Palestinian figures slams European countries for supporting Israel’s war crimes

[ 05/04/2011 – 09:19 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Human rights activists, academics and intellectuals in Gaza strongly denounced all European union countries for not voting in favor of Goldstone report in the UN human rights council 10 days ago, saying that this European position provided a political cover and immunity for Israel against international law and accountability.

This came in a censure letter sent to the envoy of the European union in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“We were expecting a position supportive of the council’s decision to move Goldstone report and its recommendations forward in order to achieve justice, but we were surprised at this western position,” the letter read.

“There is a big difference between what the European governments claim about their keenness on ensuring the respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, and their actual positions that prevent the achievement of justice in this part of the world, to say the least,” they underlined.

“This development clearly reflects double standards, where the United Kingdom voted against the resolution, while all European countries, members of the human rights council, abstained from voting in favor of the decision.”

The signatories to the letter wondered about the use of the support provided by the European countries for promoting democracy and human rights projects in the Arab region if they contribute to creating an atmosphere that encourages further abuses and crimes.

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