'Israelis should be tried for war crimes over white phosphorous'
Israelis who bombed Gaza with white phosphorous should be tried for war crimes, a British Labour Party legislator said Friday.
A UN repport accuses Israel of war crimes during the three-week offensive against Gaza and cited for firing white phosphorous flares, which can cause horrific burns.
He and 60 European parliamentarians entered the besieged Gaza Strip. The lawmakers are visiting Gaza to draw attention to the "evil blockade" by Israel and Egypt, said the Labour legislator, Gerald Kaufman.
Kaufman also backed British efforts to get Israeli politicians and army officers arrested once they step on British soil.
"We have had a fuss in our country about the inability of certain Israeli politicians to visit Britain for fear of being arrested," said Kaufman.
"Anybody who uses white phosphorus should be arrested and should be tried for war crimes."
"But when we read of an Israeli politician being afraid of being arrested in Britain, we remember that 1.5 million people in Gaza are under arrest every day of their lives by the Israelis, suffering depravation, hunger, lack of satisfactory medical treatment, lack of screws to put school desks together so your children can learn," Kaufman added.
Tunnels are the only links Palestine has to the outside world because of the Israeli blockade.
1.5 million Gazans still live under heavy Israel siege and Egypt still insists on not to opening the only Gaza border crossing in a move condemned by Muslims around the world in protests, leaving Gazans desperate to digging tunnels underground and risking their lives since 2007.
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I wonder IF one reasoning for the flooding of Gaza had to do with washing away the evidence of last years' war-crime?
Israel HAS been perpetrating all sorts of criminal acts against these poor people--- and MY government (US) is paying for it? HOW can we Americans not care enough to stop the Zionist machine??