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Gaza Genocide Biden Confronted by America's Past

by Oui Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 08:25:26 PM EST

Israeli forces strip, abduct dozens of Palestinian men

Seven men were reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops for not complying with the soldiers' orders fast enough


Civilians make up 61% of Gaza deaths from airstrikes, Israeli study finds | The Guardian - 1 day old |

The aerial bombing campaign by Israel in Gaza is the most indiscriminate in terms of civilian casualties in recent years, a study published by an Israeli newspaper has found.

The analysis in Haaretz came as Israeli forces fought to consolidate their control of northern Gaza on Saturday, bombing the Shejaiya district of Gaza City, while also conducting airstrikes on Rafah, a town on the southern border with Egypt where the Israeli army has told people in Gaza to take shelter.

Haaretz published an analysis by Yagil Levy, a sociology professor at the Open University of Israel, which found that in three earlier campaigns in Gaza, in the period from 2012-22, the ratio of civilian deaths to the total of those killed in airstrikes hovered at about 40%. That ratio declined to 33% in a bombing campaign earlier this year, called Operation Shield and Arrow.

In the first three weeks of the current operation, Swords of Iron, the civilian proportion of total deaths rose to 61%, in what Levy described as "unprecedented killing". The ratio is significantly higher than the civilian toll in all the conflicts around the world during the 20th century, in which civilians accounted for about half the dead.

"The broad conclusion is that extensive killing of civilians not only contributes nothing to Israel's security, but that it also contains the foundations for further undermining it," Levy concluded. "The Gazans who will emerge from the ruins of their homes and the loss of their families will seek revenge that no security arrangements will be able to withstand."

The study confirms an investigation 10 days ago by two other Israeli news sites, +972 Magazine and Local Call, which found Israel was deliberately targeting residential blocks to cause mass civilian casualties in the hope people would turn on their Hamas rulers. The figures will make uneasy reading for the Biden administration, which is facing global criticism and isolation for vetoing a UN security council vote for a ceasefire on Friday.

U.S. 'losing a tremendous amount of credibility in the Arab world,' ex-Egyptian minister says | CNBC - 6 Dec. 2023 |

The current conflict in Gaza should provide a wake-up call death blow to politicians in Washington, D.C, according to a former Egyptian foreign minister, who questioned the U.S.′ role in the region and the wider world.

The United States has been very vocal about the latest Israel-Hamas war, with President Joe Biden saying he will continue to support Israel's campaign against the Palestinian militant group.

It comes amid heavy international criticism of Israel's bombardment of the territory following the Oct. 7 terror attacks by Hamas, which were also widely condemned.

Former Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy told CNBC that the U.S. is "losing a tremendous amount of credibility in the Arab world." 

Gaza Genocide Biden Confronted by America's Past

IDF soldiers film themselves abusing, humiliating West Bank Palestinians | TOI - 1 Nov. 2023 |

Army investigating footage of soldiers hitting and mistreating detainees, amid mounting tensions and rising settler violence

Dozens of pictures and videoclips have emerged over the past week showing IDF soldiers abusing and humiliating Palestinians apprehended in the West Bank, often while they are blindfolded and handcuffed.

In one of the most brutal videos, which has been blurred, IDF soldiers filmed themselves as they abused seven West Bank laborers who were caught as they attempted to enter Israel without a permit, in an area south of the South Hebron hills.

The footage shows the Palestinian men stripped naked or half-naked, blindfolded and handcuffed, and screaming in pain. One of them is being dragged on the ground.

A screenshot from the video shows a soldier stepping with his boot on the head of one of the Palestinians, while another is pointing a weapon at him.

In another scene of violence caught on camera, a soldier kicks a blindfolded Palestinian man in the stomach, then spits on him and insults him in Arabic.

In one instance, a religious Jewish reserve soldier hugs a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian on the shoulders, and dances with him in circles while he plays religious music on his phone. He asks him, "Why don't you dance" as the blindfolded man loses his balance.

America War on Terror and Abuse Human Rights

U.N. Rights Monitor for Afghanistan Ousted Under U.S. Pressure | Posted by Dean Pajevic - Apr 25, 2005 |

"The camp looked like the Nazi camps that I saw in films ... Lying on the floor of the compound, all night I would hear the screams of others in the rooms above us, as they were tortured and interrogated." - A Libyan on his detention in Afghanistan, Democracy Now!

They do whatever they want, don't they. Their contempt for the U.N. has no bounds. Just days after Cherif Bassiouni -- a Chicago law professor and the U.N.'s human rights investigator in Afghanistan -- issued a critical report, the U.S. forced the U.N. to fire Bassiouni and to eliminate his position. From Amnesty International ....

United Nations developing R2P doctrine ... practicing what we preach.

Humanity and National Security: The Law of Mass Atrocity Response Operations | by Keith A. Petty U.S. Army JAG Corps - 2013 |

Implementing R2P doctrine by military force for (Kosovo) and regime change in Libya 🇱🇾 and Syria 🇸🇾 .

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As reports of fierce fighting in southern Gaza city of Khan Younis emerge ...

Posted @TikunOlam

The state department used an emergency declaration to ship $106.5m worth of ammo for Israel's Merkava tanks (14,000 rounds), without congressional review. Killing civilians must go forward.

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EXTRA-שמאל says:
December 8, 2023 at 2:57 AM

Ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians was the zionist entity's plan from the day it was founded, I know that as an Israeli.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 10th, 2023 at 08:33:34 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 10th, 2023 at 10:38:38 AM EST
Chabad and the Monsters Among Us | Tikun Olam - 2 June 2008 |

Moment Magazine has done us a service by exposing the true face of Jewish terror.  And it is a the face of a Chabad rabbi.  To the question: "How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors," Rabbi Maris Friedman of the Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies, St. Paul, MN. responds:

      I don't believe in western morality, i.e. don't kill civilians or children, don't destroy holy sites [see threat by president Trump for Iranian cultural sites and terror by ISIS] don't fight during holiday seasons, don't bomb cemeteries, don't shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral.

      The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).

      The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East. First, the Arabs will stop using children as shields. Second, they will stop taking hostages knowing that we will not be intimidated. Third, with their holy sites destroyed, they will stop believing that G-d is on their side. Result: no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.

      Zero tolerance for stone throwing, for rockets, for kidnapping will mean that the state has achieved sovereignty. Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.

Is it possible that there can be pure evil in Judaism?  It grieves me to say that yes, there can be.  At least in one sect of Judaism, which harbors and encourages such genocidal impulses and lunatic leaders.

What Rabbi Friedman is talking about is the Biblical injunction to wipe out Amalek, the tribe that betrayed the Children of Israel and attacked them as they left Egypt.  The only problem with Friedman's claim that this is the "Jewish way" is that he has twisted the Biblical record.  Wiping out Amalek was not the "Jewish way."  It was actually a command hardly, if ever, issued concerning any other Israelite neighbor.  In the Bible, Jews did not routinely wipe out entire tribes merely because they were hostile to Israel.

Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion | 2000 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 10th, 2023 at 12:19:05 PM EST
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Israel's Demons | NY Book Review by Amis Elon - 21 Dec. 1995 |

A few weeks after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin at a peace rally in Tel Aviv, the country is still swept by shame, shock, pain, guilt, remorse, and mutual accusation. Large crowds, mostly of young people, continue to gather at Rabin's graveside in the National Cemetery on Mount Herzl outside Jerusalem. Day in day out, thousands of memorial candles spell out their sentiments at the tomb or near the municipal building where Rabin was slain or outside his house in north Tel Aviv.

The main question asked, and only partially answered, is "Why?" It dominates the Op-Ed pages. Talk shows on television and radio continue the debate from early in the morning until late into each night. The left, the supporters of the Labor coalition, accuse Likud and its allies of causing the catastrophe by their verbal violence against the government during the past two years--"Rabin Murderer," "Rabin Traitor."

Likud leaders complain that the left originated this violent style during the Lebanon war. After the massacres at Sabra and Shatila Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon, too, were called murderers. The answer from the left has been, in effect, "Yes, but whom did we kill? The bullets in Israel are always shot from right to left."

Political Assassination and Zionism | 14 Dec. 2022 |

Zionist factions enforced ideological dominance via the use of extreme violence, including against fellow Jews

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 10th, 2023 at 12:22:00 PM EST
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Iran FM: Turkiye welcomes return of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia, Iran

Saudi FM discusses Gaza crisis with French, Iranian counterparts | Arab News - 29 Oct. 2023 |

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Sunday held separate talks with his French and Iranian counterparts about the crisis in the Gaza Strip.

During his call with French minister Catherine Colonna, the prince thanked her country for supporting Friday's UN resolution aimed at bringing about an immediate ceasefire and the establishment of a humanitarian truce on the Israel-Hamas war.

And in a conversation with Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Prince Faisal discussed developments in Gaza and the importance of the international community effecting a ceasefire to protect civilian lives.

On Sunday, the Saudi foreign ministry said Prince Faisal also held calls with counterparts from Spain, South Africa, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg and Malta on the Gaza conflict.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 11th, 2023 at 09:52:45 PM EST

A story of displacement and the loss of my homeland | Mondoweiss |

Our Nakba is being recorded by us in real-time for the entire world to see. Everyone can witness our slaughter and collective death. Our simple dream has been destroyed by Israel, for no greater sin than being born under occupation.

When I evacuated my home in Gaza City's Shuja'iyya neighborhood to go to the nearby Zeiytoun neighborhood, I knew this would not be the only stop in my family's journey of displacement.

After we left northern Gaza to go south, we settled in Khan Younis, but I wasn't under any illusions that we would stay there for very long, even as the army designated it a "safe zone." Khan Younis would soon be emptied of its inhabitants as well, with everyone being forced toward Rafah on the border with Egypt. And after Khan Younis is emptied of its inhabitants -- after its infrastructure is decimated, after its buildings are leveled, and after those who stayed behind are killed off -- that's when it will be Rafah's turn to be displaced, but this time it will be to outside of Palestine.

Escaping Khan Younis

Last Friday, we woke up to the sound of heavy bombardment in Khan Younis. The sound was close and terrifying. In the preceding weeks, even though Khan Younis was exposed to considerable fire, one could still say that conditions were comparatively stable, because the nature of the bombardment was less intensive in that part of the strip and not around-the-clock. No longer. 

The bombardment was now everywhere. It shook everything. Whoever was standing indoors in their living room would be shaken off their feet just from the force of nearby explosions. All this bombardment occurred in the early morning, between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. By 7:00, the occupation army started to call our cell phones. Everyone in that area of Khan Younis received the same call warning residents of specific areas in their own numbered residential blocks to flee.

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Israel must not win this war ... the occupied land is Palestine 🇵🇸 stop the terror and devastation of residential buildings. Stop the killing of mothers, children and indeed whole families in Gaza.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 11th, 2023 at 09:55:14 PM EST
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You can push hard but friend Netanyahu will not move ...

Biden says Netanyahu's government is starting to lose support and needs to change | CBS News |

Joe Biden said Benjamin Netanyahu must change tack, warning that Israel's "indiscriminate bombing" in Gaza risked leaving the country isolated.

Offering his harshest criticism of the Israeli prime minister's far-right coalition since Israel began its military offensive in response to Hamas's October 7 attack, the US president said Israel is "starting to lose . . . support" around the world.

Speaking to donors at a political fundraiser, Biden described Netanyahu's coalition as "the most conservative government in Israel's history . . . [that] doesn't want a two-state solution".
Biden said: "I think he has to change, and with this government, this government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move."

Remarks by President Biden at a Campaign Reception

Tell Joe the Palestinians are not responsible for the Shoah .., Nazi German and collaborators in Europe were responsible ... ugly, ugly rhetoric and war propaganda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 12th, 2023 at 09:03:05 PM EST
Afghanistan (but not Syria, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya, Ukraine, and Japan) bombs for a Happy Hanukkah, symbol of peace for Maccabees

Remarks by President Biden at a Campaign Reception, 12 Dec 2023

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by Cat on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 at 05:34:16 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 12th, 2023 at 11:43:52 PM EST
What crime against humanity serves a good purpose?
by Cat on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 at 05:35:10 PM EST
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U.S. employs Israeli tactics in Iraq | NBC News - 10 Dec. 2003 |

In fighting insurgents in Iraq, the United States is drawing on some of Israel's methods and experiences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including running checkpoints and tracking militants with drone aircraft.

Israel also gave the United States a training video for troops to illustrate an 11-point code on treating civilians, the rights of international relief groups and other issues "very tied into ... the daily dilemmas" of urban warfare, said Lt. Col. Amos Guiora, commander of the Israeli army's school of military law. The Israeli military recently began showing the video to its troops, amid persistent Palestinian complaints of mistreatment by soldiers.

Laboratories of War: United States-Israeli Collaboration in Urban War and Securitization

Learning from Jenin

    In America, Palestine and Israel are considered local, not foreign policy, matters. - Edward Said

The Battle of Jenin: A Case Study in Israel's Communications Strategy | INSS |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 at 08:06:50 PM EST
Urban Warfare Training Center Negev desert near Tze'elim designed by US Army Corps of Engineers

U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation: Advanced Urban Combat Training Facility | Jewish Virtual Library |

In May 2001, Israeli and American officials broke ground for a $266 million Israeli military facility that is being built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and paid for by the United States, as per the terms of an agreement signed in 1998.

In June 2007, the Army Corps of Engineers finished construction of the 7.4 square mile fake city in the heart of the Negev desert that Israel will use for simulated urban combat training, often together with Marines.

"This is something developed by us in cooperation with the U.S. Army; we intend for it to become a valuable center of knowledge that will also benefit our American allies and other friends," said Brig. Gen. Uzi Moskovich, commander of Israel's National Ground Training Center.

The training facility, located in the southern Negev desert near Tze'elim, replaced an old training site in the West Bank.

Martin Indyk, the American ambassador to Israel in 2001, called the project a symbol "of America's continuing commitment to Israel's security."

In August 2011, a group of 50 specialized Marines trained for two weeks at the Urban Warfare Training facility in southern Israel, mostly working on close-quarter battle. "[The Marines] have been trained to re-capture buildings and to clear out terrorist threats inside of a building, but they've never been trained on how to you know clear a building, and move to another one clear it and move to another one," Marine Platoon Commander Mike Jevons said.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 at 08:08:05 PM EST
Gaza: the Israel-United States connection | Open Democracy - 7  Jan. 2009 |

This is a deeply embedded worldview. What makes it more potent is that it is grounded in many elements of US-Israeli cooperation that are clear and beyond controversy. As a number of columns in this series have reported, the military connections between Washington and Tel Aviv that predated the war in Iraq that began in 2003 were hugely boosted as US forces ran full-tilt into an urban insurgency in Iraq.

The Israeli military assaults on West Bank towns in 2002, for example, had been of especial value in providing lessons for the US (see "The widening possibility of war", [3 April 2002] and "Israel's strategy: the impotence of arms" [10 April 2002]). By December 2003, detailed discussions were underway between the US Army's Training and Doctrine Command (Tradoc) and the Israeli Defence Forces to enable the US army to learn

from Israel's experience in controlling the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza (see "After Saddam, no respite", 19 December 2003).

By 2004, the US armed forces in Iraq were benefiting from Israeli tactics and the use of Israeli weapons and surveillance systems. Israeli forces were even reported to be training Kurdish militias within Iraq (see "Iraq's Israeli factor", 7 July 2004). All of this was music to the ears of al-Qaida propagandists who could represent the Iraq war as a straightforward crusader-Zionist campaign to take over the heart of the Arab world, including Baghdad - the original seat of the renowned Abbasid caliphate of the early centuries of Islam.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 13th, 2023 at 08:09:28 PM EST
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NEW YORK 20 Sept. 2023 - The leaders of the United States and Israel meet for the first time since Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu resumed office. This meeting comes on the sidelines of the Unites Nations General Assembly. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 11:20:55 AM EST
Biden and Netanyahu's decades-long friendship faces new test after Israel's Prime Minister went all in for Trump | CNN News - 1 Feb. 2021 |

Biden's friendship with the brash Israeli leader was seen as an asset during the Obama presidency, and Biden was thought of as the one who could smooth things out, according to sources familiar with the dynamics.

But the dynamics have changed.

Netanyahu long ago became a political chameleon, shifting from the Prime Minister who endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an important speech in 2009 to the leader who endorsed Trump's vision for Middle East peace a decade later, which discarded any conventional notion of two states for two peoples.

He has led centrist, center-right, and right-wing governments in his 14 years in office but no period was as good for him - or as easy for him - as the Trump administration. Trump was Netanyahu's gift that kept on giving.

Before the first of three elections in a year in April 2019, Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights and declared Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, a move for which Netanyahu claimed partial credit. Before the third straight election in March 2020, Trump unveiled his plan for Middle East peace, standing next to a beaming Netanyahu, who explained most of the details of the plan himself.

In exchange, Netanyahu appeared to align Israel ever more closely with the Republican Party, even going so far as to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights after the former President, called Trump Heights. When Netanyahu joined Trump at the White House for the signing of the Abraham Accords alongside the Emirati and Bahraini Foreign Ministers, the Israeli leader did not meet with any Democratic politicians.

Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the US and one of those closest to Netanyahu, was a frequent visitor to the White House. Dermer's term ended the day the Biden administration took office.

Israeli Minister Tzachi Hanegbi insists Netanyahu's policies were never pro-Republican or pro-Democrat, but aligned only with Israel's [perceived] needs.

Peace talks were never on the horizon following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

30 years on, Oslo's legacy of failure

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 11:22:00 AM EST
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On so many occasions Israel leadership have shown to be unreliable and initiating conflicts in the region. Unfortunately the State of Israel has provoked declared enemies and in the end never gained security it sought through means of brutal wars. The greatest risk for is existence are the Israelis themselves. The support for Islamophobia in disguise is just abhorrent and led to instability in Europe and the United States. I so no benefit at all for this policy of creating havoc across the Middle East. It certainly is contradictory to everything mentioned in the UN Charter ... start by respecting human rights and practice diplomacy ... talk peace, not war.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 11:25:04 AM EST
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Tel Aviv demonstrations against judicial change right-wing Netanyahu

Definition of democracy ... each nation gets the leadership it deserves 😂 🇺🇦 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 🇳🇱

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 11:26:16 AM EST
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Kosovo court upholds rebel commander's war crimes conviction | DW News |

Former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa has failed in his appeal of a torture and murder conviction at the special tribunal in The Hague, but has seen his jail time reduced to 22 years.

During Kosovo's 1998-99 conflict with Serbia, Mustafa, 51, then a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrilla commander, ran a makeshift torture center where fellow ethnic Albanians accused of spying for Serb forces were detained, beaten and tortured, with one detainee dying.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 03:13:41 PM EST
Former Soviet satellite states wanting to join the EU in a speedy ascension were ideal locations for CIA detention, torture and rendition. Lawlessness initiated by the White House ... Key word | Avril Haines | appointed as CIA head by Joe Biden.

Legal Implications of NATO's Armed Intervention in Kosovo | US Naval War College |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 03:15:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 03:17:05 PM EST
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EU mediation ⁉️ in hostilities ...

Camp Bondsteel was purported to be a secret interrogation site for the American military

"Now that Operation Allied Force is over, there is a new struggle under way, and Camp Bondsteel is on the frontlines," President Clinton told American troops at the newly completed Camp Bondsteel on November 23, 1999, just a few months after the end of NATO's bombing of Serbia.

Abu Abdullah al Kosova trained by NATO/KFOR, died by US air strike in Syria in 2017

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 03:18:26 PM EST
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President Biden Urged to Move Hague War Court to Kosovo | Balkan Insight |

The Atlantic Association, an organisation representing Albanian-Americans who describe themselves as "proud former KLA [Kosovo Liberation Army] soldiers", sent a letter to US President Joe Biden on Wednesday urging him to intervene to shift the Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers war crimes court to Kosovo itself.

"Kosovo is a sovereign country and should administer justice and its judicial system itself," the letter said.

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers, which will try former KLA fighters for wartime and post-war crimes committed between 1998 and 2000, are part of Kosovo's justice but located in the Netherlands and staffed by internationals.

Why doesn't Kosovo get the same benefits from Joe as Israel gets ... murder with impunity? They all fight the good fight for America and democracy 🌏

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 14th, 2023 at 03:20:17 PM EST
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