The Israeli government is on its way for rewriting international law on crimes against humanity.
The goal of the campaign is to have full discretion to kill their opponents.
Israel has strong support from the Western countries, namely the US, UK, Canada and others.
The vast majority of crimes against humanity require a level of organization and force only found with the state. They comprise government-initiated or -assisted policies or practices resulting in massacre, dehumanization, unjust imprisonment, extrajudicial punishments, torture, racial or ethnic persecution, and other such acts. In reference to the last-cited crime, in 1976 the United Nations General Assembly declared the systematic persecution of one racial group by another to be a crime against humanity.
Israel, that proclaims the reason of its being as the protection of all Jews, however, seeks to undermine those laws. This may have to do with the fact that Israel does not represent all Jews, but only those who adhere to the Zionist ideology - the ideology of the Israeli state - and it is with the well-being of these Jews that the state appears most concerned.
Moshe Yaalon, the present Israeli Defense Minister claimed that in any future conflict with Lebanon, Israel "will hurt Lebanese civilians including kids of the family ... . We did it in the Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future."
Yaalon also held out the prospect of using nuclear weapons against Iran sometime in the future.
Another indicator that Israel will continue to defy this aspect of international law is the recent appointment of Ayelet Shaked as Minister of Justice in the newly formed government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Shaked has declared that Israel is at war with the entire Palestinian people and therefore they all should be destroyed, "including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure."
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