Israel’s partners in war crimes on sinking ship: Jim Dean
Originally aired – March 18th, 2013
Press TV news interviews are usually short notice and a roll of the dice on the topics. A news room works on short notice itself so when you get the call it is a quick yes or no for whether you feel comfortable to deliver on the chosen topic.
The phone interviews are more challenging as you have about five seconds to think about what you want to say.
But Skype ones take some of the heat of as you generally have half an hour to get ready, which allows some time to Google to polish up on a few details.
When they told me it was about Israeli being indicted for war and crimes against humanity, it was my lucky day. No last minute Googling was needed as seeing the militant Zionists get the Nuremberg treatment is a subject close to my heart, and the devil’s, too !!
The news room does not call people randomly from their talent pool. They generally have their guests profiled as to areas of interest and expertise. But by all means one most avoid the disaster of saying something completely stupid on international TV as the archive will come back to haunt you.
I thank Steven Green for his Taking Sides book in the early 1980s, the first Freedom of Information Act expose’ on the US/Israel relationship using formerly classified material. It lit my fuse for Israel and I have never looked back.
These news segments are fast paced, generally four to five minutes, and they give you a video or a text version if you are in a hurry, which I like. After watching, please say in your prayers tonight… “Next year in Nuremberg!”
[youtube al1TYdL-NYk] – Israel a sinking ship
A political analyst tells Press TV that Israel stands accused of decades of war crimes against humanity, calling on the allies of the Israeli regime to abandon this “sinking ship.”
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes committed by the Israeli regime in the occupied Palestinian territories. The tribunal, which has conducted four years of investigation on Israeli crimes, said that it would “support all initiatives from civil society and international organizations aimed at bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court.”
The tribunal demands a boycott of all imports of goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially those produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, managing editor & columnist with Veterans Today (Atlanta), to further discuss the issue of Israel crimes in Palestine. What follows is an approximate transcription.
Press TV: This was the fifth session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Before we go into the recommendations made, how important and significant do you think its findings have been up until today?
Dean: I think, although I praise everything they have done, it is really a little too late because basically the world has been aware of all these things that they are putting on the table for years and years now.
And I think it is also misguided to approach the sanctions from just the occupied territories’ point of view because the problem they are facing and what is the biggest Achilles’ heel here is Israeli proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and even making that more complicated [are the] Western nations who have been involved in this with them.
And of course that is classified and none of them are ever going to willingly admit any of that. Because legally once they did, either that Israel has been proliferating themselves or that Western nations also assisted them in this, it automatically triggers the cutoff of all aid to Israel and legal sanctions against them across the board which they are kind of legally bound to.
And I just do not understand and I have written about that in Veterans Today and Press TV, why they don’t go for the knockout punch? Because there is plenty of investigation at work that has been done on France, Britain and the US particularly being a little too helpful in letting things disappear that ended up in Israel.
Press TV: Well, speaking of the knockout punch, the Tribunal has also called for the ICC [the International Criminal Court] to recognize Palestinian jurisdiction and also called for an extraordinary session of the UN Special Committee against apartheid but these are the same organizations which are controlled by the US where Israel has a lot of influence.
Do you think this is going to go very far and as far as getting the rights of the Palestinians, getting Palestine recognized?
Dean: It may not go very far in just this step but the amazing thing about the Palestinian people and why everybody is supporting them is their tremendous resilience in not giving up in the face of all this being ignored by a lot of the powers that have crossed interests with Israel.
So, we saw with the Palestinian vote, the only people that went against their special new status is what I refer to as the hokey pokey and coconut brigade. It was a humiliating defeat for the United States.
So, really, it is a no-lose situation for them to let those who have dug themselves into a deep hole. They continue digging that hole because it can do nothing but help them to just show the tremendous disparity against countries particularly Western jurisprudence who really sat by and let this horrible situation [happen].
And it is war crimes and crimes against humanity which the Israeli government has been guilty of for decades.
And the only country in the world that we know of who has so much information out there, who has gotten a free pass on this and it is something that more and more of us want to see come to an end and all those involved prosecuted and receive their rightful punishment.
Press TV: And do you think what we are seeing taking place as far as the Russell Tribunal on Palestine goes, is yet another example of how the world is waking up to the plight of Palestinians and how this is becoming a global issue and not just one limited to the Middle East?
Dean: Absolutely. And I ask everybody out there, don’t leave these poor folks twisting in the wind. You have to show your support, the message has to be sent to world leaders that if you stick with Israel on this thing, you are on a sinking ship.
I am closing this with a suprise cameo appearance by none other than Mr. Bertrand Russell himself.
[youtube O8h-xEuLfm8] – Russell, words to future generations
He is working to find time now to database his extensive video archive of Americana and interviews filmed during his public TV days so individual topic segments can be key word searched to quickly use in future multi-media projects.
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