UN Required to Classify Israeli Air Strikes on Syria as War Crimes

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UN Required to Classify Israeli Air Strikes on Syria as War Crimes

Tragically, the airstrikes still managed to target an airport in Southeastern Damascus, killing and wounding a number of Syrian soldiers. Syrian media, citing a military source, said the country had endured “intense attack through consecutive waves of guided missiles” early Monday, but had destroyed most “hostile targets.”

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria from time to time in breach of international law and in what is widely viewed as an attempt to win elections or to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeat at the hands of the Syrian government forces and allies.

Mind you, in September 2018, a Russian reconnaissance aircraft with 15 servicemen on board was also downed as Syria was responding to Israeli airstrikes. Moscow held Israel responsible, saying the regime’s pilots had intentionally used the Russian plane as cover to conduct air raids, effectively putting it in the cross-chairs of the Syrian air defenses. Russia stopped coordinating its airborne operations over Syria with Israel after the incident, and upgraded Syria’s defenses with its S-300 missile systems.

This is welcome news but never enough. The international civil society, the United Nations in particular, should also join in and seek international accountability as civilians in Syria are also being killed by Israeli airstrikes. The UN must seek Israeli records on the legal basis for the Syrian raids and the assessment of civilian deaths afterward.

Indeed, the international civil society has a right to know about any claims and justifications Tel Aviv is making to target Syria and what really happens with their illegal operations and missile warfare specifically. The usurper regime’s explanations have little credibility, and the documents the Syrian government and other organizations seek are essential for international accountability.

As is often the case, civilians are still being killed by Israel in Syria. Israeli officials responsible for these bungled raids and missile-drone campaigns have committed, and continue to commit, war crimes and crimes against humanity. They should stand trial because they have broken international laws designed to protect civilians and Syria’s sovereignty. As maintained by Damascus, Israel’s missile and air strikes are unjustified, contravene the laws of armed conflict, and must end.

Some might argue that getting to the bottom of individual strikes is exceptionally difficult in places like Syria. Yet Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both mounted a major effort to investigate tens of the many attacks Israel has carried out against civilian areas in besieged Gaza. All those interviewed by Amnesty and Human Rights Watch strongly deny any of the men, women and children killed had been involved in militancy.

The same is true in Syria. Israel has no right to attack Syrian military positions and/or civilian airports. The world community has serious concerns as these attacks violate the prohibition of the arbitrary deprivation of life and constitute war crimes. The world community calls for those responsible to stand trial, particularly those who are exploiting the fragile situation in Syria to evade accountability for their deliberate violations.

The world community also rejects the “pro-Israel doctrine” that allows the US to support Israeli air strikes on Syria without any justifications. To accept such a policy would be to endorse unlawful Israeli practices that fundamentally undermine regional peace and human rights protections that have been painstakingly developed over more than a century of international law-making.


These arguments determine beyond any doubt that Israel’s air strikes on Syria are condemnable under international law and UN Charter. They are only designed for domestic consumption and to protect its own illicit interests. Israel’s air strikes are illegal because they are not authorized by the United Nations and because Syria never attacks Israel. Israeli strikes are illegally and indiscriminately killing civilians as well, and must be classed as war crimes. Evaluating the legality of these strikes must begin immediately at the UN with an understanding of how the law of armed conflict applies – not how Tel Aviv and its friends in Washington view its applicability in Syria.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. Ian, the time for waiting is over. Sanctions against Isreal is a dream, not reality. Israel owns the US congress. It’s better to go down swinging than to quit on your stool.

    • No, Israel cannot be taken out with force without causing a catastrophic conflict that would probably turn into WW3 in short order. This is because the US is controlled by Israel, as are several other Western powers, which means they protect Israel to the extent that if a war to destroy Israel were to take place, the US and it’s Western cohorts would intervene with the result that they found themselves fighting the Arab nations and Russia and China would be faced with the dilemma of either supporting the Arabs or watching them be defeated, knowing that they themselves would be the next target of Israeli-US-NATO aggression. On short, attacking Israel would quickly spiral into WW3 and no-one with any sense wants that.

  2. Hope on the Grand Jury in NYC looking at the evidence of 911. If criminality is appropriated to ALL, and I mean EVERY STEP to get rid of Asbestos, $ losing, costly colossal burden to clean it out. and much much more to make;, the National collaboration it took to plan, prepare, timetable, who was doing what, with what…then the false narrative falls apart by the Flat Facts Brutal Truth will out is the US, CIA, DOD, DIA, Special Ops, Mossad,, FEMA, Cheney, Port Authority off NY & NJ, Israel, don’t count on the Saudi’s or Pakistan to keep their mouths shut in the UN when the time comes.
    We’re about one month into the presentations I think.

  3. “Military force would be the wrong thing to do, it would simply lead to a far worse and wider conflict.”

    Ian is correct. The best way to destroy the shyster likud state is to watch and hope. Smh.

    “Israel can be brought to reason through sanctions, as South Africa was, but it can’t be done unless the US joined in.”

    Let’s not forget the other UNSC permanent members like Great Britain, and France and Germany. Not happening. Meanwhile Pisrael is making more friends than ever.

  4. Risble-farcical-Shillarious. Janus of Rome hypocrites in every way. Israhell & UN International credibility is probably the best oxymoron I have heard all day. Delusional disorder psychosis by Faustian Machiavellian psychopaths.

  5. International accountability ? You gotta be kidding !…This is the Rothschild experiment to aid in draining the American economy as well as keep the U.S. $$$ rolling along in 4ever warfare and to impress the delusional so called Evangelical uh Christian that believe the Christ deniers are the ” Chosen Ones ” …

  6. “Talk is cheap; actions speak louder than words.” Hoodlums and gangsters in Israel have been flipping the bird to rule of “law” for decades. These arrogant expletives deleted respect no rules. They need to be invaded by an international armed force to compel them to obey all laws. Arrest all their leaders and hold them while trials are held. Force is all they know and understand. Use military armed force to compel them to follow all laws. These arrogant so and so’s are slow learners and only learn the hard way. They must also be disarmed of all weapons especially nuclear before they blow up the planet. The longer one tolerates an arrogant lying bully like Israel the worse it gets. All grade school teachers know this wisdom. UN must invade and occupy these despicable criminal monsters in Israel until they learn some hard lessons.

    • All lands and property illegally stolen by Israel from Palestinians or anyone else must be returned to its rightful owners by military armed force against the thieves in Israel if necessary. Israel must be ordered to pay billions or even trillions of dollars in damages for the illegal and inhumane treatment of Palestinians. Since they will not obey such orders voluntarily they must be forced to do so with military armed force provided by a UN Military Force. They idolize the sword and live by the sword so the sword is what must be used to force them to comply with the rule of law. This is all these ignorant stubborn bullies understand.

    • Military force would be the wrong thing to do, it would simply lead to a far worse and wider conflict. Israel can be brought to reason through sanctions, as South Africa was, but it can’t be done unless the US joined in.

    • Israel basically needs to be evicted by the Force of Law using a military Force ……. but then You will get these Corrupt Hardcode Criminal Israelis spread all over the World ……. to prevent the fleeing Israelis from settling all overr the World can only be done by Barricading the Present day borders of Israel to contain all the Evil right there …… it seems like a judgement enforcing the suffering of the Palestinians but nobody in their right mind wants anyone of these immoral squatters anywhere near them for the high crime risks these Israelis bear ……

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