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Israel assembles ‘legal Iron Dome’ to down war crimes allegations - 14 Aug 2014 19:52 #1

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Israel assembles ‘legal Iron Dome’ to down war crimes allegations

Source: http://www.middle-east-online.com/
Braced for fresh accusations, Livni appoints team of legal experts to draw up not only line of defence, but also Israel's line of attack.

First Israel's Iron Dome air defence system protected millions from rocket attacks. Now the state is assembling a "legal Iron Dome" to defend itself against potential allegations of war crimes in Gaza.

For Israel, the threat of another fight -- not on the battlefield but in the courts -- materialised on Monday with the appointment of a UN committee to investigate "all violations of international human rights and humanitarian law" in the occupied Palestinian territories since mid-June.

Israel has been engaged in a bloody conflict in Gaza which has its roots in the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers on June 12 that triggered a sweeping arrest campaign across the West Bank.

The investigators are due to present their findings to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2015 but Israel has already denounced its chairman, William Schabas, as anti-Israeli and its findings as inevitably biased.

But neither was it surprised. From the start of Operation Protective Edge, which began on July 8, the army has been preparing the ground for any legal fallout by forming its own committee of military experts.

"We created this investigative committee after Operation Pillar of Defence," Captain Arye Shalicar said, referring to an eight-day confrontation with Gaza militants in November 2012.

"This time we activated it during the operation to document each event, particularly the most tragic in which lots of civilians were killed," he said.

"The cornerstone of our work is principally provided by military intelligence, which examines each operation ahead of time," he said.

"For example, if a house in Gaza was used to fire a rocket on Israel, then according to the laws of war, it becomes a military position and therefore a legitimate target.

"If we're wrong, we should admit our mistake and learn from it."

Israel had boycotted a previous UN committee which looked into Operation Cast Lead, a major 22-day operation over New Year 2009 which killed 1,440 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

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There is no LAWFUL defence for the indefensible in the eyes of any sane, honest and just individual! The objections against the illegal occupiers of Palestine (Israeli's) go way beyond the issue of their most recent war crimes, to include the undeniable fact that the state of Israel is a rabid genocidal extremist cult of vermin and immoral lunatics.

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