Mustafa Albarghouthi, the Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative said on Friday that Israel “would never dare to repeat its attacks on the Gaza Strip if it was prosecuted for the savage war crimes it committed during its offensive in summer 2014,” as reported by QudsNet.
In a press statement, Albarghouti stated that “the latest Israeli artillery shelling and air strikes targeted civilians.” He added that “they were intended to escalate the situation in order to find justifications for carrying out new war crimes against the residents of the Gaza Strip.”
His aim was to highlight to all those in media that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are already under an aggressive siege and face a severe lack of even the most basic necessities.
“The International Criminal Court continues its procrastination regarding the initial checking of war crimes carried out in Gaza,” added Barghouti, “as well as the settlers’ crimes, despite the existence of proof.”
Albarghouthi’s argument was that this form of “encouragement” allowed Israel to perpetrate even “more savage war crimes.”
Albaghouthi’s political party, the Palestinian Initiative, ranks among the foremost parties calling for the boycott of Israel for its continuing violations of human rights.
He called for increasing international solidarity and support for the Palestinians, expressing the necessity of this to protect Palestinians from “new Israeli crimes.”
The last two days has seen Israel carry out unprecedented air strikes against the Gaza Strip following an escalation by the Palestinian resistance which targeted invading Israeli troops using mortars.