COHN, Marjorie. US Law Professor demands prosecution of Israelis & Americans for "war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity... in Gaza"

Professor  Marjorie Cohn, according to Wikipedia  “is a professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. In 1978 Cohn received a job in the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.  She also "participated in delegations to Cuba, China, Russia, and Yugoslavia" early in her career” (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Cohn ).

Professor  Marjorie Cohn on US and Israeli Palestine Genocide and the latest Israeli Gaza Massacre (2014): “ By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, members of the US Congress, President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza.An individual can be convicted of a war crime, genocide or a crime against humanity [PDF] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he or she "aids, abets or otherwise assists" in the commission or attempted commission of the crime, "including providing the means for its commission." There is growing evidence that Israeli leaders and commanders have committed the following war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity as defined in the Rome Statute for the ICC. US military aid has aided, abetted and assisted the commission of these crimes by providing Israel with the military means to commit them. During Operation Protective Edge, Israeli forces again used the Dahiye Doctrine, which, according to the UN Human Rights Council [Goldstone] Report [PDF], involves "the application of disproportionate force and causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, and suffering to civilian populations"…

On July 23, 2014, the UN Human Rights Council established a commission of inquiry into Israeli violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law. The resolution also called on parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene and respond to the alleged violations. That convention requires parties to prosecute violators. Countries can bring foreign nationals to justice for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity under the well-established doctrine of universal jurisdiction. Genocide charges could also be brought under the Genocide Convention, to which both Israel and the United States are parties. That convention also punishes complicity in genocide; US leaders' provision of military aid would constitute complicity. Although the Israeli and US governments continue to maintain that Israel has only acted in self-defense against Hamas' terrorism, the weight of world opinion points in the opposite direction. There is overwhelming opposition to Israeli aggression in Gaza and calls for justice and accountability. Both Israeli and US leaders must be criminally prosecuted for committing and aiding and abetting these crimes.” [1].

[1]. Marjorie Cohn, “Israeli war crimes. Genocide & crimes against humanity”, MWC News, 8 August 2014: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/44454-israeli-war-crimes.html .

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