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Israeli war criminals must be prosecuted – Ó Snodaigh

15 July, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin International Affairs and Human Rights Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for the establishment of an International trial for the prosecution of Israeli Army commanders for genocidal war crimes against the Palestinian people after thirty Israeli soldiers today exposed outrageous and criminal targeting of civilians in the Gaza strip during Israel’s invasion in December 2008 and January 2009.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “This isn’t the first time that soldiers have come forward and exposed the outrageous and criminal activities of the Israeli army. Time and again the Israeli army has been exposed for its human rights abuses yet the international community fails to act.

“Today’s report, from thirty of Israel’s own soldiers, highlights the callous and indiscriminate targeting of Palestinian civilians during the invasion of December 2008 and January 2009. This includes commanders urging soldiers to shoot first and find out worry later about sorting civilians from combatants and soldiers being told that its better to hit an innocent than hesitating to target the enemy.

“This must not be allowed to go unchecked. There must be an international inquiry and we need to see prosecutions of the genocidal war criminals ingrained in the Israeli regime.

“The Israeli people must feel consequences for the actions of their Government and their army. This should include the introduction of economic sanctions against Israel.

“Israel’s practice of conscripting recruits and forcing them to serve in occupied Palestinian territories needs to come to an end along with the policy of locking up those conscientious Israeli’s who refuse to serve in their army. The international community also needs to ensure that soldiers involved in the publication of today’s report are protected from reprisals from the Israeli military.” ENDS

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