Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Killing and Piracy by Israel in International
Waters Must Be Prosecuted
By Sam Hamod
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, June 7, 2010
The killing and piracy against a Peace Flotilla, in International
Waters by the IDF, without justification, was a terrible crime and tragedy
for many reasons:
1. This was piracy and killing of people on a
mission of mercy and peace, in International Waters; this is prosecutable
by death. Thus, those responsible, namely Binyamn Netanyahu, must be tried
in the International Court of Justice for these deaths, and anyone who
helped him plan this heinous and non-Jewish attack ( it is against the
Torah and its teaching).
2. People on the flotilla were needlessly
killed and the food, medicine and other supplies were comandeered by the
IDF. This was a mission of mercy, not of war; but, the mercy bringers were
attacked by warships, helicopters, Israeli marines and the IDF, on orders
from the top of the Israeli Government. Thus, all those involved in this
massacre should, and must be held accountable. No one can say they did not
know the flotilla of peace was coming to give aid and mercy to Gaza; thus,
those who planned this response are guilty, by clear evidence of murder,
piracy and more, on the high seas, which is clearly punishable by death.
In this case, the motives of murder were premeditated and then carried
out; this, according to all law of all nations, and I learned this while
studying law at The University of Chicago Law School, are grounds for
prosecution on First Degree Murder charges, no less.
Israeli attackers were killed, but they will say, they were "only
following orders." They cannot use the "Eichman defense," because Eichman
was put to death, it did not hold water. See Hannah Arendt's, a
concentration camp survivor, excellent book on Eichman, also, see the
ruling of the Nuremburg judges on this type of killing, "following
was insufficient as a defense for murdering innocent people.
4. The ships could have been blockaded and/or guided to another port,
but this was not done. They were attacked first, killing people. Also, the
IDF did not allow the peace group people to speak to reporters after the
attack, and even jammed their phones and radios while the attack was going
As the Israeli writer, Gilad Atzmon points out, this was pure
terrorism, brutality and killing that had no justification. Atzmon called
it, "Butchery on the High Seas," and it was.
They did not have to shoot
or kill anyone, nor did they have to board the flotilla and terrorize the
people, and terrorism it was, without a doubt, under anyone's definition
5. No one can justify what the IDF did today because
even the blockade of Gaza has been seen as a war crime, and this compounds
the matter to the point of non-forgiveness. There must be prosecutions for
this terrorism, otherwise the world is hell bent on more killings, and as
Mahatma Gandhi once said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,
will leave us all blind and toothless." So it is, this must be condemned
and prosecuted, if it is not, then no law in any land, is worth the paper
it is written on. I went to law school at The University of Chicago, every
international law has been broken, and thus, must be prosecuted if law is
to have any remaining place in this world; if not, then, there is no hope
for justice and people will resort to killing in a vigilante style, which
no one in this world will be safe.
All because Netanyahu and his
minions have a desire to destroy the Gazans, the Palestinians and anyone
who would dare have the courage to help those suffering thousands trapped
in Gaza by an inhumane, immoral and illegal blockade by Israel. This will
not wash, no matter how many times Netanyahu, Peres, Barack, or anyone
else who tries to justify this, wash their hands nor how often they pray
to God, because even God will not forgive this type of bestiality and
brutality without cause.
America must now reign Israel in, for the
sake of justice, for peace in the Middle East, for decency and justice for
Palestinians, and for the sake of Israelis who want to live in peace.
Perhaps it is time for the Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews to run Israel, not
the Ashkenazim like Netanyahu, Peres, Barack and those bloodthirsty
leaders. Then, there is a chance for peace, if not, then all hell will
continue in this area. Ultimately, Israelis and Palestinians, and
Americans will all lose, because the word and value of America's word and
leadership is almost nil in the world.
Blessed be the peacemakers,
and may the devil take the war makers,
Peace, Shalom, Salaam, Namaste,
Professor Sam Hamod writes on international affairs; he was an advisor to
the U.S. State Department on Middle Eastern Affairs, attended Law School at
The University of Chicago, and has spoken on peace and justice in over 20
countries and at the United Nations.