The RINJ Foundation is urging women and their families plus all governments around the world to boycott products made in Israel because of egregious crimes against humanity soon to be heard by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Those crimes which have been committed but have not yet been adjudicated to determine the perpetrators, include the blatant murder of nearly fifty journalists and the slaughter of children and their mothers in Gaza during the month of May, 2021, one year ago.
Officials of the various journalist associations and unions have described the attacks on journalists, by Israel, in the occupied territories, reporters of fact whom the world relies upon to bring truth from there to the world as “the systematic targeting, maiming and killing of journalists and the destruction of media infrastructure,” the latter referring to Aljazeera and Associated Press being bombed out by the IDF in Gaza in May 2021.
“Furthermore, the RINJ Women are urging the International Criminal Court to act with haste on cases related to this statement, being brought before the Honourable Court. The urgency stressed relates to the pervasive attacks on journalists by failed democratic states whose humanity is swept aside by authoritarianism, racism, apartheid, genocidal conduct, and additionally where press freedom is cancelled by criminal dictators like those in Israel, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Philippines, India, Mexico, and across the Caribbean,” said the global NGO in a letter.
“Murder with impunity must end. Murder of the free press could end the civilized world as we know it.”
“The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, marks its 10-year anniversary in 2022 but it can also be said that safety of journalists has never been more threatened and never been more ignored. Honestly, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, has no positive effect, on the evidence of upward spiraling ill fates of journalists,” says Melissa Hemingway, a journalist presently located in Ukraine.
“Concomitantly we with this statement urge Americans, ‘do not vote for one single Democrat in the next ten years in the USA because the Democrat Party of Joseph Biden Jr. et al have supported, facilitated and endorsed these murders and the apartheid against the Palestinian people in the occupied territories’,” suggested Dale Carter, security director of the RINJ organization.
“Joseph Biden behaved despicably in May 2021 when he tacitly endorsed the murder of 263 Gaza civilians including 58 children and 38 mothers. Added to the four journalists reporting on events in 2021 in the occupied territories of Palestine there is the 11 May 2022 murder of Shireen Abu Aqleh, an Aljazeera journalist of two decades with a scorecard and reputation that is near or at perfection. Again America tacitly endorses these crimes by continuing to support Israel against the Palestinians in an illegal apartheid to which America is a partner,” explains Geraldine Frisque who is an official spokesperson for The RINJ Foundation.
Shireen’s shooting death nearby the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank was an Israeli targeted killing according to four sources in Israel within or connected to the Israeli police services and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). Each Israeli source was asked if they would give their evidence to the ICC. Only two responded in the affirmative if the trial proceeds. All four have asked for anonymity for their safety. Medical sources on the Palestinian side have the bullet recovered from Ms. Abu Aqleh during autopsy and medical experts have confirmed the weapon used was an Israeli NATO-standard weapon, fired by an Israeli from 170 meters.
Al Jazeera Media Network reported on the weekend that it has assigned a legal team to refer the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Other lawyers have added the death of Shireen Abu Aqleh, as an offence, to an existing official International Criminal Court filing.
In November 2021, lawyers at Bindmans LLP, together with barristers from Doughty Street Chambers, first “submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) regarding the systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists in Israel. The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP) have also been working closely with the IFJ and lawyers in relation to the complaint,” according to a statement released by Bidmans LLP.
Video: Israeli paramilitary attack the funeral procession for Shireen Abu Aqleh and desecrate the casket.
“There are four victims named in the existing complaint, all of whom are Palestinian journalists, killed or injured by Israeli snipers while covering demonstrations in Gaza, despite having worn clearly marked ‘PRESS’ body armour vests at the time they were shot. These are just four of 46 journalists who have been killed in Israel since 2000, with no one being held to account for a single death,” explains the pleadings of Bindmans.
The Guardian reports that Tayab Ali, the Bindmans solicitor in the ICC matter said, “Israel has enjoyed a devastating impunity against accountability for the actions of its armed forces, and has repeatedly demonstrated that it is a bad faith investigator. It has not managed to hold anyone to account for the tens of Palestinian journalists that have been killed or maimed so far.
“A free press is the cornerstone of a democracy. The targeting of journalists in conflict zones anywhere in the world is unacceptable and must bring severe consequences for those that try to hide their crimes and violations by killing or maiming journalists,” said Tayab Ali, the Bindmans solicitor
Additional reading in this matter:
- US Sec. Blinkin fakes USA relevance to Gaza Crisis
- Israel kills 263 Gaza civilians incl. 58 Kids, 38 moms to protect itself? Blinkin? Biden?
- Aljazeera and Associated Press bombed out by IDF in Gaza. A line too far.
- Slowly NGOs are slipping workers into Gaza, Bethlehem and West Bank
- World view on Gaza massacre, ethnic cleansing, in Jerusalem
- Did Biden make a Major Misstep on Gaza crisis?
- Women rights group says 9 Child Gaza Deaths is ICC matter. Charge Netanyahu
Al Jazeera reacts to murder of 25-year colleague Shireen Abu Akleh
“Al Jazeera Media Network condemns the killing of our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh, who worked with the Network for 25 years as a professional journalist covering the ongoing conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the network said in a statement.
“The Network vows to follow every path to achieve justice for Shireen, and ensure those responsible for her killing are brought to justice and held accountable in all international justice and legal platforms and courts.”
May 2022 coverage by Al Jazeera
- Is there Western media bias in the Shireen Abu Akleh coverage?
- Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing: Lies, investigations and videotape
- Palestine asks ICC to investigate Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing
- ‘Shireen Abu Akleh’s life matters,’ Al Jazeera tells UN