War Crimes and Prejudice

This is a detailed analysis, with lots of evidentiary support, of the actions of Israel  during the recent Hamas-Israel conflict. It is done through the lens of international law and conventions. An excerpt, after details specific events:

Questionable incidents during Operation Protective Edge cannot be answered with the IDF’s previous valiant behavior in war. They must stand or fall on their own. But an army that has so consistently acted with a restraint beyond that which is required by international law can reasonably be expected to have done so again. All that can be said with certainty at this point is that, given the information available, some incidents do raise questions that the IDF must answer. However, past experience virtually negates the likelihood of widespread violation of international humanitarian law by Israel’s soldiers. So why is it that the UN commission investigating Protective Edge is only looking into Israel’s actions, and not also those of Hamas, which violates international law by using human shields, staging attacks from within civilian areas, and indiscriminately attacking Israeli civilians? The commission itself may have already given the answer.

William Schabas—appointed to the UN commission investigating Israel’s actions in Protective Edge—has said it is his “profound belief that international law can be used to demonstrate and underscore the violations committed by the State of Israel,” further adding that he would like to talk about “crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, all of which I think can be shown to have been perpetrated at various times during the history of the state of Israel,” concluding that “with a bit of luck and by twisting things and maneuvering we can get [Israelis] before the courts.”

And “by twisting things” we have seen this played out in the court of media. As commenters have noticed, Schabas’ attitude is sufficient to recuse him in most such empanelings of “impartial” observers. Here, he seems to fit right in.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle