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Flotilla organizers: We’ll take Israel to The Hague

Ma’an – 24/06/2010

Bethlehem – The Free Gaza Movement says it will take the State of Israel to the International Criminal Court over last month’s raid on an aid ship that left nine civilians dead.

Twelve lawyers from countries whose citizens took part in the voyage are collecting evidence and testimonies from passengers, human rights lawyer Audrey Bomse told Ma’an.

The lawyers have asked governments of citizens on board, including the US and UK, to pressure Israel to return passengers’ property taken by Israeli soldiers during the raid on 31 May.

In a statement, the organizers said the seized cameras, camcorders, and mobile phones contain vital evidence of “willful killing, inhuman treatment, wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health and unlawful deportation or transfer.”

As Israel is the occupying power in Gaza, these alleged crimes would constitute a contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Bomse told Ma’an, “We intend to hold Israel responsible for its criminal behavior. As this was done by a state, it amounts to piracy and state terrorism.”

The organizers also claimed that Israeli military personnel used credit cards stolen from passengers.

Two soldiers were indicted last year for using a credit card in Israel which they had stolen from a Palestinian during Israel’s assault on Gaza that began in December 2008.

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes

1 Comment

  1. Appealing to the I.C.C. in the Hague, is like appealing to the Israeli Knesset. It’s my personal experience with the I.C.C. after more than a year of petitioning them, that if you are wanting justice for an American or Israeli war crime, or crimes, they won’t do anything. They’ll cite the fact the ROME ACCORD doesn’t give them jurisprudence in such matters of WAR CRIMES.

    the I.C.C. in the Hague is a joke, and a fraud, and a lie. It’s a shame people actually still see it as anything more than a kangaroo court run by the oligarch rich jews…because that is exactly what it is!



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