6 thoughts on “UN Report Finds Evidence of Israeli, Palestinian War Crimes, Seeks International Criminal Court Referral – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Hamas could easily play this to their advantage, badly embarrassing Israel. They only have to hand over a couple of low-lifes from another rocket-launching group to set the ball of International justice rolling. It’s not even very clear their chosen ‘victims’ would be convicted, resistance against colonisers is a recognised practise.

    However, I can’t see it happening. Unbelievably, they seek to defend the Sudanese President Bashir from being prosecuted for Darfur.

  2. I was fascinated by the Hamas advisor’s rationalization for the rocket attacks–he sounds exactly like Westerners spouting pious, unbelievable justifications for war crimes. I used to think that the difference between Islamic terrorist groups and Western governments is that the Western governments and their apologists would pay tribute to virtue by hypocritically claiming that they didn’t intend to kill civilians, but had no choice, while the Muslim terrorists would brag about it. But I was mistaken, it seems–they sound pretty much the same. Hypocrisy cuts across cultural lines.

  3. RE: “He found significant evidence of war crimes by both Israeli and Palestinian forces.”

    MY COMMENT: To say this report falls on deaf ears in Israel would be a gross understatement.

    (AP EXCERPT)…The report provoked a furor in Israel, whose Foreign Ministry said it was “appalled and disappointed.” Radio stations devoted heavy chunks of air time to interviews with outraged officials and critical legal experts. “Classic Anti-Semitism,” blared the headline of an opinion piece in the Israel Hayom daily.”…

    SOURCE – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090916/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_gaza_war_4

    WIKIPEDIA: (excerpt) Repetition compulsion is a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats a traumatic event or its circumstances over and over again. This includes reenacting the event or putting oneself in situations that have a high probability of the event occurring again….This concept was noted formally by Sigmund Freud in his 1920 essay “Beyond the Pleasure Principle,” in which he observed a child throw his favorite toy from his crib, become upset at the loss, then reel the toy back, only to repeat this action again…
    …Another is a participatory form, wherein a person actively engages in behavior that mimics an earlier stressor, either deliberately or unconsciously. In particular, this is often described by the statement that events that are terrifying in childhood become sources of attraction in adulthood. For instance, a person who was spanked as a child may incorporate this into their adult sexual practices. Another example is a victim of sexual abuse, who may attempt to seduce another person of authority in his or her life (such as their boss or therapist). Psychoanalysts describe this as an attempt at mastery of their feelings and experience, in the sense that they unconsciously want to go through the same situation but that it not result negatively as it did in the past [1].
    Franz Alexander (1891-1964), a Hungarian American psychoanalyst and physician, stated:[citation needed] “The patient, in order to be helped, must undergo a corrective emotional experience suitable to repair the traumatic influence of previous experiences….”

    WIKIPEDIA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetition_compulsion

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