Combating Terrorism from Gaza

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and International treaties define crimes against humanity as the "participation in, and knowledge of, a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, and the multiple commissions of [such] acts ... against any civilian population."

These international binding instruments go-on to impose uniform mandatory counter-terrorist obligations on all states to "bring to justicethe perpetrators, organizers, and sponsors of terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harboring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable.

There is no escape clause - UNSC repeats "its unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever committed." Terrorist organizations such as Hamas that kidnap Israelis, blow up and destroy public buses, murder young people at cafs and discos, and school outings, alongside indiscriminate around-the-clock shelling of hundreds of Katyusha, Qassam, and Grad rockets targeting civilian populations in Israel, are clearly committing Crimes Against Humanity - acts of terrorism for which the UNSC under Chapter VII of the UN Charter directs everyone to fight terrorism by all means....

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