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Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu UN General Assembly
Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly on Sept. 29, 2014
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Combating Terrorism

  Eli E. Hertz

UN Security Council resolutions (UNSC) and International treaties define crimes against humanity as the "participation in and knowledge of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, and the multiple commission of [such] acts ... against any civilian population."

These international binding instruments go-on to impose uniform mandatory counter-terrorist obligations on all states [E.H. Lebanon included] to "bring to justice the perpetrators [E.H. in this case Hamas and Hezbollah], organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable" [E.H. In this case Iran, Syria, and Lebanon]. There is no escape clause - UNSC repeats "its unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed." Terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas that kidnap Israelis, blow up and destroy public buses, murder young people at cafés and discos, and school outings, alongside indiscriminate around-the-clock shelling of Katyusha and Qassam rockets targeting civilian populations in Israel, are clearly committing Crimes Against Humanity- acts of terrorism for which the UNSC under Chapter VII of the UN Charter directs everyone to fight terrorism by all means. International law leaves no room to question Israel's right to defend its citizens against systematic and sustained terrorist attacks launched from Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon by Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel's reaction to aggression is nothing more than a measured, fair response designed “to effectively terminate the attack [s]” upon it by terrorists supported by Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, in order to “prevent its recurrence.” Israel is far from using all means in fighting terrorism, as required by UNSC.

"War is Hell." [General Sherman, June 19, 1879] Let terrorists who choose the path of war bear full responsibility for the hell that follows.

"... no legal right shall spring from a wrong." [Judge Schwebel, former president of the International Court of Justice, "Justice in International law," 1994.]

 

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