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What victory at Gallipoli could have stopped

On May 24, 1915, the Allied Powers jointly issued a statement explicitly charging for the first time ever another government of committing `a crime against humanity’.

The Allied Governments announce publicly that they will hold personally responsible all members of the Ottoman Government, as well as those of their agents who are implicated in the Armenian massacres.

Article 230 of the 1920 Treaty of Sèvres required the defeated Ottoman Empire to

…hand over to the Allied Powers the persons whose surrender may be required by the latter as being responsible for the massacres committed during the continuance of the state of war on territory which formed part of the Ottoman Empire on August 1, 1914.

Ottoman military and high-ranking politicians were transferred to the Crown Colony of Malta on board of the SS Princess Ena and the SS HMS Benbow by the British forces, starting in 1919. These war criminals were eventually returned to Constantinople in 1921 in exchange for 22 British hostages held by the government in Ankara.

But for victory at Gallipoli, the Anzacs would have been the first Sergeant at Arms of a war crimes trial. By marching into Constantinople, the Anzacs may have been able to prevent the purging of the Ottoman archives of evidence of complicity of specific individuals.

via 40 maps that explain World War I | vox.com and 1915 – Allies Condemn Turkish Genocide of Armenians – Joint declaration Condemning Turkish Genocide of Armenians as Crimes Against Humanity.

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto uprising, today 1943

Sinclair Davidson today not only reminded of the Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising this day 1943, but also that the little boy in the famous photo below lived a long life. The ghetto fighters held out for more than a month. The uprising was three days before the planned liquidation of the ghetto.

The German soldier pointing the gun at him is executed for war crimes in 1969.

Source: The ‘Warsaw Ghetto Boy’.

Still further evidence of mass kidnappings of peace activists

Publishing this report during the Gaza war rather than many months later might have left Amnesty International with the semblance of impartiality.

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According to UN data, more than 4,800 rockets and 1,700 mortars were fired from Gaza towards Israel between 8 July and 26 August. Around 224 projectiles are believed to have struck Israeli residential areas.

It does not take months to work out that rockets and mortars fired at civilian areas with the deliberate intention of killing civilians and terrorising the Israeli population are in contravention of the international rules of war. The sound of air raid sirens and civilian casualties in Israel should have been sufficient evidence for an immediate report by Amnesty International last year.

The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings. The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings.

The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings. The only explanation as to why peace activists aren’t out in the street today protesting against Hamas for these war crimes and calling for International Criminal Court indictments and citizen’s arrests is mass kidnappings.

There is no other charitable explanation as to why they are not on the streets today in solidarity, for example, with the above 2009 peace demonstration in London. The 2014 Gaza conflict left a total of at least 2,189 Palestinians dead, including more than 1,486 civilians, according to the UN. On the Israeli side, 67 soldiers were killed along with the six civilians.

via Amnesty International accuses militants in Gaza of war crimes in 2014 conflict | World news | The Guardian.

The beginnings of justice after the liberation of the death camps

Live launch of missile right behind him forces journalist to discover Hamas war crimes

The most damning footage came on August 5 from Gallagher Fenwick of the TV network France 24. Several days prior, he had been reporting live when a Hamas rocket whooshed over his head.

Returning later to scene, he revealed that it had been a densely populated area 100 meters from a U.N. facility and 50 meters from a hotel frequented by foreign journalists.

Why no International Criminal Court arrest warrants for the Hamas leadership for the war crime of using human shields?

Karl Student had a clever idea: use British prisoners of war as human shields for his advancing German troops in Crete in 1941. Six British prisoners of war died from fire from the British side of the battle. The use of prisoners of war as human shields was the subject of war crimes trials by the UK Military Court in the Student case in 1946 and the US Military Tribunal at Nuremberg in the Von Leeb (The High Command Trial) case in 1948.

Under the Statute of the Statute of the International Criminal Court ICC Statute, Article 8(2)(b)(xxiii) , it is a war crime to

utili[se] the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations

In 1990 and 1991, Saddam held more than 800 Western, Japanese, and Kuwaiti nationals as involuntary human shields at strategic installations in Iraq and Kuwait. Saddam broadcast this picture of him putting his greasy dictator paws over some poor child he was holding hostage.

 

In the Karadžić and Mladić case in 1995 before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the accused were charged with war crimes for using UN peacekeepers as human shields.

The Gaza Strip is not a free country. Those that disobey the orders of the Hamas government to not evacuate and to not leave buildings in the case of warning missiles risk severe punishments including execution.  in the Gaza Strip, it does not pay to give  neighbours ammunition to settle old scores.

Why hasn’t the International Criminal Court issued warrants for the arrests of the Hamas leaders who have enabled the use of human shields?

The Palestinian Authority has previously sought to invoke the jurisdiction of the International criminal Court against Israel. The  Palestinian Authority has already acceded to the Geneva conventions earlier this year.

The Palestinian Authority and Hamas would not only be able to sue Israel in the International Criminal Court, they would also expose themselves to war crimes prosecutions.

Israeli security forces make strenuous efforts to adhere to international law, while Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups are routinely engaged in war crimes, such as shooting rockets at civilians.

HT: icrc.org