Friday, January 9, 2009

Irish Nobel Peace Prize Winner Asks UN to Try Israelis for War Crimes

Maan News, January 8, 2009 - Irish nobel peace prize winner Mairead Maguire, who was shot by Israeli troops in the West Bank in September 2007, has written to UN Secretary General Ban Kai Moon asking that an International Criminal Tribunal be established to try Israelis for war crimes.

"Dropping Israeli bombs on unarmed civilians, many women and children, destroying mosques, hospitals and homes, and devastating Gaza's infrastructure is illegal and constitute war crimes. The deaths of the people in Gaza are now over 600, with more than 2,500 people injured–many women and children," she added.

"The infrastructure of Gaza has been destroyed and the people have been cut off from the world–including journalists, human rights advocates and humanitarian workers, all locked out of Gaza and unable to [get aid to] the people," she said.

"The UN must help uphold human rights and justice for Palestinian people by seriously considering establishing an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel so that the Israeli government (can) be held accountable for war crimes," Maguire said.

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