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PLO Calls on ICC to Investigate Israeli Killing of 3 Gaza Children

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The Israeli occupation army has been deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children. This is a clear war crime in violation of international law and international humanitarian law


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 12:51 am
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Monday called on International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch an investigation into an Israeli airstrike that killed three children in the east of Khan Younes in the Southern besieged Gaza strip.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi in a statement:

“The Israeli occupation army has been deliberately targeting and killing Palestinian children. This is a clear war crime in violation of international law and international humanitarian law”.

Ashrawi condemned the “deliberate” killing of Khaled Bassam Abu Saeed, 14, Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Abu Zaher, 13, and Mohammed Ibrahim al-Sutari, 13, as an “ongoing war crime”.

She warned:

“As long as the international community remains silent, the decades-long injustice suffered by the Palestinian people will continue unabated”.

Ashrawi appealed to the ICC to “assume a principled and just stand and press ahead with an official speedy investigation into Israel’s egregious violations and flagrant war crimes being committed against the Palestinians.”

According to Ashrawi, since March 30, when the March of Return started towards the occupied territory, more than 205 Palestinians, including 37 children have been killed in Gaza and thousands more have been injured.

Since March, Gaza witnesses protest every Friday because of Israel’s unwillingness to accept the Palestinians’ Right to Return, a U.N. recognized right for families and children of more than 750,000 Palestinians who left their homes, towns, and cities in 1948 when Israel was founded.

The Israeli army launched nearly 100 airstrikes, Israeli news outlet Ynet reported.

Palestinians held a funeral procession Monday for three Palestinian boys killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip frontier.

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fly bird (26)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 12:53 am
state sanctioned murder of innocent children is not "self defense"!

This is what is called 'mow the lawn'..
How depraved... and cruel.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 8:38 am
In 6 Months of Gaza Protests, Israeli Forces Fatally Shoot 31 Palestinian Children.
October 25, 2018

Since Land Day of this year, 30 March, 2018, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been regularly holding mass protests near the Gaza perimeter fence, in numbers ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands.

During the demonstrations, which are usually held on Fridays, under the title, “The Great March of Return”, some protesters approach the fence and Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas and live ammunition.

The protesters often respond by burning tires to block the vision of the Israeli snipers and throw stones at them, but their stones can hardly harm the Israeli soldiers who are always more than 200 metres away from them.

In just over six months, since this wave of mass protest began, Israeli forces have killed at least 205 people, including 31 minors, and injured more than 5,800, out of 22,000, with live fire. Most of the casualties posed no danger to Israeli troops.

Such a high number of casualties is a direct outcome of the shoot-to-kill policy that Israel employs along the Gaza perimeter fence, including during demonstrations held near the fence.

Although the lethal outcomes of this criminal policy are well-known, Israeli occupation authorities refuse to change it, remaining indifferent to the lives and deaths of Palestinians.

In fact, the prime minister and his government prefer to continue this hardline approach (with cabinet members arguing over the numbers – the minister of defense boasts of the many dead wounded while the minister of education demands even higher numbers).

The military executes this political directive, even safeguarding it with whitewashing mechanisms to ensure that, with the exception of very rare cases, no one will be held accountable for killing Palestinians.

Here is a sampling of testimonies that the Israeli rights group B’Tselem collected in its investigation of the deaths of four out of the 31 children killed up until 8 October 2018.

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Chrissie R (9)
Wednesday October 31, 2018, 3:42 pm

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 1, 2018, 10:14 pm
Minister of State and 50 Irish lawmakers call for arms embargo on Israel.

In a letter published today in the Irish Times newspaper, Minister of State Finian McGrath and fifty other Irish TDs and Senators have called for an arms embargo to be placed on Israel, and for “an end to the bi-lateral arms trade between Ireland and the apartheid state”.

In addition to independent Minister McGrath, the signatories include members of Sinn Féin, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Labour, the Green Party, Independents 4 Change and other independent members of the Oireachtas, who condemn “the shooting dead of some 205 [Palestinian] protestors, including 40 children, and wounding of more than 5,000 people by live fire [on the Great March of Return] in Gaza since April”.

The letter ends by calling for “the international community, and the Irish government in particular, to take a stand to help end Israel’s decades of colonial occupation, apartheid and war crimes against the Palestinian people”.

Welcoming the statement, Ms. Fatin Al Tamimi, Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) and a Palestinian-Irish citizen said she “thanks the members of the Oireachtas for this important and principled statement of solidarity, showing once again the strong bonds between the Irish people and the Palestinian people, both of whom have struggled heroically against colonialism and oppression in their homelands.”

Ms. Tamimi noted that “the IPSC strongly echoes this call for an arms embargo on Israel, a measure that we Palestinians have long been asking for. Weapons sent to Israel are used to kill, maim and oppress my people, while weapons exported from Israel are marketed as being ‘battle tested’ on Palestinians. It is time to end this horrendous trade in death and destruction, which is a bloody stain upon the Irish state.”

For more about the Irish arms trade with Israel, click here.
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