Time to End Israeli Exemption from International Law


Throughout the world, people have attempted to distinguish ordinary Americans from the United States government. Perhaps our complacency for aiding and abetting war crimes has been attributed to lack of education, apathy in the face of an omnipotent pro-Israeli lobby or that we are simply hapless workaholics with time for little else. Yet private citizens, either for some warped religious or political viewpoint, or through sheer ignorance often exacerbate the control pro-Israel interest groups have over American institutions.

In September, the city of Dayton, Ohio–population roughly 160,000–signed a three-year commitment to share military technology with Israel. One of the key components of the agreement is the further development of unmanned aircraft. County officials reported $350,000 in private donations was raised to contribute to this and other “economic development projects” in Israel.

The attitude of this small Midwestern city is reflective of the American nation as a whole. Sharing military technology with a nation that is known to use such technology against civilians is against international law; yet human rights take a back seat to the promise of job opportunities and economic growth at the expense of people half a world away. While Americans enjoy the freedom of unfettered Internet access and ample educational opportunities, the majority choose to remain deliberately ignorant of the law and an all but forgotten value system.

The American Society of the Red Cross offers a four-hour class on International Humanitarian Law during armed conflict, which draws its legal basis from the four Geneva Conventions of 1949. Ratified by all 194 of the world’s countries, the Conventions prohibit attacks on civilians and institutions such as hospitals, houses of worship and schools. They also mandate the humane treatment of sick and injured combatants as well as prisoners of war.

In 1998, the world community took additional steps to establish a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) responsible for prosecuting individuals for violations of International Humanitarian Law. Ironically, the United States did not ratify the Rome Statute which created the ICC and notified the United Nations that it will not recognize the authority of such a court.

Not coincidentally, the United States made this announcement in May 2002, less than a month after Israel’s attack on the Jenin refugee camp. Untold numbers of civilians were massacred in the onslaught and survivors were subsequently denied Red Cross and Red Crescent access, representing yet another grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. Journalists were kept out in an attempt to conceal mass graves of Palestinian men, women and children from the rest of the world—crimes worthy of referral to the ICC.

Small wonder the United States, protector-in-chief of the Jewish State, chose that time to deny the court’s right to exist. Yet, as horrific as was the Jenin massacre, it served as a merely a bloody preamble to Israel’s attacks on Lebanon in 2006 and most recently, Gaza.

During Israel’s December 2008-January 2009 offensive, Gazans suffered indiscriminate attacks on civilian neighborhoods, mosques, clinics and a UN school.

The BBC reported a clinic run by Christian Aid, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment, was destroyed in an Israeli missile attack. The clinic provided free health care, with specific focus on mothers and children. Its purpose was well-known, as Israeli military officials called the organization 15 minutes prior to its destruction, alleging “terrorist operations in the area.”

Civilians, particularly children, were targeted by Israeli soldiers. Dr. Ahmed Yahia, head of neurosurgery at the El-Arish hospital in Egypt told BBC News that brain scans “made it clear that a number of the child victims had been shot at close range.”

Compounding the human toll, Israel used white phosphorus and the DIME bomb, a heinous weapon causing catastrophic internal wounds and the rapid onset of cancer in those exposed to it.

The Geneva Convention calls on its signatories—all 194 of them—to prosecute war crimes. When a nation is unwilling or unable to do so, it is up to the international community to step in and apply sanctions against the offending nation.

However, when governments are unwilling to live up to their agreements, it should fall into the hands of private citizens to pressure these said governments; when private citizens are ignorant of international law, the pro-Israeli media juggernaut and corrupt politicians are all too eager to fill the vacuum.

Such was the case at the recent G-20 summit held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The United States, France and Britain called for sanctions against Iran for pursuing nuclear power, hypocritically ignoring Israel’s already hefty nuclear arsenal along with its demonstrated willingness to use weapons of mass destruction.

It is time International Humanitarian Law be made an educational requirement in our public schools rather than an optional course offered intermittently. Only then will we have a citizenry capable of demanding government adherence to the Geneva Convention.

The alternative is unfolding before our very eyes: a decline in civility, the breakdown of morality and the rapidly decreasing value we place on a human life. This is the legacy the children of the world are doomed to inherit if teaching international law is not made a priority.

© 2009 Tammy Obeidallah

  1. #1 by Doug on October 7, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    Hello,

    I have often said, since the 80’s, that it was time for Canada to put up a wall between us and the United States.

    Your country is going rogue in such a way – at the behest of Israel – that living in a socialist country like Canada might be preferential over being involved with an Imperial power.

    Imperial powers have always been taken down in short time because they gut themselves of any morality.

  2. #2 by Greg Bacon on October 7, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    What’s “International Law?” Don’t we just use the ‘law of the jungle?’

    Israel promises to investigate any and all reports of war crimes and promises to have these investigations complete before the 23rd Century!

  3. #3 by Jalid on October 7, 2009 - 11:34 pm

    “Throughout the world, people have attempted to distinguish ordinary Americans from the United States government.”
    that is a statement to which I would like to add that it is places like the Ugly Truth that have fundamentally changed people like me.
    Before “discovering” this places I used to go to another forum during the Iraq war and just spend the time gloating on American casualties.
    I did it continuosly and relentesly.
    In a sistematic, cruel way.
    because of you guys I have now changed my ways of expressing my anger FEARING, in a way an angry reaction from you, the good American guys.
    I now do not want to upset the good guys.
    hurt their feelings because they are at the end gonna feel sorry for their own even if those soldiers were wrong.
    I now go to the same place and have focused on posting that it is the goverment´s fault, not the people´s, and try to explain to the best of my abilities that it is the ever evil Jew and his bribed greedy compadres in the American goverment.
    It is just that people are getting a little anxious and impatient because of the continuation of the same criminal agenda regardless of wether the president in the US is changed or not.
    What is it gonna take for a dramatic change in American foreign policy? and when is it gonna happen?
    when there isnt any more land left for us in Palestine, for example?
    I personally have no problem with America (due to celestial absence) being the Superman we all need.
    Its just that it looks as if it is the Jester instead.
    Traumatic.

  4. #4 by Amerikagulag on October 8, 2009 - 5:14 am

    If Israel is subject to International Law the way ALL THE OTHER COUNTRIES are, then it would imply that Israel is NO LONGER SPECIAL and THAT would never do!

    We all know that GOD SAID ISRAEL IS SPECIAL because it says so right there in that book THEY wrote.

    God’s chosen people don’t have to abide by no stinkin’ international law. God’s chosen people can do as they please because they’re god’s CHOSEN PEOPLE. So just shut up and pay your kosher tax.

    But just think, if the German’s had written the bible, the Germans would be the CHOSEN PEOPLE, right? See how it works? You write the book, you get to be the hero.

  5. #5 by Xanadu on October 8, 2009 - 8:50 am

    Evil Inc. Rules the World

    This is one of Tammy Obeidallah’s finest articles so far: well-researched and fact-filled, and written in a mature and sober style with a note of almost wistful despair.

    The situation is appalling, Tammy laments, and we ought to do something about it. Much of the the evil and pain in the world, he points out, stem from two sources: the United States and Israel. All the rest of us are merely helpless victims of these two psychotic countries.

    The ordinary citizens of America, aptly called “sheeple”, have become so zombified by the Jew-owned mass media that they actually support these two practitioners of international terrorism, actually thinking it is their “patriotic” duty to do so.

    And yet these two countries, America and Israel, are now ruled over by a criminal mafia which engages in acts of mass murder against helpless civilians without check or hindrance. This criminal mafia, though not entirely Jewish, has organized Jewry at ts apex.

    The authority of the International Criminal Court is naturally unrecognized by this criminal mafia. They not only scorn its authority, but have threatened to bomb its very headquarters in the Hague. Is it any surprise that this should be so?

    Since when did the evil and mentally deranged pay heed to the wise and virtuous?

    Since when did demons listen kindly to angels?

    Since when did the Devil recognize God’s authority?

  6. #6 by AHMED K on October 8, 2009 - 10:00 am

    The Muslim World, like the Vietnamese, Japanese etc,etc…
    have had no quarrel and displayed no hostility to the Americans..
    Yet, the level of brutality, horror and inhumanity, their victims have experienced is immeasurable…
    Its easier to persecute and slaughter those you don’t consider
    on the same human level as you..
    Throughout time , its always the ‘lower life-form’, that’s been oppressed , persecuted, slaughtered…
    … the Native-americans, Maoris, Aborigines,African slaves,White apartheid in South Africa and Rhodesia…
    Now it’s the Muslims, they are darker, talk funny, dress funny,don’t belief in Jesus…

    The white christian world’s closeness to the white jewish state is understandable in the above context…

  7. #7 by hANOVER fIST on October 11, 2009 - 4:57 am

    Excellent piece, Tammy – hope to hear more.

  8. #8 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on October 13, 2009 - 3:16 am

    Welcome to the family of The Ugly Truth Tammy!
    Your contributions to this site is invaluable.

    Xanadu: you stole the words out of my mouth.

    But, let me add this: I heard it quite often said that people are more
    afraid of public speaking than death. I would say, if death will turn into a real person, she or he will be scared of Tammy Obeidallah.

    Thanks for exposing Israel’s frequent failure to comply with the rules of civilized nations.

    Tammy’s latest column is a feather in her cap!

  9. #9 by hANOVER fIST on October 14, 2009 - 2:46 am

    If it weren’t for the scumbaggery ensuing with a FOREIGN NATION not being made to register as such, the U.S. would’ve turned Israel into a green glass parking lot after that shite with the U.S.S. Liberty.

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