Monday, January 21, 2008

Massacre: Israel's Answer to Calls for Peace

Heathlander's great post on this subject (from whence this image also is derived) needs to be read by all who are interested in achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East. Obviously, Israel is going to have to change their policies and attitudes, or peace will never be achievable. All that will be achievable is oppression and chaos.
“The killing of some 40 Palestinians in Gaza in the past week, the targeting of
a Government office near a wedding party venue with what must have been foreseen
loss of life and injury to many civilians, and the closure of all crossings into
Gaza raise very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law
and its commitment to the peace process…
Recent action violates the strict
prohibition on collective punishment contained in the Fourth Geneva Convention.
It also violates one of the basic principles of international humanitarian law
that military action must distinguish between military targets and civilian
Those responsible for such cowardly action are guilty of serious war
crimes and should be prosecuted and punished for their crimes.”
- John
, UN special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian
territories, speaking on Saturday.

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