The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman
RToP is committed to achieving liberation and justice for the Palestinian people.
Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified."
It begins where the International Court of Justice "stopped: highlighting the responsibilities arising from the enunciation of law, including those of the international community, which cannot continue to shirk its obligations."
RToP follows in the BRussell Tribunal's tradition, named after famed philosopher, mathematician, and anti-war/anti-imperialism activist Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Over 50 years ago he warned:
"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war" and live in peace, because no other option is possible.
Established in 1967, the BRussell Tribunal investigated Vietnam war crimes. More recently, it addressed Iraq war ones and imperial America under Bush and Obama.
RToP exposes Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians. It wants decades of colonialism, occupation and apartheid replaced by justice, equality, and peace.
RToP's Cape Town South Africa Session
On RToP's second day, its web site (russelltribunalonpalestine.com) was hacked and disabled. An Internet consultant called it "no amateur job."
Doing an important right thing has a price. Dark Israeli-connected forces attacked it in vain. RToP won't be silenced. Neither will others exposing decades of Israeli crimes.
On Facebook last week, RToP's coordinator Frank Barat said:
"Zionists in South Africa are going mad. Every newsroom in the country has received (a) gift box of anti-Russell material."
They also created "Russell the kangaroo" Facebook and Twitter accounts to attack RToP. So far, they've attracted scant attention.
On November 6, Maan News headlined, "Israeli army, intel sites down after 'Anonymous' threat," saying Palestine Internet service was disabled by "a serious act of sabotage."