The Netherlands and the ICC are on slippery ice against Israel
The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) allows itself to be used by the Arab lobby against Israel. While the United Nations (UN), with 192 member nations, has previously shown itself to have a fixed agenda in condemning the Jewish state, the ICC, which some 60 countries, including the Netherlands, have recognized, now plays a political role. Last Friday, February 5, 2021, the ICC ruled that it held jurisdiction over Judea and Samaria (West Bank of the Jordan), Jerusalem, and Gaza.
The fight against the Jewish state has for a long time not limited itself to attacks, plane hijackings, guerilla and rocket fire. An extensive international anti-Israel network has been set up in administrative organizations and NGOs. Recently, this tactic managed to get the UN to no longer consider the Temple Mount, the location where the Temple of Solomon stood in Jerusalem, as a Jewish heritage, but as an Islamic heritage. The name has been changed to Haram-al-Sharif. The Netherlands (read: Rutte cabinet 3) finds that to be a good idea and agrees. Thus the ICC has now determined that areas of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza are under the jurisdiction of the ICC. The sovereignty of Israel is thus, violated, and this body is operating politically.
Judea and Samaria is the Israeli province where Palestinian reservations or Palestinian areas with self-governance are permitted. The agreements were made in the Oslo Accords of 1993. It is thus an region, not a state or a people, but a relic from 1948 when the ancestors of these Arabs did not want to be Israeli, but also were not welcome in the lands of their origin. These Palestinians live outside Israel in camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan without rights, as second-class, discriminated-against foreigners who have no status. In Lebanon, for example, they are the last to be vaccinated against the Corona virus, as announced by the Lebanese government. The priority of the wealthy PLO, financed by Qatar, and the Iran-armed Hamas that (rules) Gaza, is not the fate of the Palestinians. Their choice is to delegitimize the Jewish state.
Israel is not a member of the ICC, and should not be concerned with this statement. They do not extradite or permit investigators. That in itself would be an insult to the outstanding justice system of the country. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are not only one of the best armies in the world, but are also one of the most moral military forces in the world. It is this enormous precision and strong intelligence service that has ensured that as few civilian victims as possible are killed in Israel’s defense.
The opposite happens when Hamas fires unfocused rockets at Israeli civilians or when Palestinians weekly attack Jewish civilians and soldiers. These actions against Israel are fueled by the European Union, which not only carries out illegal activities in Israel but also supports NGOs who thwart Israeli interests. Even the construction of houses and roads is hindered by these action groups. That certainly is part of democracy, but it indicates that the Netherlands and the EU, in the whole, do not play a kosher role.
Attacks like that against 17-year-old Rina Shnerb on 23 August 2019, turn out to be funded with Dutch tax money, and the EU, with the Netherlands in the lead, presents a strange figure because it labels products from Israel, finances Palestinian schoolbooks full of hate against Jews, and supports dingy Palestinian militias. And now possible ICC cases against Israelis, who, if convicted, can no longer safely travel through countries that are members of the ICC. The situation may thus eventuate that Palestinian terrorists could travel within the EU and the Netherlands, but an Israeli military commander or politician couldn’t.
The ICC, and thus, the Netherlands, are politically and morally on slippery ice, if that is not already clear.
Ernst Lissauer is chief of the parliamentary editorial staff of ON broadcast (Ongehoord Nederland).