Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif attacked what he referred to as a “culture of impunity” given to Israel in international venues, and called for unified pressure on the United Nations Security Council to hold Israel accountable.
The remarks came while speaking at a summit of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday.
“It is necessary for all of us to address the international community with one voice, in particular the United Nations Security Council, and tell them to end the culture of impunity granted the Israeli regime, and force them to curb their programs and crimes against the Palestinian people,” Zarif said.
The Foreign Minister accused Israel of using this “culture of impunity” to divert attention away from its crimes, allowing a situation that he called a “humanitarian nightmare” to go unpunished.
“The current situation is the sad consequence of the illegal occupation of the occupied Palestinian territories and the constant violation of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian nation,” Zarif said, referencing the recent seizure of the Al-Aqsa mosque by Israeli forces that led to a mass wave of Palestinian protests.
Zarif called on the OIC to remain resolute in its mission, which he said is to “counter Zionist expansionism and occupation, and support the establishment of an independent and sustainable Palestinian state with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.”
Support for the Palestinian liberation cause is a component of Iran’s general policies. Zarif says that the “Zionist regime is the main threat to the Islamic world,” because they actively fuel terrorism and extremism in the region.
Al-Aqsa mosque, a mosque in occupied East Jerusalem that is the third holiest site in Islam, became the focal point of the most recent wave of mass Palestinian protests after the Israeli state imposed heightened restrictions and security measures on the compound following a shooting attack. Many Palestinian leaders said the move was an attempt to impose greater Israeli control on the contentious area.
Following mass protests and Palestinian refusal to enter the compound until Israel removed the restrictions, Israel agreed last week to remove the cameras and metal detectors.
Palestine’s Foreign Minister, also speaking at the OIC meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday, warned that Israel is “not going to accept defeat” so easily, and that they will “try again and again with different methods and different means to impose” on the status-quo in the region.
Kuala Lumpur Tribunal finds Israel Guilty of Crimes against Humanity, Genocide
GR Editor’s Note
The proceedings directed against the State of Israel was led by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) against the State of Israel
Members of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) are: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (Chairman), Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Dr. Denis Halliday, Mr. Musa Ismail, Dr. Zulaiha Ismail, Dr. Yaacob Merican, Dr. Hans von Sponeck.
Working in liaison with their Malaysian counterparts, Commissioners Dr. Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization were present in Kuala Lumpur throughout the proceedings.
This important judicial process has received very little coverage in the Western media. Global Research will be publishing several reports following this historic judgment against the State of Israel.
Michel Chossudovsky, Kuala Lumpur, November 25, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) today found former Israeli army general Amos Yaron and the state of Israel guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide stemming from the massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982.
KLWCT president Tan Sri Lamin Mohd Yunus, who headed a seven-member panel, said the tribunal was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that both the defendants were guilty as charged.
The other judges were Tunku Sofiah Jewa, Prof Salleh Buang, Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, Datuk Saari Yusof, John Philpot and Tunku Intan Mainura.
Reading out the judgment for almost three hours, Lamin said the tribunal ordered that reparations commensurate with the irreparable harm and injury, pain and suffering undergone by the complainant, war crime victims be paid to them.
“While it’s constantly mindful of its stature as merely a tribunal of conscience with no real power or enforcement, this tribunal finds that witnesses in this case are entitled ex justitia to the payment or reparations by the two convicted parties,” he said.
Lamin said it was hoped that armed with the tribunal’s findings, the witnesses who were also the victims in the case, would, in the near future, find a state or an international judicial entity able and willing to exercise jurisdiction to enforce the tribunal’s verdict against the two convicted parties.
The tribunal also ordered that its award of reparations should be submitted to the War Crimes Commission to faciliate the determination and collection of reparations by the complainant war crime victims.
Lamin noted that the tribunal was fully aware that its verdict was merely declaratory in nature and had no power of enforcement.
“What we can do…is to recommend to the KLWCT to submit this finding of conviction by the tribunal, together with the record of these proceedings, to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations (UN) and the UN Security Council,” said the judge.
He also said the tribunal recommended that the names of the two convicted parties be entered and included in the commissions’s Registry of War Criminals and be publicised, accordingly.
Yaron was charged over his direct involvement in his capacity as the commanding general in the Sabra and Shatila massacre. This was the first time that Yaron had been charged for war crimes.
The second charge was against the state of Israel for the crime of genocide and war crimes on the Palestinians.
The charges were the result of complaints received by KLWCT from victims from Palestine (Gaza and West Bank) and the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon last year.
During the six-day trial, the tribunal heard 11 prosecution witnesses, including Palestinians from both Muslim and Christian descent, as well as Malaysian surgeon Dr Ang Swee Chai who served at the camp at the time of the massacre.
Six of the witnesses testified at the KLWCT while the other five gave evidence through Skype.
Lead prosecutor Prof Gurdial S. Nijar described the verdict as “significant” as this marked the first time that the Israel state had been found guilty of genocide.
He said today’s judgment would be submitted to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, UN and the UN Security Council for further action.
He added that the judgment would also be publicised and circulated to governments worldwide to allow all states to exercise their jurisdiction on genocide. —