By Stephen Lendman
Hostile to peace, stability and the rule of law, militantly racist/fantasy democracy Israel is an apartheid police state.
Waging preemptive war on Palestinians without declaring it — again — state terror is its favorite tactic against defenseless civilians.
What’s been going on since mid-April — especially since terror-bombing of Gaza began days earlier — threatens the lives, well-being and rights of millions of long-suffering Palestinians.
According to the Times of Israel, the IDF will present a Gaza ground invasion plan for the Netanyahu regime to consider on Thursday.
Israeli forces are mobilized along Gaza’s border for invasion if ordered, no go-ahead given so far.
If initiated, it’ll be the fourth Israeli full-scale ground war of aggression on Gaza since December 2008.
Civilian casualties are already mounting in the Strip in defiance of international law.
The Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (1907 Hague IV Convention) states:
Article 25: “The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.”
Article 26: “The officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in cases of assault, do all in his power to warn the authorities.”
Article 27: “In sieges and bombardments, all necessary steps must be taken to spare, as far as possible, buildings dedicated to religion, art, science, or charitable purposes, historic monuments, hospitals, and places where the sick and wounded are collected, provided they are not being used at the time for military purposes.”
Fourth Geneva prohibits violence against civilians in times of war. Collective punishment is banned.
According to Article 33, “(n)o protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed.”
“Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”
Pillage is prohibited. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.
In 1938, a unanimously adopted League of Nations resolution — the UN’s precursor — prohibited the “bombardment of cities, towns, villages, dwellings or buildings not in the immediate neighborhood of the operations of land forces.”
The 1945 Nuremberg Principles prohibit “crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity.”
Included are “inhumane acts committed against any civilian populations, before or during the war.”
Indiscriminate killing and “wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity” are absolutely prohibited.
In 1968, a UN General Assembly Resolution on Human Rights prohibited launching of attacks against civilian populations.
Terror-bombing Gaza by Israel — now and earlier — resembles Nazi Germany’s aerial terror against Guernica, Spain in April 1937.
Nazi Wehrmacht warplanes destroyed the city, massacred over 1,600 people, injuring hundreds more.
According to air commander Herman Goring at the time, the attack was an “opportunity to test under fire whether (munitions) had been adequately developed.”
An aftermath eyewitness said “(t)he only things left standing were a church and a sacred tree, the symbol of the Basque people.”
“There hadn’t been a single anti-aircraft gun in the town. It (was) mainly a fire raid.”
“A sight that haunted me for weeks was the charred bodies of several women and children huddled together in what had been the cellar of a house.”
Civilian sites were fair game. Guernica had no military significance.
It was prelude for how both sides operated viciously throughout WW II on a much larger scale.
In his book titled “The Good War: An Oral History of World War II,” the late Studs Terkel explained the “warped…view of how we look at things today (seeing them) in terms of war,” adding:
This “twisted memory…encourages (people) to be willing, almost eager, to use military force” as a way to solve problems — what Terkel called “lunatic” actions.
Examples are endless pre-during-and-post-WW II.
Gazans are again enduring the barbarity of preemptive Israeli terror-bombing, notably against civilians in harm’s way.
Is an end of it near or does the Netanyahu regime have much more mass slaughter and destruction in mind — for political reasons as a way to try holding onto to power?
For time immemorial, long-suffering Palestinians have been victimized by Israeli viciousness because the world community largely looks the other way — while feigning concern for their lives, welfare and rights.