As predictable as Pavlov’s dog Israel’s detractors have seized the moment to jump on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) announcement to investigate Israel and Hamas for war crimes stemming from the 2014 Gaza war. Not surprising that they grasp any and every opportunity to malign the Jewish State and regurgitate events from 7 years ago that were ventilated ad-nauseum during that conflict. This is the hypocrisy and double standard of the likes the ICC and UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) whose anti-Semitism and anti-Israel agendas masquerades as human rights and international justice.
According to official UN reports 2,310 Gazans and 67 Israeli killed with just over 10,000 injured from both sides during that conflict.
That very same year, according to the UN, 190,000 Syrians including thousands of children were killed by their government, targeting hospitals and schools, using illegal barrel bombs and chemical weapons. Factual proof of rape, sexual violence, torture and imprisonment by the Syrian government hardly got a mention by the UNHRC and when referred to the ICC the response was “it would be difficult for this to take place with within the foreseeable future because Syria in not party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, meaning the ICC has no jurisdiction there”.
That same year more than 15,000 civilians killed by the Saudi attack on Yemen. When petitioned to prosecute the Saudis the ICC’s response was: Rome statute status: Neither signed nor ratified/acceded.
Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the ICC Neither signed nor ratified/acceded. Crime of aggression Not ratified.
Article 8 Not Ratifies.
The same source gave the death toll in the Myanmar conflict in 2014 at 3000 killed. The Rohingya genocide was about to begin where to date the estimate is running at nearly 900,000 killed, raped and displaced. Again the ICC states: “Despite the gravity of the allegations and Myanmar’s establishment of multiple investigative mechanisms, these have not yet involved investigative and prosecutorial work that would render an ICC case inadmissible. However, even after this upcoming determination and the earlier decision about jurisdiction, the jurisdiction and the admissibility of future cases will remain subject to review.”
One can go on and quote the genocide of Darfur, Southern Sudan and the Congo where the numbers again run into millions killed, or the human rights abuses of the then Mugabe government in Zimbabwe. No doubt the ICC will provide similar “reasons” for its inability to pursue these atrocities
67% of all Zimbabwe citizens live in poverty and two million live in extreme poverty;
Up to 35% of rural people are food insecure (in a country once described as the breadbasket of southern Africa);
One in three children are malnourished; and
Millions of Zimbabweans, perhaps up to a fifth of the population, have left the country as economic migrants.
Those MILLIONS killed and starving are of no consequence to the ICC when they have a pre-judged guilty verdict pronounced by a single judge of the ICC, an Africa lady showing no concern for her brothers and sisters in strife-torn Africa and elsewhere. The court has far more important business to deal with like prosecuting Israel for a defensive war against her civilian population
But those voices baying for (Israeli) blood in this latest ICC witch-hunt egged on by the ANC government and the South African press, seem to have forgotten South Africa’s plans to withdraw from the Rome statue, resulting in exiting the ICC. Also forgotten the ANC’s action by escorting Al-Bashir out of the country instead of arresting him under a warrant from that court. ANC’s logic defies all logic, but will support the ICC’s decision to pursue their case against Israel – actually will support any anti-Israel initiative. Completely out of step with many of her African brothers. Clearly demonizing Israel is the only other activity other than looting the poor that the ANC excels at.