Hold Israel to account
- Irreparable damage to peace process
May 18, 2018-
We condemn Israel strongly for its brutal killing of 58 unarmed Palestinians. More than two thousand others have been wounded, and the casualty is mounting. They were protesting in Gaza against shifting the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognising the annexation of the holy city by Israel. The slaughter follows weeks of protests in which scores of Palestinian civilians were killed who were demanding their right of return. This flagrant cruelty does not only warrant categorical condemnation from the international community but also actions to hold those responsible to account. The US president may have taken the decision to move the embassy to appease his base, but it seems he—knowingly or unwittingly—threw a match into a cauldron with no plan to extinguish the fire. He’s equally, if not as much, responsible for the current bloodbath in Gaza. Trump’s decision validates Israel’s illegal occupation and stands in stark contrast with international norms that do not recognise annexation by force.
Published: 18-05-2018 07:23