Casablanca - Social media user mobilized in supports of Saudi Arabia After the US congress voted to override President Obama’s veto of JASTA, and world leaders react.
Casablanca – Social media user mobilized in supports of Saudi Arabia After the US congress voted to override President Obama’s veto of JASTA, and world leaders react.
Arab social media users have mobilized against JASTA after the US congress’ first override of the US president’s veto. A new hashtag has gone viral; “the World Prosecutes America” has swept Facebook and Twitter.
Activists have shared videos and photos of American soldiers in Iraq torturing Iraqi civilians and prisoners, and called for prosecuting America for “its crimes.” The activists have also called for boycotting American goods and withdrawing investments from the United States “until justice is served.”
Meanwhile, an Iraqi group dubbed Arab Project has seized the opportunity to urge the Iraqi parliament to demand compensation from the United States. The group also believes that Iraq has the right to prosecute the US for its crimes in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003,according to Al Arabiya.
Obama dubbed the Congress’ decision to override his veto against JASTA as a “mistake” while his spokesman Joshua Earnest described it as “embarrassing”: “I would venture to say that this is the single most embarrassing thing that the United States Senate has done, possibly, since 1983.”
John Brennan, CIA director, warned from repercussions of JASTA on US officials and institutions:
“The principle of sovereign immunity protects US officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity,” adding, “If we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation’s officials in danger.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Department made a statement in which he condemned JASTA as a neglect of international law:
“Washington has once again demonstrated total disregard for international law, legalizing the possibility of filing lawsuits in US courts against states suspected of supporting terrorism,” he was quoted as saying in Arab News.
Pierre Lellouche, a French Member of the parliament quoted in the same source, that JASTA would enable French citizens to prosecute the US and, thereby, “cause a legal revolution in international law with major political consequences.”
The Dutch parliament described JASTA as a “gross and unwarranted breach of Dutch sovereignty” with potential “astronomical damages.”
In an interview with Rotana, Turkish President Recep, Tayyip Erdogan warned from “schemes targeting the Muslim world” and stated his country’s support of Saudi Arabia:
“We’ll examine JASTA with Saudi Arabia from a legal point of view, and then we’ll make a joint the assessment to take the necessary steps,” He said.