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“Israel is an Illegal State” – Dr. Ralph Wilde at the ICJ

Dr. Wilde’s plaidoyer – ALL based on legal facts and international law – completely destroys the legality of Israel, of Israel’s existence. Going back by over 100 years to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, all the way to the illegal UK “handing over” of Palestine in 1947 to the United Nations.

Arthur James Balfour was a Conservative British politician, then Foreign Secretary, and formerly UK’s Prime Minister (1902-1905).

The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British Government in 1917 during WWI, announcing its support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a small minority Jewish population about 11%.

The Brits claimed unrightfully – as well-illustrated by Dr. Wilde – having the “Mandate” for Palestine (1918-1948), because of the British occupation of territories previously ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

However, the Peace Treaties that brought the First World War to an end, also established the principle of self-determination that emerged after the war.  Meaning that Palestine already in 1918 had the right of self-determination without any mandate of the UK or anybody else over its newly gained sovereignty.

See also this for history on Balfour Declaration.

In November 1947, the UK handed their falsely claimed Mandate over Palestine to the United Nations. The freshly established UN (24 October 1945 in San Francisco), with only 53 members in 1947 passed a Partition Resolution by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which has no power to ratify legally binding resolutions. Thus, the UNGA vote had no force of international law.

This UNGA Resolution for the establishment of Israel was strongly opposed by the Arab States – but Zionist influence over other UN members was overwhelming. Still, the UN Resolution had no basis in international law.

The UK-supported UN ruling prompted the 1947-1948 Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic), referring to the mass displacement of Palestinians by Jews, claiming a portion (almost 80%) of Palestine to become Israel (21,670 km2 of total Palestine, 28,000 km2).

Nakba became a massacre and the first ethnic cleansing by what was to become Israel, as displaced Palestinians were deprived of their right to return to their homeland.

During the Nakba, Israel destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and killed some 15,000 Palestinians.

Before the Nakba, Palestine was a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, living in peace.

On 14 May 1948, Israel declared her independence formally, pronounced by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, and soon to be first Prime Minister of Israel (see this).

Ever since, for the last 76 years, Palestinians were considered and discriminated as second or even third-class citizens by racist Israel, with countless indiscriminate killings. Since 2007, the Gaza strip is militarily occupied by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and has become the world’s largest open-air prison with some 2.4 million Palestinians locked into a space of 365 square kilometers (km2).

See this for the extraordinary defense plaidoyer by Dr. Ralph Wilde on 26 February 2024 at the International Court of Justice, seated at Peace Palace in The Hague:

The Hamas attack of 7 October 2023 prompting the ongoing war, was planned at least 3 years before by the US, UK and Israel. In the last four and a half months it has claimed some 35,000 Palestinian lives – of which 70% women and children.

At present, about 1.4 million Palestinians are amassed in or around Rafah, border town to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. They are starving, as Israel is preventing international food and water deliveries from entering Gaza. Up to 7 kilometers of trucks with life support for Gaza are reported to be blocked by Israel from entering Gaza through the Rafah gate.

Despite the extreme suffering and massive dying of Palestinians, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is adamant in officially declaring that no Palestinian refugees shall pass into Egypt. Juxtapose this to the following observations.

Aerial photographs show that massive tent cities have been and are being built in the Sinai desert, leading to the conclusion that the expected Arab and supposedly Palestinian ally, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has made a secret agreement with Netanyahu to receive the remaining Palestinians of Gaza – up to 1.4 million – under certain circumstances.

Expulsion of Palestinians into the Sinai desert would be the ultimate ethnic cleansing of the racist Zionist state of Israel. It would also mean another massacre the world has not seen in recent history.

But what are these special circumstances? Despite Egypt’s huge debt to the point where the IMF has recently blocked disbursements of a US$ 3 billion IMF loan, the very same IMF has just granted Egypt a US$ 10 billion loan to help alleviating the socioeconomic consequences of the war in Gaza. In common jargon this would be called blackmail, or simply buying a country. For full details see this.

Even so-called international organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are not only infiltrated by Zionists, they are dominated by them. Same as the FED and the all-controlling financial giants – see this.

Question to be asked is – in a rapidly changing world, who will prevail?

Will it be the omni-power of Zionism, or the positive vibes of the determined, peaceful, and legally steadfast arguments made by Dr. Ralph Wilde, lawyer and advocate for Palestine, at the ICJ on 26 February 2024?

Hope never dies.

And the spiritual leverage of the hundreds of millions, if not billions of people around the world, who with their sheer thoughts support the Palestinian people, is mighty powerful.

Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he worked for over 30 years around the world. He is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020). 

Over a Million Palestinians are About to be Forced into Egypt at Gunpoint

It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both peoples…. If the Arabs leave it, the country will become wide and spacious for us…. The only solution is a Land of Israel…without Arabs. There is no room here for compromises… (Yosef Weitz (1890-1972) former director of the Jewish National Fund’s Land Settlement Department)

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100+ Global Rights Groups Support South Africa’s Genocide Case Against Israel at ICJ

More than 100 international groups signed onto a letter released Wednesday by a newly formed Palestinian rights coalition, urging governments across the globe to formally support South Africa’s International Court of Justice case against Israel, accusing the government of genocidal violence in Gaza.

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This Country is Making Gaza Genocide More Costly for Apartheid Israel & US

Yemen is undoubtedly still experiencing economic hardships following the war with Saudi Arabia, but it is still fulfilling its humanitarian obligations to support the Palestinian people during these trying times.

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ISRAEL’S DECADES OLD PLAN TO EXPLOIT GAZA GAS FIELDS

To what extent is the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip intertwined with the region’s oil and gas resources? Since the year 2000, upon the discovery of gas fields in Gaza, the Israeli government has obstructed the Palestinian people and their representatives from harnessing the advantages of their natural resources. Let’s look at the facts.

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BRICS Condemns Israel War Crimes in Gaza

Leaders of emerging economies demanded on Tuesday that Israel stop its war on Gaza and that hostilities cease on both sides in order to alleviate the rapidly worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

The BRICS group condemned attacks on civilians in Israel and Palestine during a virtual summit that was presided over by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Several of the leaders referred to the forcible relocation of Palestinians, either inside or outside of Gaza, as “war crimes.”

According to a summary delivered by the chair,

“We condemned any kind of individual or mass forcible transfer and deportation of Palestinians from their own land.

… the forced transfer and deportation of Palestinians, whether inside Gaza or to neighbouring countries, constitute grave breaches of the Geneva conventions and war crimes and violations under International Humanitarian Law.”

The big rising economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, collectively known as the BRICS, are striving for more influence in the international system that has long been dominated by the United States and its Western allies.

These nations are frequently seen as the leaders of the “Global South,” as it is known in the language of international diplomacy. However, more than just these five nations discussed the conflict on Tuesday.

The BRICS had decided earlier this year to grow and include Egypt, Ethiopia, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran as members starting in 2024.

The gathering that South Africa organized was attended by the leaders of these six nations as well. Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, also attended the summit.

The chair’s report, which essentially captures the core of the atmosphere in the room, emphasizes the mounting calls for an end to the Gaza Strip war coming from the Global South.

The battle started on October 7, when the militant group Hamas attacked Israeli villages, killing 1,200 people and kidnapping 240 more. In retaliation, Israel has been shelling Gaza nonstop, hitting schools, hospitals, and refugee camps. This has killed over 13,000 people, many of them children, and violated international law.

Millions of people have since marched for a “Free Palestine” and demanded a ceasefire throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Scholars from Africa and other regions have charged the US, UK, and EU with being hypocritical for purporting to

Some nations were more aggressive in their presentations, but the chair’s summary seemed “mild and somewhat balanced,” according to Steven Gruzd, an analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

President Ramaphosa of South Africa, who is now leading the BRICS, said in his opening remarks that Israel’s actions “are in plain violation of international law” and that the “collective punishment of Palestinian people by Israel “is a war crime… akin to genocide.” In addition, Ramaphosa declared that Hamas “must be held accountable” for violating international law.

India took a somewhat more moderate stand, with Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stating that “peaceful resolution through dialogue and diplomacy” as well as “a need for restraint and immediate humanitarian support” were both necessary.

BRICS “Growing Assertiveness”

Some nations were more aggressive in their presentations, but the chair’s summary seemed “mild and somewhat balanced,” according to Steven Gruzd, an analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

President Ramaphosa of South Africa, who is now leading the BRICS, said in his opening remarks that Israel’s actions “are in plain violation of international law” and that the “collective punishment of Palestinian people by Israel “is a war crime… akin to genocide.”

In addition, Ramaphosa declared that Hamas “must be held accountable” for violating international law.

India took a somewhat more moderate stand, with Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stating that “peaceful resolution through dialogue and diplomacy” as well as “a need for restraint and immediate humanitarian support” were both necessary.

“I am not sure I recall a similar extraordinary summit being called. It does reflect on the growing assertiveness and confidence of the BRICS grouping, not waiting for the West. BRICS has generally shied away from political and security issues; this meeting goes against that trend.”

Steven Gruzd, analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

The BRICS nations collectively account for 25% of the world’s economy and 40% of the world’s population.

Israel’s fiercest adversary, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, suggested that the Palestinians should hold a referendum to decide their future.
However, not just India but a number of the BRICS countries have developed relationships with Israel that they will be hesitant to break.

Gruzd points out that although China has significant investments in Israel, India has even closer historical ties to the nation and benefits from joint military and technological ventures.

However, India might not be able to control how a new BRICS+ will respond to Israel given that a ferocious Iran is expected to join the group, according to Gruzd.

According to analysts, South Africa, the smallest of the BRICS nations and a nation that endured harsh apartheid for over 40 years, sees parallels in the Palestinian struggle and has continuously been among the most vocal proponents of a ceasefire.

It has also long been Israel’s main trading partner in Africa. That relationship seemed to have reached a turning point on Tuesday.

Voters in parliament decided to close the Israeli embassy in Pretoria, which marked a sea change in the situation.

On November 6, the nation’s diplomats were already brought back from Israel. In response to Pretoria’s growing hostility, Israel called Eliav Belotserkovsky, its ambassador to South Africa, back for “consultations” on Monday.

Last week, South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros, and Djibouti sent a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) asking them to look into possible war crimes in Gaza.

Bibi Netanyahu Should Be Sent to The Hague for War Crimes

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa, increased the pressure on Monday by requesting an International Criminal Court warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He further stated that it would be a “total failure” if the court chose not to look into the leader.

Because President Vladimir Putin has an ICC arrest warrant out for war crimes committed in Ukraine, South Africa was able to persuade Russia earlier this year not to send him to the BRICS Summit in August.

South Africa, a signatory to the ICC, would have been required to arrest Putin had he attended the summit there.

According to activist Muhammed Desai of Africa4Palestine, the BRICS position announced on Tuesday—which was spearheaded by South Africa—may encourage other nations to vocally oppose the war.

“South Africa is a significant economic and political powerhouse on the African continent as well as a country with one of the most embassies and high commissions in the world. Thus, its stance and position does have clout within the diplomatic arena.”

Muhammed Desai of Africa4Palestine

Others, however, contend that the coalition’s political clout is insufficient to truly influence Israel’s war strategy. Gruzd of SAIIA stated, “To be honest, I don’t think they have much leverage on Israel directly.” “It won’t have much of an impact on the West, other than amplifying the calls for a ceasefire,” I add.

Still, their power is increasing. Many countries want to lessen their reliance on the US-led Western financial system, which is one of the main reasons for the expansion of BRICS earlier this year. Dozens of countries have applied or expressed interest in joining.

As the group’s 2024 president, Russia is anticipated to advocate for the use of local currencies rather than the US dollar, which is currently the currency of choice, for international trade payments.

Some claim that in order for the voice of the Global South to be heard, that platform is essential. Africa4Palestine’s Desai stated, “BRICS offers another voice within the global world order, and that is necessary to counter the current Western hegemonic view.”

Russia’s Sacred Duty to Gaza

Russian President Vladimir Putin made this argument on Wednesday, saying that Moscow has a moral duty to provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population in Gaza.

He had expressed to other BRICS leaders the previous day how videos showing Palestinian children undergoing surgery without anesthesia had affected him.

When you watch how children are being operated on with no anesthesia – this of course arouses very special feelings. This is a very important, humanitarian, noble mission. We need to help people suffering as a result of the ongoing events.

President Putin, addressing the Russian cabinet

The head of Russia continued by saying that helping Palestinian civilians in Gaza “our sacred duty.”

Australia’s Secret Support for the Israeli Assault on Gaza

The Pine Gap US surveillance base located outside of Alice Springs in Australia is collecting an enormous range of communications and electronic intelligence from the brutal Gaza-Israel battlefield – and this data is being provided to the Israel Defence Forces. 

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Demonstrators Blocked US Military Supply Ship’s Bound for Apartheid Israel

Protesters, who are against the US providing military support to Israel during a highly destructive conflict with Gaza, have obstructed the departure of a military supply ship intended for transporting weapons to disputed regions in Palestine.

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Israeli-US Ethnic Cleansing Plan To Salvage “New Middle East” Model

In light of emerging evidence of an Israeli plot to ethnically cleanse as many as 2.4 million Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, the U.S. continues to deploy unprecedented reinforcements to the Mediterranean while steadfastly rejecting the consideration of a humanitarian pause or ceasefire.

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High-Level Discussions in Moscow on Ending Israeli Violence in Gaza Using Capabilities

The Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani, emphasized the need for Iran and Russia to fully harness their capabilities to promptly halt Israel’s assaults on vulnerable Palestinian civilians in Gaza and to provide humanitarian assistance to the besieged region.

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Israel Wrote the State Terrorism Handbook, Follows it To The Letter

I have been re-reading Gaza in Crisis, written in 2010 by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, because what is being played out in Gaza looks and feels all too sickeningly familiar. “Inflicting pain on civilians,” wrote Pappe, “is another long-standing political doctrine of state terror, in fact its guiding principal.”

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If Israel Won’t Stop Bombing Gaza, Iranian Countermeasure is Inevitable | Iran Foreign Minister

Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, emphasized in a recent televised interview that if the Israeli government’s actions in the Gaza Strip persist without a political resolution, various possibilities, including preemptive actions by the resistance front, could be considered.

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The Most Dangerous Man in the World is Enabled by Hypocrites in the West

He is the most dangerous leader in the world today. An unhinged psychopath in charge of nuclear weapons who has spent a lifetime dehumanising his enemy, and dismissing them and their children as animals.

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