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Thaw in Israeli Immunity?

Not now. Maybe later.

by Stephen Lendman

Hope springs eternal. Palestinians waited so long. Don't expect too much too soon. Anything is better than nothing.

Israel's rap sheet includes decades of crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. Nuremberg justice is long overdue. It's essential. Maybe one day. Not now.

Hopeful signs remain. Perhaps others will follow. On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory published damning findings.

Access them in full through the following link . Multiple international law violations are damning. Settlements breach international law.

They comprise "creeping annexation." They prevent Palestinian self-determination. They must end "without preconditions." Israel must "immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT."

These type statements are unprecedented. Policy with teeth must back them. It's not forthcoming. Maybe later. Let's hope so.

On February 20, Yesh Din headlined "They also shoot sheep. The setting of dogs on sheep and the uprooting of trees is indefensible - and yet, indictments still surprise us."

They rarely happen. Exceptions prove the rule. Prosecutions seldom bring convictions. Hand slaps at most happen.

In December 2012, two settlers were indicted. They assaulted Muhammad Al Qarajat. Their dog bit three sheep. One died.

Qarajat summoned police. They did their job. They took statements. They photographed damage. An indictment followed.

"(I)f you think we were surprised, you should have seen the settlers." Nearly always they're free to do what they wish. Police and soldiers look the other way. It's standard practice.

Exceptions don't matter without lots of them. Maybe later. Not now.

On January 29, Israel's High Court of Justice ruled on a petition submitted by multiple Palestinian landowners. At issue is evacuating the Amona outpost. 

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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