ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

The world's blatant hypocrisy

Opinion: Although ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bendousa cannot deny her services for one of Africa's deadliest dictators, the international community has shown its duplicity by pointing a finger at Israel and ignoring the crimes of regimes such as Syria, Iran and Turkey

Ben-Dror Yemini |
Published: 12.28.19 , 22:41
There is nothing new about the fact the international community, including its debates on human rights and justice, suffers greatly from blatant hypocrisy.
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  • We have already seen it in Richard Goldstone, a man who as a judge in Apartheid South Africa sent black men to the executioner's chair, moralizing Israel and publishing a report filled with distortions and manipulations. He's a great man, while Israel is a criminal state.
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    ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
    (Photo: AP)
    There is much worry that we are found in the same situation. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda served in the past as a legal adviser and Justice minister for one of Africa's most ruthless dictators, Gambia's Yahya Jammeh.
    It is reasonable to say that Bensouda will claim that she never knew of his atrocities and boast about the praise she received for her services for women.
    But it is doubtful she will be able to rid herself of the "I didn't know" stain.
    The problem is not Bensouda herself, it is probable that she didn't take part in Jammeh's crimes and might even have voiced a modicum of protest.
    The problem is shameless hypocrisy. Time after time the guilt is attributed to just one state.
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    (L-R) President of Iran of Hassan Rouhani, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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    No prosecutions are directed at Turkey, who in the last decades murdered thousands of Kurds. Turkey's new territorial conquests in the northern region of Syria are already partly recognized by the international community.
    No pursuit against China, who is holding millions of Muslims in reeducation camps.
    No prosecution against Iran, who is behind the war crimes being perpetrated in Yemen.
    The list is too long to name here in its entirety.
    But allegations of war crimes against Israel, which must deal with the Hamas regime, an organization that has stated unequivocally its goal to eliminate the Jewish people, are completely in order.
    Countries such as Iran, Syria, and Turkey can do as they please - after all, they're dark regimes, you can't expect anything different from them.
    Are they seriously claiming that Israel is hurting innocent civilians, the same Israel where the IDF has done more than any other military in the world to protect innocent lives during its operations?
    Sure, there are some mistakes and mishaps, but not negligent behavior.
    This happens to every army, just less for Israel's.
    Former President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh  Former President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh
    Former President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh
    (Photo: AFP)
    But there is something ridiculous in the fact that the erstwhile justice minister for one of the cruelest dictators in recent memory is the one pointing the finger of blame at Israel, which even if it tried, could never reach the same atrocities perpetrated by the regime she served.
    It's time to say enough. Also, enough of those Israelis - some naïve, some malicious - who are cooperating with the international duplicity.
    Every week, blood libels is published against Israel. And when someone takes their lies hook, line, and sinker; they celebrate.
    Israel is a democracy that must be and is capable of dealing with such a phenomenon, all that is left for it is to show the truth.
    Not just that Israel is not perpetrating war crimes, but that those who go against it are themselves perpetrating moral crimes.
    And sometimes, when looked over, those crimes are not only of morality.

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