Green Party Urges International Criminal Court To Prosecute Israel For Crimes Against Palestinians

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Above: Delegation at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands on November 19, 2018. From left to right Margaret Flowers, Green Party co-chair, member of the Green Party Peace Action Committee and Green Party of Maryland, Miko Peled, Green Party US member, Dirk Adriaensens of the BRussells Tribunal, Diane Moxley of Green Party International Committee and Green Party of New Jersey, Stephen Verchinski of the Green Party International Committee and Green Party of New Mexico, Marie Spike, of the Green Party International Committee and Green Party of Michigan and Kevin Zeese of the Green Party Peace Action Committee and Green Party of Maryland

United States Green Party Representatives Deliver Call for Full Investigation of Israel’s War Crimes Against Palestinians to International Criminal Court

The Hague, The Netherlands (Monday, November 19, 2018) – Members of the Green Party United States traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, November 29, 2018 to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for war crimes it has committed against the Palestinians. [Read the text here.]

In addition to being endorsed by the Green Party U.S., the letter was signed by over 1,000 organizations, including Popular Resistance, and individuals from the United States who want prosecutors at the ICC and the world to know that there is a political party along with people in the US who support holding nations accountable to international law. The Green Party recognizes that the United States is complicit in Israel’s crimes by providing financial support, selling weapons and providing political cover to Israel.

The letter states:

For 70 years [Palestinians] have: suffered the most appalling living conditions imposed upon them by the military occupation and apartheid rule; peacefully resisted the unabated illegal settlements upon their land (at least 80% has been seized since the Nakba); withstood the blockade of Gaza and survived genocidal assaults. Since 1947 the Palestinians have steadfastly and peacefully fought for their safety, dignity, freedoms and Right of Return proclaimed by the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 passed in 1948. The Right of Return, to include damages and compensation, was deemed their inalienable right in Resolution 3236 passed in 1974. [footnotes omitted.]

Green Party co-chair, Margaret Flowers and Miko Peled, a member of the Green Party U.S., a dual Israeli and American citizen and author of The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine and other books, met with a representative of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor to deliver a copy of the signed letter. The letter will be entered into the body of evidence being collected as part of a preliminary investigation to determine whether a full investigation will be conducted.

A delegation of Green Party U.S. members, many of whom are on the Green Party U.S. Peace Action and International Committees, made video statements outside the ICC after the letter was delivered. [Video here.]

The delegation included Kevin Zeese, Diane Moxley, Marie Spike, who authored the original draft of the letter, and Stephen Verchinski. The delegation was joined by Dirk Adriaensens of the BRussells Tribunal, which conducted a tribunal on Palestine.

Miko Peled stated, “It was an honor to be part of the GPUS delegation to the ICC, to add our voice to the growing demand to investigate Israel for war crimes. Only when people of the world speak up will the Israeli perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity be brought to justice.”

Members of the delegation understand they have a responsibility to act and to educate others in the United States about the truth of the violent Israeli occupation of Palestine and apartheid state. It is by countering the myths put out by the media and U.S. lawmakers, due to the significant Israeli influence over them, and showing solidarity with Palestinians that the tide will shift toward justice for people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the millions of refugees who have been forced to flee.

While the Green Party worked on the issue for months, on the same day that the Green Party National Committee voted to endorse the letter, John Bolton said the United States would not cooperate with war crime investigations and called for sanctions against ICC judges if they proceed with an investigation of the United States or Israel.

Prior to visiting the ICC, members of the delegation met with Nils Mollema of Al Haq, an organization founded by Palestinian lawyers to address Israel’s occupation and apartheid. Members of the Green Party of The Netherlands (De Groenen) including Otto ter Haar as well as members of the Green Left Party (Groen Links) participated in that meeting.

 

  • Proud to see the Green Party take this important step.

  • Apeetha Arunagiri

    I am greatly relieved to know that the ICC is strongly urged to investigate Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians. It’s about time too as I’m sure many agree – even some Israeli’s. Those who participated in the persecutions should be held accountable, tried and convicted. Including heads of state.
    How did they ever imagine they would get away with it!?
    Better by far for an ICC investigation followed by prosecution than another holocaust which would happen sooner or later at the rate they are going.

  • Jon

    And let this be one of many initiatives to promote a sane international policy! Can such bold actions follow for the liberation of Puerto Rico and Hawai’i (the make-believe state?)

  • rgaura

    This is why the Green Party has been undermined politically over the years. Their call for justice and rule of law concerning Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and state has raised the ire of the over 600 pro Israel organizations operating within the political system in the US, not to mention the many Israeli dual citizens who spy or work for Israeli interests, and against the interests of the US. The facts need to be out in the open, at long last. Israeli organizations need to be registered as foreign agents, and dual citizens barred from government service.

  • stephenverchinski

    If you are a Green make the proposal and letter to the International committee.

  • Jon

    Good idea. I’ve been a Green without interruption since 1989, very active in my state, and am on IC myself. Many are familiar with the gross mistreatment of Puerto Rico, and I think GPUS has come out in support of independence, but few understand that the U.S. claim to Hawai’i is utterly fraudulent, which is why I wrote the book LIBERATE HAWAI’I! using several important works by Hawaiian colleagues.

  • Tom

    “Behind the US military action, there’s always the goal of
    taking over resources.” “The exercise takes place under the pretext of
    migration control, humanitarian aid, and fighting drug trafficking.”

  • joanne

    Overjoyed to hear the acknowledgement that violence is an inappropriate and unacceptable socio-political behavior. The “Holy Land” should surely be an excellent place to start!

  • stephenverchinski

    Jon find me let’s talk.

  • Jon

    You can reach me at joliyoka@gmail.com. Note: I do not do social media.

  • novychelovek

    Major reason why Bernie declined the undemocratic invitation from Jill Stein to join the GP?

  • One wonders how the ICC responds to US congress approving plans for its military to forcibly extract their own members in case they’ve been are arrested and charged with crimes against humanity.

    There are plenty of US military personnel in Europe – they even outnumber the combined total of European forces.

  • The US deep state is so full of itself that they’ve granted themselves permission to extract their own war criminals from the ICC – US exceptionalism is beyond absurd – Imagine the global outrage.

    US Military Leaders May Face War Crimes Charges In International Court [The Mind Unleashed]

    Unfortunately, the United States Government believes that they are above the law and that they do not need to abide by the same standards that they violently impose on other countries. In the Patriot Act era of the Bush administration, the Service-Members Protection Act was passed by Congress, wherein the US government gives itself permission to “forcibly extract” any member of the US military who is held for crimes by international courts. In this decree, they also gave themselves permission to ignore the orders of international courts. This is not surprising considering that the entire Bush administration admitted to signing off on torture in the name of “national security.”