File this under the Ultimate Chutzpah Department: the Israeli lawfare NGO, Shurat HaDin, which was founded under the auspices of the Mossad, has requested that the International Criminal Court bring Hamas’ Khaled Meshal to justice because he allegedly ordered the execution of Palestinian collaborators. There are so many ironies and absurdities here that it’s almost impossible to plumb them all.
First, consider that Shurat HaDin’s founder admitted to a U.S. diplomat that her group was founded with extensive help from the Mossad. Then consider that the NGO caters to terror-tourism by sponsoring tours for wealthy foreign intelligence enthusiasts who hear from Shabak agents who’ve assassinated Palestinians as part of Israel’s war on
terrorism the Palestinian people. It offers an :
Inside tour of the IAF unit who [sic] carries out targeted killings.
Curiously, the web page originally promoting this itinerary has disappeared from the group’s website.
Then consider that Shurat HaDin is attempting to hold Khaled Meshal accountable for executing alleged collaborators who are being run by some of these same Shabak agents. Wouldn’t you say the group’s hypocrisy is showing just a bit?
Second, consider that Israel hasn’t signed the ICC protocol, in an attempt to keep its own generals and spymasters out of the Hague defendant’s chair. Why should the NGO of a nation too afraid of being tried for war crimes to join the ICC have any right to summon the officials of another putative state before the same court? If it wanted to have Meshal tried, then it should get its own government to sign on to the international covenant. Of course, groups like this always find a way to pull their shenanigans: Meshal holds a Jordanian passport and Jordan has signed on to the ICC. So it might theoretically be possible to bring him before the court using this legal ruse. Of course, Jordan would never ask the ICC to try Meshal, which makes no difference to those legal solons at Shurat HaDin.
Third, consider that Israel itself, when faced with its own “collaborators” (traitors, spies, and just plain fuck-ups) kidnaps them, tries them in secret and disappears them for years. In some instances they even end up dead at their own hand (Ben Zygier) or at the State’s hands (Avner Israel). In other instances like Mordecha Vanunu, they serve out their 18-year prison term and are still imprisoned in a country they loathe, prevented from emigrating to another country. The only difference between Hamas and Israel is that the latter doesn’t put a bullet in their collaborators’ brains.
Shurat HaDin is a bunch of pro-Israel buffoons in the same way that Anne Coulter is. But that’s not the point. It doesn’t matter that their arguments are stupid or silly. The point for them is that they engage in a campaign of petty harassment that ties up lawyers and keeps both the group’s name and the case in the limelight for years. They’ve done this with decades-long lawsuits against Arab banks for supposedly funding terror. They’ve done it by charging an Australian professor with hate speech for supporting BDS. Now, they’ve chosen to nip at the heels of Hamas.
One unforeseen result of this lunacy will be raising the notion of why, if Hamas is to be brought before the ICC, Israel shouldn’t join it there. That indeed is the $64,000 Question. The idea of seeing Bibi Netanyahu and Mohammed Dahlan sporting prison stripes in the Hague is something to contemplate.