Let the Investigation Begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel and the Palestinian Territories – Global Research

09-02-21 10:26:00,

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International tribunals tend to be praised, in principle, by those they avoid investigating.  Once interest shifts to those parties, such bodies become the subject of accusations: bias, politicisation, crude arbitrariness.  The United States, whose legal and political personnel have expended vast resources on the machinery of international courts and jurisprudence, remains cold to the International Criminal Court.  The sceptics have tended to win out in Washington, restraining any consent to its jurisdiction. 

The Trump administration made a point of imposing sanctions on court staff, specifically targeting chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, whose entry visa to the US was revoked.  The moves were instigated in response to investigative efforts by the prosecutor into the alleged commission of war crimes by US, Taliban and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. 

Israel has also kept a witheringly hostile eye towards the activities of the ICC.  The acceptance by Palestinian authorities in 2015 of the court’s jurisdiction heralded the next troubling step in scrutinising Israeli actions in the occupied territories.  

In December 2019, Bensouda intimated that there was “a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”.  Of interest was the 2014 Israel-Hamas conflict, Israel’s policy of settlements in occupied territory and aggressive responses to protests on the Gaza-Israeli border starting in March 2018. 

Often forgotten by various critics of the court is that Bensouda did not exclusively target the activities of the Israeli Defence Forces; she also included armed Palestinian groups as potential perpetrators of such crimes.  Her concerns were duly formalised in an application to the court as to whether such matters fell within the court’s jurisdiction.  Once resolved, an investigation could commence.

To the ICC pretrial chamber, she submitted “that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction extends to Palestinian territory occupied by Israel during the Six-Day war in June 1967, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.”  She admitted that the Occupied Palestinian Territory had a “unique history” with the issue of Palestinian statehood having never been definitively resolved. 

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Investigation underway after member of Canadian Armed Forces speaks out against distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

11-12-20 01:42:00,

TORONTO —
An investigation is underway after a member of the Canadian Armed Forces attended a downtown Toronto protest and spoke out against the military’s plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

A man identified as Leslie Kenderesi was captured on camera standing in front of a crowd at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday wearing a military uniform.

In several videos posted online, the man is heard asking those currently serving in the military to “not take this unlawful order in distribution of this vaccine.”

The man refers to the vaccine as “killer” and said he calls it this because “nobody knows what this vaccine will do to your body.”

“I’m asking military right now serving, truck drivers, medical, and engineers, whatever you are, do not take this unlawful order in distribution of this vaccine.”

He added he’s not sure if he will take the vaccine and noted he will likely get in trouble for his comments.

The comments were made at a protest organized by The Line Canada. The group, according to its website, aims to “resist tyranny and oppression” while “opposing the lockdown and the restrictions imposed on the people and the economy.” The group notes they are not anti-mask and “support your choice to wear a mask.”

The Department of National Defence confirmed to CTV News Toronto on Wednesday that the man seen in the videos is a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, which is part of the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service. His responsibilities in this role include the supervision, administration and training of cadets.

A spokesperson said the Department of National Defence “takes such situations very seriously” and confirmed an investigation is underway to “ensure the most appropriate action is taken.”

“The individual’s comments are not reflective of views of the government of Canada or Canadian Armed Forces policy,” the spokesperson said. “These actions can include various measures up to and including release from the armed forces.”

Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Canada is expected to receive up to 249,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of December. The federal government has purchased 20 million doses of the vaccine thus far.

On Monday, the military, health workers and government officials conducted a “dry run” of the complex pan to deliver doses across the country.

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What the OKC Investigation Missed with Roger G. Charles

26-08-19 08:09:00,

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=4662

FROM 2012: Veteran investigative journalist Roger G. Charles joins us to discuss the new book which he has co-authored, Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed and Why It Still Matters. We investigate some of the anomalies, discrepancies and holes in the official account of the OKC bombing, including the bombing itself, the role of Andreas Strassmeier at Elohim City, the numerous forewarnings, and much more.

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Call for New 9/11 Investigation: New York Area Fire Commissioners Make History – Global Research

29-07-19 03:46:00,

They started off by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Ten minutes later, they were reading the text of a resolution claiming the existence of “overwhelming evidence” that “pre-planted explosives . . . caused the destruction of the three World Trade Center buildings.”

And so it was, on July 24, 2019 — nearly 18 years after the horrific attacks that traumatized a nation and changed the world forever — the Franklin Square and Munson Fire District, which oversees a volunteer fire department serving a hamlet of 30,000 residents just outside of Queens, New York, became the first legislative body in the country to officially support a new investigation into the events of 9/11.

The resolution, drafted and introduced by Commissioner Christopher Gioia, was unanimously approved by the five commissioners. Members of the audience — including the families of fallen firefighters Thomas J. Hetzel and Robert Evans, both Franklin Square natives — joined in solemn but celebratory applause after the fifth “ay” was spoken.

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From left to right: Commissioner Philip F. Malloy, Jr.; Commissioner Dennis G. Lyons; District Secretary Kerry Santina; Commissioner Joseph M. Torregrossa; Attorney Kenneth Gray; Commissioner Christopher L. Gioia; Commissioner Les Saltzman

Conversing with guests after the meeting, Commissioner Dennis Lyons remarked on the enormous and lasting toll that 9/11 has taken on the Franklin Square community.

“We have a memorial — a piece of steel from the World Trade Center with 28 holes where the nuts and bolts used to go,” Lyons explained. “Every year on the 11th, we put a rose in each hole for the 24 Nassau County firefighters and four Franklin Square residents who died on 9/11.”

The impact of 9/11 on the community extends well beyond the victims and their grieving families. On September 12, 2001, the Franklin Square Fire Department was called in to assist with the massive rescue and recovery effort that was just getting underway. Countless members of the department, including Gioia and Commissioner Philip Malloy (then rank-and-file firefighters), spent weeks on the pile searching in vain for civilians and fellow responderswho might still be alive. Today, Malloy is one of thousands suffering chronic health effects.

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A memorial to Thomas J.

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Investigation shows the mmr vaccine was approved based on small studies showing disturbing results | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

22-04-19 10:21:00,

  • The Facts:A FOIA request by Del Bigtree reveals that the 8 studies supporting the release of the MMR vaccine were only 6 weeks long, used only 800 children, and led to damaging respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses to many of the children.
  • Reflect On:Are we ready to collectively deal with the implications of ongoing revelations of industry malfeasance with regards to vaccines that for some may require a shift in long-held beliefs?

Amidst a rash of efforts to bring forward mandatory vaccination in pockets of the United States is the recent move in New York City to declare a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak and order mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order to address what he said was a measles “crisis” in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September. The order applies to anyone living, working or going to school in four zip codes in the neighborhood. The declaration requires all unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. People who ignore the order could be fined $1,000.

Challenging Assumptions

This kind of invasive move gives rise to several serious questions, including challenging many of the assumptions that are necessarily made to justify such a move.

Assumption #1: People who may have been infected with the measles should get vaccinated immediately. De Blasio wants people who may have been infected with the measles to get vaccinated. The assumption here is that the vaccine would actually help someone who has the virus by preventing them from getting the measles or preventing them from spreading it to others. But this just doesn’t stand to reason. If someone is already infected, getting a measles vaccine will not prevent the outbreak. That’s not what a vaccine is designed for. And while the person is going through the 2-week period it takes for the vaccine to take hold, it’s quite possible that this will weaken the immune response to the actual measles infection the person has. Quarantining people suspected of being infected would be the sensible response,

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