ANDERSON BACKS WAR CRIMES CALL AFTER MEETING GAZA VICTIMS
MEP Martina Anderson has met with a three-year-old boy seriously injured in a Israeli attack on Gaza.
The Derry woman is one of three Sinn Fein MEPs who visited the Makassad Islamic Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem where they met the boy and his father, who both lost limbs in the attack.
The trio are among the European Delegation to Palestine which is calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israel for war crimes.
Ms Anderson said: “Israel’s direct targeting of civilians and its reckless cause of civilian deaths is a clear breach of international human rights law.”
The Sinn Féin MEPs also expressed their condolences and solidarity to the family of Palestinian 17-year old Mohamed Khdeir in a visit with them at their home in East Jerusalem.
Mohamed died after he was kidnapped by Israelis and set on fire after having been forced to swallow petrol.
Ms Anderson said: “The Khdeir family are taking the police to court as they failed to locate the perpetrators despite having been presented with video evidence of the kidnap. The delegation pledged to offer support to the family in bringing the case to the attention of the European Court of Human Rights.
“When crimes are not effectively and properly investigated it is a breach of international human rights law.”
She concluded: “The family believes that the police colluded in giving safe passage to those that committed this barbaric act.”