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Sinn Féin MEPs in Palestine meet with victims of the conflict

6 September, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP, Matt Carthy MEP, Senator Lynn Boylan

The European Delegation to Palestine are calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israel for war crimes after meeting with some of the victims of the recent conflict.

Israel's direct targeting of civilians and its reckless cause of civilian deaths is a clear breach of international human rights law.

Three of Sinn Féins MEPs visited the Makassed Islamic Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem where they met with victims of Israel's latest attack on Gaza, including a father and his 3-year old son who have both lost limbs.

Yesterday Sinn Féin MEPs expressed their condolences and solidarity to the family of the murdered Palestinian 17-year old Mohamed Khdeir, in a visit with them at their home in East Jerusalem.

Mohamed was kidnapped by Israelis and set on fire after having been forced to swallow petrol.

The Khdeir family are taking the police to court as they failed to locate the perpetrators despite having been presented with video evidence of the kidnap. The delegation pledged to offer support to the family in bringing the case to the attention of the European Court of Human Rights.

MEP Martina Anderson said: "When crimes are not effectively and properly investigated it is a breach of international human rights law. The family believes that the police colluded in giving safe passage to those that committed this barbaric act."

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