On June 14, 2013, Marlise Simons reported in the pro-Israel New York Times that judge Frederik Harhoff, 64, of Denmark in a letter to 56 fellow judges and lawyers at the UN War Crime Tribunal in Hague has accused court’s current president Theodor Meron, for pressuring the fellow judges to acquit certain official accused of war crimes.
“Judge Meron has led a push for raising the bar for conviction in such cases,” prosecutors say, “to the point where a conviction has become nearly impossible.” Critics say he misjudged the crucial roles played by the high-level accused and has set legal precedents that will protect military commanders in the future.
International attorney and analyst John Whitbeck comments that both Israel and the United States are “world leaders in the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace,” and that their officials “would prefer to see the bar for criminal convictions raised to a level which offers them continued impunity.”
Theodor Meron, 83, is a Jewish US-Israeli citizen. He took the presidency on March 1, 2012. His tenure will end in 2016. Before immigrating to the U.S., Meron was a member of the Israeli Foreign Service and served as Israeli Ambassador to Canada and to the United Nations in Geneva. He also served as Legal Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1967 Meron wrote a secret memorandum of law to Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stating that creating Israeli settlements on occupied territory would be a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, contrary to international law and, hence, a war crime. The memorandum was not made public either by the Zionist regime or Meron.
According to Wickileaks cable dated July 27, 2003, judge Meron as president of the ICTY, asked a US diplomate not to extend term of US Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, because he disagreed with her.
In 2009, Iran’s Chief Prosecutor Qorban-Ali Dori-Najafabadi, sought war criminal charges against twenty-nine Israeli political and military leaders including Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF Gabi Ashkenazi, and Attorney General Menachem Mazuz.
On October 12, 2009, daily Ha’aretz reported that an angry Netanyahu vowed never to let Israelis tried for war crimes by an international court.
On November 27, 2012, UK’s daily Guardian reported that David Cameron’s government promised to back-up Palestinian statehood only if PA President Mahmoud Abbas pledges not to pursue Israeli leaders for war crimes.
In January 2013, a three-member UN inquiry lead by French judge Christine Chanet, declared Israeli government should be tried for war crimes at International Criminal Court (ICC) for its construction of illegal new Jewish settlements.
Dan Eden of Viewzone has compiled a list American Jewish leaders, who also hold Israel’s citizenship and work for the interests of the Zionist entity while holding sensitive positions in the United States.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) created the tribunal, a costly endeavor, and has been pressing it for years to speed up work and wind down, with the US and Russia calling the shots.