Jul 27, 2014, 12:29 PM
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Pause in Gaza bombing will not hold

Tehran, July 27, IRNA - 'kayhan International' on Sunday commenting on the temporary humanitarian truce between Hamas and Israel, believes that the pause in Gaza bombing will not hold - as long as the Israeli blockade on Gaza continues.

Similarly, just like the UN Security Council, the ICC is also under the heavy influence of the Zionist lobbies. Therefore, just like the 12-hour pause in Gaza bombing that will not hold, the complaint at the ICC will equally fail to bring justice to Gaza’s long-suffering civilian population.

After 17 days of heavy fighting, Hamas and Israel agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning Saturday morning, noted the English-language paper.

Serious questions prevail as to whether the temporary truce will hold given that a previous Egyptian-backed ceasefire earlier this month collapsed because of Israel’s unjustified attacks on Gaza. (News ID: 3184 Date: 26 July 2014 - 22:47)

The criminal regime of Israel says during the ceasefire it will continue to "locate and neutralize tunnels" being used by Gazans! Hamas says lifting the blockade that keeps Palestinians prisoners inside the Gaza Strip must be a condition of any permanent ceasefire agreement.

The ongoing ceasefire talks are playing out against a backdrop of mounting casualties though. At least 864 people have been killed and more than 5,700 wounded since the start of the war on Gaza. Tel Aviv says a total of 36 Israelis were also killed in the conflict - 33 soldiers and 3 settlers.

It is now an open secret that during the conflict the usurper regime used weapons of industrial warfare against the helpless population of Gaza. Since the Palestinians had nowhere to go, they had an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.

Unfortunately, the international community did not act to immediately halt Israeli attacks or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves. No nation intervened to protect the Palestinians, and no world body pressured Tel Aviv to conform to the norms of international law.

It is evident that under international law and UN Charter of Human Rights, Israel had no right to drop bombs on Gaza. The usurper regime had no right to pound Gaza with heavy artillery, or send in mechanized ground units to target hospitals, schools and mosques, along with water and electrical systems.

The criminal regime also had no right to displace over 100,000 people from their homes. The entire occupation, under which Israel has nearly complete control of the sea, the air and the borders of Gaza, is illegal.

Israel, as an occupier, is also in direct violation of Article III of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. The article prohibits certain acts carried out against non-combatants in regions of armed conflict, including murder and cruel treatment. During this conflict, the Israeli army did all that and far worse.

Israel not only violated the tenets of Article III but also fulfilled the conditions of an aggressor as defined by Article 51. But for Israel, as for the United States, international law holds little importance.

Therefore, it is a waste of time for Palestinian officials to talk about the UN Charter or file a complaint against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

Underlying that point, the Palestinians have done just that! Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa has accused Israel of war crimes in the lawsuit. Israel, under the ICC statutes, is accused of crime of apartheid, attacks against civilians, excessive loss of human life and crime of colonization, concluded the paper.