Sunday, June 08, 2014

U.S. law is clear: it prohibits aid to any terrorist government.

U.N. law also prohibits aid of any kind to a terrorist government. The below is from Salomon Benzimra a legal scholar.

UN Resolution 1373 is a Security Council resolution made under Chapter VII, which means it’s a binding resolution and not just a recommendation.
 If the US deals with a Palestinian organization which includes terrorist Hamas in it, not only will it be in breach of US law, but also of international law, as shown in Article 2 of UNSC Resolution 1373, passed in September 2001 under Chapter VII, which says:

2. Decides also that all States shall:
            (a) Refrain from providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts, including by suppressing recruitment of members of terrorist groups and eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists;
            (b) Take the necessary steps to prevent the commission of terrorist acts, including by provision of early warning to other States by exchange of information;
            (c) Deny safe haven to those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts, or provide safe havens;
            (d) Prevent those who finance, plan, facilitate or commit terrorist acts from using their respective territories for those  purposes against other States or their citizens;
            (e) Ensure that any person who participates in the financing, planning, preparation or perpetration of terrorist acts or in supporting terrorist acts is brought to justice and ensure that, in addition to any other measures against them, such terrorist acts are established as serious criminal offences in domestic laws and regulations and that the punishment duly reflects the seriousness of such terrorist acts;
            (f) Afford one another the greatest measure of assistance in connection with criminal investigations or criminal proceedings relating to the financing or support of terrorist acts, including assistance in obtaining evidence in their possession necessary for the proceedings;
            (g) Prevent the movement of terrorists or terrorist groups by effective border controls and controls on issuance of identity papers and travel documents, and through measures for preventing counterfeiting, forgery or fraudulent use of identity papers and travel documents;

The idea that Abbas has “formed an interim technocratic government… that does not include members affiliated with Hamas” is ridiculous. It appears that Obama will probably soon be in breach of both U.S. law and international law. Nothing new about this, of course.

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