Over 100,000 Brits Want Netanyahu Arrested
On September 9, he’ll arrive in London to meet with Britain’s David Cameron. As of Saturday, September 5, over 100,000 Brits signed a petition to arrest him – likely many more by September 9.
Netanyahu was responsible for genocidal war crimes and mass destruction against Gaza last summer, noncombatant civilians suffering most, willfully targeted by Israel’s killing machine, on his direct orders, an unindicted mass-murderer.
Once past the 100,000 threshold, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament. The Palestinian Forum and Palestine Solidarity Campaign urged supporters to participate in a mass public protest during Cameron/Netanyahu discussions next week.
A PSC statement says “Netanyahu bears direct responsibility for war crimes identified by the UN Human Rights Council following Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza last summer.”
“And yet the British Prime Minister will shake Netanyahu’s hand next Wednesday and doubtless discuss, among other things, more arms deals between the UK and Israel.”
Organizers will display Palestinian flags. Banners will denounce Netanyahu as a war criminal, demanding his arrest.
A massive security operation is planned, initiated ahead of his visit. Petition organizer Damian Moran said he “never really understood the Palestine conflict until about 10 years ago when I did some actual research on it and was horrified by what (he) found.”
He “empathize(s) greatly with Palestinians with all the horrors they faced.”
Cameron claims “under UK and international law, certain holders of high-ranking office in a state, including heads of state, heads of government and ministers for foreign affairs are entitled to immunity, which includes inviolability and complete immunity from criminal jurisdiction.”
In October 1998, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London. Britain used a Spanish court provisional warrant to apprehend him.
He was held him under house arrest for 18 months. It set a precedent. It let other heads of state and top officials know they’re vulnerable. Pinochet’s bogus ill health claim sent him home. He arrived irreparably damaged and disgraced.
The principle of universal jurisdiction (UJ) holds that certain crimes are too grave to ignore – including genocide, crimes of war and against humanity.
Under UJ, nations may investigate and prosecute foreign nationals when their country of residence or origin won’t, can’t or hasn’t for any reason.
Israel used it to prosecute, convict and execute Adolph Eichmann. A US court sentenced Charles Taylor’s son, Chuckie, to 97 years in prison.
Under Article 7 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg:
“The official position of defendants, whether as Head of State or responsible officials in Government departments, shall not be considered as freeing them from responsibility or mitigating punishment.”
Individuals considered most culpable are called hostis humani generis – enemies of mankind. War crimes are against the jus gentium – the law of nations. International law was established to address them and hold culpable individuals accountable.
The Nuremberg Charter, Tribunal and Principles determined that crimes of war and against humanity are “international crimes” to grave to ignore.
Tribunal Principles hold that “(a)ny person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment….”
“(C)rimes against international law are committed by men, not by abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who commit (them) can the provisions of international law be enforced.”
The Rome Statute’s Article 25 of the International Criminal Court codified the principle – affirming persons culpable of crimes of war and against humanity be prosecuted.
Nuremberg rendered immunity in these cases null and void. No one is above the law for any reason – including heads of state.
Britain’s support for Israeli high crimes assures Netanyahu’s freedom from criminal prosecution. He’ll remain free to kill again.
Holding Netanyahu Accountable: A Good Start, not Enough
As of Sunday, September 6, an online petition demanding Netanyahu’s arrest on arrival in London this week has over 103,000 signatures – many more added daily.
The campaign will stay active until February 2016. Perhaps it’ll attract two or three times the current number of supporters by then, maybe a chance to reach half a million.
It sends a message. No one is above the law. Violators must be held accountable – to the highest levels of government.
During his stay, Netanyahu will be feted, not arrested. An array of war criminals parade through Western capitals, mostly from other Western countries.
No nation is more guilty of high crimes against peace than America – none more free to continue rampaging globally, ravaging and destroying one country after another, responsible for millions of deaths, mass destruction and unspeakable human misery.
No US official was ever held accountable for crimes of war, against humanity or genocide. None more warrant Nuremberg justice.
Its Tribunal Chief Justice Robert Jackson (a US Supreme Court Justice) called Nazi war crimes “the supreme international crime against peace.”
His November 21, 1945 opening remarks said:
“The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”
He called aggressive war “the greatest menace of our times.” International law defines crimes against peace as “planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of wars of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing.”
No nations today are more culpable than America, its rogue NATO partners and Israel. Nuremberg justice demands their leaders and guilty officials be held accountable. Its Principles stated:
“Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment.”
“Crimes against international law are committed by men, not by abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who commit (them) can the provisions of international law be enforced.”
The Rome Statute’s Article 25 of the International Criminal Court codified the principle, affirming the culpability of persons responsible for committing crimes of war and against humanity.
Commanders and their superiors are culpable if they “either knew or, owing to the circumstances at the time, should have known that the forces were committing or about to commit such crimes, (and) failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures within his or her power to prevent or repress their commission or to submit the matter to the competent authorities for investigation and prosecutions.”
Nuremberg established the principle that immunity from high crimes against peace is null and void. They’re too grave to be ignored.
Accountability is essential. Failure lets rogue states and their officials terrorize humanity with impunity – risking the unthinkable, another global war, a potential humanity destroying one with nuclear weapons.