U.S. Senate Breaks U.S. Law and Engenders Israeli Human Rights Violations

BBSNews 2014-09-20 — By Michael Hess. In an appalling decision by a “unanimous” U.S. Senate Thursday, the senate passed a law that will enshrine Israeli Human Rights violations with a veneer of legitimacy. Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California who co-sponsored the measure seems to be more interested in pleasing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a subversive foreign entity that should have been outlawed many years ago, than adhering to U.S. Law.

The Gaza Strip.

The Gaza Strip.

The proposed law is entitled “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014” is S. 2673 1. It’s thrust is to increase U.S. weapons stockpiles in Israel and allow Israel access to them. The world already knows what Israel does with U.S. supplied weapons. They use them as an instrument of terror against innocent Palestinian people to perpetuate the various and illegal occupations by the state of Israel. The actions of Palestinian militant groups, fighting against the illegal occupations and the years long siege of the Gaza Strip, may be War Crimes as well. But this does not absolve Israel of responsibility nor does it render the U.S. innocent of supplying the weapons that Israel uses in further conquest of Palestinian territory outside of the state of Israel.

It is against Title 22 of the United States Code to supply weapons to a country with a clear pattern of human rights violations and Israel commits human rights violations on a grand scale. Israel has a clear history of using U.S. supplied weapons against an innocent and captive occupied population, the Palestinians. The most egregious of these is the continued and long-standing violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions. It is an egregious violation of international law to transfer ones citizens from an occupier state into an occupied state. This is a violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions 2.

Israel has publicly and loudly violated that law more than half a million times. As most readers know, it is U.S. policy, as well as the rest of the world, that Israel’s colonies outside of Israel are completely illegal. Every single one of them.

In the news recently it has been brought to the attention of the world that the U.S. is already guilty of supporting Israel War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity 3 by supporting and indeed bankrolling the illegal Israel occupations.

Let’s start with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions:

Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

 

Nevertheless, the Occupying Power may undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand. Such evacuations may not involve the displacement of protected persons outside the bounds of the occupied territory except when for material reasons it is impossible to avoid such displacement. Persons thus evacuated shall be transferred back to their homes as soon as hostilities in the area in question have ceased.

 

The Occupying Power undertaking such transfers or evacuations shall ensure, to the greatest practicable extent, that proper accommodation is provided to receive the protected persons, that the removals are effected in satisfactory conditions of hygiene, health, safety and nutrition, and that members of the same family are not separated.

 

The Protecting Power shall be informed of any transfers and evacuations as soon as they have taken place.

 

The Occupying Power shall not detain protected persons in an area particularly exposed to the dangers of war unless the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.

 

The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

For the purposes of this article, consider the last sentence, “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

It is indisputable that Israel has done this more than a half a million times. It is in the daily news, the latest with the “annexation” (theft), of another 1000 acres of land that is outside of Israel. Ma’an News reports 4:

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat called for diplomatic action against Israel in response to its move to annex 4,000 dunams (1,000 acres) of Palestinian land south of Bethlehem in the West Bank on Sunday.

 

“The Israeli government is committing various crimes against the Palestinian people and their occupied land,” Erekat told AFP.

 

“The international community should hold Israel accountable as soon as possible for its crimes and raids against our people in Gaza and the ongoing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

There is some kind of strange disconnect here. The United States Senate has voted to grant a human rights abusing state, a state that has a long history of human rights abuses that are in the daily world news, yet another “strategic” partnership. These are the types of moves that make U.S. motives suspect around the world. It is a slap in the face of international law and the protected rights of the Palestinian people under long-standing international human rights law.

The state of Israel’s occupation army, bankrolled by U.S. taxpayer dollars, a supposed “ally”, does not fight alongside of United States men and women who serve. And they will be staying in Israel during the fight against IS, enforcing their illegal occupations. They will occasionally ramp up the abuses where they cause enough resistance to excuse them into yet another War on Gaza, a collective punishment of a captivated and already subjugated population of people by the state of Israel.

So far this has not been picked up by traditional new sources in the United States. This travesty of our standing in relation to our own law, international law, and international human rights law is egregiously against stated American values. And it is dangerous and counter-productive. These are the types of actions that breed radicalization.

The United States must pay more than mere lip service to international law. And The U.S. must stop supplying Israel with military weapons and hardware to support what amounts to a likely Crime Against Humanity. If this wrong-headed law makes it to President Obama’s desk he should veto it. Unfortunately, there is no bucking of AIPAC when it come to U.S. foreign policy.

1 Barbara Boxer (D) Cal.. “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014” Congress.gov Accessed 2014-09-19
https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2673?q={%22search%22%3A[%22s.2673%22]}

2 ICRC. “Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.” International Committee of the Red Cross Accessed 2014-09-19
https://www.icrc.org/ihl/WebART/380-600056

3 Sam Bahour. “US guilty of war crimes in Palestine” The Hill 2014-09-18
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/218067-us-guilty-of-war-crimes-in-palestine

4 AFP. “Palestinian officials slam Israeli land confiscation in West Bank” Ma’an News Accessed 2014-09-19
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=724585

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Michael Hess

Michael Hess

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