Every President and Congress Are Complicit in Israel’s “War Crimes” by Mohamed Khodr

28 May 2011 — Veterans Today

“He (Netanyahu) thinks he is the superpower and we are here to do whatever he requires.  Who’s the (expletive) superpower here”?” – President Bill Clinton after meeting with the newly elected Benjamin Netanyahu

Under International Law and America’s War Crimes Act, all U.S. Presidents and the 535 members of the U.S. Congress are “complicitors” in Israel’s long history of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; and as such are “war criminals” themselves.

Since 1922’s Congressional Adoption and Support of the illegal Balfour “Declaration” gifting Palestine to European Jews as “A”, not “The”, national homeland for Jews, Congress and every Administration have either remained silent or directly and indirectly supported Zionism’s use of terrorism and force to ethnically cleanse Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants and strongly supported the establishment of an illegal nation that was founded by terrorism and lives by terrorism.  By being complicitors in such war crimes they are under International Law guilty of war crimes themselves.

Under the U.N. Charter member states must promote: “Universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.” The U.S. and Israel are signatories to the U.N. Charter and as such violate this fundamental principle of the Charter.  Israel is also in violation of the U.S. War Crimes Act which states, “An Act to amend title 18, United States Code, to carry out the international obligations of the United States under the Geneva Conventions to provide criminal penalties for certain war crimes”

Upon signing the law President Clinton said “Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 3680, the “War Crimes Act of 1996.”

This bill, in furtherance of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, extends U.S. criminal jurisdiction over certain war crimes and provides the United States with clearer authority to prosecute violations of the laws of war. … It applies to U.S. nationals or members of the Armed Forces who are perpetrators or victims of war crimes. This expansion should address war crimes committed by any person who comes within the jurisdiction of the United States courts, including crimes committed by non-U.S. persons against non-U.S. victims;

Under the Arms Export Control Act all U.S. arms transfers and military aid to any nation are to be used only for defensive, not offensive, purposes.

The Act is intended to prevent weapons from being misused to commit human rights abuses.  The Foreign Assistance Act states that “No assistance may be provided… to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

Given that neither Presidents nor Congress have ever enforced these laws, among others, against Israel as it continues its genocidal war crimes and clear violations of Humanitarian and Human Rights law against Palestinian civilians, both the Presidents and every Congress are in violation of the very “War Crimes Act’ they passed into law as well as in violation of International Law.

In a column in the Israeli paper, Haaretz, in an article titled: “U.S. taxpayers are paying for Israel’s West Bank Occupation”, November 16, 2010. Akiva Eldar writes “According to a June 2010 fact sheet on the USAID Internet site, last year American taxpayers funded the paving of 63 kilometers of asphalt roads in the West Bank.” Such payments are a gross violation of International and U.S. Criminal laws and are a clear indication of America’s complicity and guilt in Israel’s commission of “war crimes” against the Palestinians.

In March 2008, Attorney Charles Judson Harwood, Jr. sent an email to the Senate and House Judiciary Committees titled: “Prosecuting U.S. complicity in Israel settlement war crimes” The email contained a “legal memo” attachment.  In it he asks the Committees “To consider, once again, creating an Independent Counsel to prosecute U.S. complicity in this (Israeli Settlements) war crime, specifically, multiple criminal acts, enterprises, and conspiracies, by U.S. nationals and residents, to incite, aid and abet, facilitate, a war crime by Israel:—“To examine the U.S. criminal law of complicity, to ensure, it reaches all complicit acts under international criminal law and applies to all complicit acts in this particular war crime, by U.S. nationals and residents and others, such as members of Congress and their staffs, officials in the State Department (including its Legal Advisers), White House, congressional witnesses, think tank advocates, lobbyists, fund-raisers, contributors, settlement real estate agents, settlement house buyers, settlement house mortgage lenders, editorial/Op-Ed writers, broadcasters, preachers, professors, paid propaganda contractors, Israeli government officials, and such.”

In summary, based on the above and the findings of many legal organizations and experts on domestic and international laws, the U.S. Administration and Congress, among others in the public and private sectors, are guilty as complicitors in Israel’s long standing war crimes and violations of all international treaties, humanitarian and human rights laws.  That is why Israeli governmental and military officials fear traveling to Europe as they may be arrested and prosecuted for “war crimes”

Here are some comments from the war criminal Netanyahu, America’s man of peace, the “generous compromiser” willing to cede “some” land to the Palestinians from the Jewish homeland, biting and insulting the very hands that feed his genocidal country and military.

To me the most shocking statement in Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was his statement that Israel is not a “foreign occupier” in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) as it is their Jewish homeland in the first place, thus making the Palestinians the foreign occupiers of Jewish land.

According to the Washington Post’s article on Netanyahu , “America is a thing you can move very easily”, July 16, 2010.

A video recording of Netanyahu reveals his contempt for the sovereignty of the U.S. government and people and the ease which he can manipulate both.  In the video, which is from 2001, Netanyahu -speaks frankly in Hebrew about relations with the Clinton White House and the peace process.  He boasts of his knowledge of the U.S. by saying, “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way.” He also boasts of manipulating the U.S. in the ongoing peace process “They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” he said. “I said I would, but. I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 Borders.”

In his web site “Tikun Olam” Richard Silverstein posted the article “Bibi in 1989 Supported Palestinian Mass Expulsions”. January 14, 2011 in which he quotes Netanyahu as saying “Israel should have taken advantage of the suppression of the demonstrations in China [Tiananmen Square], when the world’s attention was focused on what was happening in that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the Territories. However, to my regret, they did not support that policy that I proposed, and which I still propose should be implemented.”

According to the Israeli paper, Haaretz, in “Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel”, April16, 2008, Netanyahu is quoted as saying “We are benefiting from one thing, and that is the attack on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, and the American struggle in Iraq, adding that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”

Thus to Netanyahu, the murder of 3000 Americans, requires no sympathy or solidarity with the American people but is simply viewed as a golden opportunity for Israel to once again manipulate an American tragedy to Israel’s benefit.   If he is this heartless to the U.S. imagine how blood thirsty a war criminal he is toward the brutally occupied Palestinian civilian population.

In 1998 President Clinton asked Netanyahu to live up to Israel’s agreement with the Palestinians and withdraw from13% of West Bank land as per the Interim Agreement of 1993.  Netanyahu was furious with Clinton but given his arrogant confidence in the total subjugation of Congress to Israel’s demands he knew he had Clinton at a disadvantage.  (Sounds Obama familiar)

The Chicago Tribune on May 19, 1998 (“Netanyahu Denies Pullback Agreement. Israel’s Leader Scuttles Report of Progress as Albright and Arafat Talk’) reported that:, “Netanyahu felt confident enough about his position during his five-day U.S. tour to threaten privately to aides that he would “BURNWashington if Clinton tries to lay blame for failure of the talks on Netanyahu’s government”

Prior to his May 1998 meeting with President Clinton in Washington, Netanyahu exclaimed “We do not accept dictates…They cannot dictate to us on issues that only we can decide on.” Washington Post, “Netanyahu: U.S. Cannot Dictate to Us” May 7, 1998

During Bill Clinton’s second term Newt Gingrich in 1994 became the Republican Speaker of the House.  Given the rift between Clinton and Netanyahu over the 13% withdrawal from occupied land in the West Bank, Speaker Newt Gingrich and a large bipartisan Congressional delegation went to Israel to celebrate its 50th founding anniversary.   In Israel Gingrich told Netanyahu to stand up to Clinton and he can count on the entire Congress to support him to the hilt against the President.

Here’s how a Washington Post article titled, “Netanyahu’s Backers on Capitol Hill Foment Split with White House”, May 23, 1998.  “No Israeli Prime Minister can afford to be indifferent to Israel’s ties to the White House.  But during Netanyahu’s U.S trip last week, even members of his entourage were amazed at the willingness of prominent members of Congress, notably House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), to denounce their own government and express support for the leader of a foreign power that receives $3 billion  in U.S. aid each year.”

It went on to say that: “the legislators are prepared to do everything in their power to ensure that he wins such a confrontation.”

In another paragraph in the same article, we read “Netanyahu has no peer when it comes to understanding the American arena,” said Nahum Barnea, a leading political commentator for the Israeli daily paper.Yedioth Ahronoth, “”He knows that U.S. officials, from (Madeleine) Albright down, are angry yet helpless.  But he also knows he can always beat them because he owns the U.S. Congress”

It’s troubling that Washington D.C.’s institutions from the government, to think tanks, to the media, AIPAC, and other lobbyists, are more Zionist and Jewish than Jews in Israel.   They have ensured that the United States of America only serves Israel, and only Israel, damn the American family.

Here’s a comparison between the rabid Zionist columnist Charles Krauthammer’s column in the Washington Post versus a column in the Israeli paper Haaretz by an Israeli Jew.

Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post in a column titled “What Obama did to Israel”, May 26, 2011 (during Netanyahu’s visit) “The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is undermining not just peace but the very possibility of negotiations.”

Here’s a column by Meray Michaeli in the Israeli paper, Haaretz, titled “The Israeli reality that Obama doesn’t understand”, May 23, 2011

“It’s hard to understand a reality in which a prime minister sits and, contrary to all logic and every code of conduct, arrogantly lectures his host, the president of the United States. It’s hard to understand a reality in which a day before their scheduled meeting, a prime minister responds to the speech of the U.S. president, who is about to host him, with an announcement that is as good as spitting in his face.”

With the exception of the great majority of the American people, the entire world knows that Israel and its lobbies run the U.S. Government, and no President or Congressman will dare challenge or swerve from the path AIPAC draws for their subservience.

America, Israel is suffocating your freedoms, your government, your Constitution, and your destiny and future.  Will you ever care again about this nation, who’s running it, what’s happening to it, and where it’s heading?

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
–Abraham Lincoln

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