By Rachel Hamd
Acknowledging the murder of babies in Gaza is one thing, but contributing to committing it hand-in-hand is cooperating on a failure bound to blow up and take the West with it, exposing the instability in the frames of international law meant to protect the people of Gaza.
The United States molded and formed today’s “Israel”, and the United States is playing it like a puppet. It is also true to say that the US has played the principles of international law like a fidget around its fingers.
Hence, to understand the International Criminal Court’s failure today is to absorb the decay in the roots of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ICC was established by the United Nations General Assembly which was created by the United States alongside China, France, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom. It has state parties that abide by the Rome Statute that defines crimes in international law.
The US is not a member of the ICC, nor is “Israel” – and it refuses to be – as it voted against the Rome Statute of 1998, the treaty that defined and outlined Genocide, Crimes against humanity, War crimes, and Crime of aggression and which later led to the establishment of the ICC.
If there were no occupational forces of “Israel” – commanded, driven, and puppeteered by the US – then there would be no entryway for the US into the Middle East. The US is overtly an accomplice to the genocide in Gaza, through Genocide Joe and Antagonistic Antony (Blinken). Acknowledging the murder of babies in Gaza is one thing, but contributing to committing it hand-in-hand is cooperating with a failure bound to blow up and take the West with it.
Bringing the world to its knees
Diving into the endless list of violations of international law committed by “Israel” eventually in this context will not drive this conversation to where it needs to reach, as it remains known and in the open and on every digital screen in the world no matter how much the West tries to conceal it.
Given that the ICC prosecutes individuals as opposed to countries which the International Court of Justice does, Netanyahu can be taken to the ICC and prosecuted even though “Israel” is not a state party to the Rome Statute.
This occurs as individuals accused of committing crimes listed in the Rome Statute can be prosecuted even if the State they belong to is not a party to the Rome Statute.
Netanyahu can appeal the decision to prosecute and the United States may potentially back that appeal, and an even longer trial will occur – that’s if the ICC accepts the applications being sent to prosecute – which will delay justice being served (as if it ever was with the US around).
Turkey has already submitted an ICC application to prosecute Netanyahu for war crimes, as have Colombia, Algeria, South Africa, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Comoros, and Bolivia. Perhaps if every country in the world submitted an ICC application to prosecute Netanyahu, if the US wants to impede it, it will and it will go to every corner and turn every stone over to ensure “Israel” does not attend a single court hearing for the genocide it continues to commit against the people of Occupied Palestine.
However, one, two or 200 applications may be a test of the ICC’s veracity to its principles and the very core values of human rights it was founded on, but bound to be shaken and manipulated with the hand of Western hegemony steered by US and European greed.
Thus it is important to indicate first the legal definition of ‘genocide’ in Article 6 of the Rome Statute. It defines it as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: