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Trump admin sanctions International Criminal Court officials investigating US war crimes

RT | June 11, 2020

The Donald Trump administration is imposing economic sanctions on International Criminal Court officials who are engaged with “any effort” to investigate or prosecute US personnel for war crimes.

In a statement on Thursday, the White House press office said President Donald Trump has also authorized the “expansion of visa restrictions” against ICC officials and their family members.

The US has repeatedly threatened to impose sanctions on the Hague-based court and asserted that it has no right to investigate or prosecute US personnel without Washington’s consent.

The White House statement described the court’s actions as “an attack on the rights of the American people” and a threat to “infringe upon our national sovereignty.”

It added that the ICC was established “to provide accountability for war crimes” but said “in practice” it had become “unaccountable and ineffective.”

Efforts by the ICC to investigate allegations of war crimes by Israel against Palestinians have also drawn ire from the Trump administration.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo argued in May that Palestine does not “qualify as a sovereign state” and that the court cannot conduct “illegitimate” investigations against Israel. He threatened that the US would “exact consequences” if the court continued its efforts to investigate alleged crimes.

In the Thursday statement, the White House said the ICC was pursuing “politically-motivated investigations” against the US and its allies “including Israel.”

Without offering evidence, the statement said the US was concerned that “adversary nations are manipulating” the court by “encouraging” allegations against American personnel.

It claimed there is “strong reason to believe” that there is “corruption and misconduct” at the “highest levels” of the court which call its integrity into question.

June 11, 2020 - Posted by | War Crimes | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Following the Israeli tactic, if accusations of criminal conduct are investigated, aren’t acknowledged and relegated to denied and then dismissed, there can be no crime committed.

    It’s pretty simple. Its one operative principle is something like “What’s good for the jews.”

    Or, if the accusation continues, then intimidate.

    If intimidation doesn’t work, then threaten and carry through with a threat. Herein is one of the latest.

    If the threat doesn’t work, then engage in warfare.

    Israel is a case in history of how to engage in warfare, in the middle east and domestically.
    Count the ways the domestic Zionist partisans engage in warfare. One is rationalizing endlessly. Another is “law fare”. The irony to the use of law, is the Zionist rationalizing that international law, the ICC, doesn’t have “jurisdiction”. Okay. The ICC can and hopefully will, carry out a sort of trial where the evidence prove any of the continuing criminality of Israel.

    Another way to conduct warfare is bribery and intimidation. Another, if bribery doesn’t do enough, is to seek office, become elected and legislate laws to conduct warfare.

    Have America conduct war for Israel. In countless ways. The pattern is simple: bride or intimidate. Legislate and criminalize anything contrary to Israel’s plan.

    And Israel’s plan?

    Consider the history. Consider the history there and here. Bribery and intimidation work. If they don’t, then legislate and apply the law as Israeli partisans will have it written.

    It’s pretty simple…

    until it destroys America and the middle east, and the destruction to both is evident.

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    Comment by michael | June 11, 2020 | Reply

    • Israel’s plan to break international laws and agreements is set out in ‘A Clean Break – A New Strategy for Securing the Realm ‘. This refers to the Oslo Peace Agreement which recognised Palestine as a State and in need of relief from military occupation by Israeli forces. The Israelis unilaterally broke this Agreement and, knowing it would antagonise Muslim countries, set out a strategy to de-stabilize them. It began with defamation of leaders Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafy and Bashir al-Assad as ‘dictators’ by infiltrating dissidents into the countries to stir up demands for ‘democracy’ and by orchestrating mainstream western media to copy the narrative. Hence the devastation of Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Syria and the siege of Iran. Unable to get protection from allies, Palestinians are increasingly subjected to criminal deprivation of water, food, aid and other basic amenities. More of their State has been stolen. Houses have been demolished. Gaza, in particular, is frequently shelled and bombed, plus sniping and outright murder of leaders with alacrity. It amounts to Genocide. At the very least, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity are committed by the IDF. Pompeo, in protecting the criminals by terrorizing the victims and their supporters and the judicial system, is committing a criminal offence himself. The worse it gets the lower the reputation of the US and Israel sink in the judgment of the Global Community.

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      Comment by jbthring | June 11, 2020 | Reply

    • “Israel is a case in history of how to engage in warfare, in the middle east and domestically”.

      And, do so by getting the USA Military to do the fighting. Young American Men and women, (who sign up to defend the USA), are being sacrificed(dying) for a country they have no real interest in, or loyalty to.
      WHY?

      Like

      Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 11, 2020 | Reply


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