If allegations for instance are made against Israel for committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza and the occupied territories then Obama should either be a voice for doing the right thing and insisting on investigations into these allegations or he should stand aside and allow the UN to do its duty . But we know the Americans always stand up for the Israelis and it appears Obama so for is no exception and in fact will do whatever he can to protect the Israeli government and the Israeli armed forces.
Protest For Gaza: Universal Support from every religion & every country for Palestine, 24/01/2009
This is the people's voice demanding justice for the Palestininian people. War Criminal should be brought to justice and charged. israeli war crimes
We can only hope that the UN can proceed first with investigation with suboena powers followed by Indictments and trials if it is deemed appropriate. If necessary the trials could take place in abstentia. As it appears now Israel backed by President Obama and the US are going to do whateve they can to interfere with these investigations and possible trials. If Israeli officials can be put on trial it would mean that these International Laws and the International Court are viable . What bothers some Americans is that if Israel can be investigated and put on trial then those Americans' responsible can be put on trial for their war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan.
UN DEMANDS WAR CRIMES ENQUIRY AGAINST ISRAEL | Gaza war prompts UN to demand an enquiry
Jan. 30, 2009
The UN's humanitarian chief has said the situation in Gaza after a three-week Israeli offensive against Hamas was worse than he anticipated.
Sir John Holmes, who visited Gaza on Thursday, said he was shocked by "the systematic nature of the destruction".
He said that the territory's economic activity had been set back by years.
The International Committee of the Red Cross's (ICRC) president Jakob Kellenberger said conditions in Gazan hospitals were the worst he had seen.
Israel faces calls for Gaza war crimes probe - 30 Jan 09
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is seeking to punish Israel for alleged war crimes. He has called for an international investigation panel.
Al Jazeera has been out with Amnesty International investigators conducting house-to-house searches in Gaza and collecting all of the evidence, such as shrapnel fragments, that will aid ithe investigation.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Awad reports.
Anyway here is a clip showing how the Israeli's discriminate against Palestinians and control them in every way that they can .
Palestinians need permits for just about anything they want to do to travel, to work to walk down a street etc. But doesn't it sound like the American southern states Apartheid of Jim Crow and segregation or South African Apartheid. In the clip below several Palestinians get a court order so that they are permitted to walk down the main street of their town which they were not permitted to do by the IDF and the Jewish Settlers. It is unfortunate that Americans in general including President Obama and his Secretary of State and his envoys to the Middle East are unaware how draconian the Israeli State has become in regards to the Palestinians. For the moment we can give them the benefit of the doubt . But it is up to them since they are fond of making grandiose statements about wanting to help ease tensions in the Middle East then they should educate themselves about what is actually going on and not just accept anything they are told by the Israelis for example at face value.
aint this some israeli bullsh*t Israeli Apartheid
According to Susan Rice, the new US ambassador to the (UN ), said on Thursday that Israel should carry out its own investigation into possible abuses by its forces." The alleged criminals she claims are to investigate themselves to see if they did anything wrong... well I predict their answer is as usual we the IDF and Israel did nothing wrong. Now we are all reassured . So you get a bank robber to investigate whether or not they did something wrong. It is like asking a corporation to investigate whether or not it is guilty of selling inferior goods or underpaying employees or overpaying its CEOs or whether it is guilty of polluting the air or rivers and streams. The Corporation will say no way and so the public is according to Susan Rice's logic supposed to accept their findings at face value. This is nonsense.
Is Obama just naive or does he really believe Israel is going to do an honest and thorough investigation. The Israelis have said they have done nothing wrong so are they going to change their tune or will they offer up a few low ranking scape goats the way the Americans have done about their own war crimes in Iraq at Abu Ghraib or the killing of innocent civilians or raping young Iraqi girls etc. To those only interested in maintaining their control over large areas of the Globe a few thousand dead civilians or a few thousand abused and tortured detainees is just " collateral damage " No wonder President Obama like former President Bush does not want to investigate American forces alleged war crimes. As Bush assured Americans " we do not torture " and Cheney said " stuff happens " especially in the other rationalization known as "The Fog Of War " or " So" meaning who cares the people abused or beaten or tortured or raped or killed were after all not American citizens.
" UN to probe Gaza compound attack " Media With Connscience Jan. 30, 2009
The Security Council has yet to take a position on the UN investigation, but Susan Rice, the new US ambassador to the body, said on Thursday that Israel should carry out its own investigation into possible abuses by its forces.
"We expect Israel will meet its international obligations to investigate and we also call upon all members of the international community to refrain from politicising these important issues," she said.
In her debut speech at the UN Security Council in New York, Rice also said that Hamas was guilty of violating international law "through its rocket attacks against Israeli civilians in southern Israel and the use of civilian facilities to provide protection for its terrorist attacks".
also see: "Israel 'hides settlements data" BBC.co Jan. 30, 2009
The Israeli defence ministry has concealed information about the extent of illegal settlement-building in the West Bank, a leading newspaper reports.
A classified database of construction compiled by the ministry was leaked to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
It suggests most construction took place without the right permits, and more than 30 settlements were built in part on land owned by Palestinians.
Settlements are a contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The defence ministry has not commented on the report, which appears to contradict Israel's official position that it does not requisition private land for settlements
and for an informative and succinct article on Christian Zionism see: "Christians and Zion: British stirrings " Part 1 in a series of 5 articles on Christian Zionism: by Donald Wagner 10/09/03 (Daily Star)
The term Christian Zionism is of relatively recent vintage and was rarely used prior to the early 1990s. Self-proclaimed Christian Zionist organizations such as the International Christian Embassy-Jerusalem and the US-based Bridges for Peace, both with offices in Jerusalem, have been operating for 20 years, but were under the radar of most Middle East experts and the mainstream media until after Sept. 11, 2001.
Briefly stated, Christian Zionism is a movement within Protestant fundamentalism that sees the modern state of Israel as the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and thus deserving of political, financial and religious support. Christian Zionists work closely with the Israeli government, religious and secular Jewish Zionist organizations, and are particularly empowered during periods when the more conservative Likud Party is in control of the Knesset. Both the secular and religious media place Christian Zionism in the Protestant evangelical movement, which claims upward of 100-125 million members in the US. However, one would more accurately categorize it as part of the fundamentalist wing of Protestant Christianity, since the evangelical movement is far larger and more diverse in its theology and historical development.
Christian Zionists and premillennial dispensationalists have a pessimistic view of history and wait in eager anticipation for the unfolding of a series of wars and tragedies pointing to the return of Jesus. The establishment of the state of Israel, the rebuilding of the Third Temple, the rise of the Antichrist and the buildup of armies poised to attack Israel, are among the signs leading to the final battle and Jesus’ return. Leading Christian Zionist authorities in Bible prophecy seek to interpret political developments according to the prophetic schedule of events that should unfold according to their view of scripture. As an apocalyptic and dualistic type of theology, the movement looks in history for the escalation of power and influence of satanic forces aligned to the Antichrist, who, as the end draws near, will do battle with Israel and those aligned with it. Judgment will befall nations and individuals according to how they “bless Israel” (Genesis 12:3).
and the movement is growing in America and Britain and other countries and has an effect on foreign policy decisions being made in those countries especially regarding Israel and the Middle East :
...Christian Zionism is a growing political and religious movement within the most conservative branches of Protestant fundamentalism, but it can also be found in the broader evangelical branches of Christianity, including the evangelical wings of the mainline Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran and other Protestant churches. It thrives during periods of political and economic unrest such as the present, characterized by international terrorism, global recession and fear of wars in the Middle East. With its pessimistic view of history, Christian Zionism seeks to provide simple and clear answers through a literal and predictive approach to the Bible. Some estimate that 20-25 million American fundamentalist Christians hold these views, and the phenomenon is growing.
and so it goes,