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Supreme Court hears Gush Shalom's appeal

Wednesday, Jan.9: Gush Shalom Puts War Crimes On The Public Agenda

[1] Supreme Court hears Gush Shalom's appeal, Jerusalem,11AM

[1] On Wednesday, Jan.9, at 11 AM, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem will hear Gush Shalom's appeal against the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. It concerns the ads which Gush Shalom tried to place on Israeli radio last May, and which were rejected by the IBA. The ads address soldiers with information as to which acts are defined as war crimes by international law. For example: shooting unarmed civilians and destruction of homes are both on the international black list. Soldiers obeying orders to perpetrate such acts may at some point face international prosecution.

The ads made reference both to the situation in the occupied territories and to the former "South Lebanon Army" which acted under Israeli responsibility and whose members are now for example considered war criminals in Canada (and not only there).

The IBA claims that the ads consituted political propaganda which it is forbidden to broadcast by its bylaws. Gush Shalom's lawyer Eran Lev argues that informing soldiers and civilians in general of the prevailing situation of international law is an important public service and by no means propaganda. For more information:


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