Rights and Accountability 21 April 2018
On Friday, Israel killed four more unarmed protesters, including 14-year-old Muhammad Ayyoub, and injured hundreds more.
This brought to more than 30 the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in its violent suppression of the Great March of Return rallies that began on 30 March and are planned to continue until Nakba Day, the 15 May commemoration of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
The victims include four children and a journalist.
Thousands more have been injured, more than 1,600 by live ammunition that has caused devastating injuries likely to leave them with lifelong disabilities.
Two weeks ago, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor warned Israeli leaders that they could end up on trial for this violence against civilians.
But as I told The Real News on Friday, the coddling and rewards Israel receives, particularly from the United States and the European Union, means that Israeli leaders feel completely immune and are continuing to carry out these killings.
You can watch the video of that interview at the top of this page.On Saturday, the European Union called on Israel “to refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters” and claimed that a “full investigation is needed to understand what happened and why” four more people, including the child Muhammad Ayyoub, were killed.
This came after weeks of European officials rationalizing Israeli violence and subtly laying blame on Palestinians for their own deaths.But once again, the EU has utterly failed to condemn Israel’s actions and is presenting itself as bewildered about what is happening, as if there has not already been a mountain of evidence collected by independent human rights and medical organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Al-Haq, B’Tselem, Al Mezan, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Médecins Sans Frontiers and a number of UN experts concerning the horrific results of Israel’s openly declared policy to shoot people who pose no conceivable threat.
This includes direct incitement by Israeli officers to kill children:And on top of that, the slaying of Muhammad Ayyoub was seen by eyewitnesses and caught on video, showing that the boy presented no conceivable danger to anyone when he was killed: If that isn’t enough, the Israeli army has defended the killing of Ayyoub, stating that all shots fired on Friday “were according to the rules of engagement.”
Yet let us take the EU at its word, that it believes in the need for an independent investigation in order to “understand” what is happening and find its way out of the fog.On 31 March, the day after Israel killed 17 Palestinians as tens of thousands took part in the first Great March of Return rallies, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres in demanding “an independent and transparent investigation.” On 18 April I wrote to Mogherini’s usually responsive press team to ask what the EU had done in the more than two weeks since its call for an investigation to make one happen. “Please note I am not asking you to reiterate the EU’s desire, wish, aspiration, hope, belief etc, for such an investigation,” my inquiry stated. “My question now is very specific as to what actions the EU is taking.”
Three days, four killings and hundreds of injuries later, I have received no answer.
What I can say with certainty is that in the meantime EU officials and European governments continue to pour money into Israel’s arms industry.
And they have been effusively celebrating Israel’s so-called “independence” – the founding of an apartheid state that only continues to exist due to the subjugation, expulsion and regular massacres of Palestinians.
- Great March of Return
- European Union
- The Real News
- Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub
- Human Rights Watch
- Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
- Medical Aid for Palestinians
- Médecins Sans Frontières
- Federica Mogherini
ICC is Supporting Genocide of Palestinians
Permalink Patricia Toomey replied on
The ICC IS A ROGUE AGENCY whose actions are dictated by the CORUPT US . The only thing Palestinians can do is sue the ICC. Take the case to the ICC itself. Accuse the ICC of bias in protecting Israel so Israel has time to steal more lands and kill more Pallestinians. You only have to present the evidence of how the ICC- is controlled by the corrupt US & how the 128 countries who wanted to condemn Israel's killing of civilians were vetoed by the US. IT'S NO LONGER THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT but the US court to support Israel & Saudi Arabia.
rules of engagement?
Permalink tom hall replied on
The IDF insists all the thousands of rounds fired, with more than thirty unarmed protesters executed by snipers and well over a thousand shot and maimed, were consistent with the "rules of engagement". And what can that possibly mean? We have the answer from Brig. Gen. Fogel himself- we will shoot dead unarmed children. Clearly, the Israelis are not seeing human beings, but "Amelekites", whom it is right and proper to exterminate from the land given by God to Zion. Can Israel adopt a more barbaric code? No. The only question from their point of view is the scale of atrocity the EU is prepared to tolerate. And that appears to be limitless.
Where are the demonstrations?
Permalink Howard Davidson replied on
I returned to Toronto to learn no more than 50 people turned out at one of two small demonstrations. Is protest happening on the streets of Turtle Island?
contacting the EU
Permalink Carl Zaisser replied on
Can you publish some EU email contacts, for those of us that do not use twitter?
SUPPORTING ISRAEL'S (INEVITABLE) EXTERMINATION
Permalink Peter Loeb replied on
The establishment of a home for "Jews" (aka Zionists) was predicated
on the extermination and elimination of Palestinians and others who
support Palestinians. Zionists will not be satisfied until the
last Palestinian (and supporter) is removed, murdered.
(See Thomas Suarez: STATE OF TERROR)
It is painful to watch these murders "live" (in video). It's
like the "pleasure" (sarcasm) of having a front row seat
at a war to watch an enemy being killed.
----Peter Loeb, Boston, MA, USA