War crimes

Resignation of Gaza investigator is big blow to Palestinian lawfare campaign

By Gerald Steinberg, February 5, 2015

The sudden resignation of William Schabas, the anti-Israel professor of law who headed the UN investigation into alleged Israeli "war crimes" in the recent Gaza war, has further highlighted the farcical attempts to indict Israel taking place under the façade of international law.

Mr Schabas was forced to quit after Israel informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that he had omitted to ment

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Israel prepares legal and diplomatic push to fight off ICC threat

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 22, 2015

Israel is planning a diplomatic and a legal battle against the decision by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor to examine allegations that its soldiers committed war crimes in Gaza last summer.

Last Friday, the office of the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that she had a opened "preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine".

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This is driven by politics, not pursuit of justice

By Gerald Steinberg, January 22, 2015

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who is leading the preliminary investigation into IDF conduct in Gaza, is from Gambia, which has a horrendous human-rights record. If the ICC was truly a vehicle for promoting justice and international law, the leaders of Gambia would be in the dock.

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No flotilla war crimes inquiry

By Marc Goldberg, November 13, 2014

The International Criminal Court has said it will not launch a war crimes investigation into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship in 2010, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The Turkish law firm that submitted the case said it would apply for a review of the decision.

ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that although there was a "reasonable basis" to believe that Israel commi

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Outrage over Amnesty 'war crimes' report

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Israel has forcefully rejected claims by Amnesty International that its army committed war crimes in the latest Gaza conflict, alleging that the NGO "serves as a propaganda tool for Hamas and other terror groups".

The Israeli Embassy in London condemned Amnesty for its "extreme bias" and for "producing no evidence" to back up allegations in a new report, entitled 'Families under the Rubble: Isr

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IDF prepares for war crimes accusations

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 7, 2014

Two IDF teams are collecting evidence to respond to possible war crimes accusations in the wake of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

One team, headed by Major General Noam Tibon, commander of Northern Corps, has been investigating cases in which IDF fire caused civilian casualties, and is preparing a number of reports.

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War crimes suspect dies in US

July 25, 2014

An 89-year-old suspected Nazi war criminal who was due to be extradited to stand trial in Germany has died.

Johann Breyer passed away on Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, according to his lawyer Dennis Boyle said Wednesday.

Magistrate Timothy Rice had approved the extradition request only hours before.

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Experts to discuss legacy of Nazi war crimes investigations

By Jewish Chronicle Reporter, August 9, 2013

The legacy of the United Nations commission which investigated Nazi war crimes is to be discussed at a conference held in London next month.

Experts will examine how the work of the commission, which ran from 1943-48, has influenced contemporary efforts to promote international criminal justice and human rights advocacy.

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Age has nothing to do with justice

By Angela Epstein, June 30, 2013

With his withered skin, his body bowed by extreme age, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the old man in the newspaper photograph was another distressing example of the vulnerability of the elderly. Particularly here in Britain where a crass culture of disinterest has sometimes seen the needs of old people compromised.

Such an interpretation couldn't be more misplaced.

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Most-wanted Nazi suspect who ‘beat prisoners with dog whip’ is charged

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2013

László Csizsik-Csatáry, the alleged Nazi war criminal, was charged this week with participating in the murder of 15,700 Jews during the Holocaust.

Hungarian prosecutors said the 98-year-old was the police commander of the Kosice detention camp — then in Slovakia — where he assaulted Jews with a dog whip before sending all those interned to Auschwitz.

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