The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to establish an inquiry to investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel in the most recent round of Gaza fighting. In the last two weeks over 800 people have been killed in Gaza by the Israeli military, 200 of these are children.
The Nuremberg military tribunals held in Nuremberg by the Allied forces after WWII where the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military and economic leadership of Nazi Germany took place set the precedent for the investigation of war crimes. The first and best known of these trials was the trial of the major war criminals held before the International Military Tribunal, 1945 and 1946.
The indictments were for:
1. Participation in a common plan or conspiracy or the accomplishment of a crime against peace, planning, initiating and waging wars and aggression and other crimes against peace;
2. War crimes;
3. Crimes against humanity.
Today, the International Criminal Court prosecutes perpetrators of war crimes which the court defines as "willfully causing great suffering, or serious injury to body and health;" "intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population;" intentionally directing attacks against hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected."
I believe the courts should bring to justice those who commit violence against a civilian population.