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    There are calls for a "day of rage" in the West Bank, maybe Israel is trying to avoid that.   Could be a bloody mess.

    •   Today's UN Security Council's report broadcast (13+ / 0-)

      live about Gaza was, to say the least damning to Israel and to the US, plus Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sought written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel.

      Thankfully, the heat is on, hoping it works and additionally stimulates a new conversation about US foreign policy.

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 04:16:01 PM PDT

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        Palestinians threaten to join International Criminal Court over Gaza

        “We have a decision to accede to the Rome Statute,” PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told The Times of Israel. “All we need to do is send the letter… If this assault continues and doesn’t stop, you can see it sooner rather than later.”
        The Palestinians sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking him officially put the “State of Palestine” under the “UN international protection system and to form a legal committee for immediate follow-up,” Ashrawi said.

        Ramallah has also asked for a meeting of the High Contracting Parties of Fourth Geneva Conventions and urged Switzerland – its depository state – to “accelerate consultations” and convene the parties as soon as possible. The Geneva Conventions — to which the Palestinians acceded earlier this year after peace talks with Israel stalled – regulate how civilians need to be protected in times of war.
        Furthermore, the Palestinian leadership has asked for an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, “to deal with the grave conditions in Gaza and hold Israel to account for its violations of international law and international humanitarian law,” according to Ashrawi.

        The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will be asked, during its annual meeting in August, to “add Israel and its policies and measures against Palestine on its agenda and designate Israel as an apartheid state,” she said.

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