The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has opened a war crimes investigation into war crimes committed in the territories occupied by Israel. An examination of events in that apartheid state is long overdue.
Fatou Bensouda said the probe would cover events in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip since June 2014.
Last month, the Hague-based court ruled that it could exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the territories.
Israel rejected Ms Bensouda’s decision, while Palestinian officials praised it.
The US expressed disappointment and opposition to the move.
Israel has never ratified the Rome Statute, but the court ruled that it had jurisdiction because the United Nations secretary general accepted the Palestinians’ accession to the treaty in 2015.
Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. Palestinians claim the territories for a future independent state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ms Bensouda explained that her office was obliged to act “where a state party has referred a situation” to it and “it is determined that a reasonable basis exists to commence an investigation”.
Ms Bensouda said she had carried out a “painstaking preliminary examination” that lasted close to five years and promised that the investigation would be conducted independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favour.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that this move is “the essence of anti-Semitism and the essence of hypocrisy” because of course that is the usual deflection tactic by supporters of Israel whenever its apartheid policies and atrocious treatment of Palestinians are even investigated let alone criticized.
Labeling any critic of Israel or a supporter of BDS as an anti-Semite ha become so routine that it has ceased to have any impact. Whenever I have a post criticizing the apartheid policies of the Israeli government, I will often find commenters popping up accusing me of being an anti-Semite myself. Israel has a propaganda program known as ‘hasbara’ that monitors the internet and trains and then pays people to go to sites critical of Israel and defend its actions.
You can expect the Biden administration to continue to provide cover for Israel to enable it o continue its transgressions. SNL on Israeli apartheid. Bernie Sanders is one of the few members of congress that is willing to criticize Israel, most recently for starving Palestinians of covid-19 vaccines while putting on a token show for the benefit of foreigners, prompting even Saturday Night Live to take a swipe.
This 👆 is their 2nd best dig since the un-aired Chuck Hagel confirmation parody where they skewered US politicians for over-the-top pandering to Israel: pic.twitter.com/8FU9JlH7qd
— Omar Baddar عمر بدّار (@OmarBaddar) February 21, 2021
It does not surprise me that the second clip was NOT aired on the show.