Fear Factor: ‘If Palestinians Get a State, Israelis May Get a Trial at the Hague’

Nothing quite as prone to stir up AIPAC to stir up Congress  to fight tooth and nail against Palestinians like the amazingly ridiculous claim that if Palestinians get Statehood Israelis may face trial.

According to the statute of the court, the direct or indirect transfer of an occupier’s population into occupied territory constitutes a war crime.

Well isn’t that interesting! That’s nothing less than an admission that Israel is ‘occupier’ and that they have unjustly uprooted the population of the land. Else why even fear the possibility of trial for war crimes? It’s as if they’ve confessed “we’re guilty of war crimes and we don’t want the Palestinians to have the legal grounds to prosecute us for it”.

Recognition of a Palestinian state could, in theory, lead to Israeli officials being dragged repeatedly before the International Criminal Court in the Hague for claims regarding its settlement policies in the West Bank, legal experts say.

In theory? That’s fear mongering at its best. It isn’t based in fact or reality, it’s based in supposition and potential.

Here’s an equally possible scenario which doesn’t necessitate provoking fear: the Palestinians will be so elated and so concentrated on their efforts to build a nation that they won’t have time to pursue dead end suits against old Israelis.

But of course that wouldn’t stir the Zionists to call their congressman, would it.

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6 thoughts on “Fear Factor: ‘If Palestinians Get a State, Israelis May Get a Trial at the Hague’

  1. JD 7 Sep 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The problem is, the Palestinians had a number of chances to obtain a state.

    Arafat notoriously turned down the chance. If Israel should be defeated, there won’t be trials.

    But there would be new concentration camps, and you know it.

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    • Jim 7 Sep 2011 at 9:48 pm

      i know no such thing and neither do you

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  2. Matthew Hamilton 8 Sep 2011 at 10:09 am

    What admission has been made? Has Israel admitted it is an “occupier” or is there concern that (step 1) “Palestine” is declared a nation, (step 2) legal argument will be made that Israel were occupiers of “Palestine” – and (step 3) then Israel can be prosecuted as occupiers. Israel would be right to fear The Hague, not because of supposed or actual wrongs, but because too often judges are an unaccountable lot of social engineers who make laws according to their own values.

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    • Jim 8 Sep 2011 at 10:12 am

      yes, it has admitted such by admitting fear of prosecution.

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  3. Matthew Hamilton 8 Sep 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Have you ever heard of lawfare? It is where people use the legal system to punish others in a variety of ways. For example, somebody might say that Jim West’s blog has harmed their feelings by stating certain acts are depraved and they threaten you with lawsuits. You (hopefully) would stand up to them, but (hopefully not) you fear how judges may apply the law and might cave in and delate any posts that make reference to pornography, homosexuality, fornication or whatever, and you might never mention any of these in your sermons in church. Would this mean that you “admit” pornography, homosexuality, fornication or whatever are OK or are you admitting fear of prosecution?

    Israel may be admitting fear of prosecution, not because it admits it has done something wrong, but because it fears how “Palestine” could use The Hague as its weapon in lawfare

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    • Jim 8 Sep 2011 at 6:32 pm

      i in fact have never heard of lawfare.

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