ALLEGED GENOCIDE IS NOT A WAR CRIME

Another ‘Believe it or not’……

‘Goldstone Gaza claims will not reach war crimes court’

The claims of alleged war crimes committed, according to the Goldstone report, during fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in late 2008 and early 2009 will not reach the International Criminal Court at the Hague, a former ICC official told Haaretz on Sunday.

Legal attorney Nick Kaufman, who had served as a senior prosecutor at the ICC and a senior district attorney for the Jerusalem prosecution, said Israeli officials were likely safe from war crimes suits as the U.S. would probably veto such a move.

Until a month ago Kaufman, an expert on international law and rules of warfare, served as a senior lawyer in the Jerusalem prosecutor’s office.

The claims of alleged war crimes committed, according to the Goldstone report, during fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in late 2008 and early 2009 will not reach the International Criminal Court at the Hague, a former ICC official told Haaretz on Sunday.

Legal attorney Nick Kaufman, who had served as a senior prosecutor at the ICC and a senior district attorney for the Jerusalem prosecution, said Israeli officials were likely safe from war crimes suits as the U.S. would probably veto such a move.

Until a month ago Kaufman, an expert on international law and rules of warfare, served as a senior lawyer in the Jerusalem prosecutor’s office.


- Nick Kaufman, do you think you will represent an Israeli official, who has been charged with committing war crimes following the Goldstone report, at the international court?

Kaufman: “I don’t believe so. I think the Goldstone report will receive a poor man’s burial.”



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2 Comments

  1. February 28, 2010 at 12:07

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  2. ben benar said,

    February 28, 2010 at 18:00

    What a reason for a court case to fail! This Kaufman does not argue that the case does not have legal merit, he just says that the “US would probably veto such move”

    Expressing that the Israeli officials would probably be “safe” tells you all about his legal objectivity. On the other hand the track record of the Jerusalem prosecuter’s office is probably not that impressive either!

    An indication of how this chap is operating is his name “Kaufman”. Everything is apparently for sale in his world. And yet: If Israel were paying off USA to abandon international law, its constitution and human decency in general the financial flows would go in the direction Israel to USA and not the opposite direction. Apparently it is not about buying but about blackmailing the USA.


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