Nazareth – The Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA) would like to affirm that Israel is not above international law and the current escalating Israeli aggression on Gaza, with its continuing indiscriminate attacks on civilians and densely populated residential areas constitutes a war crime. Furthermore, the renewal of a policy of assassination is considered extrajudicial killing and constitutes a gross violation of human rights and international law.
The continuing Israeli attack on Gaza and the threat to further expand its military operation constitute a flagrant challenge to the international community, who have shown their inability to take the necessary practical action to stop the crimes. It also is in violation of agreed-upon universal values of protection of civilians in time of war. The inability of the international community, including the United Nations Security Council and international legal bodies, to take firm action to stop Israel are perceived as giving approval of the continuing Israeli aggression against the Palestinians. Moreover, their mere silence is an act of compliance.
Mohammad Zeidan, the HRA general director, has condemned these attacks; “this aggression would not have happened if the international community had taken a stronger stance following Israel’s war crimes in 2008 and 2009. I would also say to the international community that in failing to meet the legal obligation to criminalize Israeli actions, specifically in the case of the Goldstone Report, Israel has been allowed to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people and humanity.”
The HRA condemns all Israeli practices against the Palestinians in Gaza and against Palestinians in general. Specifically, The HRA:
1) Confirms the need for the UN and the UNSC to fulfill its obligation to take immediate actions to stop the Israeli aggression and to take punitive measures against Israel to stop the ongoing war crimes.
2) Calls for international institutions to intervene immediately to provide the necessary protection for the Palestinian civilians and civil infrastructure inGaza.
3) Calls on the Human Rights Council and the general prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to initiate an investigation on all Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinian civilians and to prosecute those responsible in accordance with international law.
4) Calls on international institutions to provide the necessary humanitarian aid and medical relief to enable local Palestinian institutions so they continue providing the basic needs of the citizens under Israeli bombardment.