War crimes

Nazi war crime trial with a difference

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening is no ordinary war crime suspect.

The so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who counted and passed on money gathered from Jewish prisoners at the death camp, went on trial this week accused of being an accomplice to 300,000 murders.


Nazi 'book-keeper' admits to moral guilt

By Charlotte Oliver, April 22, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has asked for forgiveness as he stands trial for contributing to the murder of at least 30,000 Jews.

Oskar Groening, now aged 93, said he was “morally guilty”, as he appeared before almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives in court in the north German city of Lueneburg on Tuesday.


'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2015

A former SS guard, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, faces trial today, charged with contributing to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors and relatives of victims have travelled to the north German city of Lueneburg to witness the case against Oskar Groening, now aged 93.


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


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".


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.


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


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


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.


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.