‘Int’l court should try Israeli leaders’
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 06:14:55 GMT
Prof. Richard Falk
A UN expert says the International Criminal Court should prosecute Israeli leaders over the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement on Tuesday, Richard Falk, the UN expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories said Israel’s policies against people living in the Gaza Strip amounted to a “crime against humanity.”
The statement said the international court should “determine whether the Israeli civilian leaders and military commanders responsible for the Gaza siege should be indicted and prosecuted for violations of international criminal law.”
Falk said Israel was only allowing into Gaza small amounts of food and fuel in quantities enough to “stave off mass famine and disease.”
He also pointed a finger at governments who were “complicit by continuing their support politically and economically for Israel’s punitive approach.”
Falk accused Israel of being at fault for the deterioration last month of a ceasefire with the Islamic Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, for failing to “fulfill its obligation under the agreement to improve the living conditions of the people of Gaza.”
Richard Falk, the Jewish-American law professor, was appointed to his post earlier this year by the UN’s Human Rights Council. He had previously compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians with the Nazi treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.
Falk’s comments came as Gaza residents are suffering harsh conditions under a strict Israeli siege on the region.
The Israeli regime has tightened its closure of the territory since last month, closing all crossings to even UN humanitarian supplies.