Remember Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9, Ahed Atef Bakr, 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10 and Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11 - all from the same family - whose crime was nothing more than be Palestinian.

It does not matter how young you are, if you are Palestinian, Israel will kill you. A day which started out playing football on the beach ended with these children in body bags.

Will any Israeli be held responsible for their murder? Of course not. You’ll hear how Israel was only ‘defending’ itself and some nonsense about how Hamas was ‘hiding’ in the football they were playing with.

Israel will make something up (or pretend they’ll ‘investigate’ the incident - no outsiders allowed in that process, though!) and world leaders like Obama will regurgitate it.

While we’re on the topic of Obama, remember how he made a statement about the three Israeli settlers? It was a sweet thing to do. As of July 16, 209 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in their latest assault on the civilians of Gaza, at least 39 of whom are children.

You’re more likely to see your great-grandchildren graduate or hell freeze over than hear a word from him on Palestinian children or criticising Israel’s war crimes.

I tend not to take a stand on things like this, but in this case, I think that a comment is ethically mandated.

According to the Rome Statute governing the International Criminal Court:

It is a War Crime (note the capitalization; this is an actual law, not the vernacular usage regarding a particularly abominable act of war) to target civilians or civilian objects.

"Deliberately directing an act, the object of which is a civilian population or individual civilians not directly taking part in hostilities, such action being taken in the context of an international armed conflict", is the exact definition.

So yes. This murder of civilians (children!!) is a war crime. If no other action was, this alone would require accounting for to The Hague and the International Court.

(Fonte: standwithpalestine, via ronaldweasl-y)