Corbyn: “The silence from international powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict must end.”
By CommonDreams. Published 4-7-2018
Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was wearing a “PRESS” flak jacket as he was shot by an Israeli sniper Friday. He died of his injuries in a hospital on Saturday.
The 30-year-old journalist was one of nine people killed and more than 1,000 injured by Israeli troops Friday on the Gaza border.
Thousands of Palestinians continued “The Great March of Return,” the week-long protest on Friday, demanding the right of return of Palestinian refugees to towns and villages from which their families were driven out when Israel was created.
UK’s Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned Israel’s killing of at least 27 Palestinians on the Gaza border as an “outrage” and attacked Western “silence” about the deaths.
In a message read out at a demonstration outside Downing Street on Saturday, the Labour leader demanded that Theresa May support the United Nation’s call for an independent international inquiry.
Britain should also consider stopping the sale of arms to Israel that “could be used in violation of international law,” Corbyn said. “The killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage. The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade-long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights.”
“They have a right to protest against their appalling conditions and the continuing blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, and in support of their right to return to their homes and their right to self-determination.”
“Firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated.” Corbyn said he stood in “solidarity” with Israelis who took to the streets to protest their government’s actions and added: “The silence from international powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict must end.”
Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser Murtaja has died after being shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper while covering the protests. He was clearly wearing a vest that identified him as press. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/oKLSBhXiUk
— Liam O’Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) April 6, 2018
Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of Yaser Murtaja, a popular and distinguished journalist killed by Israeli forces while doing his job yesterday. pic.twitter.com/HCXwUl1tK7
— Liam O’Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) April 7, 2018
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It is a violation of the Geneva Convention and international law to target any press personnel in an armed conflict situation. We call on the Congress of the United States to condemn this action by Israel. To not condemn this violation of international law makes the United States complicit in the crime.