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Gordon Levy in Israel : Things One Sees From The Hague


World  (tags: Israel, Gaza, illegal settlements, occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, war crimes, genocide, white phosphorus )

Blue
- 2006 days ago - haaretz.com
The world's exaggerated willingness to forgive Israel is liable to crack this time. The pilots and gunners, the tank crewmen and infantry soldiers, the generals and thousands who embarked on this war with their fair share of zeal will learn the extent of



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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 11:09 am
When the cannons eventually fall silent, the time for questions and investigations will be upon us. The mushroom clouds of smoke and dust will dissipate in the pitch-black sky; the fervor, desensitization and en masse jump on the bandwagon will be forever forgotten and perhaps we will view a clear picture of Gaza in all its grimness. Then we will see the scope of the killing and destruction, the crammed cemeteries and overflowing hospitals, the thousands of wounded and physically disabled, the destroyed houses that remain after this war.

The questions that will beg to be asked, as cautiously as possible, are who is guilty and who is responsible. The world's exaggerated willingness to forgive Israel is liable to crack this time. The pilots and gunners, the tank crewmen and infantry soldiers, the generals and thousands who embarked on this war with their fair share of zeal will learn the extent of the evil and indiscriminate nature of their military strikes. They perhaps will not pay any price. They went to battle, but others sent them.

The public, moral and judicial test will be applied to the three Israeli statesmen who sent the Israel Defense Forces to war against a helpless population, one that did not even have a place to take refuge, in maybe the only war in history against a strip of land enclosed by a fence. Ehud Olmert, Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni will stand at the forefront of the guilty. Two of them are candidates for prime minister, the third is a candidate for criminal indictment.

It is inconceivable that they not be held to account for the bloodshed. Olmert is the only Israeli prime minister who sent his army to two wars of choice, all during one of the briefest terms in office. The man who made a number of courageous statements about peace late in his tenure has orchestrated no fewer than two wars. Talking peace and making war, the "moderate" and "enlightened" prime minister has been revealed as one of our greatest fomenters of war. That is how history will remember him. The "cash envelopes" crimes and "Rishon Tours" transgressions will make him look as pure as snow by comparison.

Barak, the leader of the party of the left, will bear the cost of the IDF's misdeeds under his tutelage. His account will be burdened by the bombing and shelling of population centers, the hundreds of dead and wounded women and children, the numerous targetings of medical crews, the firing of phosphorus shells at civilian areas, the shelling of a UN-run school that served as a shelter for residents who bled to death over days as the IDF prevented their evacuation by shooting and shelling. Even our siege of Gaza for a year and a half, whose ramifications are frighteningly coming into focus in this war, will accrue to him. Blow after blow, all of these count in the world of war crimes.

Livni, the foreign minister and leader of the centrist party, will be remembered as the one who pushed for, legitimized and sat silent through all these events. The woman who promised "a different kind of politics" was a full partner. This must not be forgotten.

In contrast to the claims being made otherwise, we are permitted to believe that these three leaders did not embark on war for electoral considerations. Anytime is good for war in Israel. We set out for the previous war three months after the elections, not two months before. Will Israel judge them harshly in light of the images emanating from Gaza? Highly doubtful. Barak and Livni are actually rising in the polls instead of dipping. The test awaiting these individuals will not be a local test. It is true that some international statesmen cynically applauded the blows Israel dealt. It is true America kept silent, Europe stuttered and Egypt supported, but other voices will rise out of the crackle of combat.

The first echoes can already be heard. This past weekend, the UN and the Human Rights Commission in Geneva have demanded an investigation into war crimes allegedly perpetrated by Israel. In a world in which Bosnian leaders and their counterparts from Rwanda have already been put on trial, a similar demand is likely to arise for the fomenters of this war. Israeli basketball players will not be the only ones who have to shamefully take cover in sports arenas, and senior officers who conducted this war will not be the only ones forced to hide in El Al planes lest they be arrested. This time, our most senior statesmen, the members of the war kitchen cabinet, are liable to pay a personal and national price.

I don't write these words with joy, but with sorrow and deep shame. Despite all the slack the world has cut us since as long as we can remember, despite the leniency shown toward Israel, the world might say otherwise this time. If we continue like this, maybe one day a new, special court will be established in The Hague.
 

nurith k. (93)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 12:35 pm
he is right and i fear for all the jewish people who don't participated in this war and were against it, antisemiticm will surley rise and we all are going to suffer, because of these bloodthursty monsters. if you could read my language here were i live and you would also read the news that are not " official", you would get sick!!!thanks to these bloodthursty murderers of little, innocent children and their helpless, defendless families, all the jewish people worldwide will suffer again. mark my words!!! i wish they would be punished in den haag as war criminals, olmert, barak, livni and all those who had a say in this. my the angel of justice look into their horrible, bloodthursty hearts and judge fair, fair to the people of gaza!!!
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 12:55 pm
A sculptor needs to carve Olmert, Bush, Cheney, Barak, Livni and other criminals in stone on a mountain as a monument to the worst criminals in modern history. Each time another monster comes along to commit war crimes, they must be found guilty, sentenced and their imaged etched with this monument for the world to see and never forget.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 1:36 pm
Olmert's struggle for hearts and minds is in overdrive in cyberspace.

1) Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites
"During the war, we looked for a way to contribute to the effort,"
the ministry's director general, Erez Halfon, told Haaretz
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056648.html


2) Beautiful green-eyed soldiers wage PR battle for IDF; ..putting its
female face forward as it battles for public opinion in cyberspace. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1053561.html




3) listing anti-Zionist Web sites in USA www.doublestandards.org/jaz1.html

 

Eleanor B. (909)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 2:09 pm
Thanks, Blue! This is such an excellent article. The Israelis have to be held to account for their atrocities this time so that they cannot do it again. The Palestinians have had to cope with Israeli brutality for decades while the world thought of the Israelis as the poor victims. Now the world maybe sees Israel for what it is and always has been.
 

Madalena Lobao-Tello (448)
Wednesday January 21, 2009, 2:16 pm
Thanks, Blue! I agree.This is an excellent article
 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 3:44 am
Noted with thanks Blue, great article :)
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 10:17 am
The American media plays a MAJOR role in the bias favoring Israel...

Of course, both sides of this issue are being represented fairly by the American media. See Jon Stewart's short video at this link.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 2:29 pm
Thanks,Marion! John Stewart has become the "news source" for many young people in our country; that's how disgusted they are with MSM.
 

Good H. (3827)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 7:16 pm
I heard Obama talk today about Gaza and Israel... He is NOT missing anything... Plus he has a workable solution; the best I have seen ANY president come up with...
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday January 22, 2009, 9:10 pm
Here it is 2009, and people work harder, spend more money, kill more people just to hold power over the other, and they can't even learn to get along. "MIGHT MAKES RIGHT", IS AN is an ancient concept that needs to be forgotten.
The only things these people are accomplishing is seeing how many each can kill off of the other.
And why? Because these people cannot learn to share, nor learn to get along.
It's old, its never going to be resolved until theys stop acting like bullies on a playground.
Each has their own faith...get over it.
Agree to disagree....
LEARN THE DEFINITION OF "COMPROMISE & TOLERANCE, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS, AND START THINKING ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS. STOP BEING SELFISH AND CONSIDER THE BURDEN YOU LEAVE FOR THE FUTURE GENERATIONS ON THE PLANET.
IS IT WORTH WIPING THE HUMAN SPECIES OFF THE PLANET JUST TO PROVE WHO IS THE BEST AND BIGGEST BULLY?
I SPEAK TO ALL NATIONS WHO ARE CONTINUING THESE HATE FILLED VIOLENT WARS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
STOP TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO HATE, FIGHT YOUR MANLY WARS, AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO READ A BOOK, SING A SONG, PAINT A PAINTING.....ANYTHING BUT THIS USELESS CONTINUOUS BATTLE THAT SLAUGHTER INNOCENT CHILDREN AND WOMAN...DESTROY LAND AND PROPERTY....
LIFE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY FAITH THAT DOES NOTHING BUT MURDERS EACH OTHERS CHILDREN
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday January 31, 2009, 5:46 pm
Helping Gaza
 
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