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Every President and Congress Are Complicit in Israel's 'War Crimes'

"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

Israeli war crimes

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - 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:

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“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: (1) 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.

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“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, “"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.”


Mohamed Khodr is an American Muslim born in the Middle East. He is political activist who frequently writes on the plight of Palestinians living under the brutal occupation of Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy, Islam, and Arab politics.

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europe rick May 31, 2011 1:05 pm (Pacific time)

saying there are two sides to this story is like saying that the french resistance movement in WWII were terrorists and we should show the views of both sides. Putting an occupied people into ghettos and starving them and butchering them is not new in history and just because one group of people had it done to them before my parents were born does not give them the right to do the exact same thing to another group of people who had nothing to do with the injustices performed on you in the last century. To despise israeli policy of Zionism (recognized until recently by the UN as Racism) is not antisemitic. I could not care less what bronze age superstition a person follows but I don't think it should ever be a reason to own someones land or take an others life

Anonymous May 28, 2011 9:27 pm (Pacific time)

perhaps you should learn the history of hebron if you really want to talk about atrocities, war crimes and acts of aggression. Or perhaps Shechem, maybe examine the forced removal of Christians from
Bet-lechem or the statistics of crime in nabulus.

Editor: this is 2011.  It isn't like Israel extends fair policy to Christians either.

Mark H May 28, 2011 8:34 pm (Pacific time)

Your one-sided diatribes which paint one side as all evil and the other side as good are never going to win any arguments, especially in the USA. We know that there are wrongs on both sides, and that there is no simple answer to the problem. Your articles come across more like cartoons than like actual news stories or attempts to analyze anything fairly. I suggest you move back to the Middle East - why are you wasting your time in this country that you hate?

Editor: Gee, are there two sides to a story when it comes to war crimes?  Didn't think so.  The point is that these individuals must be, and will be, tried for their alleged crimes.  If they are innocent, then they have absolutely nothing to worry about. If they doubt their own status as war crime suspects, then they should fly to any number of airports in this world and watch the silver bracelets applied to their wrists.  The simple answer does exist, that is that existing international law must be followed.  Because Israel is long in violation of these laws, it naturally must do whatever possible to deflect the blame and Israel is the master of that.  The writer and I and all of us in the US have far more right to be here than you do by the way, you are the one that needs to move the hell out of here to a nice comfortable fascist environment.  I love the attitude you bring, "yeah I know there are wrongs on both sides"  How many checkpoints to Israelis have to pass through again that are operated by Arabs?  Right, none.  You are in a changing period of time friend.  

APS May 28, 2011 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

Indeed. And of course those who support the Arab side of the Arab/Israeli conflict are complicit in their terrorism. The mob who slaughtered the Copts in Egypt, the genocide against Sudanese, the oppression of the Kurds, the oppression of the Bahai in Iran, the hanging of homosexuals, mutilating of women, and of course the rockets fired against Israeli civilians. Oh what a peaceful people is the Arab world. But nothing about that eh, Mr. Khodr. As I've said to another terror apologist you're a living example of why "Islamophobia" exists.

Editor: You are on a numerical hill slide here friend, do you want us to start naming incidents of illegal Israeli aggression?  Plus, you are purely and straightforwardly bigoted in your view as you attempt to judge an entire religion by cherry picking problems from several nations.  That is weak friend, very weak.  I love the mutilation accusation particularly, as several of our writers are devoutly against the act of circumcision and see everything to do with it as unnatural mutilation.  What faiths brought that to us again?  Oh yeah, that's right.  I wonder if the white man's colonial oppression had anything to do with leading Sudan to where it stands today, do you think?  But we won't starting citing particulars, like the massacres of '47 and '48 when all of your heroes laid waste to Arab Palestinian civilians by the thousand; people who had absolutely no connection to the Holocaust.  Your own Godfather, Teddy Hertzl, was an antisemite before leading the charge for Zionism, it is so ridiculous.  Neither Mr. Khodr nor I ever judge people for being 'Jewish' because that is wrong and inaccurate.  People are in every way entitled to worship any way they see fit, of course you can't do this in Israel.  Bottom line: stop judging groups of people by tossing a blanket over them.  Toss one on the Nazi's, toss one on the KKK, blanket the fascists, because those ideologies are wrong, they are not one of the earth's three primary monotheistic religions.  

Mohamed Khodr May 28, 2011 5:56 pm (Pacific time)

As for the person who says ron paul is the exception, things change when you become a candidate. 

Here's Ron Paul's statement on obama's speech may 19:  

As for the canard of antisemitism he should see this former israeli minister of education define it 

As for the Holocaust, let him read today's article in Haartz

Anonymous May 28, 2011 5:53 pm (Pacific time)

So why not come and arrest members of congress and president whatshisname? Afterall if they are in violation of some world law, do it. Maybe we should also arrest every muslim on the planet for human rights violations, and people like the kings for supporting their criminal activity? I'm 199% sure that in time all of our domestic terrorists will be experiencing appropriate karma.

for my salem-news friends May 28, 2011 5:36 pm (Pacific time)

Above link may be opened in new tab (same browser) to hear background music while viewing lyrics. Lyrics to music inspired by the haunting melody of both sorrow and hope, “Danny Boy”.


Though Hitler gone, Palestinians were crying.
‘Tis you, ’tis I, need recall their fleeing cries.
Shall we forget how Irgun bombs were flying?
For sixty-years now, why deny it wasn’t so?

Six decades gone, since Palestine was ‘taken’.
Hol’caust was done, there can be no mistake.
ol’ Germany’s sins were not by Palestinians;
Yet, U.N. votes endorsed the “Zion” of ‘48.

(interlude notes)

A war-torn world embraced the Zionists’ calling,
Though Zion-terror helped forge “New Israel”.
But, suffering one can’t truly free another:
Millennial-dreams haven’t made “The Chosen” free.

Dissenting voices met with consternation,
While Arab deaths were met with Jubilee.
Can you not hear, ol’Jerusalem still crying:
“There’s none so blind as he who chooses not to ‘See’.”?
Though Hitler gone, Palestinians were crying.
‘Tis you, ’tis I, need recall their fleeing cries.
Shall we forget how Irgun bombs were flying?
For sixty-years now, why deny it wasn’t so?

Six decades gone, since Palestine was ‘taken’.
Hol’caust was done, there can be no mistake.
ol’ Germany’s sins were not by Palestinians;
Yet, U.N. votes endorsed the “Zion” of ‘48.

(interlude notes)

A war-torn world embraced the Zionists’ calling,
Though Zion-terror helped forge “New Israel”.
But, suffering one can’t truly free another:
Millennial-dreams haven’t made “The Chosen” free.

Dissenting voices met with consternation,
While Arab deaths were met with Jubilee.
Can you not hear, ol’Jerusalem still crying:
“There’s none so blind as he who chooses not to ‘See’.”?

Random Smart Person May 28, 2011 4:12 pm (Pacific time)

Salem-News, you DO realize this is just extremist, anti-Semitic propaganda? This isn't news, journalism, or anything even close. Does anyone actually read these things before publishing them online?

Editor: Did you wake up on the wrong side of your bed today?  You think grisly war crimes committed by a religious government is propaganda?  Sorry you are inhumane, not much to really say to a person like you, except, do you think the Holocaust is propaganda?  My God, what has become of the human race, as I said a thousand times before, your cowardly use of the term antisemitism betrays your real ambitions.  We are racism fighters and we are all faiths, all cultures, you on the other hand as I said to another Zionist, are a living explanation as to why the Third Reich happened.  You are privileged to be able to read the words of this writer. 

Jordan May 28, 2011 3:32 pm (Pacific time)

What about the rocket attacks and suicide bombings on Israel? Who should we hold accountable for them?

Those acts of resistance have claimed exactly 28 lives.  Israel sneezes and kills more Palestinians, sometimes days in a row.  No acts of aggression are right, but the sooner Israelis understand, trust me, the better.  Also, Hamas stopped suicide bombing years ago, the thing a person has to comprehend is the insanity of being so oppressed that you are willing to give up your own life long before it is through.  This is the level Israel has raised things to.  Remember, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.  Religions countries and occupation are doomed ideas.  Self examine Jordan, do the math, rally for all people equally.  Most importantly, stay human!

Anonymous May 28, 2011 3:09 pm (Pacific time)

Good article, but one mistake. not all of congress...Ron Paul is the exception. To author, research and please make correction.

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