The 22 Day War on Gaza under International Criminal Law by Goldstone Report



It was paragraph (c) of Principle VI of the Nuremberg Principles which for the first time shed some light on the logic of prosecution and punishment of crimes against humanity. That logic was originally inspired by the “Holocaust” incident related to the genocide of the Jews based on which the statesmen who had ordered the torturing and ethnic cleansing would have taken criminal responsibility for their acts under international law. In practice, the idea of punishing the perpetrators of international crimes failed many times, until the destiny helped the Zionist regime to punish some of the Nazi leaders with the blessing of the Nuremberg Military Tribunals and their own national courts. However, some of those very crimes against humanity were perpetrated again during the 22 day war on Gaza. In that war conducted by Zionist regime against the oppressed Palestines, 1400 Palestinian citizens were martyred and more than 6000 others, mostly children and women were injured. The logic of international criminal law as well as that of the usurpers, who one day considered themselves as the victims of racism, necessitates that these alleged crimes be adjudicated fairly and the offenders be taken to task and punished. Mr. Goldstone, commissioner for the UN Human Rights Council, for the first time in a detailed report, accused the Zionist regime of committing such crimes as they had alleged to be their victims someday. Today, the emergence of the special International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda as well as the International Criminal Court in The Hague have made it possible, more than before, to analyze such crimes and punish their perpetrators under international criminal law.