Arab League war crimes investigators in Gaza

The Arab League has shown a surprising burst of initiative and has been deploying a fact-finding mission to Gaza to investigate Israeli war crimes, according to this news release from the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
The news release tells us that the mission started its work February 22 and will wrap it up today. PCHR has hosted the mission during its time in the field.
The members of the missions are:

    John Dughard, Former UN Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories; Finn Lenghjem, a judge and legal expert; Paul De Waart, an international legal expert; Gonzalo Boye, a lawyer and representative of PCHR in Spanish courts; Raeleene Sharp, an international lawyer; and Francisco Corte Real, an expert in forensic medicine. The mission is also accompanied by 3 members of the secretariat general of the League of Arab Nations: Radwan Ben Khader, Legal Advisor of the Secretary General; ‘Aliaa Al-Ghussain, Director of Palestinian Affairs Department; and Ilham al-Shajani, First Secretary of Demography and Immigration Policies Department.

The heavy representation of Spanish experts in the team is not surprising, considering that the Spanish courts claim “universal jurisdiction” for a range of war crimes and other atrocities– as Pinochet earlier learned to his dismay– and that the National Court of Spain anyway has a case outstanding against seven former senior Israeli military officials in connection with the IAF’s 2002 dropping of a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of Salah Shehadeh in Gaza, an act that killed 17 civilians along with Shehadeh, injured 70 other civilians, and completely destroyed eleven homes.
So who knows how the Arab League or prosecutors in Spain or elsewhere might end up using the report of this fact-finding commission?

5 thoughts on “Arab League war crimes investigators in Gaza”

  1. Perhaps, they will also investigate Hamas war crimes. That should not be hard, because the group’s basic strategy relies primarily on war crimes.

  2. It’s a case of you give us your incediary bombs and will give you our Katyusha rockets. Which would you prefer, Mr Friedman, hmm?

  3. Cheeez, the war crime investigators aren’t going to Iraq also, are they? I suspect that the US embassies in Arab countries are frantically trying to stop this sort of thing before it gets out of control. I mean, Israeli war crimes pale in comparison to US ones.

  4. During the [Nuremberg] trial, the chief American prosecutor, Robert H. Jackson, stated:
    To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.
    The US/UK/Israeli Axis is the aggressor in the Middle East. Therefore the US, the UK, and Israel are the Supreme International Criminals.
    Unless and until the Anglo-American-Israeli War Crime Tribunals are held and the guilty punished, in broad daylight on daytime TV, they will continue with their aggressions until they exhaust their and the world’s resources.

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