Dec 04 2006

Israeli war crimes protest in Vancouver

Which Israeli war crimes, exactly?

Vancouver’s usual collection of socialists, willful hypocrites and jihad-ophiles joined ranks once more to protest former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak‘s visit to Vancouver. The official notice on Vancouver Indymedia reads “War Criminal” before the visiting speaker’s name. Funny thing is, Barak’s never actually been convicted of any war crimes, either in Israel or by any international court.

Ah, but he’s Israeli, and he served in the military, so that makes him de facto a war criminal in the eyes of our professional demonstrators. They’re nothing if not consistent.

For those with short memories, Barak is the guy who offered Yasir Arafat of the Palestinian Authority over 90 per cent of the West Bank and Gaza and shared ownership of Jerusalem in the 2000 Oslo negotiations. Yasir turned it down and the Palestinians and Israelis have been paying the price ever since.

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  1. on 04 Dec 2006 at 6:48 am

    What war crimes?

    Resolution 42: The Palestine Question (5 March 1948) Requests recommendations for the Palestine Commission
    Resolution 43: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Calls upon Arab and Jewish armed groups to cease acts of violence
    Resolution 44: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Requests convocation of special session of the General Assembly
    Resolution 46: The Palestine Question (17 Apr 1948)
    Resolution 48: The Palestine Question (23 Apr 1948)
    Resolution 49: The Palestine Question (22 May 1948)
    Resolution 50: The Palestine Question (29 May 1948)
    Resolution 53: The Palestine Question (7 Jul 1948)
    Resolution 54: The Palestine Question (15 Jul 1948)
    Resolution 56: The Palestine Question (19 Aug 1948)
    Resolution 57: The Palestine Question (18 Sep 1948)
    Resolution 59: The Palestine Question (19 Oct 1948)
    Resolution 60: The Palestine Question (29 Oct 1948)
    Resolution 61: The Palestine Question (4 Nov 1948)
    Resolution 62: The Palestine Question (16 Nov 1948)
    Resolution 66: The Palestine Question (29 Dec 1948)
    Resolution 72: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)
    Resolution 73: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)
    Resolution 89 (November 17, 1950): regarding Armistice in 1948 Arab-Israeli War and “transfer of persons”.
    Resolution 92: The Palestine Question (8 May 1951)
    Resolution 93: The Palestine Question (18 May 1951)
    Resolution 95: The Palestine Question (1 Sep 1951)
    Resolution 100: The Palestine Question (27 Oct 1953)
    Resolution 101: The Palestine Question (24 Nov 1953)
    Resolution 106: The Palestine Question (29 Mar 1955) ‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid.
    Resolution 107: The Palestine Question (30 Mar)
    Resolution 108: The Palestine Question (8 Sep)
    Resolution 111: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”.
    Resolution 127: ” . . . ‘recommends’ Israel suspends it’s ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 162: ” . . . ‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”.
    Resolution 171: ” . . . determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”.
    Resolution 228: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”.
    Resolution 237: ” . . . ‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”.
    Resolution 242 (November 22, 1967): Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area. Calls on Israel’s neighbors to end the state of belligerency and calls upon Israel to reciprocate by withdraw its forces from land claimed by other parties in 1967 war. Interpreted commonly today as calling for the Land for peace principle as a way to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict
    Resolution 248: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”.
    Resolution 250: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 251: ” . . . ‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250″.
    Resolution 252: ” . . . ‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”.
    Resolution 256: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”.
    Resolution 259: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”.
    Resolution 262: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”.
    Resolution 265: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”.
    Resolution 267: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 270: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”.
    Resolution 271: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 279: ” . . . ‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 280: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 285: ” . . . ‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”.
    Resolution 298: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”.
    Resolution 313: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 316: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”.
    Resolution 317: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 332: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”.
    Resolution 337: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”.
    Resolution 338 (October 22, 1973): cease fire in Yom Kippur War
    Resolution 339 (October 23, 1973): Confirms Res. 338, dispatch UN observers.
    Resolution 347: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”.
    Resolution 425 (1978): ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”. Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon was completed as of June 16, 2000.
    Resolution 350 (31 May 1974) established the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.
    Resolution 427: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon.
    Resolution 444: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”.
    Resolution 446 (1979): ‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.. Israeli settlements in the occupied territories thus declared illegal.
    Resolution 450: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”.
    Resolution 452: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”.
    Resolution 465: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”.
    Resolution 467: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 468: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”.
    Resolution 469: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”.
    Resolution 471: ” . . . ‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.
    Resolution 476: ” . . . ‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claim to Jerusalem are ‘null and void'”.
    Resolution 478 (August 20, 1980): ‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’.
    Resolution 484: ” . . . ‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”.
    Resolution 487: ” . . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”.
    Resolution 497 (17 December 1981) decides that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith.
    Resolution 498: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 501: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”.
    Resolution 508
    Resolution 509: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 515: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”.
    Resolution 517: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”.
    Resolution 518: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”.
    Resolution 520: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”.
    Resolution 573: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters.
    Resolution 587: ” . . . ‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”.
    Resolution 592: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ the killin
    g of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”.
    Resolution 605: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians.
    Resolution 607: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
    Resolution 608: ” . . . ‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”.
    Resolution 636: ” . . . ‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.
    Resolution 641: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 672: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.
    Resolution 673: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations.
    Resolution 681: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 694: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.
    Resolution 726: ” . . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians.
    Resolution 799: “. . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return.
    Resolution 1559 (September 2, 2004) called upon Lebanon to establish its sovereignty over all of its land and called upon Syria to end their military presence in Lebanon by withdrawing its forces and to cease intervening in internal Lebanese politics. The resolution also called on all Lebanese militias to disband.
    Resolution 1583 (28 January 2005) calls on Lebanon to assert full control over its border with Israel. It also states that “the Council has recognized the Blue Line as valid for the purpose of confirming Israel’s withdrawal pursuant to resolution 425.
    Resolution 1648 (21 December 2005) renewed the mandate of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force until 30 June 2006.
    Resolution 1701 (11 August 2006) called for the full cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

  2. on 04 Dec 2006 at 9:03 pm

    Sean, you have definitely mastered the use of the copy and paste function on MS Word. Congratulations. Unfortunately, your post is entirely irrelevant. Votes in the General Assembly by a majority of pro-Palestinian countries, plus a large number of countries cowed by the threat of a cutoff of their oil supplies by Middle East states in the event that they vote the wrong way, do not constitute guilt of war crimes. In fact, you have not provided even a single example of a war crime for which Barak has been found guilty. You have, however, condemned the man for actions that clearly took place before Barak took power and likely before he was ever born. Just as Western leaders do not bother denouncing Russian leaders for crimes committed during the Stalin purges and genocides of the 1930s and ’40s, it hardly seems fair for people to condemn modern-day Israelis for events that took place four generations ago, even if guilt could be proved. Is it fair to pay for the sins of the father – or in this case, the grandfather?

  3. on 03 Mar 2007 at 12:26 am

    More illegal settlements were built during Barak’s tenure than at any other time.

    You dismiss international law while decrying terrorism. Without international law, do you think there would be more or less terrorism?

    If you were forced to seek refuge in another country due to civil conflict, wouldn’t you want to return home?

  4. on 03 Mar 2007 at 2:35 am

    Sean, once more I really ought to point out that General Assembly resolutions do not actually constitute international law. Rather, they are non-binding statements of agreement with no enforcement mechanism.

    I agree that international law is relevant vis a vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You seem to have misunderstood my position. To be fair, one must condemn breaches by both sides.

    Your question about terror is pointless, in my opinion. With or without international law (the written word or the deed), there will always be terrorism, because some murderous thugs (eg. Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Queda) will always believe they can achieve more through violence than negotiation. These sorts of people do not stay up late at night reading the latest pronouncements from the Hague.

    As for your final point, had it ever occurred to you that Israeli Jews have the same right to their ancestral lands as the Palestinians? Both populations can claim heritage in that part of the world. It cannot be simply a winner-take-all type of situation.

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