In early 2010, Americans sent thousands of yellow roses to longtime ally Israel in an apologetic gesture after Barack Obama's unfriendly reception for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
Due to the current, continuing violence and resulting deaths in the Israel-Gaza region, 'sending yellow roses' has evolved to 'protests near the streets.' U.S. citizens held pro-Israel rallies in several cities on Wednesday to stand up for the rights of Israelis to use force to protect themselves.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Dallas 'Stand with Israel Rally,' held at Dallas City Hall Plaza on Wednesday. Introduced as a great friend of Israel, Gov. Perry stated that we must end the current American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel. Expressing his desire that Israel remain a Jewish state, Perry said that America must continue to wholeheartedly support Israel. He added support by saying that Israel is justified in defending itself.
In support of Israeli citizens, an 'international criminal complaint' regarding the current fighting in the Israel-Gaza area was filed with the International Criminal Court by Dr. Orly Taitz, Attorney, on July 30, 2014 - Press Release: Complaint against Khaled Mshaal, leader of Hamas terrorist organization, submitted to the International Criminal Court
Two addendums have recently been added to the ICC complaint against Khaled Meshaal.
Taitz' argument in the ICC Complaint alleges that Khalid Meshaal is guilty of 'crimes against humanity' for the following reasons:
- SENDING 2,000 ROCKETS AT HEAVILY POPULATED AREA REPRESENTS GENOCIDE AND VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 8(2)(E)(I)
- ATTACKING CIVILIAN POPULATION OF ISRAEL WITH 2,000 ROCKETS REPRESENTS "CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY," VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 7(A)(A) - MURDER
- USING SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AND MOSQUES FOR STORING ROCKETS AND OTHER WEAPONS REPRESENT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, GENOCIDE
The International Criminal Court defines 'crimes against humanity' as:
Crimes against humanity include any of the following acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:
- deportation or forcible transfer of population;
- rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
- persecution against an identifiable group on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious or gender grounds;
- enforced disappearance of persons;
- the crime of apartheid;
- other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious bodily or mental injury.
un.org describes the 'crime of genocide' as the following:
The convention defines genocide as any act committed with the idea of destroying in whole or in part a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. This includes such acts as:
- Killing members of the group
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
- Deliberately inflicting conditions calculated to physically destroy the group (the whole group or even part of the group)
- Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group
The Israel-Gaza war is among many conflicts exploding throughout the world at this time.
Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, summed up current international violence by stating last Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, "To put it mildy, the world is a mess."