demanded on Monday that Israel allow its investigators into Gaza if it wants the International Criminal Court “to take seriously” Israel’s own war crimes investigations.

The ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (photographed above/Wikimedia) started a preliminary examination of 2014 Gaza war crimes allegations in January 2015.

HRW accuses Israel in a 47-page report of preventing its researchers for accessing Gaza. It has also accused Egypt of preventing HRW visits to the coastal territory since 2008. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM considers entry of ICC reps into Israel, West Bank for public relations


CONFIRMED: PM Netanyahu is considering allowing Int’l Criminal Court representatives to come to Israel and the West Bank for a visit, and not for gathering ‘evidence’.



Multiple senior government sources confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering allowing International Criminal Court representatives to come to Israel and the West Bank.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague. – Photo: REUTERS

The trip would be for public relations in order to educate the Israeli public about the ICC and not to gather evidence regarding the 2014 war or the settlements. Continue Reading »

Int’l Criminal Court Releases Report on War-Crimes in Palestinian-Israeli Conflict




The  released its first preliminary report on Thursday regarding alleged war crimes committed by Israelis and Palestinians since June 2014 with its greatest focus on Operation Protective Edge in July-August 2014.

The entrance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seen in The Hague. – Photo: REUTERS

After the preliminary investigation was launched in January of 2015, the ICC received and analyzed 66 communiques from Israel, the Palestinians and various organization around the world detailing the incidents of Operation Protective Edge, alleged settlements-related war crimes and other issues. Continue Reading »

In the World of the Absurd: PA Charge Israel at ICC for Killing Armed Terrorists


view video clip belowThe epitome of cynicism: The Palestinian complaint against Israel’s alleged “extrajudicial executions” with the ICC refers to Israeli security personnel shooting dead Arab terrorists as they attempt to stab Jews, with knife or hatchet still in hand.

By Dalit Halevi


The Palestinian Authority (PA), which continuously incites and encourages stabbing attacks against Israelis, has filed a complaint against Israel’s alleged “extrajudicial executions” with the International Criminal Court(ICC).

The International Criminal Court (ICC)

Saab Erekat, Secretary General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on Monday declared that the PA had filed more complaints to the ICC against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, with regards to what he called “extrajudicial executions” during the current intifada. Continue Reading »

WATCH: UN, ICC Turn Blind Eye That ‘Hamas Has Civilian Army’ & Habitual War Crime Violator

view videoEveryone points fingers at Israel, while ignoring Geneva Convention articles prohibiting Hamas’ exploitation of children as civilian soldiers, violations of int’l laws in using human shields as SOP, targeting random civilians, and repeated extrajudicial execution of their citizens.

By Yoni Kempinski


The head of the Center for Near East Policy Research, journalist David Bedein, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that Israel is falling into Arab information war traps by referring to non-combatants killed in Gaza as civilians, when it should refer to them as members of “Hamas’s civilian army.”

Hamas' Children soldiers - YouTube screenshot

Hamas’ Children soldiers – YouTube screenshot

Bedein explained that UNRWA is being used to train and indoctrinate a new generation of children in Gaza into terrorism. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Prime Minister: UN war-crimes report on Gaza war proven ‘baseless, a waste of time’

An unofficial report independently compiled by a group of retired Western generals confirms Israel’s internal report released today, on IDF’s conduct during ‘Operation Protective Edge’ proving the UN’s ‘baseless blaming’ of Israel.

By Reuters


Israel will issue a report on Sunday arguing its 2014 Gaza offensive was lawful, a move aimed at pre-empting the release of findings of a UN war crimes investigation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as a waste of time.

Netanyahu during Sunday's government meeting. (Photo: Ohad Zoigenberg)
Netanyahu during Sunday’s government meeting. – Photo: Ohad Zoigenberg


Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that “whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.”

Instead, he said an Israeli report – and an unofficial report compiled by a group of retired Western generals – shows “the truth.” Both documents say Israel did its utmost to avoid civilian casualties. Continue Reading »

Int’l group of experts tells UN: IDF abided by laws of war during 50-day Gaza conflict

Former high-level military commanders & military leaders release report of fact-minding mission to Israel, concluding that unlike Hamas, IDF was careful to abide by int’l laws of war.

By Yitzhak Benhorin


A multi-national group of former senior military and political leaders on Friday released its findings that during Operation Protective Edge, “Israel not only met a reasonable international standard of observance of the laws of armed conflict, but in many cases significantly exceeded that standard.”

Rubble in Gaza after IDF strike during Operation Protective Edge – Photo: Reuters


The release of the findings comes not long before the UN Human Rights Council’s release of its own findings on Israel’s actions during last summer’s conflict. Continue Reading »

Amnesty Int’l: Hamas Guilty of Extrajudicial Execution of 23 Palestinians During Gaza War

Amnesty Int’l reports Hamas committed multiple war crimes by the “brutal campaign of abductions, torture & unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel”

By Elad Benari


Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to “settle scores” with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Tuesday, according to the AFP news agency.

Extrajudicial Execution of Palestinian During Gaza War

Public Extrajudicial Execution of Palestinian During Gaza War

A report by the London-based group detailed the “brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel” by Hamas, de facto ruler of Gaza.

The report details the “extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others”.

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Palestinian Authority advances lawsuits against Israel at ICC for war crimes & construction

Palestinian FM Riad al-Malki says PA submitted request to set date at ICC for alleged war crimes committed by Israel and their settlement expansions.



Authority has submitted an official request to the International Criminal Court to set a date to discuss the possibility of two war-crimes lawsuits against Israel, PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki said on Monday.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki (C) leaves the ICC at the Hague, August 5, 2014. – Photo: REUTERS

The Palestinians want the ICC to sue Israel for war crimes it claims were committed during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge and for Jewish building over the 1949 Armistice Line in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Continue Reading »

ICC urges Israel to be forthcoming with material relating to ‘Operation Protective Edge’ probe

Chief ICC prosecutor warns that unless Israel provides the requested information, she may open ‘full-scale’ investigation into Hamas’ allegations of Israeli war crimes during last conflict with Gaza.

By The Associated Press


The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned Israel Tuesday that if it doesn’t provide reliable information for her preliminary probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories she may be forced to decide whether to launch a full-scale investigation based on Palestinian allegations.

The International Criminal Court at The Hague – Photo: Gettyimages

Fatou Bensouda said in an interview with The Associated Press that she hasn’t received any information yet from either side regarding last summer’s Gaza war and urged Israel and the Palestinians to provide information to her.

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ICC chief prosecutor says Palestinians may face war crimes investigation

Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda rejected Israeli fears of bias by the court, promising to “look into the alleged crimes committed by all sides.”



The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said she is weighing opening war crimes investigations into Palestinians as well as Israelis after Palestine joined the tribunal’s jurisdiction last month.

Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda briefing the Security Council. – UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe

Fatou Bensouda rejected Israeli fears of bias by the court, promising to consider the evidence “independently and impartially without fear or favour,” in an interview published by Israel’s liberal Haaretz newspaper Friday. Continue Reading »

Law Experts on Armed Conflict: IDF Doesn’t Commit War Crimes

US Naval War College military experts on the law of armed conflict conclude: “We found that their [Israel’s] approach to targeting is consistent with the law and, in many cases, worthy of emulation.”

By Israel Today Staff


Two of the world’s leading experts on the laws of armed conflict have, in the wake of last year’s Gaza war, conducted a thorough survey of the Israel Defense Force’s targeting policies and concluded that the Israeli army does not as a matter of policy commit war crimes.

IDF Merkava tank unit – file photo

Traditionally, the IDF has been closed regarding its operational procedures for fear that Israel’s antagonists could exploit that information in their ongoing quest to smear the Jewish state. Continue Reading »